How Do You Immerse Yourself in the Boating-Yachting Lifestyle?

YachtingTo completely immerse yourself in the boating lifestyle will give you a better understanding if this is the life for you. Perhaps you are thinking about buying your first boat or yacht, and you want to be sure before you make this financial commitment. Luckily there are a number of resources all around you right now that will allow you to immerse yourself in this incredible lifestyle.

Our friends over at Boatmo.com gave us a few of the ways to dive in all the way and discover everything there is to know about the boating lifestyle.  Check them out next time you are looking for yachts or that next boat.

The first place you can go to immerse yourself in everything boating is Facebook. Join one or several local boating groups, and sit back and read before you jump in. Many times your questions or concerns will have been answered by other group members, so absorb like a sponge until you are ready to contribute. Don’t become one of those people who only take, try to offer some advice, tips, or personal experiences to help you get accepted by the boating community.

Keep an eye out for the next time a boating show is coming to your area. Even if the boat show is state or two away, it will certainly be worth the drive. These shows are packed with people from all over who live and breathe everything boating. There you will see all the latest boats being made, be able to talk with the manufacturers or other boat enthusiasts, and see all the cool accessories coming out this year to use on the boat.

Your local library has an abundance of resources concerning the boating lifestyle. The great thing about the library compared to a bookstore is everything is free. The library even has current boating magazines, so grab a few and take them home and immerse yourself in each issues. Perhaps you get so caught up that you feel that you have to subscribe to a particular issue. That way, each month you will stay informed of all the latest advancements and developments in the boating world.

Another fun way to learn all you can about the boating lifestyle is to simply ask a friend who owns a boat if you can tag along with them once in a while until you get to know all the details of owning a boat.

Now that you know all the resources around you, get out there and take it all in because there is certainly more to the boating lifestyle than you may have even imagined.

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How to Have a Safe Time on Your Boat This Weekend

boatThe best way to make sure that you and all your passengers have fun on the boat this weekend is planning for good times in advance. By taking the time to make certain safety is issue number one, all the other things will fall into place in time.

Here are some simple boating tips that are going to make certain this weekend is full of memories your guests will cherish a lifetime.

Start by hiring a qualified boat mechanic to periodically check your vessel from front to back. Something as small as a hairline crack may not even be visible to you, but a skilled mechanic can identify, fix, and send you on your way so a minor problem does not become a major emergency out at sea.

Each time you head out on the boat you have to have a communication system in place just in case there is an emergency. Cellphones may not get signals miles out at sea, but a satellite phone will work. Even if the boat radio malfunctions, a satellite radio can be your lifeline to the shore and immediate help.

Invest in plenty of safety equipment so that every person has a life jacket and there are plenty of flotation devices in the event the boat capsizes. Once everyone is in the water, that is not when you should be thinking about finding safety equipment. This should be something you think about before the boat leaves the dock each day.

Take the time to note where you plan on heading out for the day and leave that information behind with someone at shore who can then relay information to a search team if your boat has trouble and you do not return back at a scheduled time. If the search team only has to look in a small area, they are more likely to find you and all your guests before things go from bad to worse.

Top off the tank with fuel before you leave and make note where a few service stations are during your day because if one is out of fuel, you need to be able to find a station close enough before you run out.

Take the time to work this boating checklist each time you go out on the seas, and that will give you the best chance to come back safe and sound with memories everyone will be talking about for a long time.

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