Category: Holiday

Be Mine: Valentine’s Day Ideas Perfect for Your Boating Valentine

Forgetful, indecisive or ever-busy significant others–listen up! If you’re all out of Valentine’s Day ideas for you and your significant other, we may have you covered. With these boating-and-fishing-inspired tips for a romantic date, you can treat that special someone to a fun excursion or gift that they’re sure to remember for years to come.

Valentine’s Day Ideas to Treat Your Favorite Boater

  • You catch, I cook: Though some already split the fishing/cooking duties, this is a fantastic way to spend time, bond and enjoy some good eats. Propose the idea of visiting a beloved fishing spot for a full day of cruising and dropping lines, then enjoying the day’s catch for dinner. In case the fish aren’t biting, pick a plan B before hitting the water. Trust us, no one wants a hangry valentine come dinnertime.
  • Kayaking or canoeing: Both kayaking and canoeing give you the chance to paddle away together, enjoying a bit of outdoor quiet time while soaking in the sun and scenery. 
  • Gifts that keep on giving: You could settle for a nice bottle of wine or box of chocolates, but why not give your partner something they can use while doing what they love? Protective sunglasses, a high-quality boating knife, or even a paid pleasure cruise to get them on the water without the hassle of taking out their own boat are all great options. If unsure, maybe pry a bit to see what they need most for their boat. 
  • Romance on the water: Plan a beachside getaway, even if just for a day. Nothing refreshes like some time on the beach, and there are fewer things more romantic than sharing a sunset on the seashore. If the water permits, consider even decking out your boat for a special Valentine’s Day trip with their favorite music, food and a bit of festive decorating on deck.
  • A brand new boat: Your significant other would hate if we didn’t at least put it on the list…

Valentine’s Day ideas can sometimes be hard to come by, but even the most hard-to-shop-for boaters are sure to love at least one of the ideas above. As they say, it’s the thought that counts, and showing your beloved that you embrace their boating and fishing fanaticism is sure to generate some smiles come February 14.

Good luck, and have a great time enjoying the love of boating with the one you love.

4 Reasons We’re Thankful for Boating This Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the perfect chance to get in some quality time to sit back, relax and unapologetically pig out on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. In other words, it’s definitely in the running for greatest holiday of the year.

However, as the name implies, it’s also an equally perfect chance to do a bit of self-reflection and count your blessings. In the spirit of Thanksgiving (and before the turkey-induced coma fully takes hold), four members of the Hi-Tide family shared the reasons why they’re thankful for sharing the lifestyle and love of boating with the world.

What is Hi-Tide Thankful for This Thanksgiving?


Thomas Fox – Dealer Recruiter

What I love about boating: I love the water most likely because I am an Aquarius. Being on the water with the blue sky and beautiful water–I find it all very calming. I love to view nature in its natural environment.

Tooling down the Intracoastal Waterway and stopping at local businesses for a drink or lunch, or even better, beaching up a local island and hanging out with family and friends is the best.

I am not an ocean fisherman but have the desire to learn. I love to dive and snorkel, again, because I get to be at one with nature.


Caitlin Lawston – Customer Support & Accounting

Boating to me takes you away from the chaos of the world. When you’re on the water, you’re surrounded by the beauty of the big blue ocean. And what lies underneath is nothing short of majestic. The feeling of the warm sun on your skin, the sound of the calming water surrounding you, and the views just can’t be beat!


Ryan Hyde – Research & Design

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to live in a beautiful waterfront community where my boat is just steps away from our door. With a family of five, most days are spent racing from here to there, keeping up with our texts and emails, and grabbing meals on the go between sports and obligations. The time we spend together as a family enjoying life on the water, dropping in a line to catch dinner, and watching beautiful sunsets on our way back in has proven to be priceless. I can’t imagine life any other way.

One thing’s for sure–there are tons of reasons to be thankful for being able to enjoy the fun and passion of boating, especially when able to share it with those you love.

Before we get back to the recliner with a drumstick in one hand, TV controller in the other, we want to share one more thing we’re thankful for–you. To the entire boating community and all those we’ve had the pleasure of serving, have a very Happy Thanksgiving. We’ll see you on the water…right after this nap.