The Benefits of Boating
Its common knowledge that being on the water in a boat, whether a small fishing boat or a luxurious yacht, can be one of the most relaxing things you’ll ever experience. However, there are so many more benefits to boating that you may not know about.
In 2007, Discover Boating and Russell Research conducted a survey that polled more than 1,000 boaters and non-boaters. The results were outstanding and proved that the benefits of boating are worth considering owning a boat, if you don’t already. One of the things that the study showed is that because boating stimulates relaxation in most boaters, this also acts as a stress reliever in and out of the water. This causes the boater to respond to stress or stressful situations better in the non-boating world than those who do not own a boat. The study also showed that it wasn’t just the boaters who benefitted from boating, but also their spouses, children, and those that interact with them while boating.
Believe it or not, boating is a perfect low impact exercise routine, all while having fun and easing those cares away. Granted, you can do other higher impact activities while boating, such as wakeboarding, tubing, and fishing. But boating itself has proven to help many people stay fit and in shape (or even lose a few pounds) without much effort at all. And of course, staying fit while doing something we enjoy always makes us happy! Boaters express greater satisfaction than non-boaters in their overall physical health, mentality, and lifestyle.
With the fast paced lives we live, it’s often hard to bond with your family. Boating does just that. In the 2007 study, boating proved to build lasting relationships with families and spouses. Children learn leadership skills from seeing their parent(s) take control of the boat, charting new routes, and teaching them the roll of captain. This allows not only your children, but yourself, to show better leadership skills at school, work, and in the real world. Being on your boat will give you quality time with your family, away from the hustle and bustle of work, school, sports, and the other weekly activities that consume your lives.
Tax breaks. That’s right, tax breaks are another major benefit to boating. If you haven’t been taking advantage of the tax breaks that are available for some boaters, you’ll definitely want to book mark this article for specific details. Many boaters don’t realize that their boats can be deducted from their taxes as a second home, as long as you aren’t already deducting a second mortgage and your boat is livable. Do you entertain clients or potential clients on your boat? This can also be a deduction for your business under the entertainment expense category. And when it comes time to upgrade or purchase a new boat, instead of selling or trading it in, there are amazing tax breaks for people who donate their boats to charity. In most cases, you will receive more in tax deductions for your donated boat than you would by trading it in or selling it.
Most people still have the conception that boating wouldn’t fit into their budget, but that’s just not true. In today’s world, there are so many boating options for you – whether you’re single or have a family; whether you’re a millionaire or a middle class laborer – there’s something for everyone’s budget and style. The benefits to boating also include the options that boaters now have when making their investment and owning a boat has never been easier. Come see for yourself this Saturday for an on-water demo, or contact our sales team for details. Everyone can enjoy stress free lives, relaxation, quality time with their spouse or family, and overall satisfaction when boating – not just the rich and famous.