Boating Safety Tips for the Busy Summer Season

With summer in full swing there is a lot of traffic on the water and we all need to be respectful and be aware of our surroundings. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while you are enjoying your time on the water this summer:

  1. Do NOT Drink and Boat

The same reasons we don’t drink and drive are the same reasons we don’t drink and boat. Also, per Motor Boatin’ policy I do not allow alcohol on my boats at all. Studies have shown that alcohol can be more hazardous on water than land, alcohol can impact judgment and coordination. Please be responsible and safe and don’t drink and boat, or have a designated driver who will be staying sober for the duration of your trip.

  1. Always Wear a Lifejacket

North Carolina requires anyone under 13 to be wearing a lifejacket on any recreational vessel. Also, if you are on any watercraft no matter what age you must have a Coast Guard-approved life vest. The U.S Coast Guard reported that more than 80% of boating fatality victims could have survived if they were wearing a life jacket. You should always have life jackets accessible on your boat but you should also always be wearing one just in case an accident happens that wouldn’t allow you enough time to grab one. Better safe than sorry!

  1. Be Courteous of Others on The Water

The water is a shared space between boaters and swimmers. We must respect everyone else that is also on the water to avoid accidents and injuries. If everyone does their part, everyone will have a safe and fun time on the water! Always, follow signs and directions while on the water they were put there for a reason. Also, always keep safe distances from swimmers and other boats and definitely keep your wake low around them.

Looking to operate something smaller? Motor-Boatin offers Jet-Skis: Go on the ride of your life and enjoy that #lakelife.

The Best Towable Tubes​​

Take advantage of this beautiful weather and enjoy Falls Lake! One fun water activity is tubing and it’s always a fan favorite, but safety is key. I have compiled a list of some of the best and safest towable tubes.

3 of the safest towable tubes on the market right now are:

  1. Airhead Super Mable

This is Amazon’s best seller and has great reviews! This tube can accommodate up to three riders and its super durable which is great for unnecessary wear and tear. Also, it protects your knees, elbows, and knuckles and has multiple tow points. Also, you have the option to sit many different ways and either get towed from the front or the back! You can find it here.

  • RAVE Sports Diablo II

This unique D shaped tube is perfect for Jet Skis and has some amazing features! It has leg bumpers which adds another layer of support so riders will stay on the tub through the shifts and turns. Also, it has easy boarding with a strap to help riders get on easily. You can find it here!

  • SportsStuff Chariot Warbird

Want an unforgettable day on the water? This tube will take you on the ride of your life! This is a great tube for speed and can fit 1-2 riders, but they also offer a larger one that can fit up to 6. Theirs have dual tow points so you can get towed from the front or back. Designed for speed and to not flip and it’s made from durable material. You can find it here.

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Kid Friendly Lake Activities

Need to keep the kids occupied while you’re at the lake? No worries, we have been doing this for quite a while so we have some great idea for you!

5 greats ideas to keep kids entertained and excited while at Falls Lake are:

  1. Water Man, Catch Me If You Can: A designated player will be the “Waterman” and that player’s responsibility is to tag as many players as they can. If tagged you lose that round and must sit out until the round is over. The last player standing is the winner and becomes the new “Waterman”.
  • Gather It: This is where bath toys come in handy, a non-player is going to throw the objects/toys in the water and hide them. Then the players are going to go collect the toys and the player who collects the most wins!
Floating Cornhole
  • Floating Cornhole: Everybody loves a good old classic game of cornhole so why not get a floating version! Cornhole has simple rules that are easily changeable and fit for mostly all ages. Stay cool at the lake this summer by playing this fun water game!
  • Toe Diving: A non-player will throw objects into shallow water and the participants will use their toes to collect and retrieve those objects and bring them back to the surface. The player that is able to collect the most objects wins!
  • Tubing: Get towed by a boat and float up and down the river in an inflatable tube. This recreation activity adds thrill to the lake and the kids will love it!

Don’t have a boat? No worries.

