Lake Norman is without a doubt one of the biggest lakes in the United States. Located in North Carolina, it hosts some of the best environments for practising nautical activities and for enjoying the sunshine in a relaxing place. Rent a motorboat and you will be able to take part in adrenaline-pumping activities such as waterskiing and wakeboarding. You can also hire a sailboat to appreciate the lake and its surroundings or even to go fishing. The lake is bordered by many attractive towns and beautiful hikes in surrounding forests, it's definitely a place worth visiting if you’re seeking some adventure or even if you want to clear your mind.
The best time to visit Lake Norman is during the fall season in October and November. This is a less crowded time of the year with mild temperatures and sunny days. The best weather in Lake Norman is in spring and summer when the temperatures are the highest. But then this is also the high season when most tourists visit as they are on holiday. Because of this, Lake Norman can feel overcrowded and is better to visit in the low season.
If you still plan on visiting Lake Norman in the summer, make sure you book a boat well in advance as the prices increase a lot with the increasing demand.
When you decide to charter a yacht, the prices will vary depending on many different factors. The main aspects to consider are the type of the boat as well as its size. The bigger the boat, with more cabins and more capacity, the more expensive it will be. Catamarans and motorboats are also more expensive than sailboats. You will also have to consider extra costs such as fuel or hiring a skipper. The price will also vary depending on the season, if you decide to book a reservation in the high season the prices could be three times higher than in fall or winter.
Boating certificate requirements depend on the date you were born in North Carolina. If you were born before 1988, you don’t need a boating license. Otherwise, you will have to show evidence of a completed boating course with the corresponding certificate for boats more powerful than 10 horsepower.
If you don’t have the required licence, you can still rent a boat with a skipper. A skipper will captain the boat and tell you the best places to visit and around Lake Norman.