My Favorite Watersports; Wakeboard, Jet Ski and Pontoon Boats
By Lynn Smythe
For many of you, your fondest memories include time spent with friends and family out on the water. The water can be both exhilarating and relaxing, depending on how you choose to enjoy it. People have turned to the water for recreation for as long as humans have inhabited the earth. We are lucky to live in a time where the fun and excitement of watersports can be maximized with the addition of recreational water craft.
While fishing brings excitement and relaxation, there are many other ways to spend a day out on the water. Fishing is not for everyone, or for everyone all the time. Many of us have spouses and children who would rather spend the day doing something other than fish.
There are many ways to spend a day out on the water that can offer enjoyment for people of all ages. Summertime memories last a lifetime, be sure to get the most out of your time on the water – kayaking, canoeing, standup paddle boarding and more.
Water Activities for the Thrill Seeker
Water skiing is a sport that dates back generations. It was one of the first sports to come about after the introduction of small and fast pleasure boats. Water skis opened the door to many of the water sports enjoyed throughout the world today. Skiing has lost some popularity with the introduction of wakeboards, but is still considered the quintessential watersport by many boat owners.
Wakeboarding is a relatively new sport, being introduced about 25 years ago and has been gaining popularity ever since. Wakeboarding can be enjoyed by both the beginner, who can find great pride in just getting up and navigating the wake, as well as the seasoned expert who can perform impressive acrobatic maneuvers.
Tubes are another very popular towable and both children and adults of all ages will have hours of fun being slung around the lake on a tube. “Inner tube” may be a misnomer, as the modern “tube” resembles more of an inflated disc with handles that can accommodate one to two riders. The tubes can be towed at varying speeds and flung in and out of the wake. A common challenge and enjoyment for both the driver of the boat and riders is to see how long one can hang on for the ride.
The great thing about any of the above activities is that it can be done using almost any type of power boat. Many will prefer the expensive direct drive wakeboard/ski boats, but you will find hundreds of people on any given weekend having just as much fun with their inboard/outboard or outboard boats purchased at affordable prices.
Personal water craft (PWC) are sometimes referred to by one or two of the most recognizable brands, Jet Ski or Seadoo. These small, but powerful, machines provide a sense of freedom rarely experienced on dry land. When operating, the driver feels incredibly close to the water and will surely get wet.
The maneuverability of the PWC is impressive as the powerful engine is enormous compared to the size of the craft. These machines are capable of towing a wakeboarder or water skier and will give you unlimited hours of fun racing around the lake.
Pontoon or deck boats are a great way to spend the day or an entire weekend on the water. You can bring a barbecue, an ice chest with your favorite beverages, turn up the music and have hours upon hours of fun on the water. You can jump in and swim around as often as you want, relax in the shade and read a book, or cast a line and catch some fish, the choice is yours. Everything you need can be transported with you on your own personal, portable, floating island.
Pontoon boat rentals are available at most popular lakes and provide privacy you will not find on the shore or along the beach. If you or friends are taking out a ski boat or PWC, the pontoon boat can provide a respite from the more strenuous activities on the water.
When planning your next vacation, try some of the ideas mentioned. Most popular water recreation areas have businesses on site that rent the water craft mentioned above at an affordable price.
Rejuvenate Marine Says Safety First
As with any activity, put safety first. Prior to embarking on any watercraft, be sure to adhere to all applicable regulations, wear appropriate personal floatation devices (PFD), and only operate water craft in a manner recommended by the manufacturer.
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