A Day on the Water! 9 Awesome Things to Do on a Boat

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Perhaps you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood celebrities such as Ryan Gosling and George Clooney and spend some time on a boat. If you’re lucky enough to be a boat owner or spend your vacation aboard a boat, then you’re going to be inundated with fun things to do.

From watersports to a relaxing spot of nighttime fishing there’s certainly plenty of fun to be had on the water. Sometimes planning that fun can be difficult so we’ve found the 10 most awesome things to do on a boat.

Get your life jackets ready as we take a look at the best ways to have fun on the water. 

1. Wakeboarding

You can equip your boat with a wakeboard and tow-rope for about $300. All you need besides that are the life-jackets! Wakeboarding involves being towed behind the boat on a wakeboard. Trying to stay upright might take a while to master, but once you’ve got the hang of it wakeboarding is a great form of exercise and a lot of fun.

Once you’ve mastered standing up you can try and use the boat’s wake to jump from the water and even learn to pull tricks in mid-air!

2. Waterskiing 

Wakeboarding can be challenging as it involves taking a snowboarding stance where you’re legs are turned sidewards. Waterskiing allows you to stand straight onto the boat which is more natural for most.

Waterskis can be easily picked up for under $200 online and with a bit of luck, they’ll last you a lifetime. Adding hours of fun, sporting value to your boating experience. 

3. Fishing

For those who aren’t looking for high-octane adventures, one of the best ways to take advantage of being surrounded by open water is to fish. Whether you’re on freshwater or seawater you’re going to be in the company of plenty of fish!

You don’t need to have a fishing boat in particular, just make sure you pack your rods and fishing tackle before you leave the harbor. You will need a fishing license to fish legally on the water. 

4. Camping

If you need a break from being on the water, then why not use your ground tackle or anchor to a mooring ball from some fresh scenery. Pack some camping equipment on your next boating trip so that you can set up camp waterside and spend the evening sitting around the fire.

Don’t forget mosquito repellent! 

5. Snorkelling

The world underwater is one that fascinates and entertains, and there’s plenty to explore. Pack a snorkeling mask and some fins and you can immerse yourself in a whole new world. 

You can explore the coral and aquatic wildlife around your boat. Don’t forget to pack an underwater camera so you can capture your favorite moments.

6. Poker Night

If you want to make things a little ‘James Bond’ then why not have a poker night out on your boat. You can add to the atmosphere and put together an appropriate soundtrack for the event. Why not even get yourself a basic cocktail making kit and enjoy the evening with some delicious drinks. Shaken or stirred?

Why not take a look at these tips to host a great party on your boat. 

7. Take-Out

The waterfront is lined with dock-and-dine restaurants. You can phone in an order for the catch of the day and then collect it to eat on your boat. Dinner with a panoramic view of the sea and the sunset! What more could you want?

If you want to enjoy a glass of wine or two with your meal then many restaurants will allow you to anchor and sleep there until the morning. If you want a unique dinner experience then you might even be able to get pizza delivered to you via jetski!

8. Kayaking

Kayaks are small enough to be kept on a boat and can provide hours of fun. Unlike jetskiing and wakeboarding you shouldn’t need as much practice to master kayaking. If you can hold a paddle then you’re halfway there.

Once you’re settled at a mooring ball at a scenic harbor just climb inside your kayak and go and explore the nearby waters. 

9. Fireworks

What better way to spend an evening than your very own firework display in the middle of the water. Firework laws vary from state to state so it’s important to check with the area you’re boating before lighting up the sky. Even if the laws where you are are strict, there’s nothing to stop you from letting off a few sparklers come nightfall. 

10. Cook a Meal

Cooking a meal out on the open water is doused in all kinds of romanticism. If your boat is lucky enough to be equipped with a kitchen then you know what to do. Otherwise, some basic camping gear can allow you to enjoy some home-cooked food while you’re out on the water.

If your boat has an inboard or sterndrive then you can use the heat of the engine to cook! All you need to do is prepare your food and then wrap it in three layers of aluminum foil. Put it on a safe and flat surface on your engine and you’re in business. How many people do you know who can say they’ve cooked a meal off a boat engine?

Enjoy All These Fun Things to Do on a Boat

If you’re lucky enough to be out on the water with your friends and family then these ten fun things to do on a boat can put the icing on your boating cake. Remember to pack the necessities such as life-jackets and a first-aid kit. With all this to do, there won’t be enough time for any emergencies!

If boating is your passion then why not speak to our club experts to help you plan your next boating adventure with Gulfstream Boat Club. 


GBC has the fastest-growing fleet of cruising and fishing boats in South Florida. our reputation for excellent service and safety is second to none. Wheter you are planning a sunset cruise, ocean fishing, or a family water skiing trip on the intracoastal, GBC makes it simple and easy.

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