Occasionally I run into someone who says they have never been on a boat. This really surprises me because all of my life we have gone on boats.
This is the first time I got to drive a boat – I was about 5 (1975) doing this and it was my mom’s boss’ pontoon boat. I was so thrilled to get to “drive”.
Here I am fishing (that’s me in front) with my brother and my dad. This was on my dad’s red and white boat which he loved. While I do like fishing, I do not like it as much as my parents who would take us out on the boat for a LONG time when I was a kid – too long for me. Dad said I had to be quiet so not to scare the fish away. Hmmph. For any of you that know me, you know being quiet is not my strong suit. Even if I did not always enjoy all the time fishing, I really do remember having fun on the weekends out on the boat with my family.
I love the quiet on the water a little more now as an adult. It is so relaxing to have a nice breeze as you cruise through the water and just watch the water. Sunsets are always amazing on the water too. This sunset was as a storm was finally passing and the sky had this magnificent purple and pink hue while I was in Minnesota.
Any type of boat is fine with me. I have been on john boats, bass boats, pontoons, cabin cruiser, cruise ship, speed boats, and then last summer I finally got to go on a sailboat in San Diego! Once again I loved being at the wheel. This sail was just really wonderful!
Hubby really loves to go out in the bass boat up at Mark Twain Lake. We have family up there and so he is able to go often for the weekend. He would really love his own boat, but for right now he is happy that my dad shares with him and lets him take out his bass boat. I had to share these photos he took last weekend.
You really can do so many different things while boating. Relaxing, skiing, fishing, and just having fun! Even if you do not swim, boating is still a very doable activity. You do not have to get into the water yourself, just use the dock to get on board! There are so many types of boats to try out also. You can ask to go on a friends, you can book trips for a few hours or days, rent a boat, or buy your own. The Discover Boating website has a boat selector guide which I loved. Hubby would be happy with a small bass boat, but I picked a big cabin cruiser boat!!! Opposites attract. Really though, my boat selection you can still fish on, plus you can have more people join you, you can sleep on, and just have fun. I had to giggle while I was on their site looking around because they have a “spousal conversion kit” section with videos, answers to questions and objections, and all sorts of info. I could see Hubby coming to me with this info to try and sell me on the idea of buying our own boat. The Discover Boating site has plenty of other resources and information if you have any interest in boats.
DISCLOSURE: 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. Opinions are my own.
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