About Boating

Boating is essentially the activity that involves travelling by boat. While this is something that was used mainly for travel, most people today use boats for recreational purposes and for other hobbies like fishing, water skiing, water sports and camping. It is believed that it was the ancient Greeks that started boating more than 10,000 years back. Since Greek terrain was mountainous, the people took to water as a means of transportation. It has been established without doubt that the Egyptians used boats to transport material up and down the River Nile about 6000 years ago. The proof of the same rests in the clay tablets that have been found in the area. Most of the boats used during this time were similar to the rowing boats that we know of. But some of the boats that were used to transport material were as long as 300 feet.

Most of the ancient boats were designed keeping in mind the specific purpose that they were intended for. The war ships were meant to be fast and therefore they were narrow and long and were operated by a large number of oarsmen. On the other hand, ships that were intended to carry cargo were designed to carry minimal crewmen in order to maximize space for cargo.

Boating is used for a large number of activities today. And these go far beyond war and transportation. In fact boats are used by a large number of individual people who use it for recreational activities. Paddle sports done on lakes and swift rivers include the use of canoes, kayaks and rowing boats. Sailing involves the use of small sailing boats, daysailers and cruising sail boats too. There are also people who use freshwater fishing boats to enjoy a day at the river or the lake. Water sport boats are slightly different and you can find motor boats, cruising boats, regattas and others too.

Since boating is now more of a recreational activity, it is important that some safety measures are mandated for all those who want to enjoy boating and boating related sports. Personal floatation devices, navigation lights, distress signals, sound making devices and fire extinguishers. Some other items that should be carried include a flashlight, a first aid kits, paddles, anchor and rope, spare parts, a VFH radio and mobile phone. The Code of Federal Regulations provides a list of items that should be carried on board too. These include backfire arresters and ventilations systems on vessels that are powered by gasoline and a marine sanitation system. In addition to this, some states may have additional requirements too.


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