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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

How to Safely Anchor Your Boat

So, you have been riding around on the lake, and you have found a nice cove that you want to drop anchor in and rest and relax. Just in case you have never done that before, Motor Boatin’ wants to share with you the safest way to anchor your boat in the lake.

The first thing to be aware of is to know the depth of the water where you are at. The length of the anchor line needs to be around five times the depth of the water. Angle the boat in the direction of the current you are in and idle the engine just slightly forward of where you want to drop the anchor.

Once you have got the boat in position, slowly release the anchor into the water. Do not just toss it out there, otherwise the line might tangle. Releasing it slowly into the water allows the anchor to slowly sink and move away from the boat. As the anchor sinks, allow the boat to move backward (go slowly in reverse if necessary.) But, don’t let it go too far.

Make sure the anchor line always has tension. This ensures that no tangling in the line takes place. Once the anchor has reached the bottom, it’s time to secure the rope. Wrap it around a cleat. When you feel the anchor has dug into the bottom surface, put the engine into reverse idle to back up slightly more.

After you are anchored, look at the landmarks around you and where the boat stands. Check periodically to see if the boat is drifting.

Of course, in the case of an anchor, what goes down must come up. When you are ready to leave, the anchor should lift easily, provided you lowered it correctly. Lift the anchor as vertically straight as you can so it won’t damage the boat, the line, or the anchor itself. Rinse off any mud or debris before placing it back in the boat.

And there you go. To rent one of our boats and find that cove to anchor in, check out our availability right here. At Motor Boatin’, we believe in having fun, relaxing, and enjoying safe times on our beautiful watercraft. Get out and enjoy the water!

Port or Starboard – Nautical Terms You Need to Know

While boating, first-time boaters are introduced to what seems like a whole dictionary of terms that might be new to them. Port, starboard, windward, leeward – What does it all mean? It can become difficult to try to figure it all out while out on the water, so Motor Boatin’ is here to help break these nautical terms down so you’re prepared beforehand.

Here are some common nautical terms you need to know before boating:

  1. Port vs Starboard: You’ve probably heard the words port and starboard at least once. While they might seem complex at first glance, they really just mean left and right. If you are standing at the back of the boat looking forward, the left side will be the port side and the right side will be the starboard side. These terms make it easier for orientation purposes. Some people remember this by knowing that the words “Port” and “Left” both have four letters.
  2. Bow / Forward: The front end of every boat is called the bow. When an individual moves toward the bow, it would be said they are going forward.
  3. Stern / Aft: The back end of every boat is called the stern. When an individual moves toward the stern, it would be said they are going aft.
  4. Windward vs Leeward: As you may be able to guess from the name, windward is the direction from which the wind is blowing. Leeward is the opposite direction from which the wind is blowing. Sometimes these are used to describe where other boats are currently located.

Soon, you’ll be boating like a pro! Understanding basic nautical terms is always helpful in tense situations while out on the water, especially for first timers. Currently looking for a boat rental company in the local Triangle area? Choose Motor Boatin’ and reserve a spot today!

Summer Boating Safety Guide – Do’s and Don’ts

Spending a hot, summer day riding a boat out on the water is a match made in heaven, but one important thing to keep in mind when boating is everyone on board’s safety – it should be a top priority. When at the lake, a nice, relaxing day can turn into a bad situation very quickly if the proper safety precautions aren’t put in place. At Motor Boatin’, we want everyone on the water to not only have fun but be safe throughout the day.

Boating Do’s:

  • Life vests: When boating during any time of the year, it is important to have life vests on the boat as they can be the difference between a life and death situation. It is important to know that it is a North Carolina law that anyone 13 AND under MUST be wearing a life vest while the boat is moving.   
  • Pay attention: In the summertime, crowded waters are more common. Everyone is out on the water enjoying the beautiful weather so paying attention and keeping a watch out for others is essential. For more tips on how to navigate crowded waters, check out our blog post here.
  • Take a course: If you aren’t 100% fully confident in your boating skills, consider taking a course to sharpen your boating abilities and to feel more at ease when out on the water. Take a FREE boating safety course here.

Boating Don’ts:

  • Drinking and boating: When on a boat, the person driving the boat should not be drinking at any time. Alcohol impairs your vision and can hinder the way you drive a boat, much like when driving a car. This is not only important for your own safety but also for all the riders on board, so don’t make these decisions that could affect the lives of others.
  • Overcrowd the boat: Going on the boat with a bunch of family and friends is fun, but make sure to keep the boat’s capacity regulations in mind. Overcrowding the boat can be bad for many different reasons. First, it can affect the balance of the boat. Second, having too many people on a boat can be very distracting for the driver.

When boating in a safe manner, it is bound to be lots of fun. Spend the summer right and grab some friends and rent a boat today!