Watercraft Fitting Guide

As the spring season brings sunshine and warm temperatures, getting out on the water becomes a top priority for many outdoor enthusiasts. Just in time for boat buyers, “Chasin’ The Sun” revisits how to make shopping for the perfect vessel a pleasurable experience.

“Don’t let the experience seem overwhelming,” says Capt. Justin Leake. “Buying a new boat is supposed to be fun.”

Justin and the late Capt. Travis Holeman share tips on how to best experience the waters surrounding Panama City Beach, a boater’s paradise due to its world-class fishery, wrecks for snorkeling and diving, boat-friendly dining options and numerous sandbars and islands to explore by water.

Kayaks are popular options due to their portability, versatility and ease of use. Local watercraft dealer John Starling offers advice for boaters seeking an up-close and personal encounter with nature.