Here are our TOP 10 Reasons to own a boat
Whether it is a center console, a fishing boat, a cabin cruiser or a yacht, owning a boat is a lifechanging experience that can be both rewarding and exhilarating.
1. Reduces stress.
Daily life can be stressful. This past year has elevated this stress to a whole new level! Our bodies and brains need to have an opportunity to recharge. Various studies have revealed, “our brains are hardwired to react positively to water, proximity to water and everything it has to offer can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what's broken.” Owning a boat helps you slow down, get connected to family and friends, and leave your anxiety behind.
2. Deepen family relationships
Owning a boat provides an opportunity for every family member to participate. Few activities bring families together the way boating does. If nothing else, you can remove the digital devices from everyone’s hands and return to real life engagements! Sharing onboard jobs such as handling a line or even the exhilarating experience of driving the boat is a skill that can change their lives. As you learn new skills, challenge your kids to learn them with you. To prep for your trips, you can comb YouTube for tutorials about knots, weather forecasting, or navigation. Providing your kids routine tasks to help them feel part of the boating experience makes them feel integral to the process. You’ll learn surprising things about each other you can’t learn any other way and develop trust in each other’s abilities.
3. Provides great exercise
We all need to increase movement in our lives, and getting exercise while you’re having fun never feels like hard work. A boat is a platform for exercise while having fun that offers endless possibilities – wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and swimming all get the heart pumping and sometimes that adrenaline flowing. You’ll use muscles you forgot you even had and have fun in the process.
4. Boat quality is better than ever
Like automobiles and technology the advancements that boat builders have made in recent years has seen accelerated growth and innovation. Today’s boats have helm systems that make it easier than ever to dock. Today’s boats have safety and communications features that make it easier than ever to get help. Today’s boats have all the creature comforts of home that make being on the water relaxing and exhilarating.
5. Requires mastering new skills
Safely operating a boat requires mastering new skills – mastering new skills keeps your mind sharp. From boat handling and course plotting to navigating the tides, and avoiding traffic around a busy inlet, cruising on a boat always expands your boating IQ. In addition, all the new technology these days makes it even more interesting and fun to play with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos at the helm. Learning the vocabulary, the rules of the water, your electronics, and the fine points of operating in all combinations of current, tide and winds can awaken and stimulate your brain in a unique way.
6. Be part of a unique community
The boating community is diverse and supportive – and being part of it has a tremendous sense of camaraderie. Whether you’re a doctor, an auto mechanic, an attorney, or a teacher, when you’re out on the water you’re sharing a common experience. Boaters always help and support each other. They trade tips, tools, and techniques. They share recipes, books, and secret swimming or fishing spots. And they have the best raft-up block parties on the water than anyone could ever ask for.
7. Take control over your vacation
When you’re out on the water, you go where you want, when you want, at your own pace and in your own time. Whether it’s a Saturday at a sandbar on the Intracoastal, a weekend in Bimini, or ten days in the Keys, you set the pace. You determine your budget. You decide what to eat and when. You decide where to spend the night. A vacation on your own boat can be as luxurious or as simple as you like. Or you can join fellow boaters on an adventure. Bottom line, taking a boating vacation can be what ever you want it to be.
8. Quality time with business partners
If you’re looking for a unique alternative to routine client lunches or company golf outings, why not invite selected clients or colleagues to spend time on your boat? Talking business or sealing a deal over a delicious lunch and chilled white wine, or an exciting fishing trip or during a spectacular sunset cruise along the Tampa skyline adds prestige to any transaction.
9. Experience the world in a more intimate way
Cruising the coastline can introduce you to an entirely new version of your world, even if you’re just a few miles away from where you live. Seeing and experiencing a city from the water is inherently different from experiencing it by land. There’s nothing like being escorted into an anchorage by an armada of dolphins, watching pelicans dive-bomb for their breakfast nearby, or seeing huge manatees swim right under your boat. Sunrises and sunsets are much more romantic from the water than from the condo balcony. The air smells better. The stars shine brighter. The beer tastes colder.
10. Boating is more FUN than ever before
Back in the day, moms and dads would tie inner tubes to ski ropes and tell kids to hang on. Nowadays, there are all kinds of fun toys that go with boating, from inflatable water slides and rock climbing walls to three- and four-person inflatables that can be pulled behind the boat. Some boats even have “never-ending wakes” for surfers who want to ride the endless summer forever. There are so many activities to explore when it comes to boating whether you like water sports, fishing, snorkeling or just enjoying a relaxing time on the water watching the sunset.
For more information about how Tampa Yacht Sales can help you find the boat of your dreams contact Shane Faunce at (813) 906-0888 for more information or view our current listings.