Fun Things to Do Around the Triangle this Summer: Lake Edition

Who doesn’t love a lake day, especially a summer lake day? Sometimes the only cure for a hot, summer day is the crisp water and breezy air that can only be found on a lake. Lake days are great because of how versatile they are. When renting from Motor Boatin’, the possibilities for activities on your lake day are endless!

Here are fun activities for any lake day this summer in the Triangle:

  • Fishing: Is there anything more exciting than catching a fish? We don’t think so. Renting a fishing boat and spending a relaxing day fishing on the lake is the perfect thing to do this summer. If you want to spice things up, think about having a competition with friends or family as to who can catch the biggest or the most fish. This is especially fun for young kids as they navigate fishing for the first time.
  • Jet skiing: The wind racing through your hair, the water splashing out from under you. Sounds pretty awesome right? Jet ski rentals offer a one-of-a-kind experience and are great to take advantage of on a beautiful, summer day. Up to three people can ride on one of our jet skis, so grab two of your friends and seize the day!
  • “Picnic” on the lake: Love being on the water? Wanting a nice, relaxing way to spend the day on the lake with your friends? Our pontoon boats can hold up to 14 people which makes it a great option for spending time with loved one the summer season. Pick out some of your favorite picnic snacks like chicken salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, or lemonade, and spend all day out on the scenic lakes around the Triangle.
  • Sports: Who doesn’t love some great competition? Water sports like skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are an exhilarating way to spend a lake day for anyone who likes a little bit of thrill in their life. We offer rentals for Open Bowriders (Ski Boats) which are perfect for skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. It is important to keep in mind that the ability to ski comes from the engine type, so check out our pontoon boats as well!

Conveniently located in Wake Forest, Motor Boatin’ is close to Jordan Lake, Harris Lake, and Kerr Lake. Click here to find out more about rental options!  

Easy Steps to Improve Your Boat Handling Skills

Being behind the wheel of a boat is very different than being behind the wheel of a car. For starters, there are new factors when it comes to steering a boat that you don’t see on the road—like currents and waves. As a result, when you steer a boat, it may not always go exactly as planned. This is why it’s important to improve your boat handling skills. At Motor-Boatin’, we have some easy steps to improve your skills on the water.

For starters, we always recommend that you enroll in a boating safety and training course. Here is a free one. After that, here are some other steps to keep in mind:

  1. Remember that boats don’t have brakes: The only way to slow down your boat is to let up on throttle. That means pulling it back towards the neutral position. You also must be conscious of how you adjust your speed and how long it takes your boat to slow down or stop. Individuals believing that boats have brakes is a more common misunderstanding than you might think.
  2. Practice your navigation skills: Rather than relying on a water GPS, it’s a better practice to read maps and look for all navigation markers on a lake. The more comfortable you are at navigating, the more you are able to explore areas without worrying about getting lost.
  3. Realize that every boat drives differently: How a sports car drives is completely different than how a full-sized pickup drives. Boats are the same. How a pontoon drives varies a lot from a fishing boat. If you’re driving a new boat for the first time, take a few moments to get comfortable with it before you push the throttle forward.
  4. Know your knot: Do you know the difference between a cleat hitch and a clove hitch? When docking a boat and tying it up, it’s important to understand which knot works best. The same is true for the anchor, ski line, etc.
  5. Be 360-degree aware: There are no stop lights, yield signs, or yellow lines on the water. Other watercraft can approach you from any angle at any speed and shallow areas can pop up out of seemingly nowhere. Proper handling means being aware of your entire surroundings—in and out of the boat. Practice situational awareness.

For more tips and ideas on having a fun yet safe time on the lake, contact us at Motor Boatin’ today. We’re never going to steer you wrong!

The Perfect Boat for Your Plans at Motor Boatin’

Renting a boat for the first time is an exciting activity to do on the weekend, or any day of the week, but many boaters are unsure of which boat or watercraft to choose for their desired plans. With so many different boat options and activities to pick from, it can be difficult to select the one that is right for you and your party. At Motor Boatin’, we understand this confusion and want to help everyone, especially first-time boaters, find the boat that fits them best so that can fully enjoy the day at ease.

