I am fortunate enough to have this scene as my backyard. I also have a friend who lives in a sailboat behind my house. Sailboat plus summer plus my backyard equals one lovely staycation. We decide to take a 3-hour-tour one afternoon which quickly turned into a five-day trip. We never left the river. As a matter of fact, we never went further than a mile.

I had better preface this story with a disclosure. I am not a sailor. I am pretty sure my friend just plays one on t.v. It seems we aren’t too smart, but we really know how to relax, make the best of a situation and have fun.

Here is where we spent the first night. We are at the end of my canal. The sailboat’s keel was caught in low tide. We had a blast. We were on the water, away from it all with the wind in our hair. Our adventure had begun.

Since we didn’t have a motor, we brought the dingy to run back and forth to shore. It is important to keep a boat tied up if you want to keep it.

Another important things to remember is to check your sails for rips & tears before you sail or you might end up cutting up your son’s uniform and patching the sails with embroidery thread on the go.

You don’t need to own a boat, sew your own sails or chase down a dingy to experience what it’s like to have a vacation at your fingertips. One way to Discover Boating is to check out the Get on the water tool. For those looking to get their feet wet, DiscoverBoating.com is an unbiased online resource to explore the enjoyment and accessibility of the boating lifestyle.

Boating Facts – Did you know?
Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association
• Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services totaled $36 billion in 2016, an increase of 3.2 percent from 2015.
• Millions of Americans go boating each year on more than 15 million boats in the U.S.
• Ninety-five percent of boats on the water (powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats) in the U.S. are small in size, measuring less than 26 feet in length—boats that can be trailered by a vehicle to local waterways.
• Boating is predominantly “middle-class” with 72 percent of boat owners having a household income less than $100,000.
Source: Discover Boating Survey by Wakefield Research
• 82% of Americans say being around water is relaxing.
• 72% of Americans feel healthier after spending time on the water.
• 84% of parents think their kids would be more likely to unplug on a boat trip versus a road trip.
• 88% of American parents feel that their kids need to get more involved in outdoor activities this summer, like boating.

Whether you own a boat or you’re just interested in ways to get on the water, Discover Boating has resources to help you get on the water & have a vacation at your fingertips.

Are you ready for your staycation? Explore Discover Boating & it could be closer than you think.


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