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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Bowrider boats are easy to afford, easy to run, and easy to maintain, so many new boaters start out with a bowrider. And the bowrider’s off-the-charts fun-factor is why those people then become boaters for life.

Why is boating so fun? It's time to see for yourself. Recreational boating is booming with demand at an all-time high as Americans plan for a summer on the water. Here's 7 ways you can get your boat on, too.

Whether it's Father’s Day, his birthday, or another holiday, now is the perfect time for the crew to celebrate their favorite Captain! If your dad loves being out on the water—and he loves fishing—say no to a new necktie and make a splash with gifts that are sure to put a smile on his face.