Boating Tips: Best Beginner Boats

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! Captain Nick is breaking down the best boats for those just starting their boating journey. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your new favorite outdoor activity.

What to Look For

For beginners, we recommend something straightforward - basically a “turn the key and go boat”. Examples of these types of vessels include small center consoles and bowriders in the 17-19 foot range. 

What's Included

These boats typically don’t have complex electronics and usually only have a single outboard engine. The more features a boat has, the greater the cost and systems to be maintained. These simple, beginner boats are purpose built with one goal, to get you out on the water. 

Other Characteristics

Another reason that a boat that fits the above characteristics is a great beginner boat is because they are relatively inexpensive. As you advance through your boating journey, you may add electronics, additional motors or just buy a larger boat with a specific goal in mind such as fishing or watersports. 

Learn More

Boating is all about fun and making memories, we would love to help you to get started on your boating journey. Check out one of our Intro to Boating Classes offered by your local MarineMax store, it’s a welcoming and friendly environment where you can increase your boating knowledge and kick start your lifestyle on the water. We’ll see you out there. 
You can see or hear more episodes of Boating Tips and our sister podcast, From the Helm Boating Broadcast, on The MarineMax Blog, accessible on the website or via mobile phone through the MarineMax App. You can also access more episodes on Amazon, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast news. See you out on the water! 

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