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Boating

A relaxing pastime for water enthusiasts.

Boating, the leisurely activity of traveling by boat typically refers to the recreational use of boats, focused on the travel itself, as opposed to sports activities, such as fishing or waterskiing. Boating is an extremely popular activity, and there are millions of boaters worldwide.

The industry
There is an entire industry devoted to supplying both large and small vessels for boaters. There also is an entire industry devoted to supplying boat loans to people that cannot afford to purchase a vessel outright.Sailing is a category of boating that uses wind-powered vessels, while powerboating uses motorized vessels.

Most smaller boats are stored at home and carried to the water on boat trailers, where they are floated from launch ramps leading down into the water. The smallest boats and kayaks may simply be carried by hand or by lashing it to the top of an automobile. Larger boats are kept at marinas, which offer a tie-up protected from the weather and a variety of support services, such as fuel, equipment and so forth.

Activities
Most boat trips begin and end in one day, while longer trips are typically called cruises. Boating encompasses a wide variety of activities, ranging from taking a rowboat on the pond of a city park, to kayaking on the open sea.While other activities may be planned as part of the trip, for many boaters the purpose is simply to enjoy being out on the water; drinking and partying are proverbial as part of the experience.

Safety
Being a recreational activity, most boating is done in calm protected waters and during good weather. Even so, conditions can change rapidly, and a small vessel can get into life-threatening difficulties. The coast guards of most nations include boating safety and rescue as part of their charter.


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