When I started in the boating business in 1968 in Connecticut, I quickly realized that boating was basically a family oriented pastime. When families would arrive at the marina, the entire family would board the boat for a fun day on the water. The family would include grandparents and grandchildren.
Fast forward almost fifty years, and absolutely nothing about the family boating event has changed. Boating as a family unit today is only one of two outdoor events that people can do, camping is the other that keeps all members together as a complete group. Our local residents can enjoy the many weekend events that our city has to offer from the “Lighted Boat Parade” to “Air Shows. Somewhere in our boating community is an event that can be approached by water on a monthly basis.
Taking your kids fishing while they’re still young enough to enjoy the outing and the thrill of catching that very first fish is a memory that will last a lifetime. Children will remember that fishing outing well into having children of their own. Take your patience pills and take your family boating!!
DICK BOGER, President
Jacksonville Marine Association