Recreational Boating Guide – Top Reasons to Rent or Buy A Boat [Extract from US site]

Below is an extract from a US site as I was researching on the benefits of boating. I wonder how applicable those benefits are for our area?
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Boating is FUN!

With so many opportunities for boating fun available today, there’s no reason why anyone can’t take advantage of the benefits that recreational boating has to offer. Read our personal list of Top Reasons for Boating below:

1. Boating Improves Quality of Life

It’s a proven fact that recreational boating goes a long ways towards improving your quality of life. The minute you start to move forward on a boat, you’ll notice how easy it is to leave your troubles behind. Recreational boating fun provides a constructive outlet for entertainment that reduces stress and provides enriching opportunities for self discovery, whether it’s learning how to water ski or simply enjoying the warm glow of an evening sunset.
[*I believe this is true and valid for our local context. One of our friends own 2 boats in Penang, and every time we set sail, there is this immense feeling of freedom & relaxation. I learn that there’s always lots of negative ions at the sea & these ions actually aids in the relaxation of our minds & body.]

2. Boating is an Affordable Recreation Alternative

Are you under the impression that recreational boating is too expensive for your current budget? Think again. Many boats can be financed for under $200 a month. Dedicated boating lenders will work with you to help you save money and get you the best financing package available. For help determining if you can afford to buy a boat, including boat loan basics, an NMBA Member Directory, a boat loan calculator.
[*How true? I’m not too sure. Was chatting with a boater I met at RSYC. He recommends buying a boat for full cash. I agree totally. Have not spoken to the financiers over here yet but I assume the interest rate should be above 4-5%. Even though it’s not something like 10%, I personally would not recommend taking a loan. This is because boats, unlike cars, are still not widely popular over here yet & it will take some time before you can sell them. Was at One Degree 15 and a friend was saying there are some boats sitting there at the berth for months already waiting to be sold but to no avail. Plus it’s not just the boat’s purchase price you should take into account. Other costs include marina club subscription, fuel costs, berthing costs, washing costs, utilities cost, maintenance costs, insurance costs etc. So my call is to pay full cash for your boat.]

3. Water Access is Closer than you Think

Did you know that about ninety percent of Americans live less than an hour from a navigable body of water? This means that water access is a lot closer and more convenient than you might think.
[*true. Singapore is so small. Anywhere is within an hour’s ride 😉 ]

4. Boating Fun Helps you Bond with Friends and Family

Fifty four percent of all households, in a study by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, listed fishing as their favorite boating activity (followed by cruising and relaxing with family and friends). In other words, to many people the best part about boating doesn’t revolve around the latest waterskiing tricks or the number of fish caught- the best part of boating is simply the opportunities it provides for boating fun with friends and family. Recreational boating is quality time spent away from the television set and the video games, creating an atmosphere that brings people together and creates fond memories to last a lifetime.
[*True. One of my friends been asking me to co-own a plane with him but I kept on rejecting him. A few reasons which I haven’t shared with him yet since he is so passionate about flying! Firstly, I can’t stop the plane in mid-air and do some activities like fishing, chatting, swimming with my friends & family. Secondly, if I happen to meet an accident with my boat, touch wood, I believe my chances of survival will be much higher than if I would to crash my plane 🙂 Thirdly, I can anchor my boat anywhere in the sea and sleep or have fun. Plane? Unless you fly long-range, before you rest or have any activity at all, you’re at your destination already! And with my 10-mth old baby girl, I believe we can do more things together on a boat as compared to on a plane.]

5. Boating Helps Reduce Stress

We can’t stress the statistics enough – numerous studies have shown that a little bit of boating fun each day can go a long way towards reducing stress. In fact, a National Marine Manufacturers Association survey of over 1,000 American households listed boating in the top-three of all stress-relieving activities.
[*True. Sun, sea, breeze, wind, negative ions, sound of water, rocking motion as if you’re in the womb. By the way, my daughter was birthed in the water. And all of us spend the first part of our lives in water, remember? Maybe that’s why 71.1% of our mother Earth is water!]

6. Boating is Convenient

As we pointed out above, since over ninety percent of Americans live less than an hour’s drive from an accessible body of water, you can be enjoying the fresh air and water in no time.

In fact, the convenience of boating makes it possible to hop on your boat for a mini-vacation whenever you feel like it, as an alternative to other family recreation activities which can quickly add up to become even more expensive and time-consuming.
[*I agree with the mini-vacations part]

7. Boating is an Engaging and Rewarding Activity

Recreational boating offers lots of opportunities for personal growth. Whether you’re instilling your child with extra confidence as they learn how to properly secure a line, or you’re enjoying the delicate taste of fresh fish that you caught yourself, boating recreation provides many different rewards for all ages.
[*My wife and I are looking forward to spend time with our loved ones!]

8. Boating is Good Exercise

From a rigorous sailing excursion to an invigorating run on waterskis, boating provides sporting enthusiasts with many active endeavors to choose from. In fact, we’d argue that simply breathing in the brisk wind coming off the water in itself can go a long ways towards strengthening one’s constitution- not to mention the additional physical and psychological benefits in terms of relaxation and stress relief.
[hmmm… Not too sure whether I’d be water-skiing. Maybe fishing, is it considered exercise?]

9. Recreational Boating is Easy to Learn

If you’re new to boating, take heart. With so many available boating classes and courses to choose from, you’ll be out on the water before you know it. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to sail, or you’re just interested in new ways to spend quality time with your family, a wealth of available boater education courses make boating easier to learn than ever.
[Yes, we just have to get our PPCDL. But it isn’t easy. And most people do not really utilize their new-learnt skill. Why? I will find out. Probably there’s not many avenues to rent boats over here?]

10. Boating is FUN

Last but definitely not least, one of the top reasons for boating is simply because it’s so much fun. There are so many activities to explore when it comes to boating, whether you like to fish, waterski, snorkel, or simply enjoy relaxing on the water.
[Soon to discover more on my wife’s uncle’s Grady White at Sentosa Cove!]

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