Growing up in a coastal town, spending a day on the boat was just another day for me. Every weekend, we would load up coolers with food and beer and spend the entire day basking in the sun. Some people ask if it ever gets old, and my answer is always “absolutely not”. Every day is different, whether it’s relaxing and swimming at the springs or a full day of water skiing. There is so much fun to be had on the boat, if you know how to. Are you looking for ways to spice up your next boating trip? Or perhaps trying to figure out how to keep everyone happy? Check out some of the following ideas that guarantee everyone will have a blast next go ‘round.
Bring Plenty of Food and Drinks
There is something about being on the boat all day that gives you the munchies. Be prepared by bringing plenty of food and drinks. We always pick up subs from Subway that can be eaten throughout the day. Cheese and crackers or a fruit bowl make for convenient snacking. Drinks are also extremely important. And by drinks I mean water. It’s easy to get dehydrated being in the sun all day, so make sure everyone stays hydrated. Beer and wine coolers are optional.
This should be your number one priority. Make sure everyone loads up on sunscreen. Not only do you want to avoid being one of those lobsters with blistering sunburn at the end of the day, but skin cancer is very real and very bad. Reapply throughout the day, especially after swimming. Don’t forget your nose, lips and ears!
Take All Safety Precautions
Make sure you are prepared with all safety equipment on your boat before departing the docks. This includes flotation devices and life jackets, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a marine radio, whistle and visual distress signals.
Bring a Raft(s)
If you’re idea of a nice day on the boat means relaxing, make sure to bring a raft along, preferably one that can hold one of those wine coolers. Park the boat, tie a rope from the raft to the boat and let the sunbathing begin.
Nothing completes a day on the boat better than some good tunes. Make a boating playlist on your iPod or Smartphone and bring along a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. You will probably be the most popular boat on the water. Just don’t be that obnoxious person blaring Lil Wayne’s unedited album with young kids swimming nearby.
If you are an adventure seeker, why not try your hand at some water sports?
- • Tubing: tubing is fun for the whole family, even those that are less of the adventurous type. Tie a tube to the back of the boat, be sure to wear a life jacket, and take a cruise around. It’s good to establish hand signs with the driver for “faster”, “slower”, or even “stop”.
- • Water skiing: this is a classic water sport that people of all ages can enjoy, although it does require a fair amount of upper body strength and endurance. Just make sure the boat is a safe distance away from other boats, docks, etc and that the water is deep enough. The skier should always wear a life jacket.
- • Wakeboarding: wakeboarding is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing and usually take a good amount of skill to master. The same precautions as mentioned for water skiing should be taken.
- • Water trampolining: Water trampolines are a great deal of fun for everyone, and do not require any skill. This is especially great for entertaining the kids while you can keep an eye on them while relaxing in your raft. While the best trampolines for water may be a bit of an investment, they are well worth the price. The Rave Sports Aqua Jump is tons of fun.