A Boat for Every Lifestyle? Oh Yeah!
Finding the perfect boat starts with how you want to have fun. Is fishing your top priority, or is it wake surfing and tubing? Explore these videos that make it easy to figure out which boat types will best meet your needs.
Fishing boats can be found in several kinds of purpose-built designs ranging from simple bay boats to larger class offshore vessels. These boats are designed, engineered and built for different categories of fishing; freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, inshore, near shore and offshore. The type of fishing boat you end up deciding on should be determined by the type of fishing you choose to do, your location, and other necessities when you're out on the water enjoying your time.
Center Console Boats
These versatile boats are equally fun as fishing platforms or for simply spending time on the water with family and friends. Designed with helm consoles in the middle of the boat, joined by side decks that provide all-around fishing capabilities these boats have seating that ranges from leaning posts to adjustable seats with armrests and bolsters. The trend in offshore center console boats is for larger space with boat sizes ranging from 17-feet to 65-feet and an equally wide range of pricing.
Dual Console Boats
Dual console boats are some of the most popular types of boats you'll see out on the water identifiable by the helm along the right side with an additional helm along the left and open space in between. Dual console boats provide functionality and comfort for boaters looking to spend their time on the water. The dual console boat design ranges across different boat categories in a variety of sizes and uses showing that these boats are incredibly versatile for a wide range of activities.
Deck boats can be some of the best boats for day cruising and having fun on the water with family and friends. These boats are designed with a sport boat layout that widens the bow seating area offering lots of space and comfort for passengers to enjoy an adventure out on the water.
Gaining enormous popularity, pontoon boats have evolved from a basic platform attached to two floats to luxurious feature laden boats designed for a comfortable day on the water. These boats can have two-pontoons (floats) or three known as "tri-toons." generally designed for higher horsepower exceeding 50-knots.
Consider the runabout a small, speedy, and fun family boat with multiple levels of usage from going out to fish, doing some water towing sports, or cruising around to local water accessible locations. These boats can offer surprising maneuverability and power depending on the engine its outfitted with. You can identify a runabout boat compared to other similar boats, like a deck boat, by their open bow design with seating, as well as having a walk-through windshield that adds even more seating. These versatile boats offering attractive comfort, simplicity, and affordability can be a highly entertaining entry into the boating lifestyle for you and your family.
Offshore Fishing Boats
Offshore fishing boats are designed to safely endure the severity of the open ocean while providing a platform for searching out larger fish. Many of these boats come with towers with upper control stations for sight-fishing. Generally, offshore fishing boats have at least one live baitwell, tackle centers, bait prep centers, fish boxes for safely storing the day's catch, rod holders both for storage and strategically placed for trolling, and higher gunwales to keep passengers safely on board. Most will have extensive electronics for fish finding, navigation, marking hot spots, and monitoring systems including propulsion systems.
Best Boats for Beginners
The best boat for beginners varies by what water activities you and your family intend to participate in, the body of water you'll be on, and your budget. In addition to purchasing the boat, new boaters should also consider the registration fees, storage costs, and maintenance costs.
Still Not Sure Which Type of Boat is Best for You?Check out the New to Boating section of our website where you'll find helpful resources like boat type comparisons, a downloadable boat buyer's guide, and more.