Here are some of the types of boats and watercraft we offer:

  • Fishing boats: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, tranquil day on the lake or a jam-packed day filled with games and friendly competition, a fishing boat rental is perfect for you in both cases. Even if you or your family aren’t catching, you still get to enjoy the scenery of some of the most beautiful lakes in North Carolina. At Motor Boatin’, we can also provide a packed tackle box, rods, and fresh bait – all the tools you and your guests need for a day full of fishing!
  • Pontoon boats: Pontoon boats have the greatest variety with what they can be used for. Wanting a chill day on the lake with friends and family to forget about the weekly responsibilities for a bit by casually driving around? A pontoon boat is great for that! Looking for an adrenaline rush while tubing, water skiing, or wakeboarding through some crazy waves? Then, pontoon boats work for that too! You don’t always need a ski boat for the adrenaline rush, it is all about the type of motor which many pontoon boats have. Itching to put up a big fight and reel in a beautiful fish? Some pontoon boats come with trailing motors and seats for fishing! The pontoon boat is an amazing, versatile option bound to make any lake day a great day.
  • Jet ski: The wind racing through your hair as you speed across the lake while viewing the natural beauty of the water and trees around you. Sounds like an unforgettable time, right? If you said yes, then jet ski rentals might be a perfect fit for you! Jet skis are a nice option for any thrill-seekers.

With lots of options that can accommodate all types of needs, the perfect boat rental for you is out there! Check out our availability and contact us with any rental questions.

Beat the Heat: Tips for Bringing Furry Friends Boating

Spending any day on the lake is bound to be fun and bringing along your dog with you makes it even better. At Motor Boatin’, we realize that many consider their dogs to be a part of their family, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy a lake day by having their furry friends by their side. This makes that lake day experience even better. However, as always, safety should be a priority which is why we want to offer some tips for bringing pets along during the summer months.

Here are a few tips on how to beat the summer heat and bring your furry friends boating:

  1. Pack doggy life vests: Having life vests onboard is one of the most important safety rules for every boat trip, and that also applies to boating with your dog. While most dogs can swim, not all can, and that risk is not one worth taking. Even for dogs that are strong swimmers, fatigue and water conditions can always get in the way. When purchasing a canine life vest, make sure to opt for a brighter color so it is easier to spot your pup in the water.
  2. Bring enough water for you and your pets: Being out in the sun all day, your dog is bound to get thirsty. Make sure to bring a water bowl for them so they can stay hydrated throughout the day. It is also important to keep your dog from drinking the lake water as much as possible. Lakes are often polluted from boats and there can be harmful organisms living in the water, so keeping that water out of your dog’s digestive system is always a good call.
  3. Make a bathroom plan beforehand: Pets need bathroom breaks just like humans. Planning ahead and making a schedule for times to include these breaks to find some patches of grass is crucial to make the day run more smoothly. In addition, make sure to bring plenty of doggy bags and towels. With a long day on the lake, having a plan and the proper tools to take care of your pup is essential.
  4. Check if your pet is up to date on heart worm, flea, and tick prevention: Spending the full day outdoors, your dog can be exposed to a multitude of bugs and other organisms which can transmit diseases if bitten. If your pet isn’t up to date, consider booking an appointment at your local veterinarian to make sure your dog is fully ready to take on the lake day.

A nice, relaxing day on the lake with your furry friends is attainable and easy if you prepare ahead of time. For any boat rental questions, reach out today.

The Ultimate Guide to Boating on the Fourth of July

The 4th of July is coming up quick, and there is no better way to spend the holiday than on a boat with friends and family. Whether you have a boat of your own or you are planning on renting at Motor Boatin’, we want everyone to have the boat day they deserve! To get the most out of the holiday, try following our boating guide for the Fourth of July and have the time of your life!

Here are some top tips for boating on the 4th of July:

  1. Bring food, food, and more food: When you’re out on the water all day, nobody wants to worry about being hungry. Packing snacks and lunches is an important part of any boating day. You can even choose festive options such as patriotic-colored fruit trays or bright, bold fruity drinks to stay fueled and hydrated throughout the day.
  2. Safety is key: On any boating day, it is important to be safe and practice proper boating etiquette, but this is especially true on the 4th of July. The waters are always more crowded and being cautious and safe is important. Check here for our safety FAQs.
  3. Get to your firework spot early: Is there anything more American than watching fireworks on the lake? We don’t think so. When watching a firework show on the water, it is important to get to your spot early and leave late. This allows you to pick the location before anyone else while also avoiding lots of boat traffic that no one wants to deal with.
  4. Don’t forget sunscreen: Out on the water all day in the middle of summer, sunburns seem inevitable yet many falls victim to blistered skin. Making sure you have some good SPF and are applying throughout the day can save you from looking red, white, and blue.

