With summer half gone and a good chunk of boating season behind us, now is a great time to do an assessment of your boating year. Take a minute to reflect on the adventures you’ve had in the 2019 season. If your short on outings, don’t panic. There’s still plenty of time to make some amazing memories. Below are 10 experiences that will spice up your summer and make this a boating season you’ll cherish for years to come.
If you have a trailer, take your Crownline to new waters. Pick a long weekend and a new place (or a few new places) and hop from spot to spot. Virtually every body of water has something to offer, and boating is one of the simplest ways to meet new people and enjoy new places.
Learn to SUP, Wakeboard or Ski
Make this the summer you finally learn the watersport skills that have been tempting you your whole life. Pick up a wakeboard, stand-up paddleboard or water skis and learn what it takes to try—over even master—something new. A safe dose of adrenaline goes a long way on the water. Remember to be patient with yourself—and expect to be sore in the morning.
Whip up a Meal
There are few things that make you feel better than cooking up a delicious meal on a boat. It’s an ideal way to spend a calm summer evening with friends or your significant other. And cooking a meal on your Crownline makes a charming date night.
Navigate Your Boat at Night
Put your boating skills to the test. Navigating at night is difficult but exhilarating. If you feel confident in your abilities, we highly recommend it. It’s a test that most boaters should eventually attempt, but safety first. Be prepared and read up on how to best perform a night excursion.
Fish a Tournament
Crownline boats are incredibly versatile, and select models are great for fishing tournaments. Loaded with plenty of storage space, our cross-sport models are excellent for a weekend competition. Tournaments are loads of fun and a great way to meet new people and put your skill to the test.
Camp in Your Cabin Overnight
Go somewhere quiet, set up camp, and spend the night in your Crownline’s cabin. Find an island to tie up your boat or drop anchor in a quiet cove. Go it alone or bring your partner and make it a date. Falling asleep to the gently rocking waves is a calming experience everyone should try.
This one is simple. Hook a tube up to your Crownline and let loose. It’s an adventure for young and old alike, so make this the summer you relive your youth. Warning: This is another activity that tends to leave you with a few aches and pains the next day.
Partake in a Poker Run
Poker runs are gaining in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why. Participants race to seven checkpoints and pick up a card at each spot. Whoever has the best hand at the end of the day wins a prize. Here’s a quick overview of poker runs across the country courtesy of Discover Boating: https://www.discoverboating.com/resources/discover-poker-running
Transit a Lock
Knowing proper lock procedure and how to correctly transit through is a skill worth having. If you are navigating extended inland water systems, there’s a good chance you’ll have to go through a lock. The first is always the hardest, so this summer get that one under your belt.
Navigate a Multiday Route
Why not set out on a long road trip—in your Crownline? There are several great cruising trips across the country. The Great American Loop—a 6,000 mile loop in the eastern U.S.—is by far the most adventurous, but you can always look for one nearby that may be more manageable for a beginner.
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