People jump in boats for many different reasons; cruising, sailing, or fishing, whether it be on a river, lake, out in the bay, or on the ocean. Boating is a very popular activity, and there are millions of people who enjoy boating worldwide. Whether you’re in a canoe, kayak, sailboat, or yacht, there’s something to love about boating. Here are top seven reasons to go boating.
Escape from everyday life
Boating can be a great way for you to escape from everyday life and just get away from it all. Whether you are overworked, tired, or stressed out, once you get out on your boat, you forget all about life’s menaces. Being out on the water, your mind is clear and you’re more aware of your surroundings. You are in control of exactly how you spend your time. The further you get out on the water, the further you are from all of your problems.
Quality time with family
Of course, boating is enjoyable alone, however, boating is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family. When kids are growing up, they want to avoid their parents at all costs, but at a certain age, they want to be included. There’s no better way to make your kids feel important than letting them feel as if they’re apart of the crew. You can be captain and let them be first mate! Work together to leave the dock, racing, cruising, anchoring, and returning to the harbor can really improve your relationship with your family. Spending quality time together out in the middle of the water is much more meaningful because there are no distractions.
Hang with friends
What could be better than spending an afternoon cruising the waters with your friends? Swimming, paddling, towing, beaching… there’s nothing better than spending time with those who enjoy the water just as much as you. Gather your friends up, get snacks and booze, and just relax on your boat and enjoy everyone’s company. If your friends have boats or you’re able to rent canoes, you all could participate in boat racing. Sailing offers a great opportunity for team building, but so does two man canoeing, and even pedal boating.
Enjoy the scenery
Just being out on the water, hearing the water touch up against your boat, and looking at the greenery, it really puts things in perspective and allows you to appreciate the beauty of nature. Escape by boat and enjoy a quiet cove, surrounded by nothing but empty shoreline and bird chirping. Whether you’re able to get away for an hour or a week, boating will improve your outlook on life in general.
Boats, even more so than vehicles or planes, require craftsmen. There is always something to mend and improve on a boat that you pretty much have to do yourself, not contract for. There’s a crack to fix, a leak to plug, or a bottom to clean; something to paint, glaze, or polish, or a broken line to splice or replace. Perhaps there is a bolt to tighten or a block to grease. If you have an engine, there may be oil to change or packing that needs stuffed. Tending to your boat brings a satisfaction that you really can’t find anywhere else.
Learn something new
There will never be a day when you will go out on your boat and not learn something new or sharpen a skill. There are knots you need to learn how to tie and such. There is nothing intuitive about making a boat go, and you will always want to make the boat go better, faster, or safer, requiring education in seamanship, rules of the road, and safety, if you’re not already familiar with them. You need to learn piloting and how to read charts, how to anchor your boat, and how to read the weather and the water. If you trailer your boat, you need some training on how to launch and retrieve, and how to balance your load; it is not as easy as it looks. When it comes to boating, continuing education is key to ensure you’re a successful sailor.
Out of all of these reasons to go boating, there’s no better reason than just for some good old fashioned fun. Boating is pure fun and there are tons of things to do out on the water. Fishing, wake surfing, and water skiing are just a few ideas to really get things going on your boat. However, those things may not be for everyone. If you don’t want to engage in any activities on your boat, just kicking back with a good book or playing some games on your smartphone, whatever you like, can really be the most enjoyable experience while sailing.