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!

How to Re-board a Jet Ski

At Motor Boatin, there are two things we firmly believe in—having fun on the lake and being safe on the lake. Those two are not mutually exclusive. It is possible and easy to do both. On occasion, when you are riding one of our jet skis, you may end up in the water—hopefully, that’s because you decided to stop somewhere out of the way and take a dip in the lake to cool off.

Whatever the reason is, you will need to get back on board eventually. So, what’s the best way to do it? Allow us to show you the way.

For starters, you need to wear your life vest at all times—when riding and when swimming. It’s not only the law, but it is common sense—swimming in a lake can quickly exhaust even the fittest of individuals. The engine must be turned off because you are boarding from the rear where the thrust nozzle is located. You should have turned it off before going in the water, and if the lanyard is properly attached to you, it would have cut the engine had you fallen off. (If you capsized the ski, look for a decal at the rear of the craft that will describe the direction to turn the craft to an upright position. Follow that direction to prevent damage to the jet ski.)

To board, position yourself at the stern (rear) of the jet ski. Never try to re-board from the side because you could flip it over on top of you. There is a handle located at the back of the seat. Reach up to grab it with one hand.

Then, using the handle pull yourself up and place one knee on the surface of ski followed by the other knee. Once you are steady, stand up and place your legs around the seat like a saddle and slowly walk your way toward the front. Sit down at the handlebars and when ready, re-enter the lanyard in its slot and restart the jet ski. If you are riding with others, do not restart the ski until everyone is onboard and seated.

For more safety tips, check out other blogs on this site. To make your jet ski reservation, click here. Then, you can have a safe, fun-filled day out on the lake.

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!

Mistakes To Avoid When Riding a Jet Ski for The First Time

Riding a jet ski is just as fun as it sounds, but it needs to be done in a safe manner or else it can become dangerous quickly. Inexperienced jet ski drivers do have the potential to make mistakes, especially when it is their first time driving one. At Motor Boatin’, we want all our renters to be able to try something new out on the water but in a fun and safe way.

Here are some of the top mistakes to avoid when riding a jet ski for the first time:

  • Riding at high speeds: When people think of jet skiing, speed often comes to mind. They long for that adrenaline rush of zipping through the water at high speeds. While that sounds fun, it is not safe, especially for first timers. It is important to not go too fast and always keep a safe speed.
  • Staring at the handlebars: A lot of first-time jet ski drivers can struggle with keeping the jet ski going straight. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this common problem. Just like driving a car, it is important to look forward into the distance when driving and not down at the handles. It is common for new jet skiers to stare at the handlebars when driving, causing them to veer off in the wrong direction and hindering them from seeing what is in front of them.
  • Reboarding incorrectly: When on the jet ski, you might fall off (this happens sometimes) or you might want to jump into the water to cool off quick. Getting off the jet ski is fine, but the way you reboard it is important. When reboarding, you enter the jet ski from the stern – That’s boating lingo for the back! Entering from another place could cause it to turn over.
  • Not knowing how to stop: Jet skis do not have brakes. Many first-time riders are not aware of this and damage the jet ski when reaching the shore. To help, it is crucial to let go of the throttle and use reverse to help maneuver if necessary.

Jet skiing is a fun pastime, especially when renting from Motor Boatin’. Being safe is a number one priority and avoiding these common mistakes will help create a more enjoyable experience. If you have any questions, contact us today.

5 Reasons to Rent a Boat This Summer

Is there a better way to spend a warm, radiant summer day than out on a boat? At Motor Boatin’,  we don’t think so. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the full experience that comes with riding a boat for the first time. Summer is the perfect season to test out the waters because of the sunny days, gorgeous weather, and time off with friends and family.

