The turning of the calendar to a fresh new year never felt so good. Good riddance to the dark abyss that was 2020, and hello to the bright future of 2021!
Buying a boat is just step one along the wonderful journey of enjoying the entire boating experience and waterborne lifestyle. If you’re among the legions of first-time boat owners who joined this water-loving community in 2020, you’re in good company.
2020 has been an interesting year to say the least, with many strange happenings occurring all across the world. And now that it’s finally come closer to the end of the year and the holiday season, many have noticed the evolution of a new decorating trend: a lot of houses started putting up their Christmas decorations right after Halloween this year—and no one’s blaming them for rushing 2020 out the door.
If there’s one thing the year 2020 has taught us all, it’s that we should take nothing for granted.
Your friend or family member finally did it—bought the boat of his/her dreams. They beam like a proud parent while admiring that boat on the dock. They glow brighter than the stars when he/she shows you all the photos of his new boat—and when they asks you to watch all the videos (for the second and third time). Who can blame them for this unbridled display of complete joy?
There are plenty of special boating gifts that your favorite loved one would surely appreciate unwrapping this holiday season. But, wouldn’t they be even more excited to open up a gift that makes boating itself better? Of course they would. Unfortunately, holiday shopping in 2020 is not like any holiday shopping season of the recent past. This year you’re going to need to generate some new ideas and develop that goodie list in a virtual format.
Here’s the plain and honest truth, as undeniable as the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic itself: Thanksgiving 2020 will be unlike any other Thanksgiving in all of American history. But, for boaters, what everybody else is interpreting as bad news may actually turn out to be good news.
Boaters, like all other breeds of shoppers, look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday each year so they can take advantage of the best deals in boating, fishing and watersports equipment. Black Friday has always been known as the unofficial kick-off to the holiday-shopping season, as retailers compete to release major discounts on some of their most popular items. For marine retailers like Bass Pro Shops, West Marine and others, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the perfect opportunity to provide boaters with specialty pricing on all sorts of boating accessories—from fishing rods and reels, to towable tubes, life jackets and other safety gear, electronics and so much more.
Getting a new boat is an experience filled with excitement and fun. Oh, the places you’ll go! The daydreaming about itineraries and activities with friends and family tends to begin even before the boat’s engines are turned on.
Just because autumn is upon us doesn’t mean boating has to end. Plenty of people in the Northeast, for instance, go out straight through November. Those of you in the southern states, of course, can boat all year long.