Thankful for Boating!

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Thanksgiving. One of the most anticipated holidays of the year. Everyone usually associates Thanksgiving with the usual football, copious amounts of delicious food, and time with family and friends celebrating what they are thankful for this past year. But many forget that Thanksgiving really started with one of the most important boat voyages in history!

In 1620, a ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers in hopes of religious freedom and economic prosperity in the New World. 66 days later, they landed near Cape Cod, not quite where they intended to make land fall near the Hudson River—so they traveled another month until they reached what became known as the village of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

After a brutal winter, the surviving Pilgrims then learned from Squanto, a Patuxet Indian, how to cultivate corn and learn to live in harmony with the land and other Native Americans. In November of 1621, after the Pilgrim’s harvested their corn successfully, a celebratory feast was organized and is now remembered as America’s “first Thanksgiving.” While American’s continued to celebrate these “Thanksgivings”, they didn’t become recognized as a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln made it so in 1863.

We have come a long way in boating since the days of the Mayflower, and we at MarineMax want to share the top 6 boats we are thankful for this year:

Sea Ray 19 SPX:

Thank you, Sea Ray, for making your roomiest sport boat that holds UP TO ELEVEN PEOPLE! This all-new model is just one of Sea Ray’s models in the line of sporty SPX boats. Not only are the surprisingly roomy, but they are also affordable! Did we mention there is also an outboard version? If you are as excited about these boats as we are, enter to win one!

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage:

Thank you, Boston Whaler, for making your largest boat EVER, which is the best for entertaining! It has plenty of seating for everyone, but is still built to be a fishing machine! With quad Mercury Verado 300s with Joystick control, this boat is also a powerhouse on the water. You won’t want to miss this awesome boat this year!

Aquila 48:

Thank you, Aquila, for giving us panoramic views of the water from your unmatched and easily accessible flybridge. We love the water. And we love everything about this super-fun power catamaran! You won’t get more space or maneuverability in a boat this size. It’s perfect for spending extended time out on the water, and with three spacious staterooms there is room for the whole family.

Azimut 50 Fly:

Thank you, Azimut, for giving us a yacht with an outdoor dining area so we can take in the beautiful ocean while we eat our delicious turkey dinner. And thank you for making a yacht with excellent fuel consumption. It was designed to feel like a megayacht in a much smaller package, and Azimut certainly didn’t skimp on the details.

Sea Ray L Class:

Thank you, Sea Ray, for your brand-new L-Class Yachts, like the L650 Express, L650 Fly, and the all-new 590 Fly where no detail has gone unnoticed! You won’t find craftsmanship like this in any other yacht. We can’t even pretend like we aren’t thankful for Quiet Ride Technology to reduce noise and vibration while traveling or the access L-Class customers have to unique services and amenities, both during construction and after delivery.

Ocean Alexander 100:

Thank you, Ocean Alexander, for making the megayacht to match all megayachts. Designed with safety and function in mind (as well as all the magnificent aesthetics that one can expect in a 100-foot yacht), this is truly a sea-worth vessel that has been crafted by the best in nautical engineering.

It was tough to find just 6 boats we were excited about this year to share! What are your favorite boats that you have seen this year? Let us know and check out our vast inventory to see all the great boats we love!

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