On a Boat Challenge

How many of these boating experiences can you check off? own a boat driving a motorboat riding an inner tube driving the boat while someone else goes tubing water-ski drove a boat while someone else is waterskiing riding a personal watercraft (such as JetSki) been a boat passenger enjoy a picnic on a boat gone kayaking rowed a rowboat paddled[…]

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Movies at Sea: The 8 Best Boating Movies Ever

Watching movies is always fun, even when the flick is painfully bad. But films are even more enjoyable when they feature our favorite hobby — boating! Below are the Boat Ed team’s choices for our favorite nautical-themed movies: Steamboat Willie image credit: The Walt Disney Company Picked by Megan, Steamboat Willie isn’t just a classic — it’s one of the[…]

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Best Friends Set Sail on Incredible Journey

In September 2012, best friends Katie Smith and Jessie Zevalkink left their hometown of Northport, Michigan, on their newly spruced-up boat, Louise. Accompanied only by Katie’s dog, Reggie, the duo traveled to the Bahamas via the Great Loop — 5,000 to 7,500 miles of inland rivers and waterways looping around the eastern half of the U.S. With minimal sailing experience,[…]

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Doggone it! How to Boat Safely With Your Pet

Featured pup belongs to the Galley Pirates! Planning on taking your four-legged friends boating with you? Before getting underway, make sure you’ve prepped your pet for safe sailing. We have a few tips to get you started, but be sure to always check with your vet beforehand! Slowly acclimate your pet to being on a boat Let your pet explore[…]

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Who Needs To Take The Florida Violator Course?

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has partnered with Boat Ed to offer the nation’s first approved defensive boating course — the Florida Safe Boating Course for Violators. Have questions about the course? We have answers for you! Who is considered a “violator”? In Florida, anyone convicted of a criminal boating violation or an infraction that results in a reportable[…]

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Do I need a driver’s license to drive a boat?

Wondering if you need a driver’s license to operate a boat? The short answer: No. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other requirements and rules you need to follow! Restrictions on Age Each state has their own set of age restrictions. For example, in Texas, you must be at least 13 years old and successfully pass a Texas Parks and[…]

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