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.

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!

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!

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.

4 Best Lakes in the Raleigh Area and What They Offer

Summertime is quickly approaching in the Triangle, which means Raleigh citizens are preparing for many days in the sun and on the water. One of the most frequent questions we are asked at Motor Boatin‘ is ‘what lakes are near Raleigh and what are the advantages of each one?’Fishing Boat Rental at Falls Lake in North Carolina

There are so many lakes in Wake County and Durham county. So, we decided to give a quick breakdown of our favorite spots and highlight a few perks for each location.

4 of our top lake spots surrounding Raleigh are:

  • Falls Lake: Falls Lake is definitely our favorite spot in the Triangle, Falls Lake is a popular spot for our Raleigh natives who love to be outdoors. There are numerous spots to enjoy, such as Sandling Beach off Creedmoor Road in Wake Forest, as well as Beaverdam and Rolling View access areas where there are plenty of trails for hiking and mountain biking. We service Falls Lake, so take advantage of our boat rentals, including jet skis, fishing boats, and pontoon boats, to enjoy the water this summer!
  • Lake Johnson: Lake Johnson is located on Avent Ferry Road close to NC State’s campus. This park has a lot to offer with over 300 acres and 3 miles of paved greenway trails. They have canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats available for rent, and there is fishing permitted on the boardwalk or on the boats in the lake.
  • Shelley Lake Park: This 144-acre park off West Millbrook Road has 2 miles of paved, scenic greenway trails that surround the entire lake. They also house the Sertoma Arts Center where classes are offered for painting, pottery, and more! Great place for a day trip with the family, since they also have two playgrounds and a basketball court.
  • Jordan Lake Recreation Area: Just outside of Raleigh in Apex, this park is perfect for hiking with over 14 miles of trails and even sighting a bald eagle! They also have lots of camp sites lining the shores that are perfect for a weekend getaway. Plenty of open water for boating and fishing too!

While Motor Boatin’ is located on Falls Lake in Raleigh, we can service all of the local lakes. That means you can pick up a boat or jet ski for the day or we can deliver them to you. We’re excited for the warmer months and all the activities that come with them! The fishing spots are lively, and the water is just right for a day of boating. Contact us at Motor Boatin‘ to see all the options we have for rentals this summer!