With many adults working from home during the last few months, the urge to get outside and enjoy summer is strong. People are looking closer to home for family and vacation time — and more are exploring recreational boating.
Boat sales are increasing with many people who don’t already own a boat, starting out with personal watercraft or small fishing boats. Many avid boaters are upgrading to bowriders, pontoons and cruisers.
It is nice to see the rise in the numbers of new boaters and young families looking to enter our industry. The pre-owned market from bow riders to mid-30’ cruisers has heated up with these clients, while existing cruiser owners are moving up.Kevin Marinelli, Certified Professional Yacht Broker, Pride Marine Yachts
In Ontario, there are 250,000 lakes and rivers perfect for fishing, watersports or just cruising and enjoying life. Owning a boat is one option, but boat rentals are also a good way to test the waters. There are many ways that families can get out on the water safely this summer.
The Government of Ontario travel website has information on power-boating and trying out personal watercraft, including boat charters and rentals.
Boat rentals come in different shapes and sizes, with a variety of experiences. Luxury houseboat rentals are a good option for families to relax and explore scenic locations.
We believe Le Boat is an ideal option for those looking to vacation closer to home this summer. Being on your own private cruiser allows you to sleep on board, set your own schedule, plan your own route and control your environment, determine where you stop and whom you interact with, while you explore the beautiful and historic Rideau waterway.Lisa Mclean, North American Marketing Manager, Le Boat
Le Boat created a safety charter with cleaning protocols to keep their customers safe on their houseboat vacation. If you’ve been planning to get on the water soon or you’re already there, you are not alone.
I’ve never seen customers so excited to get their boat in the water. We’ve launched 1400 boats in the last 3 weeks, with another 600 to go. In past years boaters would hang around the marina and wait for a sunny day before they ventured out, but this year they can’t wait to get out on the water. What a great way to physically distance … anchored in a sheltered bay on Georgian Bay or Lake Simcoe. Marine fuel prices are at an all-time low, and the water’s warming up. I expect a very strong boating season.Dave Rozycki President & Owner, Maple Leaf Marinas