(BPT) - Spending more time on the water with friends and family? Boating has seen a surge in popularity as millions of Americans realize it gives you the freedom to explore the outdoors and is a fun, relaxing way to escape stress on land. In fact, boat sales are at near-record highs with an influx of newcomers who purchased their first boat in 2020, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Makes sense! Boating is your vacation on-demand and close to home.
If you’re new to boating or an experienced captain still navigating best practices for enjoying a day on the water, remember it shouldn’t be intimidating. Understanding the basics on what to do and what to bring will help make you a safer, more confident boater and create lasting memories for years to come.