It’s a popular theme, this side of the pandemic, to say “welcome back.” But like most of us in the Lakes Region… we never left.
e would argue that there’s never a bad time to buy a boat, but right now might be a particularly good time to get out on the water. As we all adjust to a new lifestyle that may include social distancing, a great way to get out into the world in a safe and responsible way is with a family boat. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons now is a great time to buy a boat (or rent a boat) and get out on the lake.
The Fun Is Back
There’s a lot of fun to be had among known family members, and while you are in the boat you are naturally distancing from others. Follow your local health guidelines at the launch ramp and the gas dock, of course … but once on the water, the fun is back. This applies to just about any kind of powerboat, sailboat, personal watercraft (PWC), or human-powered craft like a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. There is a boating activity to fit any lifestyle, family size and geographic location.
If your family traditionally took a long-distance vacation, those plans may have been swept away by pandemic issues, especially if your travel plans involved flying or even camping with an RV. With a boat you can stay local and stay safe. Enjoy the excitement of waterskiing or tubing, or the quiet solitude of fishing—there is something for everyone on the water.
Wondering about restrictions in our area? Reach out to our local marinas, they will have the most up to date information. Another handy resource can be found at the New Hampshire Fish & Game website (wildlife.state.nh.us). They are the ultimate authority of all things outdoors in New Hampshire.
Interest Rates Are Low
Financing the purchase of a new or pre-owned boat has never been easier or more affordable. In fact, if you need or want to finance, rates have never been lower, through our local dealers, the Bank of New Hampshire or specialized marine finance companies. For more tips and information visit bestofthelakesregion.com.
Gas Prices Are Low
Though gas prices have crept back up a little from the lowest level seen this spring, in many markets regular-grade gasoline is still below $2.00 a gallon, with the mid-grade required for many boats priced below $2.40 a gallon. This makes boating, and towing to the water, more affordable.
Unique Boat Inventory
The disruption of the economy this spring has created a shortage of boat inventory. Working with a local dealer can help find a new boat or pre-owned. While it may “feel” like there isn’t anything for sale, we found 308 boats for sale within 25 miles of Laconia on boattrader.com. This is also the time of year the dealer may know of folks wanting to trade up or sell their boat.
Science Says: Boating Is Good For Hour Health
Science has proven that being in, on or near the water—including on a boat—is great for your overall health and wellness, including your physical, emotional and mental health.
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols has even written an entire book dedicated to understanding your “blue mind.”
According to Nichols, “Simply the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin, and inducing relaxation... Blue mind is when we disconnect and logout. We move away from the screens and we get out on the water, and leave all of that technology and information behind.”
Having a primary home, or a second or third can make summer or long weekends best. In Laconia, you can still have waterfront lake living for well under a million dollars.
Lake Winnipesaukee can deceive you at times. For a body of water billed as New Hampshire’s largest lake — and a glance at the map will confirm that it is, no doubt — the lake can feel much smaller than those maps suggest.
As boaters everywhere do their best to navigate these uncharted waters, we’ll do our best to serve as a reliable resource in answering some questions about boating during the coronavirus.