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.
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.
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.
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.