This post is sponsored by Discover Boating but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Cool breeze in your hair, summer sights, and togetherness. No doubt, summer is the BEST for family.
In fact, I make a summer bucket list every early July because I really like to live up to my list. I think making the list helps make it all true. And we have big plans for summer of 2018, as usual. My family really knows how to summer with style!
I found out pretty recently through DiscoverBoating.com that we have so many boating options this summer! In fact, I love DiscoverBoating.com because it helps you to find local boat rentals and clubs near you, has a Boat Selector tool, has great how to videos and boating basics videos, helps you find youth boating programs close to home, and even provides a boat loan calculator. That way you can calculate what it might cost to finance a boat. You can find ALL of that awesome info here.
So you may have guessed what’s #1 on our summer bucket list. Boating!
And not just any boating – we specifically want to be on a motorboat or sailboat. I remember renting a motorboat every summer in Ocean City, MD and LOVING the feeling of the wind in my hair. Des asked if this could be the summer we go on a motorboat together. I told him there was no way I’d say no to that! We also used to rent a sailboat in Myrtle Beach and I can’t wait to feel the wind in my hair from a sailboat! It’s been so many years that I’m so excited to have this tool to help us find some summer boating fun. There’s nothing so soothing yet exhilarating than being in a boat on a sea, river or lake.
Did you know?
- 142 million Americans (adults and children) go boating each year.
Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services totaled $39 billion in 2017, an increase of 7 percent from 2016.
It’s not just new boats Americans are buying; there were an estimated 988,200 pre-owned boats (powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats) sold in 2017.
There are nearly 12 million registered/documented boats in the U.S. in 2016 (2017 data will be available in July 2018).
95 percent of boats on the water (powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats) in the U.S. are small in size, measuring less than 26 feet in length—boats that can be trailered by a vehicle to local waterways.
Boating is predominantly “middle-class” with 62 percent of boat owners having a household income less than $100,000.
Discover Boating did a survey and discovered that 82% of Americans say being around the water is relaxing, 72% of Americans feel healthier after spending time on the water (I do), and 84% of parents think that their kids would be more likely to unplug on a boat trip versus a road trip. And, 88% of American parents feel that their kids need to get more involved in outdoor activities this summer, like boating. I will say I fully support this statistic!
And here’s the rest of our summer bucket list:
2 – Go raspberry picking!
3 – Go on a moose safari. Even though I go on my own moose safaris every so often, it would be nice to sit back and let someone else lead.
4 – Head to northern New England and rent a cabin. Enough said there!
5 – Truly relax in Cape Cod. We are going soon and we can’t wait!
6 – Have an amazing retreat in Maine. My family is booked for a vacation camping weekend in Waldoboro, Maine in August.
7 – Make raspberry s’mores.
8 – Eat a lot of ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.
9 – Celebrate our summer birthdays in style.
10 – See fireworks one more time this summer.
Do you love to go boating?