Motor-Boatin LLC has you covered! Whether you like lounging around the lake on a pontoon rental, fishing boat rental or enjoying one of our Yamaha Waverunner VX Deluxe or Sea-Doo Wake Editions Jet Skis, Motor-Boatin LLC has all your needs covered. Our quality rentals are the perfect ingredients for an afternoon of fun, recreation and relaxation.

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Motor Boatin’—Amazon Lake Day Must Haves

Summer is almost here! And we know everyone loves summer because that means fun times on the water on one of our boats or jet skis. Since you’re planning on spending some quality time on the lake, Motor Boatin’ has some suggestions for Lake Day Must Haves you can find on Amazon.

6 items to checkout on Amazon before heading out to the lake are:

  1. Lily Pad Floating Water Mat—Made from foam, these giant floating mats are great for hanging out on the water when you pull one of our pontoon boats into a quiet cove. Your kids will love jumping onto them. They’re easy to roll up and carry. While, they’re a little pricey, they are very much worth the investment if you’re going to spend time relaxing on the water.
  2. 4Monster Microfiber Bath Towels—These high quality towels are designed for swimming and come in a convenient carry bag. They are quick drying and very comfortable.
  3. A Comfort Saddle—When you want to just float in the water while sitting up straight, a comfort saddle is the perfect solution. These provide free movement without the restriction of a float while allowing you to keep cool in the water.
  4. Waterproof Sun Hat—Not only do these provide UV projection, the best waterproof sun hat available also has side vents to allow that breeze to flow through as you cruise on the water—keeping you cool and protected.
  5. Quick-drying Fishing Shorts—Fishermen, don’t think we forgot about you. These quick-drying shorts also come with 30 SPF protection, and are available in over two different colors.
  6. Floating Sunglasses—Made for extreme sports, these sunglasses are great for the lake—especially if you’re speeding along on one of our Yamaha Waverunners. They have straps, and if they do fall off, they float and won’t easily be lost. Of course, they’re polarized and provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Of course, you should never forget the sunscreen, cooler, and your sense of adventure. For more ideas, or to reserve one of our watercrafts for you next Lake Day, contact us at Motor Boatin’. Get ready for fun.

Facts About Some of Our Favorite Lakes

The state of North Carolina is known for its picturesque views whether that be beachfront, mountaintop, or lakefront. With all the outdoor activities available ranging from hiking to fishing, it is a beautiful state that offers something for everyone to enjoy. This blog post by Motor Boatin’ shares facts about some of our favorite lakes in the local area: Falls, Jordan, Harris, and Kerr Lake.

Learn more about 4 of our favorite lakes in North Carolina:

1. Falls Lake: Falls Lake covers over 12,000 acres. Its peaceful atmosphere is great for camping, hiking, or laying out in the sun on a sandy beach. It is named after “Falls of the Neuse” which was once a whitewater section of the Neuse River. Although there’s no more whitewater areas, it is the perfect spot for families to boat, fish, or swim in uncrowded waters.

2. Jordan Lake: With over 13,000 acres, Jordan Lake is a common choice for many families, especially with children because of all the activities available. This lake was created for the New Hope River Valley (now known as Research Triangle Park) based on water resource needs. In 1963, the project was named New Hope Lake. The name was changed in 1973 to B. Everett Jordan Lake in honor of a senator.

3. Harris Lake: Located on the Shearon Harris Reservoir, Harris Lake covers over 4,000 acres. It encompasses a park of around 680 acres that includes trails, picnic areas, a disc golf course, and more. It is a quiet and well-maintained area to spend your day at.

4. Kerr Lake: Kerr Lake is one of the largest lakes in the entire state and takes up over 50,000 acres. Surrounding the lake are vast forests where common NC mammals such as white-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red foxes, and many more call home. With 500 miles of shoreline and 3,400 acres of recreation sites, there is plenty of beauty to take in at Kerr Lake.

All these lakes are close to home but offer that sense of a unique getaway. Get out there and explore all North Carolina has to offer by renting with Motor Boatin’. On a lake is our favorite place to be. Reserve your boat today and contact us with any questions you may have.

