How to Spend Your Tax Refund: It’s tax time, which means annoying paperwork. But it can also mean a nice tax refund right before boating season. Sure, you can put your refund into a retirement fund, but where’s the fun in that? Better to invest in your passion—boating! Here are some ideas:
A New Crownline
Have you seen our new models? Crownline boats offer the pinnacle of style and performance. The Surf Series is designed and crafted to provide you with a truly unparalleled ride in a game-changing sport boat that looks as good as it performs.
Toys for Your Boat
If you’re not in the market for a new boat, try picking up some new toys. Crownline boats are loaded with storage space, so it’s easy to haul boards, skis and other gear. We’ve selected a few of our favorites for you.
Our Surf Series pairs quite nicely with the Connelly Dowdy wakeboard. Connelly makes some incredible wakeboards, but 2018’s Dowdy is taking the acclaim this year.
If you’re looking for a different style of wakeboard, check out the Liquid Force Timba for an all-wood core, gorgeous exterior and over-the-top performance.
Thanks to some pretty intuitive thinking, Connelly figured out how to maximize comfort while you’re flying across the water with the Connelly Orbit 2 towable tube. The tube’s concave shape is designed to comfortably accommodate your knees and keep your body at a better angle—making tubing easier and much more exciting.
As far as waterskiing goes, the 2018 Radar Vapor is our choice. 2018 has been an awesome year for water skis, with a ton of the new models getting great reviews. But the Radar Vapor pushes the boundaries for style and technology with its smooth lines, making it the best looking pair of skis on the market.
Crownline’s enormous storage space makes storing gear simple. Even hauling around a paddleboard is possible. However, the folks at Slingshot have made things even easier with their inflatable Crossbreed Airtech v3 paddleboard. Toss it in the boat, find somewhere remote to explore, and inflate. It’s simple and a ton of fun.
If you’ve got all the toys you want, it’s time to upgrade your dock. Caring for your dock isn’t always the most fun part of being a boat owner, but it’s incredibly important to keep it well-maintained and padded. Installing or upgrading dock bumpers and edging will increase the resale value of your boat and keep it looking as awesome as possible.
A Great Cooler
Coolers are in. Over the past few years, the market for high-quality coolers has exploded. YETI has led the charge, but their products have become increasingly expensive. If you want a great cooler without paying a ridiculous amount, get a quality RTIC cooler. It’s half the price of mainstream options and all the performance.
New Life Jackets
Now is a perfect time to refresh your life jacket and PFD supply. Onyx makes high-quality, affordable life jackets that last an impressively long time. There’s a jacket at every price point and tailor-made for the day’s activity. The Onyx MoveVent jacket has been racking up great reviews and is a lightweight option that doesn’t restrict movements when you’re active.
Buying new gear is fun, but nothing beats getting your Crownline in the water. Our last suggestion is simple: Go boating. Gas up the boat and head somewhere new or somewhere you love. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it’s prime time for the first trip of the season. If you’re stuck someplace where the winter is lingering, head south and find some open water. It’s mid-April—time for boating!