Most boats are able to be used for wakeboarding. You will already have lifejackets on board, so all that you need to add to the equation is the actual wakeboard and a tow rope for the rider to hold onto while you pull them through the water. A good wakeboard and a tow rope can be purchased online for about $400 total, and they can be used and reused not just for one season, but for years to come.
Wakeboarding can be hours of fun and exercise; consider a contest among your kids, to see who can stay upright the longest, or who can jump the highest over the boat’s wake.
3. Water Skiing
Old-school watersports lovers may prefer water skis to wakeboards, simply because back in the 1960s and ’70s, everyone was trained to face forward, hold onto the tow rope and let the boat pull you up out of the water. Wakeboards force the rider to start out with legs turned sideways—a position that can be challenging for older riders to get comfortable using. Water skis are also less expensive than wakeboards. A good pair can be bought for about $250. And, like wakeboards, the water skis can be used for years to come. They’re an investment in what will add up to hours upon hours of fun on the water.
4. Riding Tow-Toys
Long gone are the days when there were only inflatable tubes that kids of all ages could ride on behind a boat. Today’s inflatable tow toys come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, ranging from two-person bananas to four person “lounge chairs” with individual handholds (if the boat tows you slowly enough, you might even want to try sitting out there with a beverage). The smallest inflatable toys can be purchased for less than $100, and they’re shaped as everything from swans to fighter jets, to suit every family’s personality.