When I was a little girl my Uncle David used to take us boating every time we went to see him. He was in his mid twenties at the time and I was in grade school. Being young and strong, my Uncle David was an avid boater and often kept a boat a few months and then traded it in for a new one so he could experience them all. Since I was (and still am) his favorite niece, I was his skipper. I remember some of the best days of my childhood were sailing alongside of the dolphins with the salty sea air whipping my hair around my face. There was this one time where we were going so fast he had the boat tipped almost sideways. I was so exiting, so exhilarating to be able to just reach out my hand a mere inch and be able to touch the water. We used to go barefoot skiing; or so we thought. In reality it was just dragging behind the boat on a rope, but it was the best time ever.
I really consider myself lucky to have grown up in Florida and to be able to experience the wonders of boating. There is something about being away from it all with nothing to distract you from just enjoying life. DiscoverBoating.com is a great site to help you do just that. Why even in writing this post, I got sidetracked into making a video: Makobi Scribe Goes Boating. Then I started browsing around for where the various marinas and ramps are near my home because boating is like a mini-vacation. You can even search by the fish species or whether you want a place that you can camp or is family-friendly. You can go out on the water, relax, and leave all of your cares at home, but you are still close enough to get to work the next day.
Discover Boating has a ton of useful and fun apps you can use on their site. It is a nonprofit site which is supported by the US recreational boating industry. What does that mean to you? That means you can get an unbiased opinion to help you explore everything you would want to know about boating with out a company pushing you in a biased direction to get you to buy their gear. This summer is a perfect time to discover boating.
Don’t be a sad guppy left behind in the sand. Connect with your family and Discover Boating! Even the kids can have a great time! Check out the Just for Kids App so the kids can learn more about boating through fun activities and games. One of the ways I know my family helped to ensure I would have a knack for boating was by exposing me to it at a young age. I plan to do the very same thing with my kids. Teach them to swim, teach them to boat, teach them to relax and enjoy! Start now with your Free DVD on their Facebook Page. They also have a boat trip planner and an app to help you choose your next boat!
Here are a few Boating Fast Facts:
- Boating is a vacation close to home – 90 percent of Americans live within an hour’s drive of a navigable body of water.
- Eighty-three million Americans went boating in 2011, an increase of ten percent from 2010 and the largest proportion of adults boating since 1997!
- Boaters bond over memories on the water –69 percent of boaters say boating brings their families closer together, according to a Discover Boating survey.
- American boaters are largely ‘middle-class’ as 73 percent of U.S. boat owners have an annual household income less than $100,000 and 95 percent of boats in the U.S. are less than 26 feet—small boats taken by trailer to local bodies of water.
- More than eight out of ten boaters (77 percent) boated as a child.
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.