Four of the Best Lakes In Raleigh

Boating season is here! We’re so excited to get back on the water (or at least get back on the water without freezing), and the Raleigh area is an awesome place to do that. There are so many lakes in Wake County and surrounding areas to enjoy that it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go.Fishing Boat Rentals

Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Falls Lake: Falls Lake is our ‘home’ lake, but that’s not why it tops our list. There’s something very special about Falls Lake. Even though it’s just outside the main metro areas, it feels like you’re a world away.
  2. Kerr Lake: If you’re willing to head out just a little further, Kerr Lake is a popular choice. It’s between the North Carolina and Virginia borders. It’s popular as a retreat, with lots of vacation homes available, but there are also day-trip friendly entry points.
  3. Jordan Lake: Over in the western part of the Raleigh area is Jordan Lake. It’s really long, so it provides lots of room to play. With many entry points and beaches, there are tons of areas to explore.
  4. Harris Lake: Just south of Jordan Lake, you’ll find Harris Lake. It’s another boating-friendly lake, but it’s kind of a hidden gem and quieter than the other lakes on the list. It’s a cozy lake, smaller than the others, with lots of ‘fingers’ and coves to explore.

Although we operate mainly out of Falls Lake, you can always tow one of our boats to your preferred lake. Depending on availability, we may be able to deliver your boat for a fee, if you’re not able to tow on your own. Contact Motor Boatin when you’re ready to get out on the water.

Have Fun and Keep Your Kids Safe During Boat Rentals

 

Our boat rentals can be fun for the whole family, but it is important to go over the basics of boat safety with your children before setting out on the water. Here at Motor Boatin LLC, we want your whole family to have fun on Falls Lake or one of the other nearby lakes. Safety is key to fun when it comes to boats.

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When you complete boat rentals with us, we require the completion of an online boat safety course for the person who will be driving the boat, but it is important for everyone on board the boat to know how to keep safe during your boat rentals.

Here are some things to discuss with your kids before taking off in your rented boat:

  • Life jackets are required: Being a good swimmer is not enough. Everyone should have a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Life jackets have to fit to work: Have your kids raise their arms above their heads. Their life jacket should not touch their chin or ears if it is tightened properly.
  • Keep warm: It may seem too hot for a jacket or blanket on shore, but always take extra layers for keeping warm on the water.
  • Open water is not like a pool: Lakes have uneven surfaces and currents. Swimming should occur in designated areas only. Diving can be dangerous because you don’t know what’s under the surface.

Infants should have their own life jackets and should be held in the boat, not left in a car seat. The car seat would sink immediately if it ever went overboard. CPR training (specifically for children and infants) is a very good idea. When it comes to having fun on the water, supervision of children is key.

Our Fishing Boats are Perfect for Fishing on Falls Lake

 

A trip on one of our fishing boats can be a perfect outing for your family or friends. We can deliver fishing boats to Falls Lake or one of the other nearby lakes. All you have to do is make sure that your NC fishing licenses are current, grab your fishing gear and snacks, and meet us at the lake.

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Falls Lake is a 12,400-acre lake that is well-known for being the perfect place to fish for largemouth bass. There are plenty of other types of fish in the lake as well, including the following:

  • Catfish: Channel catfish, flathead catfish and blue catfish are waiting to be caught by you.
  • Crappie: Both white and black crappie are found in the lake.
  • Bass: Largemouth bass and white bass are the species for which Falls Lake is best known. There are also striped bass (also known as stripers) in the area.
  • Perch: Whether you are looking for white perch or yellow perch, you can find them here.
  • Chain pickerel

Falls Lake is great for fishing boats because it has plenty of sections with trees and stumps in the coves. Most of the time, the water maintains a nice stain, as well, encouraging fish to come closer to the surface than they would if the water was clear. You can sight-fish at times, though. Local fisherman use spinnerbaits, square bill, crankbaits and jigs to fish the shallows here. To complement your fishing boat rental, the area also includes more than 300 campsites, some with RV hookups, along with a marina, nearby lodging, conveniently located stores and even a local bait and tackle shop.

