Some of my best memories revolve around boating. There is the summer between high school and my first year of college that my friends and I spent the many days on Lake Red Rock without a care in the world and the first trip my husband and I took to Bonita Springs, Florida where we rented a pontoon boat and roamed around while attempting to fish. But my favorite boating memory was last year’s family vacation.
We took a week long trip to Northern Ohio and spent time on my brother-in-law’s boat cruising Lake Erie. He has a 35′ Tiara Express that can sleep up to 6 people. The boys spent a few nights on the boat and cruised from the marina to Cedar Point Amusement Park. It was my daughter’s first time on a boat and though I don’t think she quite understood the concept, she enjoyed being around the water.
There are so many activities your family can enjoy. My first suggestion is to go to Discover Boating to learn about your different options. I really had no idea there were so many different types of boats. They have a cool tool on their website that helps you determine the type of boat that you’ll need, depending on what activities, boat length, propulsion, number of passengers, etc. that are appropriate for your enjoyment. The guys in my family like to fish so luckily that makes about any boat an option for them.
They also have a boating education for kids section. I know of my biggest fears is safety on the water. Not only for the people in my boat but the other boaters sharing the water with us. Like most moms, I have a fear of someone falling over the side of the boat, namely myself or my daughter who doesn’t yet know how to swim! But I’ve learned through this website there are basic safety measures that everyone can take to not only prevent “man overboard” but to avoid going out during adverse weather, designating an alternative skipper and letting someone know about your float plan, just in case you experience troubles on the water.
Boating is a fun activity that any family can do. Can’t afford a boat? Don’t worry, you can rent one for a reasonable price. Don’t want to drive the boat yourself? Take a charter, there are plenty of them around. 90% of Americans live within an hour of a navigable body of water. I’m glad that our family has discovered boating and know that we’ll continue to create memories on the water.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Discover Boating and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.