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.
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…
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.
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!
When your boat goes into storage for the winter, it not only becomes a fancy, warm, waterproof hotel for critters, but it also becomes a tropical snack bar. How so? You know those awesome, coconut-smelling oils, sunscreens and lotions that you and your passengers wear to protect you skin from the sun all summer long? To a hungry raccoon, they taste as good as they smell and the residue from those lotions is ALL over your boat’s vinyl seats, lifejackets, towels, etc.!
So, on one score, I’m warning you about the importance of properly cleaning and shrink-wrapping your boat before putting it in storage to keep hungry critters that don’t hibernate, like raccoons and squirrels out of it. I’m also advising you to invest in boat insurance coverage that protects your boat all year-long (and includes vermin protection!). You can be 100% covered this winter with BOATsmart! Assure Marine Insurance (oh, and you’ll be eligible to save 25% off your annual policy). But there’s more to getting your boat ready for the harsh, Canadian winter than simply signing up for your boat insurance policy, and if you’re the DIY-type, you’ll want to reference our ‘Winter-Ready Checklist’ below to service your boat before the winter arrives.
Boat Winterization… in Canada.
The cold weather and long stretch of time that your boat’s engine is sitting stagnant means you need to be extra vigilant each fall to properly prepare your boat for the Canadian deep freeze. Winterizing your boat starts with reading the owner’s manual and determining if you’re up to the task. The boat winterization procedure should be detailed in the manual, but If you are the least bit unsure of the appropriate winterization procedure for your type of boat or of your skill, you should visit your local marine dealer for advice and service. It’s not worth it to take a guess – you could spill environmentally dangerous substances by accident, or you could cause engine damage that will put a cramp in your boat launch next summer!
The Ultimate Winter-Ready Checklist:
Step 1) Clean the hull of your boat with an environmentally-friendly marine detergent or algae remover.
Step 2) Empty the bilge of any excess water and clean it out using a marine-grade bilge cleaner or just soap and water.
Step 3) Drain and flush the engine’s cooling system.
Step 4) Fill the boat’s fuel tank.
Step 5) Clean (or replace) the fuel filter.
Step 6) Remove the spark plugs and fog the engine cylinders with a rust inhibitor.
Step 7) Lubricate all moving parts.
Step 8) Clean off any excess grease, lubrication, dirt and marine life.