Visiting Raleigh? Here are Some Fun Family Activities to Consider

When you’re visiting a new area, it can be helpful to plan ahead of time a few activities that you can enjoy, especially when travelling with your family. You might be thinking, “It’s a vacation! I don’t want to have my free time dictated by a schedule!” Well, you don’t have to be a Type-A, hyper-organized person to enjoy some of the benefits of a few pre-planned outings, especially if you have young children traveling with you. In order to help you with a vacation to Raleigh, North Carolina, we here at Motor-Boatin LL have come up with a few family activities in the area that we feel are family friendly for all types and ages!

Family ActivitiesRaleigh is host to some great museums that are wonderful for active and noisy children. The Marbles Kids Museum is built to entertain, encourage, and educate your children while the adults in the family can access their inner child for a few hours! With lots of space and plenty of exhibits at this museum, your kids will enjoy the ability to learn about the world around them in a kid-friendly way. There are also loads of kid-friendly restaurants and other exhibits that are catered to families of all ages.

If you want to spend some time outdoors, there are tons of fun parks, hiking trails, and water activities that you can take part in. In Raleigh, there are over 5,500 acres of trails, which are accessible to not just hikers, but bikers and horseback riders, as well. Once you decide it’s time to cool off, you’ll have several options of lakes where you can take a swim and enjoy some bass fishing! At Motor-Boatin LLC, we have jet skis, boats, bass boats, pontoons, and many other watercraft that are available to rent for one day or several.

With all the family activities available near Raleigh, North Carolina, you won’t want to go home!

The Best Times to Rent a Jet Ski

We’re in the swing of summertime and as the weather is getting hotter, people are looking for quick and easy ways to cool off. Whether you are going to Falls Lake, Kerr Lake, Jordan Lake, or Harris Lakes renting a jet ski could be just the right way to go in an attempt to beat the heat! We have some suggestions for you on when the best time to rent a Jet Ski to take out onto the water is.

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3 of the best occasions to rent a jet ski in Raleigh are:

  • Your family summer camping trip. We all love our families but sometimes after staying in a tight, confined space for a few days like you need to with camping, tempers can flare a little bit. If your mother-in-law keeps yelling at you, you can send her for a nice cool down by putting her on the Jet Ski and letting her go. It’s hard to nag someone from the open waters.
  • Before school starts up again. Give summer the one last big hoorah it deserves and send it out with a bang by hitting the lake on the weekend before school starts. Kids and their parents can go out on the lake to make memories and have fun all while getting a tan. This is a great way to have fun with your kids before the drag of school starts and steals all of their time away.
  • The week of Spring Break. The weather is starting to get warmer and people are looking to have some fun after being stuck inside due to the cold weather for months. The perfect way to break your case of the winter blues is by grabbing a few of your friends and hitting the lakes with a Jet Ski!

Jets Skis are a fun and easy way to make the most out of your time on the water. If you want to rent a Jet Ski in the Raleigh Durham area our team at Motor Boatin’ can help you out and make sure you enjoy your time on the water.

Family Activities on a Boat to Entertain Kids

It might seem that taking the kids out on the lake on a rental boat is enough entertainment to keep them occupied and happy for several hours. The reality is that although this is one of the best family activities, kids can become bored. Here are a few ways you can avoid them saying “Can we go home yet?”

1. Include a friend or two. Not only will your kids enjoy having their friends along, you’ll beef up their popularity rating when word gets out what a great time they had. If your kids are familiar with the boat safety rules, let them instruct their friends, which makes them feel important.

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2. Bring a fishing rod. There are some adorable kids’ fishing rods on the market today that are decent quality. Some kids will love to bait the hook, while others might shy away from it, but they’ll all feel great when they catch their first fish.

3. Put them in charge of music. Putting a kid in charge of choosing songs from a playlist is a great way to involve them in the family activities. They are entertained, and you get to enjoy the music. Sure, you could set it up to play randomly, but they will love being in charge.

4. Take a couple of toys. You might not want to take a chance with expensive electronics on the boat, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take a few cheaper things to entertain them. Consider such options as coloring books, playdough or a remote-control boat.

