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An Easy-Breezy Boating Season

Prepare yourself to spring into action on the water—boating season is around the corner!

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Spring is the perfect season to prepare for adventures on the water by getting your boat ready and pre-planning your boating trips and activities. It's also a great time to stock up on the newest water sports equipment, find boat accessories, or upgrade electronics. To help, we've gathered the latest tips to get you started and make getting back on the water a breeze.

License to Boat

Don’t forget your most important paperwork! First and foremost, if you are new to boating, you may need a license or Boating Safety ID card to operate a boat. Different states may have varying rules, so it’s always best to check. Discover Boating has a great map displaying the boating requirements of each state. In addition, MarineMax offers Boating Safety Classes to help satisfy requirements. If your state requires a Boating Safety ID card, Captain Keith discusses that in the “Boating Tips” video below.

Inspect. Inspect. Inspect.

After your boat essentially being in hibernation mode for a prolonged period, it’s always best to inspect everything before you head back out on the water. From examining all the lines for cracks to testing electronics, fire extinguishers, and more, you can never be too detailed about boating safety. Also, be aware of any critters that may have made your vessel home while it was sitting. If you need help getting your boat back up and going, MarineMax will gladly assist with spring recommissioning. Just download the MarineMax App and set up a service appointment. In the meantime, see our boating checklist below:

Boating Checklist

Do you have the following?

  • Up-to-date safety gear and equipment
  • Active boat registration
  • Insurance documents
  • Boaters license and/or fishing license
  • Full fuel, fluid, and water tanks
  • Working boat batteries and lights
  • Proper air pressure in trailer tires
  • Cracks, pits, or dings in hull or propellers
  • Older electronics needing upgrades
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Plan your Path

Planning boating adventures in advance is always a good practice—even if it’s just a trip for a few hours. Some simple questions to consider before you go are the five W’s: when are you leaving; where are you going; who are you taking; what are you bringing; and what is the weather like? If you want to get more in-depth with planning your route, MarineMax offers informative boating navigation courses. Or, if you seek fun places to go, see “10 Boating Activities to Enjoy This Spring” or our Events page for exciting day trips, exclusive Getaways!®, and other events happening locally and nationwide.

Load up for Fun

Boating is great but is even more exciting with fun additions, accessories, and necessities! Before your boat hits the water, consider what you may need beforehand. Since safety always comes first, do you have enough life jackets and sunscreen? Once that is solved, what type of water toys or watersports equipment would be entertaining for family or guests? And, of course, if you need boating food advice, we have some tips for that! Check out The Ultimate Snackle Box or Spring Fiesta Recipes to start.

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Time for Boating!

When it comes to boating, there’s always a reason to go. Whether for a birthday, anniversary, a fishing trip, or just because, being out on the water is fantastic on any occasion. For a worry-free time, follow the steps above, pack the coolers, and enjoy! If you are looking for more days to celebrate the water this year, check out some popular boating days across the U.S. below:

  • March 19, 2024 - First Day of Spring
  • May 18 – 24, 2024 - National Safe Boating Week
  • May 27, 2024 - Memorial Day
  • June 1 – 9, 2024 - National Fishing and Boating Week
  • June 20, 2024 - First Day of Summer
  • July 4, 2024 - Fourth of July
  • September 2, 2024 - Labor Day

Stay safe on the water and have fun! If you need anything in between, download the MarineMax App for Boating Made Easy™.

Want to add more excitement and adventure to brighten up the boating season? March into spring savings with the latest inventory at MarineMax today!

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