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No "Fake News" Here

By Barb Hansen
July 2017

I’m sure that most – if not all – of you are well aware of the discussion taking place about “Fake News” these days. I don’t have a dog in that fight; at least not one I want to talk about.

All of that heated discussion got me to thinking about the possibility of someone or some faction taking issue with boating and starting to suggest there’s something fake about the joy and sense of community that boating offers.

I’ve quickly come to the conclusion, “there’s no fake news here!” Zero, nada, nothing, but the truth, and that is boating is for real regardless of your point of view.

Boating teaches responsibility. It’s also a way to make friends and join a community of like-minded people. If you really take off and go cruising, there are a variety of cruising groups you can join such as the Great Loop Cruising Association, also known as the “Loopers.” No, nothing to do with adult beverages, but folks who cruise the Great Loop, essentially a trip up the east coast across southern Canada to the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi to the Gulf and on to the Sunshine State. Loopers have a range of variables, but that’s generally the route they take. That’s a cruise that would be cool on anyone’s bucket list.

Boating brings families closer together and creates a lifetime of memories for everyone. Even dogs love boating – at least ours does! All we have to do is say, “let’s get on the boat,” and he starts jumping around with excitement.

Boating, whether on a sail or power boat brings us closer to nature. There’s nothing fake about having dolphins jump and splash alongside your boat or watching an osprey swoop down to catch a fish for lunch. Mother Nature puts on a colorful show of sunrises and sunsets on the water. Even a kayak, canoe or paddleboard will immerse the operator in the real world of natural beauty on the water.

Whether it’s fishing, bird-watching or paddling to the beach for a swim this sport has introduced a new generation to the water. You don’t have to live on or near the ocean to enjoy the water, either. Check out your local lake or river for recreational opportunities. Just be safe on the water, and if that’s where you’d like some guidance and help, boating has many options – part of the sense of community that makes boating what it is for old salts and newbies.

Nope, nothing fake here! Just the real deal.


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