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.
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.
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.
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.