The Fourth of July is the perfect day of the year to spend on the lake making memories. If you’re interested in renting a boat for this holiday, check out all we have to offer here. For any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. As always, happy boating!

Helpful Tips to Navigate Crowded Waters This Summer

It’s almost officially summer, and there is no better way to spend the day in the beautiful weather around the Triangle than on the lake on a boat. Everyone seems to agree with this which is why crowded waters are more and more common during this season. There is nothing to be worried about in crowded waters as long as the proper precautions are taken. At Motor Boatin’, we believe that safe boating is the best type of boating out there which is why we want to help.

Here are five tips for navigating crowded waters this summer:

  1. Never drink and boat: While boating out with friends might seem like one big party, safety is important, and the person driving the boat should not be consuming alcohol. You wouldn’t drink and drive, so do not try drinking and boating either. Having a clear mindset and good visual awareness is crucial when navigating crowded waters for not only your own safety but the safety of others as well.
  2. Keep your speed in mind: When boating in a crowded area, slow and steady wins the race. The slower the speed the more time there is to take in the surroundings and properly navigate the situation. Trying to quickly get through the area can lead to mistakes and rougher water which is bound to cause accidents.
  3. Have a designated skipper: When boating, make sure that there is someone else who knows about the operations of a boat. Having someone to help out can make a stressful crowded situation more manageable and all around safer for all.
  4. Keep distance from crowds: While the crowds can’t always be avoided, doing your best to go around them is important. If you see a crowded area in the distance, if possible, go the other direction or anchor up and enjoy the current location you’re already at.
  5. Always wear a life vest: You never know what is going to happen and it is always better to be safe than sorry. Having the proper flotation devices can help avoid a bad situation. There is also a law in North Carolina that requires anyone younger than 13 to wear an appropriate life vest when on a recreational vessel.

During the summertime, boating is a great way to enjoy and relax in the wonderful weather but being safe is more important than anything. Taking the proper precautions when boating crowded waters can make all the difference. For any questions contact us here!

Diving into the Best Practices for Boat Safety

To ensure a long, fun-filled day out on the lake, safety must be a number one priority for all individuals looking to ride or operate any type of watercraft. At Motor Boatin, we know and understand the importance of boating safety.

Here are five tips to ensure the safety of all passengers onboard:

  1. Take a course: At Motor Boatin, a lot of our boaters are beginners. This is why safety courses can be extremely helpful. They can help boaters feel more comfortable and confident when out on the water. Here is a free online course.
  2. Know how to properly use life jackets: Life jackets can be the difference between life and death. Even the most experienced swimmers should consider wearing a life jacket. In North Carolina, children under 13 are required to wear an appropriate life vest when the vessel is underway.
  3. Don’t overload the boat: Parties should always follow the specified person limit when deciding how many individuals will be on the boat. It is especially crucial to not gather at the end of one side of the boat. This can cause the boat to flip and people to potentially drown, therefore, it is extremely dangerous to overcrowd the boat.
  4. Avoid alcohol: Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is illegal. It can severely affect your sense of judgement and is one of the leading causes of boat accidents. Keep yourself and your party safe by just avoiding alcohol altogether when operating a watercraft.
  5. Regularly check the hourly weather conditions: It is important to check the hourly weather conditions in the nearby area because as a storm approaches, so do unsafe boating conditions. Remember that, at Motor Boatin, rentals can be rescheduled before reservation date with no penalty. Going out on the water during an extreme storm is not worth risking your life.

Safety always comes first! If you feel like venturing out on the water for the first time, reserve a rental from Motor Boatin today. Our goal is to make everyone feel confident when boating. Contact us for more information.

All About North Carolina Fishing License Requirements

Getting out on the lake is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful, spring weather in North Carolina. To fully enjoy the day, many choose to spend their time fishing. From relaxing on the boat waiting for a bite to the adrenaline rush of catching your first fish, it is truly one of the best experiences out there. However, it is important to follow North Carolina fishing license guidelines to ensure a fun yet safe day.

