There are many ways to go on a family vacation, flying off to exotic foreign locations, soaking up the sun on a white sandy beach, renting an RV and road tripping around the country. Americans spend an average of $2,000 a year on summer vacations and spends close to $5,500 on vacations throughout the year. However, given the uncertainty and restrictions around travel, many people are finding ways to vacation on a budget while staying closer to home. Families are looking for other ways to relax and create connections as a family. And, if vacations today are anything like they were when I was a kid, they must include a learning experience.
At RS Sailing, we have several boats in our range which provide these opportunities. For example, the RS Quest and RS Venture are both proven in the family friendly dinghy department. With prices starting just under $6,000 you can get a boat to use for several years. Moreover, the true value is that, unlike a typical summer vacation, these boats can be used for more than one week in the summer. These boats are perfect for sailors of all levels and can be adjusted for the number/skill set of each person. Kids driving you nuts on a hot July afternoon? You can feel comfortable sending them out alone for a sail. Want to test your skills on a breezy day? Hook up the trapeze and spinnaker for a more advanced sailing experience. Investing in your own boat gives your family a great sense of freedom and an opportunity to “vacation” for years without the stress and immense planning that is required of a standard vacation.
Whether you prefer a white sandy beach or the rocky shores of a lake, the RS Quest and RS Venture are sure to put a smile on your family’s face. With plenty of space on board to pack a picnic and a bag of clothes, you will be set for a full day on the water. Push off in the morning and explore the waters around you. When it is time for lunch pull the boat up on the beach or drop the anchor and settle down for those tasty sandwiches. The stability of these boats makes it easy to swim off the boat without fear of capsizing and the size means that everyone can find a comfortable spot to sunbathe and relax. Even if the afternoon breeze fades, both boats can accommodate an outboard motor so there is no chance of being late to that neighborhood BBQ you have planned.
With easy towability you can choose to visit the same shores or explore new waters on each of your family adventures. These boats can also be moored for quick access anytime you want to head out for a sail. Either way, you will have a capable craft ready to make a lifetime of memories for you and your family. With a simple layouts and remarkably stable platforms, both boats can be handled by all levels of experience. They are equally quick to rig up and pack away, easily maneuverable on the shore and light enough so you barely notice when towing to your next destination.
With summer fast approaching, now is the time to try a new type of vacation and potentially teach yourself and your family a new set of skills to use for many years to come. We have no doubt that after one sail in an RS boat you’ll be saying TSA who?
Head to https://www.rssailing.com/range/family/ to find out which boat is right for you and your family.