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.

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!

Funny (But Important) FAQs That We Get Asked

Operating a boat or personal watercraft can seem a little challenging especially the first time. For this reason, those new to boating come in with all kinds of questions. Although at first glance they may sound funny to experienced boaters, they are all valid questions that deserve to be answered.

Here are four of our frequently asked questions:

  1. Where are the brakes? There are actually no brakes on any type of watercraft. This stresses the importance of not speeding while operating and shows why speeding is one of the leading causes of boat collisions. Drivers can however use reverse to slow the watercraft down.
  2. How do I stop Jet Skis? Jet Skis are included when we say there are no brakes in all watercraft. Individuals can use reverse to help maneuver and to slow down, but there is no way to completely stop. If you are unable to slow down, remember to stop the engine way before getting ashore. This will prevent damage to the motor of the Jet Ski.
  3. Why is the boat not moving? First, is the motor down in the water? If not, that is the problem. This is actually a more common question than you may think. To fix this, use the trim button on the gear shifter and squeeze it down to put the motor down. This will allow the motor to work properly and ensure that the boat starts moving. Boaters don’t realize while they have their hand on the shifter, their thumb is almost always on the trim up/down button and they press the button up while pushing the shifter.  To correct the motor out of the water, press the button down.
  4. Why isn’t my boat cranking? Before doing anything else, check to make sure the kill switch is attached and that the shifter is in neutral. Otherwise, this could be an actual problem. To prevent any possible damage, immediately call us at (919)-800-9716 for further assistance.

We have heard all types of questions throughout the years. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any other questions you may have (even if they may be a little funny at first). If you are planning to rent a boat or other type of watercraft in the Triangle area, consider Motor Boatin’. Check our availability and reserve a spot today.

5 Health Benefits of Fishing

Many people see fishing as a fun pastime, but did you know that fishing actually has many physical and mental health benefits as well? From increasing vitamin D intake to reducing stress levels, fishing provides a large range of benefits for personal health which makes it good for the body and mind.

Here are five health benefits of fishing:

  1. Increase in vitamin D intake: Whether it’s a sunny or cloudy day, one can get vitamin D while fishing. Vitamin D plays a vital role in boosting our immune systems and keeping our bones healthy. It also helps regulate moods and can make people happier overall.
  2. Provides exercise: Fishing is surprisingly a great, low-impact exercise. It engages a person’s shoulders, back, arms, core, and legs. Research shows that just being outdoors also encourages a healthier lifestyle.
  3. Improves blood pressure: Spending time fishing has been shown to decrease a person’s blood pressure. Being surrounded by nature for even just 30 minutes lowers blood pressure and improves overall health by reducing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
  4. Boosts concentration: Over time, studies have shown that adults have far shorter attention spans than in previous decades. By unplugging and directing their attention toward fishing, individuals can boost their short-term concentration. Throughout many fishing sessions, people can improve their long-term concentration over time.
  5. Reduces stress: Many people are aware of the relaxation that fishing brings. Fishing relieves pressure and stress that one might feel. Similar to meditation, fishing takes a person’s mind off of any internal thoughts or stress.

Fishing is an activity everyone can enjoy and provides health benefits for all ages. If you and your family are looking to rent a fishing boat, consider Motor Boatin’. We also provide packed tackle boxes, rods, and fresh bait. Reserve a spot today!

5 Pet Safety Tips While Boating

Safety is the number one priority for all passengers of a boat or any other watercraft and this includes the safety of our furry friends. Pet owners shouldn’t have to risk the well-being of their pets in order to enjoy a nice boat ride with them.

Here are five pet safety tips while boating:

  1. Bring a pet life jacket: Life jackets are essential for humans but also for pets. Even though most dogs can swim, swimming becomes harder in rougher currents or if they are fatigued. Therefore, buying a life jacket that fits securely is important to reduce any potential risks.
  2. Pack lots of water: Water is a necessity for any boat ride but especially for warmer days. Having a bowl and cold water readily available allows for pets to drink throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  3. Plan for bathroom breaks: Planning times throughout the day for bathroom breaks is always a good idea when boating with any kind of animal. Some dogs may prefer to use a potty pad while on board, but others may feel more comfortable using real grass ashore.
  4. Apply sunscreen: Pets need sunscreen too! Many pet owners forget to think about bringing sunscreen for their animals, however, it is very important for their skin. Dogs that are light-colored or have thin fur are at higher risk of becoming sunburned.
  5. Make a canine first aid kit: Much like a human first aid kit, a canine first aid kit is useful if boat passengers come across any dangerous situations with their animals. Some possible items to pack are antibiotics for cuts, gauze, or any other emergency supplies.

Following these tips when planning a day out on the water with your furry friend can lead to many wonderful memories. If you are looking to rent a boat or other types of watercraft in the Triangle area, consider Motor Boatin’. Reserve a spot today or contact us for any questions.

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.

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.