Here is some helpful information about NC fishing license requirements:

  1. Exception for obtaining your fishing license: Youth under age 16 are exempt from the requirement of any fishing license. This gives them the perfect excuse to get outdoors and try something new.
  2. Non-North Carolina residents’ licenses: Nonresidents may purchase a resident license while attending a university, college or visiting the state of NC. Reward yourself for working hard by scheduling some fun leisure time! Whether its time spent at a campsite with your family or a day trip, Motor Boatin has great rental options if you are visiting us.
  3. Free Fishing Day: July 4th is declared “Free Fishing Day,” and a fishing license is not required in any public waters on this date to promote the sport of fishing. With the warm weather during this time of the year, it is a great time to fish with friends and family.
  4. Type of fishing licenses: There are a multitude of fishing licenses you can obtain for your day out. Check out this list to see what license would fit you the best. These licenses range from short-term to lifetime uses.

Ready for a day filled with fishing? Whether you want to start fishing on one of our fishing boats or you’d rather just lounge around the lake on a pontoon, Motor Boatin has all your rental needs covered. Contact us if you have any questions about fishing licenses or if you want to start planning your day out on the water.

How to Navigate a Lake for the First Time

Renting your first boat? There is nothing more exciting than getting out on the water for the first time! With the warm weather, open water and all the fun you can imagine at your fingertips, we are so excited to welcome you to the Motor Boatin family. To help you get started, we compiled a couple of our favorite tips and tricks for your first time out on the water.

Here are three tips to help navigate a lake for the first time:

  1. Review our rental policy: This is a great place to start. Review our rental policy here before your arrival. When you arrive, talk to the rental staff about any questions or concerns. They won’t just take your money and hand you the keys; they’ll talk you through safety rules and regulations and help find he best boat for you.
  2. Know your limits: If you aren’t familiar with the water, stay with a group or get a chart of the water you’ll be navigating and take a short route at first. There is a lot of learning that will take place out on the water so take it slow and remind yourself that you are a beginner.
  3. Check your surroundings: You should always have a reasonable idea of where you are in a large body of water. Regulars out on the lake typically recognize buildings on the shoreline that give them an idea of where they are at. While this method works under normal circumstances, if you try to find your way back after dark, everything will look different. In unfamiliar waters, it is good to have maps so you can locate your launch point and use a compass to find your way back. It is also helpful to ask our staff about landmarks, maps and GPS capabilities.

We are eagerly awaiting your arrival here at Motor Boatin! Spice up your free time with a Jet Ski or boat rental from us. Our quality rentals are the perfect ingredients for an afternoon of fun, recreation and relaxation. We cannot wait to hear from you!

Steps to Rent at Motor Boatin’

Have you ever wanted to operate a fishing boat? Pontoon? Jet Ski? We offer the perfect opportunity for you to do just that! At Motor Boatin’, we take pride in providing affordable and entertaining rentals for our local communities.

To ensure the safety of all of our customers, we require the following steps for all renters:

  1. Check eligibility: All renters must be 26 years or older and have a valid driver’s license or identification. The driver will be required to be listed on the Boat Rental Participant Agreement form. With this, they must follow all North Carolina boating laws and the terms and conditions in the agreement.
  2. Make a reservation: At the time of making the reservation, the rental and taxes are to be paid along with the security deposit. The driver must also provide their driver’s license when making the reservation.
  3. Check cancellation and weather policies: To cancel ahead of time, there is a refund minus 10% of the rental cost, however, rescheduling ahead of time up to the day before is free. It is important to check the weather up to the scheduled date to make the decision to reschedule if needed. If a party is on the water for less than 4 hours and a storm comes, a half-day will be provided depending on the availability.
  4. Pick up the rental: Drivers can pick up their rentals between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. It is to be returned by 6:00 PM. Both of these times are to be scheduled before the day of the rental. There are no refunds on early returns or late pickups.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to schedule fun leisure time out on the water. If you and your family are looking to schedule a day trip to a lake in the Triangle, reserve a spot today! If you have any further questions about our rentals, check out our FAQ and don’t hesitate to contact us.