There is something about the Ocean that draws me in. It is so freeing to be on the water. Your thoughts and worries are so small in comparison to the vastness of the water. Boats allow the wind and water to blow away your problems.
I grew up spending the summers on boats either in New York or down here in Florida. My parents had a house in Florida since I was five years old and decided to make the official move when I was 9. We looked for homes that were on the water with deep water in the back so that my Dad could park his giant fishing boat.
When I went to high school, I loved going on the boat every weekend with my friends. In the St. Lucie Inlet there is a spoiled island and sand bar area that the locals call the Sand Bar. Boats dock up and have a big party on the weekend. It is essentially a big tailgate without a game.
During the years that I spent in Miami going to the University of Miami, I spent a lot of time on my friend John’s boat in the Biscayne Bay. It was always a blast!
When I moved closer to Palm Beach, I joined a Sailing Club to try out the sailing. I discovered that I love all types of boating. Sailing is a little more work, but lots of fun!
I have not been boating nearly as much since I started having bills to pay and children to care for it. It is such a shame because I love it so much, and it has been such a big part of my life for so long. The Good Run had me in tears remembering how awesome the water can be. It is a short film about a man’s life spent on the water, by Inception’s award-winning cinematographer, Wally Pfister. This heartwarming film showcases just how big a role boating can play in life’s most memorable moments.
Father’s Day Plans
Father’s Day (June 19th) is one of the most popular holidays to get out on the water with dad or grandpa. Celebrate your favorite outdoorsman by renting a boat for Father’s Day!
Did you know you don’t have to own a boat to spend time on the water? You can get out the water without having to make a huge purchase. You can do it with Discover Boating! Here is the Get on the Water Tool that will help you choose the perfect boat for your plans.
Discover Boating is a national, nonprofit program on behalf of the US recreational boating industry aimed to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, DiscoverB is an unbiased online resource packed with accessible, interactive features on all things boating, including a boat selector tool, get on the water tab where you can find rentals, classes, and charters, cost comparison tool, renting options, youth boating programs, education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos.
Check out the Discover Boating Youth Programs here.
What are your favorite boating memories?