Buying a boat is a big decision that requires research before taking action. When broken down into smaller decisions, though, you'll find it much easier to decide on, shop for and buy a boat that is the best fit for you. Below are five areas, including links to in-depth coverage of each topic, that will help you define the boat that best meets your needs.
Find a boat show near you using the Boat Show and Events Calendar. Typically, January through April offer the most boat shows per month, but boat shows are offered world-wide all year long. Boat shows are one of the best ways to try on many different boats, meet dealers and manufacturers and mingle with the boating community.
January, February and March are the hottest months out of the whole year for boat shows. When you are interested in buying a boat, boat shows are one of the best ways to try on many different boats, meet dealers and manufacturers and mingle with the boating community. Use these informative articles to get the best boat show and boat buying tips as well as learn when the best time buy a boat and whether to buy from a dealer or at a boat show. Even if you aren't in the market, boat shows can be a great way to stay connected to the boating community and the hobby that you love.
Here's wishing you a very, merry Christmas. May the holidays be filled with joy, love and laughter. Thanks so much for joining on this boating journey this year.
Help the boater in your life learn a new skill such as line splicing, navigation, winterizing their boat, basic maintenance, bottom painting, etc., and you will give a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving through money saving, and possibly life saving, instruction.
DIY boating gifts most appeal to those boaters who live, eat and breath boating. These boaters love all aspects of being a boat owner - from the care and maintenance of their boat to the pleasures a day on the water provides. These boaters are breed all their own, so buying boating gifts for them may at first seem daunting. But, if you give them a gift that allows them to express their love of boating, even while not on the water, they will thank you again and again.
When you give the boater in your life the gift of a boating book or magazine, you give the gift that keeps on giving all year long. As they return again and again to these fantastic boating resources, they will continue to grow their boating knowledge and skill, something you can't put a price tag on. Here are a few books that will enhance any boaters library. At the bottom, you will find a link for the top 5 boating magazines. Whether it's a book or a magazine, any of these is sure to be a gift that will delight the boater in your life.
Boaters love their boats and what better boating gift can you give than the name of their boat on a personal item such as clothing, welcome mats or even glasses and mugs? By personalizing an item for the boater in your life, you are meeting a practical need with a personal touch. Here are a few ideas and resources to find personalized products to give as gifts. Think outside the box to dream up a truly one-of-a-kind boating gift.
Most boaters can't resist the latest tech boating gadgets. Many of the selections below serve practical and safety purposes and can be found in several price ranges to suit every budget. Give these great gadget boating gifts and you will see smile after smile and have the satisfaction of giving a gift that can be used for years to come, and even may save the life of the boater you know and love.
If you have a boater in your life, you will want to take a look at my articles highlighting great gift ideas. From books and magazines to tech gadgets that pleasing and inexpensive, there is something for everyone. For the next few weeks, instead of my normal Boat Tips articles, I will be highlighting boating gift ideas to make your holiday shopping easier. See a gift you want? Send my blog to your family members so they can put it on their list.
Did you know you can become hypothermic in warm water as well as cold? Generally speaking, you are at risk of hypothermia if you are immersed in water long enough. Survival rates when immersed in water vary depending on water temperature, your size and physical condition, but there are water survival techniques to increase the time you can spend in the water before becoming hypothermic. These techniques become increasingly vital if you boat during cold weather or in perpetually cold waters: