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Want to get an early start on summer activities on your boat? Take a look at boat rentals, clubs, and events in your area and get the most out of the season. Start with a simple online search or ask your local marina for information on raft-ups, fishing trips, rendezvous, docktail events, and boating classes.

When you have children, planning ahead will make things easier. Take part in a variety of water sports that keep the whole family active. You can check ahead for time with instructors and rental equipment. Find the best locations, days, and times that will work for things like:

  • water skiing
  • wakeboarding
  • paddle boarding
  • swimming

If you are new to boating, schedule time to practice driving and learning about navigation tools. Find out all your boat’s capabilities and think about accessories you might want to purchase for your excursions.  Look into youth boating programs and encourage kids to learn these things as well. 

Change things up a little

  1. Try deep sea fishing or lobster diving in the ocean if the lake is your usual spot. Go inland if you’ve never partied at a raft-up in a lake cove.
  2. Plan your own social event on the water. Host a dinner cruise or schedule an overnight camping trip with your friends and family. Spend the night on the boat or an island suitable for tents and picnics. 
  3. Build memories by fishing with grandparents, learning to ski with friends, or sailing the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Start thinking about all the ways you can get the most out of your summer months. Explore the wildlife and changes in scenery. Look for those new trendy boating bars that are becoming popular and let life’s disappointments go for a few hours.


Discover Boating, Magnolia Mamas Blog, 2018, Summer To Do List: Go Boating! https://www.discoverboating.com/resources/summer-to-do-list-go-boating

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