How to Host Your Next Getaway with Motor Boatin’

Pssst —We’ve got a secret! Do you want to know our favorite reason at Motor Boatin’ for being on the lake? It’s simple. We love how easy it is to quickly get away from it all. No matter whether you rent one of our jet skis, fishing boats, or pontoons, when you are on the water, your mind is not on work, school, or other stressful daily tasks.

So, when you are ready to plan and host your next quick getaway, let us help you by showing you just how easy it is:

Naturally, it starts by knowing how many people you will be hosting. If it’s a group of 10 to 15, you are going to want one of our amazing pontoon boats. They are perfect for hosting a group of that size on the water. In addition, there is room for coolers, picnic baskets, swim bags, towels, sunscreen, life vests, and everything else you will need to have fun and stay safe.

If you are planning on embarking from our normal location at the Highway 50 Boat Ramp in Wake Forest, we recommend having your entire party meet us at the scheduled time at the ramp. This way, you can prevent extended wait times or having to stop in other locations to pick up and drop off guests.

Be sure to know the ages and sizes of all children because they are legally required to always wear vests while onboard. If you are looking to grill out, know that you must have the boat pulled up to a beach area. Grilling on board the boat is not permitted for safety reasons.

Entertainment is a breeze because our pontoons come equipped with stereos, and most have Bluetooth capability.

In short, our pontoons are the easiest way for a group to make a quick getaway for a day of fun in the sun. To see our availability, prices, and make a reservation, just click here or call us at 919-800-9716.

5 Reasons Why Renting is More Practical Financially Than Owning a Boat

Cruising through serene waters is an experience like no other, but many boaters ask, “Is it smarter financially to own a boat or continue to rent?” At Motor Boatin’, we believe that renting is more practical financially than owning a boat, and we pride ourselves in providing affordable rentals for all to get out on the water.

Here are five reasons why we believe that renting is more practical financially than owning:

  1. Boats carry a hefty price tag: Purchasing a boat is a huge investment. In addition, like cars, boats depreciate value over time which is also something to consider. With affordable renting options like Motor Boatin’, it is a better idea to rent when wanting to get out on the water rather than paying that large price tag.
  2. Renting lets you choose different types of boats: When purchasing a boat, an individual is stuck with only one kind of boat. However, there are tons of boats out there like fishing or pontoon boats that all serve different purposes. Renting allows boaters to pick what type of watercraft will be suitable for them for that day, leading them to new kinds of experiences.
  3. Boats require regular maintenance: In addition to the upfront cost of buying a boat, individuals must also pay for maintenance and repairs. This can add up quickly, and it also takes time out of the owner’s day to do the required work or find someone to do it for them.
  4. It removes stress off the boater: Owning a boat can become very stressful. Some boat owners must worry about where they will keep their boat, what. By renting, individuals can just arrive at the lake, hop on the boat, and start cruising.
  5. Motor Boatin’ can provide assistance: When renting, Motor Boatin’ is able to help all our boaters while out on the water. If they were riding a boat of their own, they wouldn’t be able to have assistance. We can provide our knowledge on topics such as safety procedures and how to properly operate the boat.

Boaters don’t need their own boat to be able to enjoy the lake life!  If you are considering renting from us, reserve your boat today. Contact us with any questions you may have.

Different Pontoon Boat Sizes – 10 People vs. 17 People

Pontoon boats come in many different sizes—both in length and width. Naturally, the larger the boat, the more its seating capacity is. At Motor Boatin’, we have pontoons of various sizes and capacities. This includes models designed for 10 people, 12, 14, and even 17 people.

So, what is difference in lengths that makes each one accommodate those numbers? Generally, for 10 or more people, a pontoon boat should start at 22 feet long. On the other hand, for a pontoon to hold 17 people comfortably, the sizes start increasing to 30 feet or longer.

Among our longer and larger pontoons, we have a Bentley Navigator. These run around 23 feet and hold up to 14 people. Our Crest Classic Pontoon, the largest in our fleet, holds 17 people and is over 24 feet long.

