Boat Ownership Basics

Owning a boat doesn't have to be intimidating—it should be fun, exciting and rewarding. Your own boat means you have your own personal anytime-ticket for a vacation on-demand. To get started, follow our boat ownership guide to dive into things like insurance, storage, maintenance and more.

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How to Get a Boating License

Boating license and education requirements vary by state, but most courses and tests can be completed online. 

Register Your Boat Online

Boat registration is critical part of boat ownership. Learning how to register your boat is easy, and you can start the process right now.

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Begin On-Water Training

Boating education and training begins with basic boat operation and safety—which is best done before your first trip to the launch ramp.

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It's that time of year again—time for holiday shopping! We've got the best Black Friday deals for boating, fishing and watersports. Explore the biggest discounts from large marine retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, West Marine, Field & Stream, Overton's and more.

Learning how to dock a pontoon boat is similar to docking any other style boat. Pay close attention to the wind and current, stand at the helm with a clear sightline, and go slow. After successful docking, you'll also want to master how to tie a pontoon boat to the dock.