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BoatPros: 7 Awesome Reasons to Start Boating Today

7 reasons to start boating, how to get started, how to operate a boat safely and must-have good starter boats in South Africa

An awesome new lifestyle. Easy entry for any budget. And fun and activities for everyone. WATCH: Our good friend and SA boat pro Nick Landzanakis gives 7 reasons why you should start boating today:

WATCH: WHY START BOATING

This video features Nick Landzanakis of our friends at Natal Power Boats. And Nick knows his boating. But we’ve also pulled out some of the most NB points in his video below.

 

7 REASONS TO START BOATING TODAY

 

1 BOATING OPENS UP AWESOME NEW LIFESTYLE

Everyone associates boating with fun, because it is. Ther are just so many activities you can do on and from a boat – whether it’s sports or just cruise. You can have sundowner drinks with family and friends, or even have a braai on the boat.

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The best part is it works for every age – “Everyone from a newborn to a great grandparent can enjoy boating,” says Nick. “It’s a lifestyle I have enjoyed since childhood and continue to enjoy today with friends, family and loved ones.”

2 YOU CAN GET STARTED IN SO MANY COOL SPORTS

There are numerous water sports you get access to with a boat. From waterskiing, diving and bird watching to fishing. And there’s no shortage of places in South Africa you can get the right equipment from either. We have a whole network of Suzuki dealers around the country that can help you get all the right equipment to start boating.

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Of course, one of the biggest reasons to start boating is angling. Did you know you can now go fishing in lockdown? Plus: check out these pro fishing tips

3 SA HAS SO MANY PLACES TO BOAT

What do you do with a boat? Whatever you like. South Africa boasts plentiful dams, lakes, river, estuaries, beaches and harbours. Each with its own attractions and fun activities. Some, you can only access with a boat. 

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4 EVERYONE CAN START BOATING

When you’re talking levels of entry, boating is actually way more accessible than you think. You have loads of options. From smaller and even inflatable boats (ask us about these) to big and fancy rigs – check out all your options amongst ou custom-made new boats.

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5 YOU WILL GET EXPERT TRAINING TO ENSURE SAFETY

How do you operate a boat safely? Don’t worry, South Africa has some of the bets boating experts around to show you exactly how. You’ll need to pass a skipper’s exam before you can start boating. But that’s nothing to worry about because we have some of the best training and teachers in the world.

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In fact, you get huge support from ski-boat clubs and the certification is very through: There are a theory and practical component, and once you’re certified, you’ll have quite a bit of experience already and all the confidence in the world.

6 YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE IN SA

What does going boating mean? Well, there’s so much to do on a boat it depends on what you like and where you are. But the best part is you don’t even have to live near the ocean to start boating. 

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There are so many freshwater boating options available. Nick says that, just with freshwater boating alone, you can travel most of SA and even up to Mozambique and Zambia. PS: Did you know that quite a few of SA’s top game-fish anglers live inland? It’s true, they just plan their fishing trips and travel throughout the year.

7 THERE ARE SO MANY BOAT OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO START BOATING

South Africa has a very wide range of boat types and models available for sale. You can choose between small boats and inflatables to very forgiving deep sea fishing boats, like CarryCat options – some of the best boats for beginners.

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Or you could opt for estuary and lake runarounds like the Bandit boats or cabin cruisers. There are even loads of monohull boats to choose from. Not to mention party barges for hosting family and friends. Discover a few cool options among our new boats

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BONUS: YOU GET THE BEST BACKING IN THE WORLD

When you start boating, you have the option of going with Suzuki outboards. Which is a great choice because they’re known to be super fuel-efficient and powerful. Not to mention the world’s most awarded outboard motor. And get the inside track on how to choose an outboard for your boat.

Got a boating question? Ask us and we’ll call you back.

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ABOUT NICK LANDZANAKIS

Featured in the video, our friend Nick runs Natal Power Boats up in Durban. Not that they need any introduction. You can call them on 031 305 8081 or email: info@npb.co.za.


ABOUT THIS #GETBOATING SERIES

Our boating series comes courtesy of Suzuki Marine South Africa’s #SuzukiFlix project and the SA network of Suzuki dealers. You can be part of the vibe by following Suzuki Marine SA on Facebook.

Also check out our post on what to look for when buying a boat.

WATCH: From the meaning of boating to accessories online and where to get your boating license, to reasons to start boating, 34+ boating dams and lakes in SA and more. Here’s what you should know about boating.

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