Are Pontoon Boats Good for Fishing?

Some people will tell you that pontoon boats aren’t a great option for anglers. However, many of the things that make pontoons such a great option for partying and family activities on the water also make them advantageous for fishing. Here are a few reasons why you might want to think about renting pontoon boats for your next day of fishing.

1. Plenty of space. If you like to fish with several fishing rods, a couple of coolers of drinks and snacks, a cooler for the fish you catch, and plenty of lures and other fishing paraphernalia, you’ll appreciate the extra space that pontoon boats offer.

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2. More than one size. You don’t have to get a mammoth pontoon if it is just going to be one or two of you going out fishing. There are also smaller ones built for just a couple of people that will still give you elbow room but not have more space than you need.

3. Stability. Struggling with a fish that is determined not to be caught can send a small boat rocking dangerously. Pontoon boats are more stable, so you can keep your balance more easily.

4. Comfort. Larger pontoon boats usually have very comfortable seating, comparable to your sofa cushions at home. Why not have a bit of comfort as you coax the next largemouth bass to its demise?

If you want to give pontoon boats a try for fishing before you commit to purchasing one, check out our options here at Motor-Boatin LLC. While there are a few downsides, such as being more challenging to steer and maneuver, we think you might be surprised at how nice it can be to enjoy Falls Lake with one of our pontoon boats. Our online booking makes it easy, and you can call us with any questions you may have.

 

Why Boat Rentals are Better Than Boat Clubs

When owning your own boat isn’t feasible because of the investment or ongoing costs of storage and upkeep, you might be wondering if joining a boat club is the best option. On the surface, they often look like a great idea. However, when you look a bit deeper, you’ll recognize that boat rentals are often the better way to go. Here’s why:

1. Takes the pressure off. If you paid an initial fee to a boat club and have a monthly fee on top of that, you may start feeling pressure to go use a boat even during months you don’t have the time. Nobody likes to feel their money wasn’t well spent, so you’ll feel stressed when you can’t get out there for one reason or another. With boat rentals, you pay as you go. Can’t get out this month? No problem. No costs involved in staying home.

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2. Boat selection may be limited. Boat clubs tend to overstate availability. Not only do they often have fewer types of boats than you might find with boat rentals, but they may also not be there on the days you want them, particularly on holidays and weekends. Booking boat rentals online gives you the chance to see upfront what is available for the time you plan to go out on the water.

3. High costs. Boat clubs are not cheap. You can expect a high buy-in as well as a monthly fee. Unless you will be using boats often and traveling to other parts of the country where a nation-wide boat club would work well for you, going with local boat rentals is going to be your most cost-effective option.

If you are looking to enjoy a day on Falls Lake or lakes in the surrounding area, check out the boat rentals here at Motor-Boatin LLC. We offer quality boats of different types, including pontoon, motorboats, and fishing boats. Our online booking is open 24 hours, so you can plan for your next free day you want to spend on the water. Call us if you have any questions.

The Basics of Riding Waverunners

Personal watercrafts came on the scene back in the 1970s with Yamaha waverunners, the first sit-down type, open-stern production, personal watercraft, entering the market in 1986. Since then, they have become a popular option on our nation’s beaches, as well as lakes and other waterways. If you are new to waverunners, here are a few basics you should know.

1. Rent before you buy. It is usually better to learn how to operate something new by renting one before investing in one. This gives you the opportunity to see if you like it enough to own one yourself. You can also rent different types so you’ll learn which you prefer.

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2. Learn the safety measures. There are two very important safety measures you should know. The first is that you should always wear a life jacket. Even if you are an excellent swimmer, a life jacket could save your life if you were to be rendered unconscious in an accident. The second is to use the engine shut-off clip safety feature. That way, if you fall off, the engine instantly shuts down. This keeps you safe, as well as others in the area.

3. Start slow. You should always start at slow speeds as you learn how waverunners move on the water and how to safely manage turning. Take time to see how the watercraft maneuvers before going full-throttle. It is best to learn while close to shore. Once you feel confident, head out to deeper waters and slowly increase speed. Waverunners hop off waves at higher speeds, so lift your buttocks a couple inches off the seat when you feel it lift for a more comfortable ride.

