So you want a boat and you’re not sure how to bring it up with your wife? How can you show her that buying a boat is a decision that will contribute to both of your quality of life immensely? Because buying a boat is a significant investment, that can be perceived by some spouses as an unnecessary expense. Here are a few talking points to help you explain the many reasons why owning a boat is a great choice for your family.
1. Timing is Everything
As with any topic of importance, it is crucial that you choose your timing for the conversation carefully. A useful rule of thumb is to not bring up key issues when your wife is tired, stressed or hyper focused on other activities. Pick a time when you are relaxed and maybe having a glass of wine.
2. Have an Informed Conversation
Do your research ahead of time to assure her that you will do this safely and smartly. Have information ready about insurance companies and rates, docking options, boating courses and boating license details and fees. Know your budget so that you are prepared to discuss financing options with her. If you have young children or grandchildren, find out about swimming classes and look up information on life vests for children. Know about benefits for the kids and grandkids. If you have teenagers, this may be a good way to keep them and their friends close, safe and engaged in a healthy family activity outdoors, versus engaged by the T.V. or internet devices.
3. A Shared Activity for Family and Friends
The boost to your social and family life, as well as health benefits should be emphasized. Having a boat is a shared activity that brings people together, whether it’s your circle of friends enjoying the sunset while sipping wine and snacking, or your family enjoying a full day of sailing and picnicking. The health advantages of boating on your mental health and well-being are undeniable: from increased Vitamin D to the benefits of fresh air, nature and staying active, boating is an all-encompassing activity whose benefits will spill positively into numerous areas of your life. If you fish, there are countless articles online about the benefits of eating freshly caught and sustainable fish and it is another fun activity that can be done with your kids or grandchildren.
4. Shared Experiences
Focus on the romance. Although boating is a great family activity, it can also be a great activity for just you and your wife to enjoy together. Take your wife on a sunset dinner cruise or go to a wonderful restaurant accessible via boat. When you go out on a boat, the experience becomes real and it’s your opportunity to shine. Put on some nice music, bring a cooler with wine, cheese and crackers and enjoy being with each other in paradise. If you have friends whose wives love their boats, mention them or enlist them in casual conversation to highlight how boating has improved their lives.
Boating is a delightful activity and the best way to convince your wife to buy a boat is to prepare for the conversation ahead of time so that your enthusiasm is not thwarted by lack of preparation and details about what buying a boat will entail.
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