Renting a Pontoon Boat: Things to Consider

Imagine spending one last summer day on the lake. Riding through the waters with wind in your hair, or just casually cruising through the lake as a way of relaxation – either way a pontoon boat rental will be perfect. Prior to renting, there are some things to consider and think about to make sure that you are prepared for your day on the water. At Motor Boatin’, we want all our renters to be well-informed, safe, and of course, have fun when they are out on the water.

Here are three things to consider before renting a pontoon boat:

  1. Number of people: Before renting, it is important to get a head count of how many people will be in attendance. At Motor Boatin’, we offer boat rentals that can hold up to 10 to 14 people. It is also important to establish the number of people to get the correct amount of life vests. For every person on the boat, there must be a life vest. Every child 13 and under needs to be wearing one while in motion under North Carolina law.
  2. Activity: Figuring out what you intend on using the pontoon for ahead of time is important. Are you wanting a peaceful day on the water, a day full of water sports, or a casual afternoon fishing? All our boats can pull a tube, but not all of them are capable of hovering which is important when fishing. Figuring out what you want to do on the water beforehand is helpful, so you can rent the boat that best first your needs.
  3. Driving the boat: When renting a boat, you are going to have to drive it, so you need to make sure somebody in the party knows what they are doing and is comfortable with it. With Motor Boatin’, you must be 26 years old or older to rent and operate our equipment. If that applies to you, taking a refresher course online to go over all the mechanics and instructions for driving a boat can be beneficial just to make sure you are ready to safely go out on the water with passengers.

At Motor Boatin’, we want everyone to have a great day out on the water with friends and family. Contact us today to browse your boat rental options while the weather is still great!

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!

How to Spend a Weekend at Falls Lake in Autumn

It seems the heat of summer has finally left the Triangle and our locals couldn’t be more excited! We have fabulous fall seasons here in North Carolina, and the beautiful vistas of Falls Lake are some of the best in Raleigh!Family Weekend Activities in North Carolina

Before the chill of winter sneaks in, our Triangle residents should consider having a weekend getaway at one of the spacious campsites along Falls Lake. There are plenty of activities to enjoy, even if the water is a bit cooler.

4 fun activities that our lake lovers suggest to squeeze in during your next weekend at Falls Lake are:

  • Go Camping. First and foremost, pack up the bags and grab some food to enjoy the weather and camp out next to the water! There are more than 300 campsites along the access areas of the Falls Lake recreational areas. Do a bit of research on which access areas are better for certain activities. Some are reserved for non-gasoline powered boats, while others have better access to different hiking trails.
  • Go Fishing. Give us a call to reserve a spacious yet sleek fishing boat to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the water. The fish are always biting and local anglers have lots of stories to tell about their favorite catch.
  • Grill a Nice Meal. Before the sweet summer corn is out of season, grab a few ears and bring the hot dogs and burgers to enjoy a filling and delicious meal while surrounded by the autumn leaves. There are a number of grills and pits available at Falls Lake, so no need to bring your own.
  • Boating on the Water. Of course renting a pontoon boat or a jet ski are still viable options to enjoy Falls Lake. We have plenty of styles and sizes to suit each individual or group need, so feel free to inquire about what’s available.

Autumn is a lovely affair at Falls Lake, and our locals should not miss out on the promise of spectacular vistas that are to come. Contact us at Motor Boatin’ to get more ideas to plan your weekend at Falls Lake!