Here are five more reasons to rent a boat with Motor Boatin’ this summer:

  1. Cost-effective: Owning a boat is expensive. There are the costs for maintenance, gas, marina, and other fees that add up after the initial purchase. This is why many individuals never get to hop on a boat. Renting a boat is a much more cost-effective way to enjoy the perks of being on a boat without all the money.
  2. Trying a new activity: Renting a boat creates the perfect opportunity to try something new. Whether it be fishing, water skiing, or tubing, renting a boat opens the door for endless possibilities this summer. At Motor Boatin’, we offer fishing boats, pontoons, and bow-riders, allowing you to really do it all.
  3. New perspective of nature: When you are out on the water, you can gain a new perspective of nature and the world around you. Being on the water lets you see the trees and feel the sunshine around you which allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day life. This lets you to relax and just enjoy your time being on the lake.
  4. Freshen up your skills: Renting a boat is a great option to freshen up your skills whether it be boating, sports, or fishing. It gives a non-commitment way to enjoy an old hobby and perfect a past skill.
  5. Unforgettable memories: When you’re out on the water with friends and family, you are creating priceless memories. Renting a boat gives you the opportunity to do something you don’t normally do, have a great time, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

If after all these reasons, you’re dying to now rent a boat this summer, contact us today. At Motor Boatin’, we are here to provide all your boat rental needs and ensure that this summer is the best one yet!

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!

5 Lunch Ideas to Pack for a Day Out on the Lake

While packing the lake day essentials such as sunscreen, towels and a dry change of clothes is important for a fun time spent out in the sun, bringing lunch and snacks to keep family and friends fueled throughout the day is just as important. To get the most out of your day spent out on the water, Motor Boatin’ offers five lunch ideas to pack for your next lake trip.

Here are five different lunch options for any day out on the boat:

  1. Classic BBQ foods: What is more North Carolina than a classic, southern BBQ meal? From burgers and potato salad to grilled chicken sandwiches and coleslaw – the options are endless! This lets you build on the lunch variety by choosing different sides to go with the main dishes. Whatever you choose, there is something for everyone.
  2. Meat and veggie skewers: Skewers are an easy but filling choice for lunch. Since they are handheld, skewers allow riders to easily stay fueled throughout the day. The skewers also can be customized to different dietary requirements – some can be for meat lovers while others can be strictly vegetarian.
  3. Cheese board platter: Many like to snack throughout the entire lake day. Cheese board platters are perfect for this. They can contain a variety of cheeses, a mix of meats, different kinds of crackers, and even fruit. This gives friends and family many different options to stay full all day long.
  4. Wraps: Wraps are a great option for any boat day because they are tasty and can be customized. You can’t go wrong with any of the fillings like chicken caesar or hummus and veggie wraps. These wraps can go with potato chips, crackers, or pretzels for more of a salty crunch.
  5. Pasta salad: Pasta salad is a classic lake day dish as it is the perfect summery food to throw in any cooler. It is easy to make it the night before and pack up in Tupperware dishes for the next day to be enjoyed for all different ages.

Mixing any of these lunch options with cool, refreshing drinks is the way to go for any day out on the lake. If you are looking to rent a boat in the Triangle area this summer, consider Motor Boatin’. Reserve a spot today, and contact us for any other questions.

Fun Things to Do Around the Triangle this Summer: Lake Edition

Who doesn’t love a lake day, especially a summer lake day? Sometimes the only cure for a hot, summer day is the crisp water and breezy air that can only be found on a lake. Lake days are great because of how versatile they are. When renting from Motor Boatin’, the possibilities for activities on your lake day are endless!

Here are fun activities for any lake day this summer in the Triangle:

  • Fishing: Is there anything more exciting than catching a fish? We don’t think so. Renting a fishing boat and spending a relaxing day fishing on the lake is the perfect thing to do this summer. If you want to spice things up, think about having a competition with friends or family as to who can catch the biggest or the most fish. This is especially fun for young kids as they navigate fishing for the first time.
  • Jet skiing: The wind racing through your hair, the water splashing out from under you. Sounds pretty awesome right? Jet ski rentals offer a one-of-a-kind experience and are great to take advantage of on a beautiful, summer day. Up to three people can ride on one of our jet skis, so grab two of your friends and seize the day!
  • “Picnic” on the lake: Love being on the water? Wanting a nice, relaxing way to spend the day on the lake with your friends? Our pontoon boats can hold up to 14 people which makes it a great option for spending time with loved one the summer season. Pick out some of your favorite picnic snacks like chicken salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, or lemonade, and spend all day out on the scenic lakes around the Triangle.
  • Sports: Who doesn’t love some great competition? Water sports like skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are an exhilarating way to spend a lake day for anyone who likes a little bit of thrill in their life. We offer rentals for Open Bowriders (Ski Boats) which are perfect for skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. It is important to keep in mind that the ability to ski comes from the engine type, so check out our pontoon boats as well!

