Once you get bitten by the boating bug, you are going to want to jump in head first and get out there on the water with your friends so you can create those memories that will last a lifetime. It will serve you well if you can just step back and take a look at this list of tips for boating beginners so that you don’t make the same mistakes others have made before you.
These tips for beginners will ensure you get your boating adventure off to a solid start. Take things slow at first and you will get to enjoy the entire boating experience more.
Be sure that you compare new versus used before you sign that check. There are plenty of boat owners who needed to get out of the deal only a short time after buying, so you get a slightly used for a fraction of what a new boat will cost you. Shop around and compare.
Call local marinas so you are informed of the price to store your boat at the docks. If the price is too expensive, then you will have to compare the price to using a trailer to get the boat each time you want to spend time on the water. Call as many local marinas that are in your region.
Invest in a boating safety class before you even take your first trip on the water. You are responsible for every person on that boat, so these classes can provide you information to a number of scenarios that could play out, and how to quickly navigate through them so everyone returns back home safely.
Make a list of all the potential costs of owning a boat so you are not completely shocked as your costs keep going up. In addition to the boat and trailer, consider safety equipment, licenses, fishing gear, permits, storage fees, maintenance, winterizing, fuel insurance, and repairs.
Go on Facebook and join a local boating group. These groups are a wealth of free information. There are local boaters who love helping newbies and will gladly answer any questions you have or provide you some tips for navigating the region in which your live.
Now that you have some idea what you should do before getting your first boat, just remember that there will be plenty of time to have fun on the water. Take a little extra time now to ensure that you get the most of the boating lifestyle.