Summer is the prime time to take your boat out on the water to enjoy warm weather and cool water whether you’re fishing, tubing, or taking a leisurely ride. But boating can get expensive when you factor in gas prices, repairs, and even the cost of providing life jackets for everyone aboard. Boat Owners Association of The United States offers nine tips to help summer boaters stay on budget.

What’s the catch for discounts? Some require BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership, which cost just $24 annually and includes $50 of free on the water or on the road towing, 24-hour dispatch, and access to programs and services that make the boating, sailing or fishing experience better.

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.