I’m a live near water kind of girl…

Some of you may not know I grew up in a sleepy (except during the summer) beach town. The kind of town where they turned off the traffic lights in the winter. A small barrier island off the coast of Maryland called Ocean City. I loved being surrounded by the briny smell of the sea growing up. I spent lots of summer days on boats on the Chesapeake Bay and when I moved away (inland) to college, I really missed it.

I live in Seattle now, and once again am surrounded water and boats. Lots of boats. Despite the chilly start we are having, summer is in full swing, and this means going out on friend’s boats is just around the corner. Since we just bought our first house, having our own boat isn’t quite on the horizon, partly because the moorage fees are a killer but it’s still fun to read about boating.

If you’re new OR old to boating it’s really worth it to check out the Discover Boating website. It’s full of lots of information whether you are a new or experienced boater. I found one of the really useful tools was the Boat Selector Tool and the Cost Comparison tool. Both gave me a good idea of the options out there if we someday wanted to think about boat ownership (other than one’s my my kids have that go in the bathtub) someday and whether or not it was affordable.

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Lots of great resources on the Discover Boating website.

There is a pretty extensive tool that allows you to locate marinas, boat docks and other related facilities on the Discover Boating site, but I was shocked to find it was not complete. I live in a boating mecca and there were A LOT of missing marinas and docks, so I can’t help but wonder if it’s a service that companies pay for to be listed. It’s still a cool tool though, and I am sure many will find it helpful.

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Some of the family friendly boating businesses and marinas in the area.

If you want to help your littles get familiar with boating, there is a fun kid’s fishing game PLUS safety tips to share with them. Kids are never to young to learn about how to be safe on the water! No matter how many swimming lessons they have had, they always need to be in a life vest as well while on a boat. Always.

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The Discover Boating website is informative and provides lots of great tips, whether you are a new or experienced boater. It’s also a reminder to shut off technology and just get away with our families this summer!

Disclaimer: 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.

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Ahh summer and the beach!

    I grew up near the Jersey shore and I will always have to live near the water. I love boating and beach and marina culture, though I don’t own a boat and don’t know how to sail.

    This is a great site — I want to get into the marina culture here, but I don’t think we’d ever buy a boat.

  2. I love that they have a fun app for kids to teach safety. I don’t know if my family will ever be able to afford a boat, but it would be helpful to use a site like this if we ever get to that point. Thanks for the information!!

  3. Beach is totally awesome especially this summer! I am sure a lot of people would want to visit a beach together with the kids this summer season..

  4. I have never been able to live near the beach! To my kids also going to beach is going for a long vacation. I agree that smell of sea is something really captivating.. Now my husband an myself we plan to spend the later part of our lives near the shore… We are trying to save money for that!

  5. Madeline says:

    Yes, living near the beach is wonderful and can spend the time with environmental beauty. Most of the times kids like to be on the shore. Isn’t it?

  6. Wow. I grew up going to Ocean City every summer. Marched in the annual parade, ate Thrasher’s fries, Dolly’s popcorn, and hung out on the Boardwalk. We went to Fager’s at least 4-5 times a year until we moved 3 years ago. In FL now. Closer to the beach! I grew up in PG County, but moved from Carroll.
    Nice to “meet” you!

  7. I grew up in Arizona and still live here. I wish I was near water. I love the ocean and water. Maybe someday I can move closer to water.

  8. I dont think I could live away from the shore & the ocean. Even though we dont take advantage of it as often as we should.

  9. thischickwins says:

    I’ve never lived right near the water but always on big islands, and now that I live farther inland, I can definitely feel a different vibe. Its still weird to see seagulls in parking lots, though! We’re at least 2 hours from the shore.

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