boating pleasureThere is no question that spending time on the water in a boat is probably one of the most enjoyable pleasures life has to offer. The activities are varied and there is one for every age and personality. If you love adventure and you want to pump up the adrenaline, sailing is something to consider. If you love scenery and peaceful moments, navigating a river might be a good option. If your plans include the entire family or many friends, a family boat can be like a home away from home. If you enjoy water sports, there are boats that are designed specifically to pull water skiers and inner tubes. One of the newest water sports is wakeboarding which is similar to snowboarding; only it is on water. If you love sea life, there is always scuba diving.

Freshwater fishing can be enjoyed by experienced boaters and beginners.  Or you could be interested in saltwater fishing.  There is a boat for every person and activity, as well as every budget.  There is no doubt that buying a boat is a large investment so getting into the right boat for you and your family is the most critical aspect of moving toward boat ownership.

Recreational by nature, Cabin Cruisers are generally equipped with cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities and are ideal for those who want to feel the sun above and the ocean below. Center Consoles are open fishing boats that are built to take rough offshore waters in pursuit of ocean fish. Rod holders, outriggers and other gear are common fittings onboard. Deck boats have a wide deck to carry eight to twelve or more passengers, but look and perform more like runabouts. They are powerful, too, making them excellent boats for skiing, tubing and wakeboarding. Cuddy cabins are ideal for day cruising, water sports, and other on-the-water activities such as fishing and swimming. Inboard Ski Boats are wet and wild and deliver the power and speed needed for water sports. Houseboats are designed to offer lake house living on the water complete with spacious floor plans and modern amenities for entertaining, dining and sleeping.

Since you are thinking of joining the millions of Americans who enjoy recreational boating, you probably have an idea about the kinds of fun on the water that you anticipate for your boating experience. Shopping for the right boat for your needs and desires should be considered carefully.  Consult the experts and talk to those that already own a boat. Educated shoppers make happy boat owners.

Source: “Boat Types, Boating Information, Buyer Guide & Comparison Tool.” Boat Types. Web. 25 Feb. 2013 “Boating Activities.”: Fishing, Sailing, Watersports & Powerboating. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.

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