Family activities on the lake are great fun, and here at Motor-Boatin LLC, we can help make that possible. Our boat rentals are easy to arrange with 24-hour online booking services. We offer different types of boats, including motorboats, bass boats, pontoon boats, and more. Call us if you have any questions.

 

Great Lunch Ideas on a Motorboat

Many an angler who expected their meal to come from the lake has endured a grumbling stomach when the fish weren’t biting. Add to that the fact that not all motorboats provide a chance to cook up your catch, and your best bet is bringing some food on board with you. Convenience foods are a great way to keep the fun going without having to stop to prepare lunch, but you could do better than a bag of chips and a cooler of drinks. Here are some great lunch ideas while on motorboats that will have you eating well.

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1. Seafood salad. A cold seafood salad will not only taste great, but also go with the theme of being out on the water. You can almost envision that you just captured the seafood yourself. Toss your favorites such as cooked shrimp, crab meat, lobster meat or smoked fish together with some veggies and pasta and a light citrus dressing. Serve it up in a plastic disposable cup or take a head of lettuce along to serve as a wrap.

2. Smoked fish dip. A smoked salmon or fish dip goes great with crackers, celery sticks, or bread. It will feel extra special if you had smoked fish you caught on a previous fishing trip.

3. Fruit salad. Fresh fruit serves two purposes: it tastes great and hydrates you due to the natural juices. Cut your favorites into bite-size pieces and toss with a bit of sugar or another sweetener. Another option is to put pieces of fruit on skewers for a fun way to eat that kids love. You can also go elaborate with fruit salad, such as combining honeydew, fennel and basil for a gourmet treat.

4. Sandwiches. You can make up sandwiches ahead of time or take along a sliced loaf of bread or rolls and various sandwich fixings. A great idea is to get those small packets of condiments that do not need refrigeration. Your sandwiches can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like.

Renting motorboats is a great way to get out on the lake with your family and leaves you extra time to put together a great lunch to take with you. Here at Motor-Boatin LLC, we have the motorboats you want, as well as other types of boat rentals, such as pontoon and fishing boats. Our rentals are made through an online portal with 24-hour access. Rental insurance is also available. Call us if you have any questions.

 

Falls Lake Fishing Tip: Fishing Boat Rentals

If you have wanted to take advantage of North Carolina’s best lake for largemouth bass, catfish and crappie, you can’t go wrong spending a day fishing on Falls Lake. There are always plenty of fishing tips for landing a great haul for dinner and stocking the freezer. The best tip of all is taking advantage of fishing boat rentals. While you can enjoy bank fishing, getting out on the water has several benefits.

1. Check out multiple spots. If you are bank fishing and aren’t getting any nibbles, it can take you several minutes or longer to pack up and relocate to another spot. Fishing boat rentals give you the flexibility to seek out a new spot whenever you want by just bringing in your line and motoring somewhere else.

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2. Chance to explore. Many believe that sitting on a bank in one or two spots can get boring. If you are out on the water thanks to fishing boat rentals, you can take a respite from the fishing and explore the lake to enjoy the scenery and see areas you’d never get to see on foot.

3. Bigger fish. It isn’t uncommon to find bigger game fish in deeper waters, and that takes getting away from the shoreline. You’ll also find more types of fish because many do not hang out on the shore.

4. Other activities. Being out on Falls Lake gives you plenty of other things to do when you want a break from fishing. Some anglers enjoy getting in the water with a snorkel to see what is going on down below before they decide on a spot for fishing.

Here’s one more tip about fishing boat rentals – get yours from Motor-Boatin LLC. We offer a wide variety of boats for all your lake activities with an easy online 24-hour portal for reserving your boat for use on Falls Lake or to be towed to any lake in the surrounding area. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

 

Things to Take for Family Activities on the Lake

A day on the lake is one of those family activities that can create life-long memories – provided you plan properly! You don’t want to have to cut your day short because you forgot to take something important with you. Here are the top things you should have with you for a fun-filled day on the lake:

1. Water – While you will have plenty of water all around, you wouldn’t want to drink it. Expect to get thirstier than usual when out in the sun and fresh air. There’s nothing wrong with taking your other favorite beverages, but be sure to include lots of water, too.

