All you need to know about owning a boat in Texas. From Lake Travis to the Gulf of Mexico, Texas boasts a broad collection of rivers, lakes, and other waterways.
To help you take advantage of these blue waters are boats of seemingly every size. Best of all, there are boats to fit nearly any need and budget.
But while boating is a uniquely rewarding experience—especially if you own your own watercraft—it can be a difficult hobby to get into.
Do you need a boating license? What about Texas boat registration? What kind of boat storage facilities are there? Here at Premium Spaces, we’ve got you covered with affordable boat storage and some answers to help you set sail for adventure.
If you want a convenient boat storage option near your home, self storage is a great way to store your boat. Self storage is rented monthly and there are no long-term contracts, making it easy to store your boat over the offseason or get a different storage option if need be.
The easiest way to store your boat is to simply keep it on your property. Depending on the size of your boat, you’ve got multiple options: in your garage, in your driveway, in your yard, or even on the street by your house. However, there are many drawbacks to this, and in some areas you may not even be allowed to store your boat at home.
Marinas are the most expensive option typically, although they do allow you to store your boat on the water without the need for transportation. However, this does make it harder to take your boat to other bodies of water.
To get your boater education certificate, you’ll need to take a TPWD-certified online boating examination course. The courses include information about navigation rules, how to properly operate your boat, and laws regarding boating. You can find information about courses on the TPWD boater education website.
Anybody operating a boat that is at least 13 years of age, or born on or after September 1, 1993, must have a boating license (also called a boater education certificate card). If you are under 13 years of age, you may still operate a boat; however, you must be accompanied by an individual at least 18 years of age and who themselves has a boater education certificate card.
If you’re born after September 1, 1993, the state of Texas requires you to have a boating license. However, Texas does honor out-of-state boating licenses as long as those licenses were accompanied by a NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) approved course.