Boating is one of the most popular vacations for families in America. The reasons are obvious: Not only do you get the feeling of freedom on the open sea but you also get to spend quality time together as a family and have the opportunity to relax, swim and sunbathe. With a chance to explore America’s beautiful coastline, this is something not to be missed. Boating is also a great outdoor activity vacation for those who may not suit hiking. You may have been dreaming about being able to boat for years, but if you feel a boating vacation is perfect for your family right now, here’s a list of preparations you need to do before you go.
You should know a few things about boat safety before you go (if you’re lucky, you can get your boat provider to give you a safety demo), but you should also consider what happens if something does go wrong. That’s why you should inform a family member or friend who isn’t joining you about your boating plans. That way, if you face a problem on the boat that means you can’t be communicated, they know they should start to look for you. You should also make sure that the boat is equipped with a two-way radio that you know how to use, in case you need to contact the local marina.
Picking the Boat
Group vacations with multiple families are increasing in popularity, and for these, there tends to be a standard size. However, if you’re going with just your own family you should choose a boat on the basis of how you are planning your trip. If you’re doing day boating and staying on land you may be recommended a pontoon. Whereas if you’re sleeping and cooking on the boat you may have to choose a larger cruiser boat. It also depends if you want to be on the sea or on a freshwater lake or river. If you are considering several boating vacations, you might want to consider joining a club like the Carefree Boat Club, which gives you all the perks of owning a boat without any of the dock fees, insurance, cleaning or maintenance. You can pick any kind of boat and sail year-round anywhere in the United States.
Remember your Essentials
Regardless of the boat you have chosen, you should always check the engine and test the battery. When you have done this, you should make a list of everything you’ll need. Sun cream is a must and, if you want to swim, you’d feel foolish for forgetting towels and swimming suits. You need to also make sure you have life preservers, first-aid packs and lots of drinking water as boating can be very dehydrating.
If you’re about to embark on a family boating trip, you should be thrilled! As long as you stay safe and take a few precautions like checking your engine, you and your family will enjoy a wonderful few days.