To see the models of pontoons that we have and their capacities, click here. This list includes our 10 person, 12 person, 14 person and 17 person boats.

But, it’s not just size that makes these boats the best option to rent. Pontoon boats have a great advantage in that they are much more versatile than other watercraft. They can be easily anchored out in the lake or pulled up near a shore line. You can also pull a tube or a skier behind our pontoons.

Plus, you can fish off of a pontoon or easily hold a picnic. Pontoons can troll along at a leisurely speed or go just a little bit faster without feeling as bumpy on the waves as other boats can.

Pontoons, no matter the size, really are the ideal boat to rent for family events on the lake. To reserve yours today, contact us at Motor Boatin’ by clicking here or calling us at 919-800-9716. We look forward to seeing you out on the lake!

3 Ways to Sharpen Your Boating Skills

At Motor Boatin’, we have a lot of first-time boaters use our rentals – which we love! We are always dedicated to ensuring that all our customers feel completely confident out on the water and satisfied with their rental experience. We believe that this all starts with learning the boating basics. Because of this, this blog post shares some of our favorite ways for boating beginners to sharpen their skills.

Here are 3 ways to sharpen your boating skills as a beginner:

  1. Take an online safety course: Online, you can find hundreds of resources to learn more about boating. There are tons of courses, many of them being free, that you can take to master your time spent out on the lake. We recommend this free course on North Carolina Boating Safety from BoatUS Foundation.
  2. Get familiar with the area: One of the most important aspects of steering a boat is navigation. For first timers, it is often intimidating trying to learn where to go in a lake full of open water. It is much like visiting a new country for the first time. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead of time. There are many different boat navigation apps available which are important to download; however, unfamiliar waters with no cellular service usually don’t end well. This means you should always also feel comfortable with a compass and map when there’s no other option.
  3. Practice makes perfect: Everyone knows this old saying, and it’s true! No boater has ever improved without thorough practice. To really feel comfortable out on the water, it takes time. Our affordable and flexible rental options can assist you in your boating journey. We are always here every step of the way.

The easiest way to sharpen your boating skills is to get out on the lake and test the waters. Motor Boatin’ provides you with rental options for all kinds of boats. Call 919-800-9716 today to see which boat is the best for your plans and check our availability by clicking here.

All About Yamaha WaveRunners

Yamaha WaveRunners, especially the VX Deluxe model that we carry at Motor Boatin’, are among the best equipped, most fuel-efficient, and well-designed personal watercraft on the market. But that’s not all—they’re also loads of fun to drive on the lake!

WaveRunners are jet-propulsion watercraft. This means that for the jet ski to move through the water, it must pull in water and then push it out the back end. When a rider squeezes the throttle trigger, the engine and pump force the water out a nozzle in the rear of the watercraft. This propels the WaveRunner forward. The nozzle feature effectively works the same way your thumb would when placed over the end of a fast-flowing garden hose. It reduces the line size and causes the water’s velocity to increase. 

Steering the watercraft works in the same way. When the rider turns the handlebars, the nozzle turns in the back. This is done by cables that are connected to each end and run through pulleys. The propulsion when pointed at a different angle turns the watercraft in the direction the handlebars are turned. Unlike other jet skis, Yamahas can turn without squeezing the accelerator.

There is plenty of storage in a WaveRunner. There is a small compartment located in the area between the seat and the handlebars, and there is a much larger storage compartment in the front of the hull. It is easy to fit a small soft cooler inside to transport out to the lake for when you find a spot to stop and chill.

WaveRunners are also known for their famous rooster tail. Believe it or not, Yamaha added the rooster tail as a feature to help other boaters and riders on the lake view the WaveRunner and have an idea of how fast the craft is moving. The more a rider squeezes the trigger, the higher the rooster tail goes in the air.

To learn more about our WaveRunners or to reserve one for yourself, click here. At Motor-Boatin’, we believe in offering the best jet skis on the market to give you the best time on the lake.