Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Readers tell us: Do you own a boat?

By Emily Woodbury

Funny we should talk about boats… I was just at the boat store and they were having a two for one sail! Ha!

A couple of weeks ago, in the Wednesday, March 27 (can you believe it’s ALREADY April 6th?!) edition of our Daily Tips newsletter, we asked you if you own a boat. Many of you do! Perhaps this is another thing we can all connect with each other about (Boattravel.com next?). Even though you can see the results above, I’ll quickly run through them. Out of you boat owners, the highest percentage of you answered that you have a kayak or a canoe. Only 5 percent of you have a speed boat, and a tied 1 percent of you have a sailboat or a raft. The remaining 11 percent of you who own a boat answered “other” so let’s jump into the comments and see what “other” really means!

Reader Wolfe (Hi, Wolfe!) commented: “I have an Argo, which is an amphibious bathtub with tank treads and an outboard. I also have a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak in a cupboard… much more practical in the RV than a hard hull.” OK…let’s talk about this comment for a minute. First of all, an amphibious bathtub…. what? Maybe all you expert boaters out there know what this means, but I have no idea. Here’s what Google told me:

So now with this information, I know that we have an amphibious bathtub retrieving a Golden Fleece. Well, clearly I’m not up-to-date on my boat terminology or my Greek mythology. Oy. Anyway, sounds…um…fun, Wolfe.

Let’s talk about inflatable kayaks for a minute because they are such a wonderful thing for RVs! Here are a ton, and they all have such high reviews – I want one! Anyone else have one (or two) of these?

OK…now before I keep you here all day, let’s get back to some other comments. Oh, look! Debbie PJ has an inflatable kayak too! She wrote, “We own a 79 runabout ~ hubby loves and has been working on. A 2016 18-foot pontoon, we love it! 3 plastic kayaks and one inflatable 2 seat Kayak for camping. Our home is across the street from a 26-mile long lake. Grand Kids LOVE to come here…. we are blessed!” You sure are, Debbie! Sounds lovely.

A few of you commented that you have a pontoon boat (or, as Scooter says, “A floating patio”), and a few of you have fishing boats. Joe has a few stand-up paddle boards, and Dan has jet skis.

Now, 68 percent of you said that you don’t own a boat. I’m assuming Bob Amoroso is one of those voters considering his comment said, “B = Break, O = Out, A = Another, T = Thousand” Ha! Mike in Texas agrees. He says, “The two happiest days in your life are the day you bought your boat, and the day you sold it.”

Well, there you have it. I wrote 500 words about boats – not something I thought I’d be doing with my day but, hey, whatever floats your boat! Wink. Have a good one, folks.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodburyhttps://www.rvtravel.com
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at RVtravel.com. She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for RVtravel.com she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Austin (@guest_103190)
3 years ago

No boat now. Had a couple in the past. As one that does not care to get any further from the dock than I can swim, and that ain’t far, I do admire those who have the wonderful craft I see at various marinas.

Ridge Gardner (@guest_73216)
3 years ago

My wife Cathy and I lived aboard our 37′ Fisher motor sailer for twelve years with two Jack Russell Terrorists. That’s why we’re still a little nuts even though we sold the boat ten years ago. Traveling by RV was more or less second nature to us. It’s still what I call “linear living”. You say “excuse me” a lot. One thing I really like about our Airstream over the boat; she never drags anchor.

CHipper146 (@guest_73099)
3 years ago

A 17 foot bass boat. Two 12 foot kayaks and a 12 foot john boat

Gene Bjerke (@guest_72591)
3 years ago

We met a person last year in a campground that had an ideal rig. He was towing a Sea Dory motorboat. (That is the boat Least Heat Moon used to cross the US by water.) The boat has all the necessary facilities, and they camped in it all across the country. Every so often they would launch it and spend a week or two cruising on various waterways. The best of both worlds, a camper on land and a cruiser on the water. What’s not to like?

Pamela (@guest_72560)
3 years ago

We have a small racing sailboat, 2 kayaks, and 2 canoes. Usually travel and camp with the kayaks/canoe, especially when with family.

Glenn (@guest_72527)
3 years ago

32′, twin engine express cruiser. Our RV on the water.

Wayne Caldwell (@guest_72514)
3 years ago

We had (as in at one time, but no longer) a 5-seat Pedal Boat. One of my friends had it, didn’t use it, so we bought it. PITA to store or load into the truck. Used it twice. Great exercise – pedal like mad just to move three feet. Sold it to a neighbor about two years later. Don’t miss it. Saw it last week leaning up against his fence with the canopy flapping in the breeze.

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