If you are interested in renting waverunners, sea-doos or jet skis, check out our selection at Motor-Boatin LLC. Our online booking is available 24 hours a day. We also rent pontoon boats, fishing boats, and motorboats. Get out and enjoy all that Falls Lake has to offer and create life-long memories!

 

Falls Lake Fishing Tip: Fishing Boat Rentals

If you have wanted to take advantage of North Carolina’s best lake for largemouth bass, catfish and crappie, you can’t go wrong spending a day fishing on Falls Lake. There are always plenty of fishing tips for landing a great haul for dinner and stocking the freezer. The best tip of all is taking advantage of fishing boat rentals. While you can enjoy bank fishing, getting out on the water has several benefits.

1. Check out multiple spots. If you are bank fishing and aren’t getting any nibbles, it can take you several minutes or longer to pack up and relocate to another spot. Fishing boat rentals give you the flexibility to seek out a new spot whenever you want by just bringing in your line and motoring somewhere else.

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2. Chance to explore. Many believe that sitting on a bank in one or two spots can get boring. If you are out on the water thanks to fishing boat rentals, you can take a respite from the fishing and explore the lake to enjoy the scenery and see areas you’d never get to see on foot.

3. Bigger fish. It isn’t uncommon to find bigger game fish in deeper waters, and that takes getting away from the shoreline. You’ll also find more types of fish because many do not hang out on the shore.

4. Other activities. Being out on Falls Lake gives you plenty of other things to do when you want a break from fishing. Some anglers enjoy getting in the water with a snorkel to see what is going on down below before they decide on a spot for fishing.

Here’s one more tip about fishing boat rentals – get yours from Motor-Boatin LLC. We offer a wide variety of boats for all your lake activities with an easy online 24-hour portal for reserving your boat for use on Falls Lake or to be towed to any lake in the surrounding area. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

 

Things to Take for Family Activities on the Lake

A day on the lake is one of those family activities that can create life-long memories – provided you plan properly! You don’t want to have to cut your day short because you forgot to take something important with you. Here are the top things you should have with you for a fun-filled day on the lake:

1. Water – While you will have plenty of water all around, you wouldn’t want to drink it. Expect to get thirstier than usual when out in the sun and fresh air. There’s nothing wrong with taking your other favorite beverages, but be sure to include lots of water, too.

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2. Sunscreen – Depending on the type of boat you’ll have, shade could be at a premium. If you don’t like the chemicals in traditional sunscreen, don’t go without, as there are natural options available. Apply before you head out and reapply as needed.

3. Snacks – You will also build up an appetite out on the water, so be sure to take snacks or even prepared meals, such as a loaf of bread and sandwich fixings. Fruit, chips, cookies, and other snacks are always appreciated during any family activities.

4. Sunglasses – The glare on the water is dangerous for your eyes. Be sure you have UV-blocking sunglasses. A great tip here is to get a low-cost pair for on the lake because it doesn’t take much for them to end up sleeping with the fishes.

5. Trash Bag – The lake is not a trash can! Take a trash bag with you for empty cans and other waste. You can also use your cooler so you can take empties back home with you.

6. First Aid Kit – It might seem like there aren’t many dangers out on the water, but things can happen. Better to be prepared than cut your day of family activities short because someone gets a cut and you can’t find any bandages.

7. Disposable Products – Consider paper plates for snacking, paper towels for cleaning up messes, and toilet paper. Remember, use the trash bag, not the lake, when you’re done.

If you have been holding back on experiencing family act ivies on the lake due to lacking a boat, check out what we offer at Motor-Boatin LLC. We offer boat rentals that will help you create life-long memories for you and your family. Our online 24-hour portal makes it easy to reserve a boat for use on Falls Lake or can be towed to any lake in the surrounding area. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

 

Boats 101: How to Stay Safe while Boating

Spending a day out on the water with friends and family is supposed to be fun and create life-long memories. If you don’t want those memories to be unpleasant, it is important to know a few safety measures before heading out, particularly if this is your first time. Here is some practical advice for how to stay safe on boats.

