This time of year can be confusing as the sun may be shining, the birds may be chirping, the BBQ may be cooking, but the water is still cold. While boating this year, ensure you educate and prepare yourself with these tips below.
At BOATsmart!, we’re all about boating safety and making sure our captains and crews enjoy their time on the water – and that includes our furry friends! Dogs are definitely the outdoorsy type so it’s always a great idea to take them out on the water with you. Not only will they have an amazing time on the lake, you get another crew member to keep you company. Win Win! However, whether your co-captain is a tiny toy breed or a towering mastiff, just keep these tips in mind to make boating an experience your pooch will love.
Learn these 8 Boating Terms so You Aren’t Given Away as an Amateur!
If you’re a beginner boater, the world of boating may seem to be confusing and complex. We’ve put together a guide of 8 commonly used boating terms that all beginners should know. Knowing these there’s no way other boaters will see you as an amateur. Continue reading…
Almost 10% of North Carolina is water, so it’s no wonder boating one of the state’s most popular year-round activities. The Wildlife Resources Commission manages over 200 free, 24/7 public boating access areas, and most of the state’s waterways allow power boating. With more than 50 lakes alone, it can be tough to choose the best boating destination, so we’ve done it for you.
The search is over: we’ve made the ultimate gift guide for your boater dad, outdoorsy cousin, and cottage-loving in-laws. Are they tech-savvy, accident-prone, or just a friendly fisherman? We’ve got something for them all. Whether they’ve been nice or “knotty,” every boater deserves one of these top ten nautical holiday presents.
If your first crew-mate is more puppy than pirate, don’t worry! We’ve created a collection of water-friendly essentials that will ensure your furry friends have a safe and fun-filled time on the water. Make the most of the dog days of summer with this list of essentials for a weekend by the water with your dog. Continue reading…
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Vivid Seats & BOATsmart! choose the best concerts from coast-to-coast!
Boating and music go together like sunny days and good times. If you’re anything like us, you love cruising along or dropping an anchor with your favourite jams in the background when you’re out on the boat with friends and family! Just make sure you grab the essentials: your lifejackets, boating license, sunscreen and boating playlist! It creates a great vibe, sets the mood and gives your awesome boating experience a soundtrack you can rock out to.
We’ve got some great news if boating and good music are your top two favorite things! Some of the best country artists (who love to sing about how much they love boating) are touring this year, and they are going to be on or near some popular waterways! The worlds of music and boating collide in the song lyrics of these musicians (ahem, Jimmy Buffet…) so why not go for the epic experience and try to find a concert you may be able to watch from the deck of your boat!?
Staying warm and boating down south this fall?
Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefer Band know how to rock an oceanside audience and they love celebrating that it’s always “5 o’clock somewhere”! So grab your sunscreen, straw hat and best buds and order those beachy tickets!
The undeniably classic Lynyrd Skynyrd band is on tour right now and crowds are rocking out to their classic Southern rock hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” This band’s been together since 1964 – so you could say that they’ve had some practice and may know a thing or two about entertaining an audience!
Boating up north and watching the leaves turn red?
More of a northern rocker? Don’t miss your chance to see Detroit music icon Kid Rock’s tour! His classic hits like ‘All Summer Long’ will give you those good time, summer vibes all year long!
Straight out of the windy city, these rockers changed the landscape of mainstream pop music by fusing classic jazz instruments with the sounds of modern rock! Perfect lid-back cruising tunes for the boat!
Coast-to-coast tours we’re stoked about!
The very talented, very charming Luke Bryan will be touring all over this fall. You can pretty much catch him from anywhere and his tunes will get your crew movin’, shakin’ and boot stompin’!
There isn’t a wakeboarder out there who doesn’t have “Pour Some Sugar on Me” on their boating playlist, chillin-on-the-dock soundtrack, or campfire party tunes! Don’t miss out on seeing one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time live this year!
All right, honestly, who DOESN’T want to see Eric Church doing his thang? Every song he releases is better than the last and he couldn’t be hotter right now! His songs make you feel like you’ve just dropped an anchor on the Mississippi river, and you’re chilling out with a guitar, a fishing pole, good company, and a cold ‘drink in your hand’.
Fun, safe boating – it’s easy.
Make sure you stay safe out there boaters! Have fun rocking out to your favourite boating soundtracks, but remember to get your official Boating License to be a responsible Captain and be legal on the water (Oh, head’s up travellers: in some states you’re required to have a Boater Education Card!) and always make sure your Captain is sober behind the wheel. Water on the water, beer on the pier! It’s all about enjoying worry-free time out there and being able to kick back, knowing that you and your passengers are safe on the water!
Enjoy the show, the boating experience, and the feeling of the wind in your hair as you crank your boating playlist on the water!