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Father’s Day Boating Activities and Gift Ideas for Dad

A round-up of ideas to celebrate Father’s Day on the boat… with boat-inspired gifts and dad-friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy Those iconic “dad moments” that your kids will always remember are most likely happening on your boat. Taking the boat for a cruise, casting a line, digging for clams in the bay… these are the classic…

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Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in the U.S.

America’s best family-friendly locations for fishing and boating in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] Looking for a new cool spot to take your family fishing or boating this year? There are tons of great spots (about 100 in fact) all over America where you can enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. TakeMeFishing.org, the Recreational Boating &…

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3 Reasons Your Family will Love Your New Boat

Why owning a boat is more affordable than you think… and a worthwhile investment in your family leisure time Most of us live in the vicinity of a body of water, be it a river, a lake, a sea or an ocean. We are well aware of the opportunities it offers, but actually taking the…

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West Marine “Deck Out Dad” Father’s Day Instagram Contest

Enter for a chance to give your Dad a $500 waterlife makeover this Father’s Day West Marine, the world’s largest retailer of waterlife-related products, has announced a new contest aimed at gearing up Dad for a summer of fun on the water. If your Dad’s boating or fishing gear has seen better days, this may…

Kids Sun and UV Protection Products on Boats

Recommended products to protect your baby or kids from harmful UV rays of the hot summer sun while boating My kids love being on the boat and we spend a lot of time out in the sun. When we are not up at our marina’s pool swimming, you can usually find us anchored out on a nearby…

Boat, Pirate and Sea Theme Movie and TV Show DVDs for Kids

Gift ideas for children’s movies and TV Show DVDs about boating, pirates or ocean and sea life water related adventures that kids would enjoy watching It’s always more fun on the water… especially for kids! From pirate adventures to exploring ocean and sea life, there are tons of movies and TV shows on DVD to capture…

Rainy Day Boating Activities

Foul weather ideas for you and the kids to stay entertained on a boat when it is raining The pitter patter of rain falling down on a boat can be a total bummer. Most people don’t like to be stuck on their boat when it is raining, but sometimes it is inevitable. Whether you plan…

Kid’s Ear Protection for Watching Fireworks Shows on the Water

Protect your kids from hearing loss during loud fireworks displays on the Fourth of July and holiday events with noise reduction headphones, earmuffs or earplugs Whether it is fourth of July, Labor Day weekend or another holiday or special event, watching a fireworks display light up the sky from your boat is one of the…

Family Boating Safety and Cruising Tips

With a focus on boat safety and special accommodations for cruising with kids, you can make boating as a family both enjoyable and safe Boating can be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time together as a family. Family boating is a great way to slow down the pace of your daily life…

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Boating While Pregnant: Boat Safety When Expecting a Baby

A pregnancy doesn’t have to stop your boating season – first mates expecting a baby can enjoy time on a boat with some precautions If you are an avid boater that is ready to start having kids (or having another baby now as a boater), chances are you have thought about how to handle a pregnancy while boating. You…

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Teaching Kids How to Fish while Boating

National Fishing and Boating Week is the perfect time to teach young boys and girls all about how to enjoy the sport of fishing while spending family time on a boat If you are an avid boater then chances are your kids are just as fanatical about the boating lifestyle. Spending time on the water…