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New Year's Resolutions to Make 2020 the Best Boating Year Yet


Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 1/8/20 2:37 PM
Welcome to 2020, a year in which all your boating dreams will surely come true.

 

Now that the dust has settled from what we're sure was a wild 2019 and wilder New Years Eve ringing in the new decade, it’s time to think about what’s next. Closing out the year, did you get a chance to look back and take stock? Even if you don't believe in resolutions, surely there's a goal in the back of your mind that will help keep your forward momentum into the new year. To get the juices flowing, here are our top 20 boating resolutions of 2020.

I've shared my resolutions here – don't be shy! Comment to let me know I'm not alone in my endeavor for boaty greatness. 

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1. Buy a Boat

What better way to get on the water more than by taking the helm in your own hands? No matter if you're upgrading to something bigger, or you're hoping to be a first time owner, this a great goal to work towards all year round.

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2. Leave a Review

Let your favorite marina, yacht club, or boatyard know why you love tying up with them. Whether it’s their top-notch facilities, sparkling clean bathrooms, or always helpful dock hands, make sure to take the time to let them know why you keep coming back. 

Pro tip: Did you know you can leave reviews on Marinas.com? Plus, here's a post about the how to leave a good review, even if your experience was less than enjoyable. 

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3. Practice Docking

Depending on the size of your vessel, the weather conditions, and where you’re docking, tying up can be tricky for even the most seasoned captains. Check out this blog post for some easy boat handling tips and tricks from a former dock hand. 

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4. Grow Your Crew

One of the best parts of being a boat owner is being able to share your passion with friends and family. Better yet, converting a non-boater into a boater...well that’s just a dream. 

Pro tip: Did you know that you can get Dockwa Dollars added to your account when you refer a friend to the app? Once they fulfill their first reservation, you and your friend will receive Dockwa Dollars. To learn more click here.

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5. Learn a New Skill 

One of the best things about boating is that you can always learn something new, no matter how much experience you may have. Make it a point to broaden your wheelhouse - whether it's a new knot to master, or something more technical, we promise it will be worth it. In fact, we dedicated an entire section of our blog to new tips and tricks.

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6. Make Some Upgrades

Upgrades, big or small, help you run your boat smoother and most likely safer too. Make a list of equipment that needs some extra love and get cracking. 

 

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7. Get to Know Your Electronics Better

When it comes to electronics, there are constant updates and upgrades being made. Take some time to get to know your electronics better, because knowledge is power. Not only will it help you run your vessel smoother, but it could also save you time, money, and secure your safety.  

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8. Cast Off More

This one is simple. Do what you love more often. Just get out there! Keep an eye out for Dockwa Deals near you. 

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9. Visit a New Harbor 

With over 1,000 marinas to choose from on Dockwa and even more to check out on our sister site, Marinas.com, there’s plenty of opportunity to get out on the water.

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10. Go Green!

Man oh man, is this one important. We need to think about protecting our beloved waterways if we want to keep boating in the future. This year, commit to going more green on (and off) the water. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

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11. Get Licensed

Getting your captain's license is a great way to feel confident on the water. You'll likely learn a ton and be able to use those skills every time you untie from the docks. If you're not looking to get licensed, there are still plenty of boating related courses out there to boost your skill set. 

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12. Dine by Boat

Whether you’re checking out a new brewery or tying up at your favorite waterfront restaurant, this resolution is one the whole crew can enjoy.

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13. Do a Distance Race

Racers, this is for you! Figawi, Newport to Bermuda, Edgartown's Round the Island Race, and so many more. If you're use to classic buoy racing, break out of your shell and and try this challenging but equally rewarding racing style. 

 

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14. Head South, or Anywhere Warm

Whether you prefer the Keys or Caribbean, you deserve some time in the sun and to be on the water with a cold one in hand.  

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15. Document your Travels

As boaters, we’re lucky enough to explore some of the most beautiful places in the world! Whether you prefer to write it down in a journal, or post about it with liked-mind people, saving these memories is a treasure you’ll never regret.

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16. Ramp Up Your Navigation Skills

If you have to keep reminding yourself, "red right returning" then it's probably time to brush up on your navigation skills. From classic chart plotting to plotting a course on your GPS, proper navigation techniques are essential when playing on the water. Bonus points for those of you willing to take on the advanced challenge of celestial navigation! 

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17. Get Closer to Nature

Here at Dockwa, we truly believe that people are happier and healthier when they're spending time in nature. So make a point to untie the lines, breathe in the fresh air, and soak in the sun more often this year, because you deserve it. 

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18. Work Smarter, Not Harder

Jumping off of #17, we all lead busy lives and our time is precious. So in order to spend more time outdoors, work smarter. Plan your adventures in advance, or book a slip in the moment via your smart phone when you're already underway. 

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19. Join a Boating Club

Not only is it a great way to meet new boaters, but by joining a yacht club, marina, or organization like SSCA or AGLCA, you're inherently committing more time to something you love, and 2020 is all about prioritizing what makes you happy. 

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20. Introduce a Non-boater to the Wonders of Boating

This one is our favorite because sharing is caring, boaters. Spread your love of the water with friends and family members who might not otherwise have the opportunity to get out there. Sunset cruises, floating down the river, fishing on the lake, a sail around the island, whatever form it takes, pay it forward.

 

Happy New Year! 

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