Picture this: You’re heading out for a nice day on your favorite waterway. The late-summer sun is shining bright. The wind is in your hair. The cooler is packed, the fuel tank is full and your whole family is on board, ready for another fun-filled day out on the boat. Does it get any better than that?
Whether you’ve been boating for 60 years or 60 days, there’s something special about spending a day out on the water with those who matter most. That’s why there’s no better way to celebrate Grandparents’ Day than by sharing the love of boating with the next generation.
As Sea Tow’s Chairwoman, Georgia Frohnhoefer knows a thing or two about spending time on the water with family. Long before Sea Tow’s distinctive yellow boats were patrolling waterways and serving members across the country, Georgia and her late husband, Sea Tow Founder Capt. Joe, spent their free time out on the water. They then had the pleasure of watching their children grow and embrace the same love for boating. Several decades later, that long-instilled love for the water led Kristen and Joseph to take the helm at Sea Tow as the company’s president and CEO. These days, Georgia helps instill that same passion for the precious pastime with her two grandchildren.
“We always have so much fun on the boat,” said Paige Frohnhoefer, Georgia’s 7-year old granddaughter. Sam Frohnhoefer, Georgia’s 6-year old grandson, exclaimed, “boat days are the best days!” Together, they both agreed, “going with Mema Georgia is the best part.”
Not many things bring families together like boating. Whether you use your boat for fishing, water sports, travel or just to enjoy the great outdoors, chances are you’ve made very fond memories doing so. Grandparents’ Day is the perfect excuse to plan a day out with the grandkids.
“They may argue otherwise, but kids aren’t going to remember their latest social media post or the most recent video game they played in a few years,” Georgia said. “Chances are, a weekend spent out on your family’s favorite waterway will stick with them for quite some time. We all love boating, and the best way to ensure the pastime lives on forever is by passing it down to your children and theirs.”
That said, there’s a few “must-haves” that Georgia recommends for a day of boating with the kids:
1. Lifejackets for everyone.
2. Plenty of sunscreen.
3. Snacks – the boat appropriate kind!
4. A camera or smartphone to capture all the special moments.
5. FUN – regardless of where you go or for how long, the purpose is to spend quality time together!
So, on September 8th, pack up the boat, grab your life jackets and celebrate the late summer holiday with all the kids. They may not want to put their phones down for now, but trust us, in a few years, they’ll be thanking you.