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Family Fun on the Water: Boat Rentals at Lake Winnipesaukee

Family Fun on the Water: Boat Rentals at Lake Winnipesaukee

Boat Rental Safety Lake WinnipesaukeeOne of the best things that you can add to your trip up to New Hampshire is the experience of using Wolfeboro boat rentals. Whether you are new to boating or have done it before in the past, boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee can help you and the family really get out and experience all that our local waters have to offer. Sight-seeing, nature-watching, year-round fishing and just a whole lot of fun out on the water, you can get many different sizes and types of boat rentals at local bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro.

Boating Safety
If you are coming to the lake from out-of-state, make sure to check with the New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game to learn everything you need to know about getting a boat operator’s license for your visit. You can do this in advance online and have everything in order for when you arrive. A boating safety course is required to rent boats over a certain size and horsepower in the state, however it is highly recommended that you take the course anyway and share the safety information with your family.

In addition to learning how to properly operate, dock and use a boat out on our beautiful lakes, there are other safety rules and regulations that must be followed. You are responsible for the safety of everyone on board, so it is in your own best interest to make sure that everyone follows the rules. When you stop by Wolfeboro bait stores to secure your boat rental, make sure to ask about any additional rules that the rental company might have regarding the use of their boats. Choose the right size and type of boat for the activities you want to do, based upon your level of boating knowledge and experience.

Life Jackets for All
One rule that you will definitely want to discuss with your family before getting your Wolfeboro boat rentals, is the rule about life jackets. You can purchase your own personalized life jackets and bring them with you or you can rent them locally. Depending on the ages of your children, you may have a fight on your hands. Small children might be afraid of the jackets, so you might want to get a special jacket that features a favorite character to entice them to wear it. Older pre-teens and teenagers may balk at the idea of wearing such an “uncool” neon vest, but it is important that they wear it anyway.

According to statistics published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related deaths in children between the ages of one and fourteen, second only to car accidents. Make sure your kids have the right vests or personal flotation devices, based upon their ages, size and weight. While the law varies from state-to-state, it is important to put your foot down and require any children under the age of 15 to wear a safety vest while on the dock and out on the boat.

The US Coast Guard lists three vests as being appropriate for children:

  • Offshore Life Jacket – Designed for rough waters and open water conditions; able to provide safety for an extended period of time. These jackets keeps a person facing upwards if they become unconscious.
  • Near Shore Buoyant Vest – Less bulky than the Offshore Life Jacket, this vest is deemed suitable for boating activities in lakes and on calmer waters. These vests will keep a person facing upwards if they become unconscious.
  • Flotation Aid – Most comfortable type of vest that can be worn for long periods of time. Not rated for open water or rough seas, but perfectly fine for boat rentals at Lake Winnipesaukee.

All boats are required to have a throwable personal flotation device (PFD). This is usually a cushion that features straps that can be thrown out into the water if someone falls overboard. Make sure to go over life jacket and vest safety when you visit bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro. Discuss the rules regarding personal flotation devices with your family before coming on your trip to New Hampshire to prevent any argument or discussion on the matter.

Wolfeboro Boat Rentals at Hole in the Wall
If you are coming to the local region for fishing, boating or just some fun in the sun, make sure to stop by our Wolfeboro bait store to take advantage of boat rentals on Lake Winnipesaukee. Give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) and speak with one of our agent about getting Wolfeboro boat rentals or fishing tackle rentals in advance.

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