1. Pay attention to the weather. Some activities can still be done on a rainy day. In fact, anglers often agree that some fishing is best done when there is a bit of a rain in the forecast. However, a severe storm with high winds or dangerous lightning is no time to be out on the water.

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2. Tell others where you are going. A plane must file a flight plan to let those on the ground know where they are going and the path they will take, so that if rescue services are needed, they’ll know where to go. The same is true for boats, only it is called a float plan. In this case, it involves letting someone know where you plan to go, how long you’ll be out, information about the boat, and complete information about all passengers. It is also important to let them know what type of communication and signal equipment is present on the boat.

3. Have enough lifejackets and know how to use them. Everyone hates lifejackets, but you’ll be glad you have one on if your boat sinks or you get knocked overboard and knocked unconscious.

4. Be properly trained in boating. Taking a boating course and learning to swim are two smart things to do before you head out on the water. If you aren’t familiar with the boat, consider bringing someone with you who is. Even if you are knowledgeable about the boat’s handling and operations, having a second experienced boater on board is never a bad idea.

5. Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol use on boats is every bit as dangerous as driving a car when you’ve been drinking. In fact, it can be worse because the fresh air and sun can exacerbate the effects of alcohol.

Here at Motor-Boatin LLC, we offer rentals of several types of boats, including pontoon boats, fishing boats, and motorboats. We are happy to answer your questions about boat safety, so you can enjoy a great day out on Falls Lake or one of the other lakes in the area. Our online booking makes it easy to reserve boats, and you can call us with any questions you may have.

 

The Top 5 Movies to Watch if You Love Boats

 

Getting ready to head out on the lake? What better way to get into the mood than to watch some of the best boat movies ever?! There are plenty of movies that feature boats in one way or another, so you have a long list to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Waterworld (1995) – Crazy as the concept of a water-filled post-apocalyptic world sounds, people still manage to enjoy this film. It is set in a world where the melting of the polar ice caps has left everyone to live on boats and artificial islands. How to adapt? How about growing gills and living in the ocean like Mariner, played by Kevin Costner, did?

Waterworld (1995)(Image source: https://moviesfilmsandflix.com)

2. Titanic (1997) – Most of the time, you avoid a movie when someone has already told you how it ends. Considering we all know the tragic fate of those on board the White Star liner, this film is captivating as we fall in love with Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitte Bukater (Kate Winslet) as we hoped they’d get a happy ending despite the sinking Titanic.

Titanic (1997)(Image source: http://paperlief.com)

3. All is Lost (2013) – The reason this one makes the list isn’t because Robert Redford makes a great hero, but because of the lessons that can be learned from his mistakes. His solo voyage runs into trouble (mistake #1 is going solo!) when he collides with a stray shipping container (mistake #2 is not being aware of your surroundings). See if you can spot more things that you would have done differently in this unique survival drama that could help you should you experience a problem one day.

All is Lost (2013)(Image source: https://www.syracuse.com)

4. Jaws (1975) – Granted, this one has the potential to make you swear off boats and the water instead, but that cheesy fake shark is downright funny if you think about it. If you really can’t get enough, check out Jaws 2, Jaws 3-D, and Jaws: The Revenge, although we’re pretty sure you’ll find the first one the best of them.

Jaws (1975)(Image source: https://www.britannica.com)

5. Pirates of the Caribbean (Any of them!) – Add together boats (pirate ships to be specific), swashbucklers, and adventure, and you’ll be going through plenty of popcorn if you watch all five currently available.

Pirates of the Caribbean (Any of them!)(Image source: https://ohmy.disney.com)

Now that you’ve had your fill of movies with boats and you are ready to get out on Falls Lake or one of the other lakes in the area, turn to us at Motor-Boatin LLC for boat rentals. Our online portal makes it easy to reserve motorboats, bass boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, and even jet skis for a day of adventure with your family or a chance to catch the biggest fish ever seen. None of our boats attract sharks – we promise!

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