New Year’s resolutions tend to sound similar year after year. Eat healthier, drink more water, stick to a budget, cut down on screen time… Sure, those are worthy goals, but this year why not shake things up with some resolutions you’ll actually be excited to keep? Make 2022 the year you step up your boating life as much as your terrestrial life.
Whether you're eager to learn a new water sport, visit a dream destination, or master a particular technique, consider this your invitation to plan smart and dream big. Below are some ideas to get you started. Whether you tackle one or all of them, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a sense of accomplishment — and cruise into 2023 with some new skills under your belt.
Pet a Pig
Say what? That’s right: No Name Cay, a small island just south of Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, is within boating distance of Florida, and it’s home to a large population of wild pigs. Not only are they an adorably strange sight to see on the beach, but they’re also quite fond of humans. Bring an apple to make a porcine friend for life.
Trailer Your Whaler
Trailer boating opens up entire worlds of possibility. Most Boston Whalers are easy to haul, provided you have the right equipment. Take a spin through our handy trailering guide to learn the basics, then check out these suggested itineraries for some of our favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest, New England and the Midwest.
Fish in a Tournament
Fishing tournaments are a great way to flex all the boating and fishing expertise you’ve already amassed. They reward navigational and boat handling skills, knowledge of your local waterways, teamwork, communication and gear selection, to name a few. Even if you come home without the big trophy, the thrill of competition is its own sweet reward.
Cook a Meal Onboard
We’re not sure if it’s the salty air, the gentle bobbing motion or the company of fellow boaters, but somehow food just tastes better on a Whaler. You don’t need a full galley to pull off a feast — a little pre-prep at home and a good-sized cooler will do the trick nicely. Visit The Boat Galley for more than 100 easy onboard meal ideas.
Tailgate by Water
There’s no better place to enjoy the big game than from the comfort of your Whaler. Whether you’re cruising to one of the country’s awesome waterfront stadiums or rafted up with a group of friends, cheering together at the TV, “boatgating” offers fresh air, beautiful scenery and ample freedom you won’t find in packed bleachers.
Level Up Your Tubing Game
If you’ve ever seen the grin on the face of someone hurtling across the water on a tube, you know how much joy the sport can bring. This year, why not ramp up the fun even further with a new towable toy or two? HO Sports offers a selection including the four-seater 4G, the softshell Sunset-2, and the whimsical Flamingo, each designed to make tubing even more memorable. Make sure to observe common-sense precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.
Restore a Classic Whaler
It’s the ultimate boating resolution: “I will restore my own Whaler.” If the thought of a multi-stage DIY project piques your interest, you’re in good company. The Boston Whaler community is full of people who have brought a classic model back to life through hard work, dedication and a little TLC. For more inspiration, get to know a few of them here and here.
Make it a fantastic year!