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BoatingSecrets

Uncovered

AGuideToThe

CompleteFamily

Experience

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TableofContents

Introduction

BuyingaBoat

KindsofBoats

BuyingaUsedBoat

EngineCheckList

BoatCheckList

BestPlacestoBuyaBoat

BoatFinancing

InsuranceandRegistration

BoatMaintenance

EmergencyBoatRepair

BoatEquipment

GettingOntheWater

Rulesofthe“Road”

BoatSafety

BoatingEtiquetteforGuests

BoatingWithChildren

InCaseofEmergency

Conclusion

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INTRODUCTION

Forsomepeople,theperfectdayisclearandsunny.It’snottoo

coolandit’snottoowarm.Thereisagentlebreezeblowingandthe

waterislikeasmoothplateofglassandtheyarehappilyridingalong

thewaterintheirnewboatenjoyingthesceneryalongtheway.

Ifthissoundslikeyourperfectdaytoo,therearesomethings

thatyouneedtoknowaboutbeforeyoubeginyourboating

adventures.Boatingismuchmorethanjustputtingacraftonthe

waterandswitchingonthemotororhoistingthesails.Whileitmay

seemlikeaneasyundertaking,youshouldstillbecomeaninformed

boaterknowingtherulesofthewateraswellasboatsafety.

Boatinghaslotsandlotsofadvantagesthatyoumayhavenever

thoughtabout.Itcanhelpbringyoutogetherasafamily,itcanease

stress,anditisalotoffun.Experiencedboaterscansharewithyou

theirloveofboatingandwhyit’ssomethingtheypursueheartily.

Recreationalboatingprovidesaconstructiveoutletfor

entertainmentthatreducesstressandprovidesampleopportunities

forself-enrichment.Itdoesn’tmatterifyou’relearningtowaterski,

relaxingasyoutrytocatchafish,orjustrelaxingondeckand

enjoyingasunset,boatingcanbringqualitytoyourlife.

AboutninetypercentofAmericanslivelessthananhouraway

fromanavigablebodyofwater.Thatmeansthatboatingisalsoa

convenientmeansofentertainmentthatrequiresjustalittletravel

time.

Believeitornot,boatingcangreatlyreducetheamountofstress

inyourlifeaswell.Infact,a2005NationalMarinaManufacturers

Associationsurveyofover1,000Americanhouseholdslistedboatingin

thetop-threeofallstress-relievingactivities.

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Therearemanyactivitiesyoucandowhileboatingthatcanalso

contributetowardyouroverallwell-being.Waterskiingisgreat

exercise.Somepeoplebelievethatjustbreathinginthefreshairfrom

thedeckofyourboatcanhavehealingqualitiesaswell.Nutritionists

knowthatfishisgoodforyou.Boatingallowsyoutocatchyourown

freshfishthusimprovingyourhealthaswell.

Ifyou’renewtoboating,don’tfear.Thereisalottolearn,but

thegoodnewsisthatit’seasytolearn.Thisbookwillexploreall

aspectsofboatingfrompickingoutaboattoboatsafety.Whether

youareinterestedinboatingforrecreationorasawaytoconnectwith

familyandfriends,withourhelp,you’llbeonthewaterinnotime.

Withtheinformationcontainedinthisbook,evenapersonwith

noboatingexperiencewillbeabletoenjoythisgreatactivitylikemore

experiencedsailors.ThisisBoating101–letclassbegin!

BUYINGABOAT

Manypeoplewouldlovetogetintoboatingasaregularactivity

intheirlives,buttheythinktheycan’taffordtoowntheirownboat.

Whilebuyingaboatcanbealargeexpenditure,thereareactually

manyoptionsprospectiveboatownerscanusewhenbuyingaboat.

Almostallboatdealerswillofferfinancingforyourboat,and

mostofthetime,yourpaymentswillbeunder$200amonth.Youcan

alsolookintosecuringapersonalloanforyourboatthroughyourlocal

bank.

Manynewboatownerswillbuyapreviouslyownedboatastheir

firstwatercraft.Alotoftimespeoplewillupgradetheirchoiceofboats

andthenselltheiroldboat.Thiscanbeagreatwaytogetintoboat

ownershipwithoutspendingalotofmoney.

Let’sstartbyidentifyingwhatexactlycertainboatsare.

Sometimestheterminologycangetlostonbeginners,sowe’lllookat

someofthemostcommonboatsandwhatthey’recalled.

Bass/Fishing Boat

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Theseboatsareexactlywhatthenameimplies.Theyaremeant

tobeusedforfishing.Mostfishingboatsarepoweredbyoutboard

motors,andmanyalsohaveatrollingmotormountedonthebow.

Bassboatscanbemadeofaluminumorfiberglass.Aluminumis

lighterandeasiertomaneuverthusrequiringasmallermotorthan

wouldberequiredofafiberglassboat.Analuminumboatiseasierto

transportandrequiresasmallervehiclewhentowingonatrailer.

Themostcommonsizeoffishingboatsrangebetween16and20

feetlongandprovideanywherebetween50and200horsepowerin

themotors.Almostallwillhavebaitandfishwellforstoringyour

catchaswellasseparatecompartmentstostorerods,reels,and

tackle.

Aluminumbassboatscanbealittlecheaperthanthefiberglass

varietywithpricesbetween$7,000and$30,000newdependingon

thepackageyouchoose.Themostpopularsizeofaluminumfishing

boatsis17feetwitha50horsepowermotor.

Fiberglassboatsaredesignedtobeflashier.Theycancomeina

varietyofcolorsandarecapableofmuchhigherspeedsthantheir

aluminumcounterparts.Afiberglassbassboatcanhandlerough

watersmoreeasilyandarehighperformanceboats.Ifyouarelooking

toangleprofessionally,youwillwantafiberglassboat.

Thepricerangeforbuyinganewfiberglassboatwouldbeginat

around$10,000andcangetupinthe$75,000rangetopend.Most

fishersprefera18footboatwitha150horsepowermotor.

Cruising Boats

Thesearewonderfulboatsfortakingtripson.Theyare

designedtobeasortofhomeawayfromhomealbeitsmaller,

obviously!CruisingboatsgenerallycomewithTVs,microwaves,and

otherhomeytouches.Theygenerallyhave2or3sleeping

compartmentssoovernighttripsaremucheasier.

Thereisusuallyagalleyforcookingoncruisingboatsaswellas

aseparatebathroom/showerarea.Theyhavealargefuelcapacity;so

longtripsaredefinitelypossiblewithacruisingboat.

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