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Blueprint for Summer Boating Success

Summer is just around the corner—are you ready to kick off this boating season? 

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Summer is around the corner—it's time to let the sun and fun take over and enjoy a lot more time out on the water! It's also a great time to prepare yourself for the best days of boating with the latest tips, boating skills, accessories, safety equipment, and more. To help you get started and make the most of the hottest days ahead, read this handy guide to make this season a 'splashing' good time!

Get Ready. Get Set. BOAT! 

As Memorial Day holds a special place in our thoughts and hearts for those who have served and fallen, it is also ‘boat-torious’ for being the unofficial start to summer and is a big day for boating. If you're waiting for hotter weather or the long weekend of May 27 to get back on the water, check our summer boating checklist to be sure you and your boat are prepared!

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
  • Cracks, pits, or dings in hull or propellers
  • Older electronics needing upgrades

To dive deeper into the checklist of readiness, see additional details in our spring preparedness article and even take a fun quiz! If you know you need some maintenance beforehand, let us help! Schedule your recommissioning or service easily with the MarineMax App

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Safety First 

Along with getting ready for the water comes safety. And we can’t emphasize that enough! With National Boating Safety Week happening this month and many more boats on the waterways, staying safe on the water is essential so your adventures can remain happy, healthy, and fun! To start, be a safer boater by ensuring all aboard have life vests in good condition and verify a non-expired first-aid kit and flares are onboard. Additionally, there are many safety classes, tips, and seminars MarineMax offers in our latest article to help you brush up on your boating safety. 

Look Like a Pro on the Water

You just got a new boat and want to impress your friends and family—but you have limited experience. Fear not. We've got you covered! At MarineMax, we have many classes to allow you to learn new or enhance your skills on the water and feel more confident. Check out our classes covering various topics such as navigation, docking, fishing, and more. We even have our exclusive Women on Water® classes for all the ladies out there who want to take the helm. 

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Gear up with Boating Necessities

Who doesn’t love an exciting day on the water? Make all your adventures aboard even better by having what is needed to keep guests entertained, water sports enthusiasts energized, gear to keep you safe, a special boating wardrobe, and more! There’s also a dreamy boating destinations bucket list and a collection of water toys you can get. Find out more in 11 Summer Day Necessities for Your Boating Trip. 

Basic Boating Etiquette

When you're out on the water this season, remember your boating etiquette! Being part of the boating community means upholding some basic rules for everyone's safety and enjoyment throughout the season. To ensure your boating adventures remain smooth sailing, we're here with some boating etiquette tips to keep the good times rolling. Let's remember to spread some joy and make every moment on the water memorable!

Plan your Path for Fun

Planning is always a key factor in any adventure. Whether traveling on the water or elsewhere, consider when you are leaving, where you are going, who you are taking, what you are bringing, and what the weather is like before you leave. If you are looking for fun places to explore and things to do, check out this exciting boating bucket list or our MarineMax Events page. Also, consider if water toys or watersports equipment would be a good source of entertainment for family or guests. And, of course, if you need boating food advice, we have some tips for that! Check out some of these easy summer boating snacks to start. 

Ready to add an extra splash of excitement and adventure to your boating season? Dive into unbeatable savings on our newest inventory at MarineMax today!


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