In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), boats.com will be featuring some of our favorite articles about boating fundamentals. If you're new to the scene, or just thinking about jumping in, we'll equip you with all the info you need to find the perfect adventure, choose the right gear, learn the ropes, and get out there on the water.

We're kicking things off with a guide to all the special deals and events happening this week and a roundup of all the places you can go to rent a boat—or just get taken out on one. Welcome aboard.

Photo courtesy of Sea Ray.

Nothing brings people together like a boat. Photo courtesy of Sea Ray.


Where to boat & fish


Are you ready to take the first steps towards becoming a boater? First, it’s time to narrow down a destination. One way to do it is to look at this interactive map, which will give you a variety of suggestions for local boating and fishing spots in your area. You’ll also be able to pinpoint different locations for finding gear and equipment stores, charters, boat ramps, bait shops, gas stations, marinas and other vendors.

Of course, if you’re lacking the main ingredient when it comes to boating—a boat—you might think you’re not going to make it too far. Go check out GetMyBoat to search for local rentals in your area or near your destination, or head over to Discover Boating to find additional rental locations, including paddlesports rentals, boating classes and boat charters. Stay tuned for even more rental tips coming up later this week (especially for those of you who happen to be in Minnesota). Another option to consider is renting through a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, such as Boatbound or Boatsetter. These P2P rentals offer a wide variety of boats of all shapes and sizes, while also providing varied pricing, photos, and reviews from previous renters. And if you’re thinking about eventually buying a boat, it’s a good chance to compare different models and styles before returning here to boats.com to shop for new and used boats. Find out more in our Renting Boats is Getting Easier with Boat Sharing article.

Photo courtesy of Summer Sailstice.

The "Washed Up Yacht Club" encourages their event attendees to gather their boats in a giant circle during Summer Sailstice. Photo courtesy of Summer Sailstice, photo credit: Scott Recette.


Events


A day out on a boat needs no special occasion or circumstance; however, there are some cool events taking place during NFBW that may spark your interest:

1. Summer Sailstice

Heading into its 15th year, the Summer Sailstice is an annual celebration of sailing taking place worldwide. What started with just 200 sailors has now grown into more than 19,000 participants—everyone is invited and every kind of boat is welcome. The event is free and takes place at various locations all across the world. For new and old boaters alike, this is a great event that celebrates the beauty of sailing ‘together’.

2. Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's #ReelFun Fishing Events

Sponsored by Walmart, South Bend and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s #ReelFun Fishing Events are a series of 1,000 events taking place at Walmart stores all across the US to teach anglers of all ages the tips and tricks of fishing. The events are led by FLW experts and focus on topics such as tackle, casting, and general fishing knowledge. Attendees will not only have the chance to increase their fishing IQ, but also play games, win prizes and enter into a contest to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Amelia Island, Florida, that includes a fishing excursion with South Bend’s Lunkerville television host, Mike D.

3. Free Fishing Days

In honor of NFBW, many states are offering free fishing days during which anglers are allowed to fish in public bodies of water without a fishing license. It’s the perfect opportunity for first timers or young anglers to get out on the water. If you already hold a fishing license, take along a friend or family member and show them the ropes. To find out more and check the dates in your area, visit Take Me Fishing.

Photo courtesy of Scout Boats.

No better time to toss out a line for the first time than during one of NFBW's Free Fishing Days. Photo courtesy of Scout Boats.


The Beginner's Guide


Before heading out on the water, take the time to study up a bit. Here’s a list of some of our top boats.com fundamentals to get you started. Feel free to show off to friends with your newfound knowledge, and send them this way if they’re looking to refresh their memory about #everythingboats. Also keep an eye out all week for our favorite boating basics articles; we’ll be highlighting them throughout the week in celebration of NFBW.

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