What to Wear on a Winter Boat Trip

When taking a boat ride in the winter months, nothing is more important than wearing the correct clothing items. Coming prepared allows boat riders to enjoy being out on the water rather than being left cold and miserable.

Here are five items to wear on a winter boat trip:

  1. Layers, layers, and more layers: In cold temperatures, layers are the most important addition to any outfit. Boaters can include layers such as thick thermals to stay warm and top off with winter coats. If a person gets too warm, they are also able to take off a layer without risking getting cold.
  2. Waterproof jacket: During the winter months, it is also important to stay dry. Waterproof jackets and other garments allow boaters to add water-resistant layers to their outfits. This lets them stay dry and ultimately prevents them from getting cold in the process.
  3. Dry suit: Dry suits are great options if individuals are planning on getting in the water. Since it doesn’t take much time to get cold in the water, dry suits are designed to keep swimmers dry and also warm. They are a necessity for any winter trip out on the water.
  4. Gloves: Fingers can get cold quickly which is a problem since most boaters are constantly using their hands. Short-fingered gloves are a great option as they allow for more movement than regular gloves while also keeping an individual’s hands warm.
  5. Winter boots: As with other types of clothing items, it is important that the footwear is designed for colder months. Many choose to wear fleece-lined rubber boots as they offer warmth while also keeping boaters dry while on the water.

Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside or wait until the warmer months to get out on the water. If you are interested in planning a winter boat trip in the Triangle, check our availability and reserve a spot today. Contact us today for more information.

Jet Ski Safety Tips

Riding a Jet Ski is a fun way to spend a lake day. When out on the water, it is important to follow safety guidelines to ensure an enjoyable yet safe ride. Motor Boatin’ provides some safety tips for anyone looking to ride a Jet Ski.

Here are five safety tips for riding a Jet Ski:

  1. Take an online boating safety course: Online safety courses are available to inform individuals with all different kinds of boating backgrounds of the safety guidelines that should be enforced at all times. On our website, we provide a free safety course to get started.
  2. Wear a life jacket: One of the most crucial safety precautions when riding any personal watercraft is wearing a life jacket. The driver and all passengers of the Jet Ski should be wearing a life jacket at all times regardless of their swimming abilities. It is also important that the jacket fits correctly. Wearing a life jacket that is too loose or too tight can cause it to not work properly.
  3. Maintain distance and don’t speed: Like cars, speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents on the water. With this, it is a good idea to maintain a safe distance when riding near other Jet Skis to prevent any serious accidents.
  4. Never drink alcoholic beverages when operating: Drinking when operating a Jet Ski can impair a driver’s judgment and cause unsafe conditions. This makes it very dangerous for not only the driver but also the passengers riding. North Carolina prohibits any person from being under the influence when operating all types of watercraft.
  5. Stay alert: When riding on public waters, there can be other individuals on all types of watercraft. It is important to be mindful of others and to always stay alert to ensure the safety of everyone riding and those in close proximity.

Safety is our number one priority. If you are interested in renting a Jet Ski or any other personal watercraft, consider Motor Boatin’. Check our availability and reserve a spot today. Contact us for more information or any questions you may have.

Three Family Fun Boating Activities To Try This Summer

Summer is almost here, and after a long winter and months of social distancing, everyone in the Raleigh area is itching to get out and have some fun. Fortunately, Motor Boatin’ has great family fun options that keep us all safe during the pandemic.

Here are three of our favorite family activities on boats:

  1. Towables: Any toy that one can tie onto the back of a boat, throw kids on and haul off into the water is guaranteed family fun. Whether it’s a simple old-school tube or a big fancy one, it doesn’t really matter. Kids and adults will have a blast on them. If you want kids who are dead tired after a day on a boat, this is definitely the way to go.
  2. Floating islands: Islands and platforms are great. We love to find a quiet area on a lake and set one of these up. It basically extends the ‘square footage’ of the boat to have a little more living space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the day, much like adding a patio to a home, but easier. The extra space also allows more designated splash areas away from those members of the family who want a more laid-back day on a boat.
  3. Fishing: We are always surprised at how much kids love fishing. Even the ones you think would be completely bored with fishing are usually really into it. And to go fishing off a boat is even more exciting. There’s a lot of family fun in cruising a lake, finding what one hopes will be a great spot, casting a line and seeing what one catches. And the cool thing about fishing on a boat is that there’s a sense of accomplishment and learning after a day of fishing.

Our boats book up quickly, so let us know if you have any questions or book your boat today!

Ways Boating Improves Health

Peaceful and relaxing or thrilling and exciting, boating is a great solution for those that seek out either scenario. Many seek out the former because they enjoy boating as an escape. Others enjoy the latter because they enjoy fishing or jet skiing. Motor Boatin’ has compiled a few ways boating improves health. 

