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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Itching to get out on the water but find yourself stuck indoors? There’s no reason you can’t be an active boater while staying at home. Spend time completing online trainings, get your boating license, practice knot tying or casting, watch how-to videos, and so much more!

Boaters everywhere are doing their best to navigate uncharted waters brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. Use this guide to find all the answers you need regarding boating during coronavirus—from navigating local boating restrictions to ramp closures, and social distancing best practices.

Finding solitude on a boat is one of the best parts of boating. Science has proved that being on, in or near water can improve creativity, boost emotional health, and promote relaxation, as well as calm your mind and appeal to your senses.