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A Novice's Look At Boating

Jun 22, 2008
The ocean air, the constant breeze and the sun glowing down on you are some of the reasons why you might take a look at boating as a hobby.

A vessel afloat over millions of gallons of water may not frighten many people, but it probably does frighten a few. Being scared usually has something to do with what size of boat you are on, but most of the time it's the water itself that concerns people. The fear of just floating on the water, whether it is in or out of a boat, is enough to make people say no thanks to boating. Taking a look at different options when deciding whether or not boating is for you would be a good place to start.

First things first. Are you afraid of the water? If the answer is yes, then boating may not be the right fit for you. You may have to look at why you have this fear. Is it fear of drowning, being alone on a boat or being lost at sea? You can help to eliminate this version of the phobia by having someone else go with you. Sometimes the knowledge that you are not alone out there helps to take some of that anxiety away. If something happens to you, they can always help you or get help from someone else.

If this fear exists because you don't know how to swim, then perhaps swimming lessons might do the trick. You could take private lessons, take lessons at a health club or at the "Y." A friend who is an avid swimmer can even teach you. Basically, if you learn how to keep your body afloat, you can alleviate much of your fear of boating.

A life jacket is a requirement to have on a boat, no matter what type of boat it is. Whichever type of boat you decide to be on, keep in mind that the life jacket is there to help you. Put it on and get familiar with it. Learn how to adjust the jacket properly and make sure it fits correctly. You don't have to put it on right away. You can wait, but if you are further out from shore and get nervous, then put it on.

Some questions you may ask yourself are, "What type of boat would I like to be on?" "Do I want to own one or rent one?" When getting into boating, you have a few options, not unlike many other hobbies. There are some important things to consider. If you want to own a boat, be prepared to look into the maintenance of the vessel. Also, storage would be an area to look at if you don't have the room for it where you live. Renting a boat could be a good option if you don't have time, patience or knowledge to take care of the boat yourself.

A sail boat is relaxing, especially if you're not in a rush to go out and come back the same day. You would have to watch the weather to make sure it's a good day to do the sailing. An askew wind or rough waters can take you far from your mark. A motor boat is a little noisier getting you there, but can get you there in less time. It gives you more time to enjoy your destination.

Once you get where you're going, drop anchor and relax. Don't worry about all the technical terms for the boat or what you're doing with it. If learning is what you want, you'll learn all of it soon enough. As a novice at boating, you will take the opportunity to learn as much as you can with your new venture and find that it can be fun and very relaxing in the end. So enjoy the ocean air, the water, the sun on your face and your book and welcome to the world of boating.
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This article was written by Reivy Mason on behalf of http://www.boatclassifieds.us, a popular boat classifieds website.
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