Harbortown Marina – Canaveral has put together some very good reasons you should go boating!
1. Changes in Attitude
If ever there was a time to stress the psychological benefits of boating, this is it. The fresh air, beautiful water and blue skies aren’t just a diversion from day-to-day work and worry, they are part of an active, outdoor experience that benefits well-being. And there’s science to back that up. Apart from the obvious fresh salt air-infused aerobic and, particularly if you’re sailing, anaerobic benefits, studies have proven just being around water releases evolutionarily-induced endorphins. Psycho-Physiologically speaking, boating = happy!
2. Skill Sets and Learning
Boating calls for mindfulness and situational awareness. Reading the water around a busy inlet or across a choppy race requires focus and observational vigilance, while course-plotting takes math chops and docking takes distance-judging finesse. There’s a lot for a young crew to learn and a lot of ways to apply subjects like meteorology, math, and physics to exciting, real-world situations. Better still, there’s lots of cool tech gadgetry to make it fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
3. Culture and Collaboration
Life on the water is fun, but it’s also character-building. Because it calls for concentration and discipline, it’s the perfect family-oriented opportunity to teach teamwork and cooperation. We can’t promise boating cures obsessive gaming or social media fixation — yours or the kids’ — but it will refocus the mind on both the reality and beauty of the natural world. Moreover, it’s the perfect introduction to America’s maritime heritage and the geography with which it’s associated.
4. More or Less
Boating has a not entirely undeserved reputation for being expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You certainly don’t need a boatload of dough to get started. You don’t even need to own a boat. Lots of places rent boats of all types and sizes, from sailboats to catamarans to cabin cruisers and kayaks. In fact, kayaking, canoeing and sail-boarding are great ways to get acquainted with the water and get familiar with navigational and observational skills prerequisite to the blue water experience. Of course, if you’re looking for an oceangoing helipad, that can be arranged.
5. Better Boating/Better Boats
Recreational boating has always been cool. These days it’s super cool thanks to technological and design advances unimaginable even a generation ago. You know all the sci-fi stuff in that car parked outside? Ditto for boats. Today’s vessels have navigational systems that do everything except find the northwest passage, as well as communication and safety systems for unprecedented peace of mind; “smart dock” helm systems make docking a breeze. On board amenities will make you feel rich and famous and sea-foamy.
6. Serious Fun
Once you’ve got your sea legs (you might be surprised how much just getting your balance out on the main contributes to physical fitness), you’re ready to tackle some real off-boat exercise. Today’s water and monoskis, wakeboards and tubes have come almost as far as the tech gear on the bridge, while some boats even come equipped with “endless wakes” for endless summer surfers. Kiddos can enjoy a panoply of tow-behind inflatables for as many as four children, all while protected by netted “playpens” for added safety.
With all these great reasons for boating, are you ready to go? Don’t forget to fill up with our low-priced ethanol-free fuel, next time you decide to take a trip out on the water make sure you stop by and see us at Harbortown Marina-Canaveral!