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Discover Boating

Yachting may be an activity of wealthy celebs, but boating is a surprisingly affordable summer activity. Many resort areas offer affordable boat rentals by the hour or day.

As a child, I remember learning how to sail a boat with my father. Sailing requires focus and teamwork– which makes it an ideal family bonding activity. While I enjoy the serenity of sailing on a sunny day, my husband (pictured here) prefers the speed and excitement of personal watercrafts and jet skis. has a boat selector tool, which helps you determine the right boat for you.  For example, I prefer a lazy, relaxing day cruise, but my sportier friends like watersports like wakeboarding, waterskiing or tubing.  When my children are older, I would love to rent a houseboat for a week or long-weekend to explore a boating destination.

The DiscoverBoating site has tips for aspiring boat owners on financing, insurance and even tips on how to convince your spouse to buy a boat. I’ll admit that the cost conversion tool surprised me by showing how affordable boating is compared to visiting a theme park or attending major league baseball games.

I would be more likely to rent a boat for use on annual vacations, and I used the research tools to price out boat rentals near us. Even on a modest budget, your family can experience the joy of boating this summer.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Discover Boating and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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