Assessing Your Boating Needs Rapid City SD

Before you hit the water, take the Nomadik boating needs assessment to find the best way to meet your nautical needs.

Interstate Auto And Boat
(605) 787-6771
11806 JB Road (I-90 Exit 48)
Black Hawk, SD
 
Pactola Pines Marina
(605) 343-4283
23060 Custer Gulch Rd
Rapid City, SD
 
Black Hills Powersports
(605) 342-5500
3005 Beale St
Rapid City, SD
 
Four Seasons Sports Center
(605) 342-1110
1600 E Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD
 
Land & Marine Developments Inc
(888) 673-9010
3211 Bunker Dr
Rapid City, SD
 
Black Hills Marine
(605) 348-9041
1897 E Centre St
Rapid City, SD
 
Sheridan Lake Marina
(605) 574-2169
16451 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD
 
Rapid Marine
(605) 348-4151
744 1/2 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD
 
Rice Honda Suzuki
(605) 342-2242
301 Cambell St
Rapid City, SD
 
United Rentals
(605) 336-3670
1201 W. 51st St.
Sioux Falls, SD
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Assessing Your Boating Needs

Picking the perfect “hole in the water”

Some say the definition of a boat is “a hole in the surface of the water into which money is thrown.” But whether you're dropping pennies or 20-dollar bills will depend on the model you choose and your ability to spot a nautical lemon.

What Floats Your Boat?

Before you decide to go new or used , it's best to do a needs assessment first. Like RVs , boats are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. Most boats are designed for specific purposes, and pushing them beyond their engineered limits can put everyone on board at risk. Unless you're facing gale conditions, you won't be able to water ski behind a sailboat, and you can't rely on the wind to blow your powerboat ashore when you run out of gas.

  • Analyze your activities: Determine the water activities you enjoy most. If you want to spend a quiet summer sailing, renting a JetSki for the odd afternoon may satisfy your adrenaline needs.
  • Lone wolf or pack animal: Who will be boating with you? Will you be fishing with a buddy or taking the whole family? The number of passengers will determine how much space you need for sitting, socializing and sleeping.
  • Day tripper or houseboat: If you plan on using the boat for overnight sleeping, you'll have to take cabin space into consideration. Both the number of beds and how easily they convert will be a factor.
  • Which waterway will you wander: Boats designed for small inland lakes and those engineered to take the big waves of the open ocean aren't interchangeable. Smaller boats aren't safe on large bodies of water, including certain Great Lakes, and larger boats will get run aground in shallow waterways.
  • The tinker factor: Some people love tinkering with high-maintenance boats, while others would rather undergo a root canal without anesthetic than mess with their vessel. Make sure your boat selection keeps pace with your maintenance abilities and desire to get your hands dirty....

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