3 ways boating improves health:

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  1. De-stressing: Boat navigators enjoy the control of being at the helm, but also find relaxation with charting their own path through the water. Some feel that being near water de-stresses them, which is why they enjoy going to a lake. Passengers on the boat who may not want to navigate get to enjoy nature and go with the flow. Relaxing on a pontoon boat may be just what is needed.
  2. Fresh air and sunshine: Getting out on the water allows for fresh air and much-needed vitamin D. Fresh air and sunshine allows for a clear mind, easing any depression and relieving anxiety. Fresh air is also great for the digestive and cardiovascular system. Most of all it just makes us happier!
  3. Connecting with nature: Time on the boat is great for reflecting and re-centering. We all need time to unplug and get away from it all. It’s a good time to set goals, relax, and spend quality time with family and friends.
  4. Thrill-seeking: Some enjoy the adrenaline rush of jet skiing. Whether solo or tandem, jet skiing is for the thrill-seekers who like to zip around the lake (following boating and lake rules). Jet skis may increase heart rate and have many asking, are you up for a jet-skiing adventure?

Whether you want to take a break from work stress, laugh a while, or feel excitement, there are boating options out there that can improve health and well-being. Motor Boatin’ has fishing and pontoon boat rentals as well as jet ski rentals. Contact us today to get on the water.

Myths & Facts about Boating

There are many myths floating around about boating. We are here to provide the facts to make the decision about boating easier. Let’s bust those myths and get you out on the water to begin enjoying one of the best ways to unplug, stay active, and relish the beautiful North Carolina outdoors.

Here are some myths that need busting:

  • Boating is costly: Boat rentals are actually very affordable and there are many types of boats to choose from to accommodate any budget. While owning a boat is out of the question for many, having the option to rent is a great opportunity for boaters to feed their passion.
  • Boating is not exciting: On the contrary, boating is very exciting! It is a great way to spend electronic-free quality time with family and friends while connecting with nature. There are many activities that can be incorporated into a day out on the boat including jet skiing, tubing, picnicking, fishing, and swimming.
  • Boating is complex: Driving a boat is not complicated. Boat rental companies show you how to operate the different types of boats, learn to steer the boat in the direction the boater wants to go and as long as boaters follow all safety precautions, they are in for an amazing experience on the water.
  • Boat ownership is a must: This is surely not a requirement for enjoying a day out on the boat. Boat rentals are affordable and it does not come with the added responsibility of boat ownership.

At Motor-Boatin’ our goal is to offer affordable and entertaining rentals that help families and communities have fun together while enjoying the natural beauty of North Carolina. Our quality rentals are the perfect ingredients for an afternoon of fun, recreation, and relaxation. It will lead to fond memories that will last a lifetime.

How to Safely Enjoy a Day Out on the Boat

The newest term in all of our vocabularies is… social distancing. One of the biggest questions we have been asked at Motor Boatin’ is, can one rent a boat and social distance safely? The answer is yes! But there are some very specific ways to stay socially distant while on the water.

4 ways Motor Boatin’ is promoting social distancing while renting boats are:

  1. Families Only: We are trying to rent our boats only to couples, families, and groups that have already been together through the stay-at-home order. We don’t want a large party on a boat, or any additional spread of the coronavirus happening on one of our boats.
  2. Regular Cleanings: After each boat is rented and comes back in, it gets a thorough cleaning and disinfecting. Our cleaner is a commercial grade disinfectant approved by the CDC to kill all viruses, whether it is the coronavirus or something else.
  3. Time Spacing: We are spacing out our rentals to ensure that there is no rush during our cleaning process or potential spread between boaters.
  4. Spacing on Land: While on the boat, all boat renters have enough space between them to cover the social distancing requirements. However, on land and on the docks, we are requiring our guests keep at least 6 feet apart as well. Spacing out our rentals limits the number of guests that are on the docks at any given time, as well.

If you are cooped up and need to get out of the house, we would love to help out your family!  At Motor Boatin’, our rentals will make the time on the water a memorable one. Take a moment now to reserve one of our quality rentals for this weekend.

Safe Outdoor Social Distancing Activities

Life as we know it has changed for us all. We are living in unprecedented times but we are also experiencing something we had never had so much of before: TIME. We have more time on our hands than we could have ever imagined. So how can we take advantage of this gift of time that we have been given?

Here is a list of fun outdoor activities we have put together to do alone or with the household:

  • Walk/Jog: Take a walk or jog with the family and pets in the park or greenway. There is nothing better than fresh air when one has to be isolated at home for most of the day.
  • Hike: Hiking is an immense stress reliever, it calms the mind and is a great escape from the home while providing an excellent workout. Enjoy the scenic trails and appreciate the beauty of nature that is all around us.
  • Picnic: Get the family out of the house for a picnic. The time outside will be remarkable for physical health and will help boost everyone’s mood. Grab some sandwiches, fruits, and simple games and enjoy some family time.
  • Fishing: Fishing allows one to unplug, destress and relax. Whether you’re a seasoned pro at fishing or just like to fish for fun, what an awesome activity that can be done alone or with the family. It’s a perfect opportunity to get out of the house.
  • Boating: Of course our favorite activity we recommend, is getting the family out on the lake for a boat ride. Boating gets you away from the daily grind. Set sail, appreciate the wonderful outdoors and bask in the sunshine.

