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Friday, June 23, 2017

How We #DiscoverBoating As A Family #ad


When I was 11 my uncle built a stunning house on a small private lake and from then on, most of my summers have included many trips to the lake spent on a boat.  It is a place where I grew up and where I want my kids to grow up.

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My dad purchased a boat from the 50's that had wings and was affectionately named Hot Wings and we spent many hours on that boat, fishing, putting around, and learning how to tube and water ski.  It was officially the lake boat for everyone that visited my uncle and was so cool looking!  The boat met its final demise after a massive storm came through and sank it.  We did get the boat out of the water but it was a goner.  Shortly after, my uncle purchased an awesome little speed boat.

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As a kid that grew up on a lake, I wanted my kids to have those same experiences, so we started them young.  This is our son's first ride on the boat 7 years ago.  We were not going fast at all and he actually wasn't crying, he was super content, this was just a picture taken at a time where he was making one of those weird newborn faces. Since then, my son has been to the lake many times and is starting to learn more about how much fun it can be to discover boating.

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We took a quick day trip this week and were hoping to get on the boat, but unfortunately, my uncle had to work and we could not launch the boat without him.  However, the new jet ski was in the water and it was the first time our little ones were going to be able to experience a different type of boating!

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The lake water was so high that the dock (that is normally 1.5 feet off the water) was a under 6 inches of water.  Our kids thought this was so funny and spent time just laying on their backs in their life jackets floating "on the dock".  However, we were there for some time on the water and not just in the water!

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When the jet ski was ready, my husband took both kids for a little cruise.  My son was a bit more cautious then I thought he would be.  They took it slow on the jet ski, but by the end of his first ride they were jumping some smaller waves and he came in laughing and smiling from ear to ear.

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It was time for the little one to get her jet ski experience in and I knew she would be a little no fear, spit fire.  Before they even left the dock she told me she was going to go super fast and jump all the waves.  I told her daddy to be careful.  They were, but I could hear her screaming with joy and yelling to go faster!  No sooner was that ride over and she was begging to go back out and telling our son that he couldn't go out anymore because it was her jet ski.  Check out more of our day on the lake in the video below!



After our day at the lake, the husband and I started talking about potentially purchasing a boat in the next year and spending even more time on the lake, teaching our kids and having quality family time and memories.  We checked out the Discover Boating website where you can rent various boats to try and enjoy or even finance a boat for as little as $250.00 a month!  We browsed the boat selector tool to see which type of boat would be a good fit for our family.  They have everything listed from pontoons to fish and ski boats to inflatables and personal watercrafts.  The husband and I really liked the fish and ski boat options and will likely go this way when we purchase in a few years. 

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Overall, our day at the lake was exactly what we were hoping for.  We will be going back next weekend to get in some boat time and likely try to do several more short trips this summer to really get in some valuable family time at the lake.  

If you and your family are interested in getting into boating, purchasing a boat or you just want to get away for a weekend and rent a boat, make sure to check out Discover Boating!  

How would you discover boating?

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