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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Calling all new and beginner boaters! Follow our basic boat maintenance checklist to learn how to maintain your boat. Discover tips for marine battery and engine care, fuel systems, changing and checking the oil, propshaft inspection, and more.

Boating is all about having fun, and that starts with stocking up on the coolest boating accessories to enhance the fun. From towable tubes to snorkeling gear and so much more, check out our list of eight fun things to have onboard your boat this summer.

Follow our Buying a Used Boat Checklist to learn more about the process of buying a boat from a private seller. Purchasing a pre-owned boat second hand from a private party can help you save money on the price, but it is a "buyer beware" situation.