We boaters don't know the word quit, so we always try to squeeze in a few last minute boating holidays. There are several different options from which to choose.
1. Boat Parades
Where to boat if you haven't winterized yet? Check out the boat parades offered in many communities. Folks in Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC turn out in droves for the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Dozens of boats are decorated in festive lights and cruise the Potomac River. Tempe, Arizona's Festival of Lights is one western equivalent, with boats buzzing the shoreline of Tempe Town Lake. Many of the best boating lakes and waterways have similar festivals, so check and see if there is one nearby.
2. Last minute Boating Holidays
Some folks combine travel and boating, and this time of year there are some boating holiday deals to be had. Of course you can head to England and cruise one of the canals and save money. One service is called hireboat.com and stops in small towns and villages while cruising through the English countryside. Bangers and mash and a pint of Guinness never tasted so good.
3. When is the best time to go boating?
Not now for me, the ice will soon be on the lakes. I've been thinking about combining a vacation with boating by heading to the Tropics. A few ideas for my cheap boating holidays came by looking at boats for rent in the Virgin Islands. The costs are a bit expensive, but if I can split the fares with my family or friends they're more than reasonable.
Deals on last minute boating holidays appear every day. Maybe the best way to ring out 2017 and to ring in 2018 is on a boat. The truth is a local, foreign or Tropical trip all sound good to me.