Spending quality time on the water is one of the most relaxing ways to pass ones often all too little leisure time, so it’s important that you make use of your boat throughout the year and not just during the festive season. Listed below are a few tips on how to perhaps best facilitate this:
- USE YOUR BOAT MORE OFTEN
Just because she’s kept down at the holiday home or kept in storage, doesn’t mean that you can’t tow her home with you and get usage out of her at your home base. Alternatively if this isn’t an option then you’ll just have to get down to the holiday home more often.
If an opportunity to explore presents itself when you’re in the car, on the motorbike or the mountain bike, more often than not you’ll give it a go. So why not do that with your boat, check out all the nearby boating venues and launch sites and go and have a look, try somewhere different and explore new waterways and broaden your boating possibilities.
- MAXIMISE UPON YOUR TIME ON YOUR BOAT
Encourage your family to learn new boating skills and to try new things, whether it’s waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing. If they’re over 16 years old, motivate them to take a Skipper’s course so that they too can experience being at the helm first hand.
Most importantly invite your friends and spend quality time on the water away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
- BROADEN YOUR ‘TIME ON THE WATER’ OPTIONS
Subject to your boating location, always consider broadening the possibilities even further. Fishing is a great bonding option to do with the kids and friends, just make sure that you’ve got the right permits for both fishing and bait collection (if required) and that you’ve got some ‘insider’ advice from the local Fishing store.
Sometimes there is nothing better than to anchor up in a picturesque spot and just relax. If that’s too quiet then take a snorkel and some flippers, after that it’s off to dive school to get some proper training in taking the underwater scuba experience to the next level in a safe and responsible manner.
If currently you have a Category R ‘Restricted’ Skipper’s license for sheltered and inland waters, then maybe it’s time to upgrade to an offshore license to broaden your own boating skills and to extend your present boating boundaries. Certainly going out to sea can open the doors to a whole new world of boating opportunity and adventure, so why not remove any restrictions in your way and go deeper, you’ll never look back!
- DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
With being on, in or near the water on a more regular basis being the first prize, it’s maybe time to try some completely new options. Kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the water in a relaxing and healthy way, allowing you to venture places that bigger craft might not allow.
Have you ever been sailing? Well maybe it’s time to go have some Beginner’s lessons at your local inland or coastal sailing club. That in itself will broaden your ‘on the water’ options and overall experience, whilst at the same time bringing you into contact with like-minded people. Before you know it, you’ll be crew on some bigger yacht doing things you had never dreamed of.
For more information or assistance with any of the above, pay a visit to your local Honda Marine dealer and let them share their specific regional experience with you.