There are many benefits of being outdoors and active especially at this time. Motor boatin’ is here for our community to provide boat and Jet Ski rentals. We are doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus by following all CDC guidelines and making sure all our boats and equipment are sanitized regularly. Give us a call today and get out on the water!

The Top Four Reasons Boaters Love Falls Lake

 Falls Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the Raleigh area and it’s our personal favorite as well. We love it so much that we have based our recreational boat rental business on this lake!

Here are a few reason boaters love Falls Lake:

  1. So much space to explore: Falls Lake is pretty big. It stretches out through 12,000 acres, providing lots of space to take a boat out. There are wider areas to really let loose and smaller areas for more quiet relaxation. We find that whatever kind of boating experience we want, Falls Lake has a spot for it.
  2. Close to home but still a getaway: The lake is pretty central to Raleigh and Durham, but it’s still a little bit out of the way. The short drive coupled with the undeveloped surroundings makes it feel like you’re really away while still being close to home.
  3. Activities: There are many activities beyond boating available at Falls Lake. You can camp and make a whole weekend out of boating, enjoying beaches, hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing and more.
  4. Year-round appeal: Because it’s undeveloped, you get to really enjoy nature’s beauty at this lake. The lushness of summer, the colors of fall, the quiet stillness of winter and the burst of new growth in the spring are all on full display at Falls Lake.

To us, the best way to enjoy Falls Lake is by boat, which is why we’re in the business that we are in. Rent a boat and spend some time on Falls Lake. Check out the boats and jet skis available to rent or contact us with any questions. Don’t forget to take advantage of the special we are running for the month of February – purchase a rental and get free rental insurance and a towable tube.

3 Autumnal Activities on Falls Lake

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It is officially fall in North Carolina, the temperatures have dropped, the leaves are falling, and school is back in session. However, fall in North Carolina is one of the best times to experience the great outdoors and what better place to spend these autumn weekends than at Falls Lake.

Here are our top three activities to do during the autumn season at Falls Lake:

1. Sunset boat ride: Autumn evenings out on the water are some of the most beautiful. Not only will you experience the wonder of North Carolina’s autumn colors reflecting off the water, but oftentimes fall is the least busy time of the year which means peace and tranquility. We recommend taking out one of our Pontoon Boats, a couple of friends, some snacks, and a good playlist.

2. Mid-day fishing trip: What better way to spend the weekend than fishing! Mid-day autumn is the best time to cast the line as water temperatures are typically higher. We recommend taking out our ProCamp boat for the more shallow areas or just fishing along the shoreline.

3. Camping: November is a great time to camp, not only will the campgrounds be less busy, but the temperatures rarely go below 40 degrees. Grab the sleeping bags, a tent and some friends and spend the night under the stars. There’s no better way to spend an autumn night than in nature, by a campfire roasting s’mores!

Who says summer is the only time to enjoy a day at the lake? Take advantage of the natural beauty North Carolina has to offer by getting outside this weekend at Falls Lake. Spend the day out fishing, hiking, camping, or just watching the sun sink behind the trees. At Motor Boatin’, we offer a variety of rental boat options for you to enjoy. Contact us today to reserve your weekend fun.

Four of the Best Things to do at Falls Lake

There are a lot of things to do at falls lake. Spending a summer at falls lake could be done with no problem! We are going to tell you our favorite three things to do at falls lake!

Before we share our four favorite things to do, we want to share a few honorable mentions. We also love hiking, swimming, boating (non-gasoline powered), and checking out the beaver dams at Falls Lake.

While spending the weekend at Falls Lake, our favorite four things to do at the lake are:

  • Boating: Our pontoon boats are the peak of Falls Lake. Many individuals coming out to Falls Lake to enjoy Falls Lake Recreation will end up renting one of our boats to spend the day on the lake.
  • Jet Skis: One of the best ways to enjoy the water and break up the day on pontoon boats or fishing is to rent a jet ski. Our jet skis are available in half-day or whole day rentals.
  • Fishing: Falls lake is known for its amazing fishing. Having five different types of fish including largemouth bass and two types of catfish puts Falls lake a few steps ahead of any other regular fishing spot. There are also multiple ways to fish at Falls Lake. Renting a motorboat or paddle/ non-gasoline boat are the two most popular ways.
  • Camping: Many of our boat renters want to spend more time on the boats or want one day to enjoy jet skis. For those individuals, we really suggest camping in the Falls Lake Grounds. It’s a great way to enjoy both boats and jet skis.

Are you planning on spending a weekend at Falls Lake this Fall? Then, our team at Motor Boatin’ would love to be part of your trip! We have phenomenal boats for fishing, jet skis, and more available to rent. Click here to learn more now.