Boat Ownership Basics

Owning a boat doesn't have to be intimidating—it should be fun, exciting and rewarding. Your own boat means you have your own personal anytime-ticket for a vacation on-demand. To get started, follow our boat ownership guide to dive into things like insurance, storage, maintenance and more.

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How to Get a Boating License

Boating license and education requirements vary by state, but most courses and tests can be completed online. 

Register Your Boat Online

Boat registration is critical part of boat ownership. Learning how to register your boat is easy, and you can start the process right now.

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Begin On-Water Training

Boating education and training begins with basic boat operation and safety—which is best done before your first trip to the launch ramp.

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Thrill seekers in search of the most haunted places in the U.S. should add these spooky locations to their boating bucket list. From small historic towns to coastal cities with ghostly visitors around every corner, cruise on in—if you dare.

The 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place Oct. 27-31 at Bahia Mar and Pier Sixty-Six Marina in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The five-day event will showcase more than 1,300 boats from over 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries.

"Should I winterize my boat?" - That's a common question asked by many new boaters. The answer depends a lot on the climate where you live, in addition to a few other factors including storage, frequency of winter-use, and more.