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2. Sunscreen – Depending on the type of boat you’ll have, shade could be at a premium. If you don’t like the chemicals in traditional sunscreen, don’t go without, as there are natural options available. Apply before you head out and reapply as needed.

3. Snacks – You will also build up an appetite out on the water, so be sure to take snacks or even prepared meals, such as a loaf of bread and sandwich fixings. Fruit, chips, cookies, and other snacks are always appreciated during any family activities.

4. Sunglasses – The glare on the water is dangerous for your eyes. Be sure you have UV-blocking sunglasses. A great tip here is to get a low-cost pair for on the lake because it doesn’t take much for them to end up sleeping with the fishes.

5. Trash Bag – The lake is not a trash can! Take a trash bag with you for empty cans and other waste. You can also use your cooler so you can take empties back home with you.

6. First Aid Kit – It might seem like there aren’t many dangers out on the water, but things can happen. Better to be prepared than cut your day of family activities short because someone gets a cut and you can’t find any bandages.

7. Disposable Products – Consider paper plates for snacking, paper towels for cleaning up messes, and toilet paper. Remember, use the trash bag, not the lake, when you’re done.

If you have been holding back on experiencing family act ivies on the lake due to lacking a boat, check out what we offer at Motor-Boatin LLC. We offer boat rentals that will help you create life-long memories for you and your family. Our online 24-hour portal makes it easy to reserve a boat for use on Falls Lake or can be towed to any lake in the surrounding area. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

 

Jet Skis vs. Boats: Which is Right for You?

When it comes to playing outdoors, the fact of the matter is there isn’t a wrong way to enjoy your time in Raleigh, North Carolina! With our all beautiful trails, lakes, and other outdoor enjoyments, you can spend time in any of these places and leave feeling more relaxed. When it comes to your time on the water, many people wonder if a boat or a jet ski rental would be better for their situation. Here at Motor-Boatin LLC, we want to help you narrow down your options, so you can make the most of your time outdoors.

Jet Skis in North CarolinaJet skis can do most things that boats can. They can tow people on tubes or skis, and they can be launched from most docks just as easily if not easier than a boat. Jet skis are a little more agile, since they’re smaller, meaning you can go faster and do more adventurous water activities if the thrill-seeker in you is wanting a little water time. Jet skis are great for date nights or small groups, but can also accommodate larger groups of people when you want to have beach time in addition to water time. Jet skis are fuel-efficient and can generally be launched from more areas, even without a dock.

Some advantages of boats over jet skis are usually size related. If you want to take a large group onto the water, a boat will usually be a better choice. A larger boat means that you can tow one or more people on a tube. Additionally, you can spend all your time on the water if you prefer.

When it comes to your time on the water, there is no wrong choice to make. Whether you choose a jet ski or a boat, you’re sure to have a good time on the water.

Boats 101: How to Stay Safe while Boating

Spending a day out on the water with friends and family is supposed to be fun and create life-long memories. If you don’t want those memories to be unpleasant, it is important to know a few safety measures before heading out, particularly if this is your first time. Here is some practical advice for how to stay safe on boats.

1. Pay attention to the weather. Some activities can still be done on a rainy day. In fact, anglers often agree that some fishing is best done when there is a bit of a rain in the forecast. However, a severe storm with high winds or dangerous lightning is no time to be out on the water.

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2. Tell others where you are going. A plane must file a flight plan to let those on the ground know where they are going and the path they will take, so that if rescue services are needed, they’ll know where to go. The same is true for boats, only it is called a float plan. In this case, it involves letting someone know where you plan to go, how long you’ll be out, information about the boat, and complete information about all passengers. It is also important to let them know what type of communication and signal equipment is present on the boat.

3. Have enough lifejackets and know how to use them. Everyone hates lifejackets, but you’ll be glad you have one on if your boat sinks or you get knocked overboard and knocked unconscious.

4. Be properly trained in boating. Taking a boating course and learning to swim are two smart things to do before you head out on the water. If you aren’t familiar with the boat, consider bringing someone with you who is. Even if you are knowledgeable about the boat’s handling and operations, having a second experienced boater on board is never a bad idea.

5. Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol use on boats is every bit as dangerous as driving a car when you’ve been drinking. In fact, it can be worse because the fresh air and sun can exacerbate the effects of alcohol.

Here at Motor-Boatin LLC, we offer rentals of several types of boats, including pontoon boats, fishing boats, and motorboats. We are happy to answer your questions about boat safety, so you can enjoy a great day out on Falls Lake or one of the other lakes in the area. Our online booking makes it easy to reserve boats, and you can call us with any questions you may have.

 

The Top 5 Movies to Watch if You Love Boats

 

Getting ready to head out on the lake? What better way to get into the mood than to watch some of the best boat movies ever?! There are plenty of movies that feature boats in one way or another, so you have a long list to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Waterworld (1995) – Crazy as the concept of a water-filled post-apocalyptic world sounds, people still manage to enjoy this film. It is set in a world where the melting of the polar ice caps has left everyone to live on boats and artificial islands. How to adapt? How about growing gills and living in the ocean like Mariner, played by Kevin Costner, did?

Waterworld (1995)(Image source: https://moviesfilmsandflix.com)

2. Titanic (1997) – Most of the time, you avoid a movie when someone has already told you how it ends. Considering we all know the tragic fate of those on board the White Star liner, this film is captivating as we fall in love with Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitte Bukater (Kate Winslet) as we hoped they’d get a happy ending despite the sinking Titanic.

Titanic (1997)(Image source: http://paperlief.com)

3. All is Lost (2013) – The reason this one makes the list isn’t because Robert Redford makes a great hero, but because of the lessons that can be learned from his mistakes. His solo voyage runs into trouble (mistake #1 is going solo!) when he collides with a stray shipping container (mistake #2 is not being aware of your surroundings). See if you can spot more things that you would have done differently in this unique survival drama that could help you should you experience a problem one day.

All is Lost (2013)(Image source: https://www.syracuse.com)

4. Jaws (1975) – Granted, this one has the potential to make you swear off boats and the water instead, but that cheesy fake shark is downright funny if you think about it. If you really can’t get enough, check out Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, and Jaws: The Revenge, although we’re pretty sure you’ll find the first one the best of them.

Jaws (1975)(Image source: https://www.britannica.com)

5. Pirates of the Caribbean (Any of them!) – Add together boats (pirate ships to be specific), swashbucklers, and adventure, and you’ll be going through plenty of popcorn if you watch all five currently available.

Pirates of the Caribbean (Any of them!)(Image source: https://ohmy.disney.com)

Now that you’ve had your fill of movies with boats and you are ready to get out on Falls Lake or one of the other lakes in the area, turn to us at Motor-Boatin LLC for boat rentals. Our online portal makes it easy to reserve motorboats, bass boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, and even jet skis for a day of adventure with your family or a chance to catch the biggest fish ever seen. None of our boats attract sharks – we promise!

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Bass Boat Rentals: The Newest Thing in Family Bonding

Bass Boat RentalsWhen it comes to your family, you know that spending time with them is important. You try to have family dinners, you attend plays and recitals your children are participating in, but there are still times when you just feel like you’re not connecting with your family like you once did. With all the distractions and screens that are constantly battling for our attention, it’s no wonder that you might feel less connected to your family. While you could shoot for more quality family time in many different ways, one of the things our customers have enjoyed is bass boat rentals.

At first glance, a bass boat rental doesn’t seem like a family bonding experience. However, when you think about it, there’s no better way to get quality time in with the family than with one of our rentals. Bass boat rentals enable you to take a few members of your family or the whole crew, depending on which size boat you choose. When you’re out fishing, you can talk and connect with your family without the distractions of screens or constant interruptions. Additionally, teaching a useful skill like fishing can be a fun challenge for your family to use as a bonding opportunity. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or want to try something as a family, there’s a bass boat rental out there for you.

If you’d like to learn more about Motor-Boatin LLC and the bass boat rentals that we offer, contact us today. If you’d like to learn more about your family, take them out on a bass boat!