The weather’s getting nicer and everyone’s talking about going fishing, but wait – you don’t have a boat! How do you plan to get out on the water without one?
While many people may prefer to fish from the shore, any true fisherman can tell you that being out on a boat is better. There is nothing more relaxing to a man (or woman) than sitting out on their boat, away from the rest of society and the difficult task of installing their Borg Warner S366 turbo, but nothing but their rod and the rocking of the waves to keep them company.
Really, it’s one of the most delightful feelings in the world be to sitting out on the blue ocean, your float bobbing in the water, while you’re just relaxing for a whole.
So now you’re wondering: where do I get a boat?
Should I Hire?
There are plenty of good boat hire places all across the country. You can hire big ones, little ones, fast ones, and luxury ones. You may have seen them docked in your local marina or in on-land boat storage. Depending on which one you want, the costs and advance notice needed can vary greatly.
Some establishments will even require you to provide a captain’s license for some of the larger vessels. There are, however, many places where you can rent a small fishing boat on the spot for a reasonable price.
Should I Buy?
In the short term, buying a boat can be a very expensive proposition. On top of the initial purchase price, there are many other factors to consider when you’re buying a boat, like taxes, port costs, and operational expenses. But if boating, fishing, and other water activities, are things that you like to do and plan to do often, then buying will definitely wind up being cheaper than renting in the long-run.
Maybe you do prefer sitting on the bank of a river, or standing out on the pier, eating a sandwich and waiting for that nibble on your hook. But if you’re anything like most people, you probably prefer to be out on the water on your own private vessel. Really this is all your choice – it’s your life and nobody should tell you have to live it.
If you do think that purchasing a boat is right for you, however, you should put some serious thought into which type to buy. For many people, a wide-beam narrow boat seems to be the best option – it makes the most practical sense. This type of boat doubles as not only a vessel to do some fishing from, but also a home on the move where you can spend the night – or longer. Just make sure to bring your Fjallraven Kanken classic to ensure you have everything you’ll need for your overnight journey.
Imagine living out on your own boat – you could fish as long and as much as you want and you’ll be able to prepare your own dinner right where you caught it. What a life! Boat life isn’t for everything though, and some people may not be able to handle the constant rocking. There are others who find it better for sleeping, though.
If you had any doubts about whether you needed a boat before, I’m sure they’re long gone by now.