Conveniently located in Wake Forest, Motor Boatin’ is close to Jordan Lake, Harris Lake, and Kerr Lake. Click here to find out more about rental options!  

Easy Steps to Improve Your Boat Handling Skills

Being behind the wheel of a boat is very different than being behind the wheel of a car. For starters, there are new factors when it comes to steering a boat that you don’t see on the road—like currents and waves. As a result, when you steer a boat, it may not always go exactly as planned. This is why it’s important to improve your boat handling skills. At Motor-Boatin’, we have some easy steps to improve your skills on the water.

For starters, we always recommend that you enroll in a boating safety and training course. Here is a free one. After that, here are some other steps to keep in mind:

  1. Remember that boats don’t have brakes: The only way to slow down your boat is to let up on throttle. That means pulling it back towards the neutral position. You also must be conscious of how you adjust your speed and how long it takes your boat to slow down or stop. Individuals believing that boats have brakes is a more common misunderstanding than you might think.
  2. Practice your navigation skills: Rather than relying on a water GPS, it’s a better practice to read maps and look for all navigation markers on a lake. The more comfortable you are at navigating, the more you are able to explore areas without worrying about getting lost.
  3. Realize that every boat drives differently: How a sports car drives is completely different than how a full-sized pickup drives. Boats are the same. How a pontoon drives varies a lot from a fishing boat. If you’re driving a new boat for the first time, take a few moments to get comfortable with it before you push the throttle forward.
  4. Know your knot: Do you know the difference between a cleat hitch and a clove hitch? When docking a boat and tying it up, it’s important to understand which knot works best. The same is true for the anchor, ski line, etc.
  5. Be 360-degree aware: There are no stop lights, yield signs, or yellow lines on the water. Other watercraft can approach you from any angle at any speed and shallow areas can pop up out of seemingly nowhere. Proper handling means being aware of your entire surroundings—in and out of the boat. Practice situational awareness.

For more tips and ideas on having a fun yet safe time on the lake, contact us at Motor Boatin’ today. We’re never going to steer you wrong!

The Perfect Boat for Your Plans at Motor Boatin’

Renting a boat for the first time is an exciting activity to do on the weekend, or any day of the week, but many boaters are unsure of which boat or watercraft to choose for their desired plans. With so many different boat options and activities to pick from, it can be difficult to select the one that is right for you and your party. At Motor Boatin’, we understand this confusion and want to help everyone, especially first-time boaters, find the boat that fits them best so that can fully enjoy the day at ease.

Here are some of the types of boats and watercraft we offer:

  • Fishing boats: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, tranquil day on the lake or a jam-packed day filled with games and friendly competition, a fishing boat rental is perfect for you in both cases. Even if you or your family aren’t catching, you still get to enjoy the scenery of some of the most beautiful lakes in North Carolina. At Motor Boatin’, we can also provide a packed tackle box, rods, and fresh bait – all the tools you and your guests need for a day full of fishing!
  • Pontoon boats: Pontoon boats have the greatest variety with what they can be used for. Wanting a chill day on the lake with friends and family to forget about the weekly responsibilities for a bit by casually driving around? A pontoon boat is great for that! Looking for an adrenaline rush while tubing, water skiing, or wakeboarding through some crazy waves? Then, pontoon boats work for that too! You don’t always need a ski boat for the adrenaline rush, it is all about the type of motor which many pontoon boats have. Itching to put up a big fight and reel in a beautiful fish? Some pontoon boats come with trailing motors and seats for fishing! The pontoon boat is an amazing, versatile option bound to make any lake day a great day.
  • Jet ski: The wind racing through your hair as you speed across the lake while viewing the natural beauty of the water and trees around you. Sounds like an unforgettable time, right? If you said yes, then jet ski rentals might be a perfect fit for you! Jet skis are a nice option for any thrill-seekers.

With lots of options that can accommodate all types of needs, the perfect boat rental for you is out there! Check out our availability and contact us with any rental questions.