Jet Ski Safety Tips

We love to ride our jet skis at Motor-Boatin. Our selection of Yamaha WaveRunners to rent is the best in the Triangle. But, when it comes to having fun on the water, always remember that safety must come first. So, here are some safety tips that we want you to keep in mind when cruising the lake on a jet ski.

1. Don’t take off until everyone is onboard. If you have more than one rider, make sure that everyone is seated properly on the ski and holding on before starting the craft and squeezing the throttle. Jet skis have a quick acceleration, and if everyone is not situated, they can easily fall off.

2. Don’t go faster than it’s safe to go. When near shore, or in no wake zones, that means going under 5 mph. When around boats, remember they have the right of way, so don’t go too quickly and prevent them from maneuvering.

3. Wear your life jacket at all times. It’s the law. Also, keep the lanyard attached to you, so if you fall off, the jet ski will power off.

4. Remember, there are no breaks. The only way to slow down is to reduce the pressure on the throttle. Just don’t stop it completely, or you won’t be able to steer. Jet skis need propulsion to steer.

5. Know where you are going. If you aren’t familiar with navigational beacons on a lake, try to remember key landmarks when you take off and use them to guide you back to your starting point.

6. Always board the jet ski from the stern (back end). Trying to climb on from the side of the craft will likely cause it to capsize on top of you. For more tips, or to reserve your jet ski for a day on the lake, contact us at Motor-Boatin right away!

3 Reasons We Love Fall Boating

Fall is a beautiful season and a perfect time to go boating with the cooler weather! Just because it’s not a time when you are wearing flip-flops, swimsuits, sunscreen, or going swimming doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the #lake life.  

3 Reasons Why We Love Fall Boating: 

Scenic Views: Fall offers gorgeous scenic views, the leaves are changing which adds a beautiful pop of red, orange, and yellow to the waterline! Also, it is the perfect time to take aesthetically-pleasing lake pictures of the amazing views of nature. 

Fishing Season: Fall is one of the best times to fish! Also, cooler weather conditions are ideal times to fish as well. In preparation for winter, fish will be migrating and feeding a ton! Perfect time to go get your fishing gear on and go catch some fish! 

Less Water Traffic: Summer is the busiest boating season but fall is the best season to boat in because of less traffic on the water which means open waterways! This is a great time to just cruise the waterways with friends and relax and not have to worry about summer swimmers and traffic on the water.  

Looking for a fishing boat? Let your inner fisherman out for an afternoon and hop on board a fishing boat rental from Motor-Boatin LLC. Check out rental availability here: https://motor-boatin.com/fishing-boats/  

Best Fall Fishing Gear

It is fall fishing season, are you prepared? Fall is the perfect season to fish with cooler temperatures, but you will need some good gear to catch some fish and some gear to keep you warm and dry with the unpredictable weather of fall. In order to keep reeling in the bites, let’s look at fall seasonal gear you should have. 

3 Fall Fishing Gear Items You Should Have For Your Next Motor Boatin’ Fishin Trip: 

  1. Rain Coat and Bibs: Rain gear is important to have to keep you warm and dry while on the water. Rapala offers a great rain jacket and bibs for an affordable price that is crafted to provide all-day comfort during stormy weather. You can find it here: https://www.rapala.com/  
  1. First Aid Kit:  Some Fisherman’s skills might not be as sharp if you haven’t fished since last spring. This can cause injuries which is why you should always have a first aid kit at hand to be able to band-aid a scratch-up or any other injury that happens on the water. MyPak is a good first aid kit and has everything you could possibly need, you can find it here:https://mymedic.com/  
  1. Jerk Bait: This bait is a great lure to lure in the bass and are most effective in doing so as well! The Berkley Stunna Jerk Bait should be a must-have in your fishing kit,  fooling even the most discerning bass with its flash and roll. You can find it here: https://www.berkley-fishing.com/ 

Looking for a fishing boat? Let your inner fisherman out for an afternoon and hop on board a fishing boat rental from Motor-Boatin LLC. Check out rental availability here: https://motor-boatin.com/fishing-boats/   

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: https://motor-boatin.com/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.

Click here to view available rentals and reservations and set up your weekend reservation now!

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.

Check boat availability and learn more here:https://motor-boatin.com

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.

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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.

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.

Cold-Weather Boating: What to Wear

At Motor Boatin’, we believe that Triangle residents should be able to enjoy boating all year long even during the wintertime. To do this, it is important to wear the right gear for the winter weather so that boaters stay comfortable throughout their trip – thinking ahead is key. This blog post is dedicated to sharing our five favorite clothing items for cold-weather boating.

Before we begin, we should note that it is ideal to have all your clothing items be waterproof from your headwear to your shoes. This ensures that you stay dry which ultimately affects your warmth.

Here are five clothing items you’ll need for your next winter boating adventure:

  1. Fishing hat: You should pack a hat that covers both your head and your ears from the wind and cold air. Extremities of the body are especially vulnerable to the winter weather.
  2. Neck gaiter: A neck gaiter can keep both your neck and face warm and protect your skin against the harsh weather conditions. These can also be used in the summer to fight sunburn, making them an all-year boating accessory.
  3. Layered jackets: While jackets are an obvious essential, it is also important to grab lots of layers. For example, one might wear a Gore-Tex materialled jacket on top with a wool or fleece sweatshirt underneath. Layers allow for the most flexibility when out on the boat. It is also a good idea to wear brightly colored clothing for safety purposes. If one were to go overboard, it is much easier to spot bright yellows and oranges.
  4. Dry suit: For those who frequently go out on winter fishing trips, you might consider purchasing a dry suit. These items not only provide warmth but also cold-water protection. These suits are known to have saved lives in the coldest of temperatures for both boaters and divers which makes these items a worthwhile investment.
  5. Thick boots: Not only should fishing boots keep you warm, but they should also be slip resistant. Having a heavy-duty pair of boots paired with thermal socks can keep those fishing feeling comfortable all day long.

Just because temperatures are dropping around the Triangle doesn’t mean you have to cancel all your boating trips! At Motor Boatin’, we offer watercraft rentals all year long – including January and December. For more winter weather boating questions or to book with us, call 919-800-9716 today.