Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Before boating:

  • Take a safety course
  • Check
    • Weather forecast
    • Check tides
    • Check chart(s) for water depths
  • Ensure operator:
    • Has taken a safety course
    • Is familiar with the boat
    • Has not consumed alcohol
    • Ensure boat is safe, e.g.:
    • Navigation lights operational
    • Passed safety inspection(s)
    • Registered
    • Ensure boat has following on board:
    • Life preservers for everyone
    • Compass
    • Fire extinguisher(s)
    • Signal devices
    • Something to bail with
    • Provisions, e.g., water
    • Extra fuel
    • Warm clothing
    • Flashlight(s)
    • Wear a life preserver

Boats are a good investment if you don’t overshoot your budget. If you research your options and go for a vessel that you can afford, nothing trumps the joy of spending time on the water. However, a boat can definitely also be a bad investment. A rule of thumb is to only buy a boat you can afford to pay for in cash.

Whether you love to fish or want to cruise the open water, there are several different types of boats to choose from. Each boat type generally falls into three categories:
cruising boats, fishing boats, and water sports boats.

The Mastercraft Boat X series by Chicco is a very popular line of boats. With good reason, actually. If you’ve ever seen the commercial featuring the happy couple on the boat with the children, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the brand. While there are a few other well-known lines that may interest you, Mastercraft is probably at the top of your list. For sale currently in this market are all the following models: the Mastercraft Boat X8, the Mastercraft Boat X15, the Mastercraft Boat Supercharger, and the Mastercraft Sport Tour Deluxe.

While boating:

  • Observe rules of the road
  • Ensure driver doesn’t drink alcohol
  • Regularly check for water leaking into boat


Thanks for reading!