Tuesday, August 03, 2010
The Washington Post ran a story on Sunday titled "Trading Life on Land for Love of Family" that's getting a lot of attention from boaters and non-boaters.
A Washington, DC-area family of five lived at sea for seven years, exploring the world from a sailboat. While an extreme example, the story reinforces the core emotional reason people buy a boat--to build relationships. Whether it's spending more time with your kids, finding a place to escape with your significant other or releasing stress with a group of friends, boating is more than a means for travel and fun. It's a vessel for building relationships with people, yourself and nature.
Check out the story here.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Before boat show season officially got underway, I escaped for a week of sunshine in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with nine of some of my closest friends.
One of the best days on our trip was spent aboard a 52 ft sport fish boat, funnily enough named Bad Company. We set sail in late-afternoon to check out the breathtaking Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean and catch the sunset that evening. These are choppy waters given that it's where these two bodies of water connect at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Regardless, Bad Company held her own.
Being on the water on a boat with your friends is truly one of the greatest ways to enjoy each other's company. The wind in our hair, sunshine on our faces, good music and a dinner of fresh fish from that day's catch made for one of our fondest memories.
If you're looking to go boating in Cabo there are a lot of options. Bad Company is one, and highly recommended.
Here are some shots from the cruise. Note the famous rock archway (second pic below), which is the point where the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean join.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
So many people think of boating, fishing and watersports as something you can only do in coastal towns or on vacation, but New York City is an amazing city for boating and more than ever before, our Manhattan-based friends have access to affordable options.
New Yorkers tend to lead a pretty hectic life in the big city so a fishing clinic on the Hudson River or evening sail may be just what the doctor ordered for reconnecting with nature, family and friends. And, let's admit it, the views of Manhattan from the water can’t be beat.
Okay....drumroll...here are some of my top-recommended NYC boating spots:
- New boat rental programs out of Chelsea Piers: Last year, Luxury Yacht Rentals launched its rentals and captained charters business with hourly rentals on powerboats that comfortably accommodate 6-8 people. Rental fees for a 27’ powerboat that accommodates 6-8 guests start at $550 for the day (plus fuel). Add a licensed captain starting at $200/day. www.luxuryyachtpartners.com or 646.283.0452
- Fractional “time share” ownership continues to gain popularity for new boaters looking to try before they buy. SailTime offers fractional ownerships in New York City out of Chelsea Piers - www.sailtime.com
- Hudson River Community Sailing at 26th Street - http://www.hudsonsailing.org/ - a non-profit dedicated to developing leadership in New York City youth through sailing education and providing maritime recreation to the community at large.
- Jet Ski Adventures - http://jettyjumpers.com/ -- Jetty Jumpers runs private Jet Ski tours around Manhattan for the thrill-seeker in all of us.
- Brunch, sunset, happy hour, night, themed and charter sails for groups from several operators, including:
- Shearwater Sailing: http://www.shearwatersailing.com/index.cfm
- Classic Harbor Line: http://www.sail-nyc.com/
- Circle Line: http://www.circleline.com/
- Spirit of NY: http://www.spiritofnewyork.com/ny/bridge.jsp
- NY Waterway: http://www.nywaterway.com/NYHarborCruises/tabid/69/Default.aspx
With all of these options, there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of NYC's boating lifestyle.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Discover Boating team is in Nantucket this week to bring the boating lifestyle to visiting media from around the country. Getting hands-on experience is one of the best ways for newbie boaters to understand why life is truly better with a boat. And, Nantucket is an idyllic place to demonstrate the benefits of boating. From center console fishing boats to gorgeous old sail boats...you can find just about every type of boater on the island. Not to mention, you can't beat coming in from a day on the water to a feast of amazing seafood and a drink from the local brewery.
Here are a few pics from our journey so you can see what I mean...
Old North wharf on Easy Street Boat Basin.
Madaket Marine. Amazing launch point for local boaters.
Raising the Discover Boating flag on a media sailing outing.
Teaching media to sail.
A view of paradise.
Water access via Madaket Marine.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Before I forget, I wanted to post some pics from Friday and Saturday. The weather was a bit gloomy on Friday night and early Saturday morning, but the energy of the boaters was amazing! We heard this morning that during yesterday's leg of the flotilla 320 boats came out! Boats of all shapes and sizes too.
The flotilla will continue through this Saturday, June 13. You can jump in at any point...check out the itinerary here.
Alright, here are the pics...
We actually posted some pics over the weekend too on twitter. You can follow Discover Boating on twitter here.
Friday, June 05, 2009
As I mentioned last week, we're out in NYC this weekend celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage through the river that now bears his name and when he first identified the Hudson River Valley (an historical event for recreational boaters for sure.)
We're getting set up now for Harbor Night where there will be a blessing of the fleet by a host of NY and maritime officials including Governor Paterson. The festivities are tonight and start at 6pm EST.
Tomorrow morning we'll set sail at 9am EST from the Statue of Liberty for the big River Day flotilla. Go here for all the details.
As you can see, the weather here is, well, not so great. But, we're hearing it should clear up tonight for Harbor Night and according to the lovely folks at weather.com tomorrow is supposed to be perfect
Here's a shot of the sailboat....
Alright NY boaters....hope to see you at River Day this weekend...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This is my first post for the Boating Blog. I'll be joining Chris and a few other resident Discover Boating team members to share our on-the-water tips, stories and inside scoop as we navigate the world of boating.
Today, we've been working on getting our team boats ready for the upcoming River Day Flotilla and celebration in New York which kicks off June 5th from New York Harbor. The event marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's expedition up the river (which now bears his name). With his voyage, the history of America, and more specifically, New York, began to take shape. It's a pretty fascinating story you can read more about here.
The Discover Boating team will participate in the first leg of the flotilla. We'll have three boats on hand -- two power and one sail -- to help bring the voice of the recreational boater to this historic event. There are actually an estimated 500,000 registered power and sail boats in New York...and we're hoping to see all of you New York boaters there!
To learn more or register your boat for the event you can visit the official River Day site.
We'll update you as we get closer and will be live blogging from the flotilla.
Until then...see you on the water!