Choose the Right Boat Type for You

Ready to join the boating lifestyle but feeling overwhelmed by all the choices? We'll make things easy for you and help you get to know each of our different boat types. Pick out the one you love the most and start making memories on the water!

Boat Types Guide

All-Purpose Fishing Boats

All-purpose fishing boats are great for fishing of all kinds and are capable of other activities too!

Activities Freshwater fishing, watersports, day cruising
Seating Capacity 5
Size 15-20'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Boston Whaler, Beneteau, Harris, Wellcraft

Bay Boats/Flat Boats

Bay boats and flats boats are able to access difficult-to-reach areas in shallow water.

Activities Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing
Seating Capacity 3
Size 17-25'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Grady-White, Sailfish, Scout, Wellcraft

Bowriders

Bowriders are a good fit for boats of all experience levels and span a wide range of sizes, prices, and uses.

Activities Watersports, day cruising, entertaining, fishing
Seating Capacity 9
Size 16-28'
Propulsion Outboard, inboard, sterndrive, jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Grady-White, MasterCraft, Nautique, Scarab, Sea Ray, Yamaha

Cabin Cruisers

Cabin cruisers are ideal for overnight cruising - like a luxury RV on the water!

Activities Day cruising, overnight cruising
Seating Capacity 10
Size 20-40'
Propulsion Outboard, inboard, sterndrive, pod drive
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Sea Ray

Center Consoles

Popular with almost all boaters, center consoles serve a wide variety of uses.

Activities Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, day cruising, watersports
Seating Capacity 7
Size 18-65'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Boston Whaler, Grady-White, SailfishScarab, Scout, WellcraftYamaha

Deck Boats

Deck boats provide more size, amenities, and capabilities than bowriders.

Activities Freshwater fishing, watersports, day cruising, entertaining
Seating Capacity 14
Size 18-28'
Propulsion Outboard, sterndrive, jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bayliner, Sea Ray

Jet Boats

Maneuverable and convenient, jet boats make cruising and exploring fun!

Activities Day cruising, watersports
Seating Capacity 10
Size 14-25'
Propulsion Jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Scarab, Yamaha

Motor Yachts

Motor yachts are large, luxurious vessels made for entertaining and relaxing.

Activities Day cruising, overnight cruising, entertaining, saltwater fishing
Seating Capacity 20
Size 40-100'
Propulsion Inboard, sterndrive, pod drive
Trailerable? No
Brands Aquila, Azimut, Beneteau, Benetti, Galeon, Ocean Alexander, Sea Ray

Multi-Hull Power Boats

Multi-hull power boats offer more space, stability, and fuel efficiency than monohulls.

Activities Day cruising, overnight cruising, saltwater fishing, entertaining
Seating Capacity 8
Size 16-30'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Aquila

Personal Watercraft

Fun and agile, personal watercraft are a unique way to experience life on the water.

Activities Watersports
Seating Capacity 3
Size 8-13'
Propulsion Jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Kawasaki

Pontoons

Pontoons are best known for day boating and joyrides, although they're capable of much more.

Activities Day cruising, entertaining, watersports, freshwater fishing
Seating Capacity 15
Size 16-30'
Propulsion Outboard, sterndrive
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bennington, Crest, Harris,

Ski/Wake Boats

The active, thrill-seeking boater will fall in love with ski/wake boats!

Activities Watersports, day cruising
Seating Capacity 8
Size 16-28'
Propulsion Inboard, sterndrive, jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands MasterCraft, Nautique, Scarab, Sea Ray, Tige, Yamaha

Sportfishing Yachts

Sportfishing yachts are built for dedicated anglers in the most serious fishing environments.

Activities Saltwater fishing, day cruising, overnight cruising
Seating Capacity 12
Size 26-100'
Propulsion Inboard, pod drive
Trailerable? No
Brands Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Hatteras, Scout

Walkarounds

Walkarounds are capable of fishing trips and overnight stays; bigger models offer more room for entertaining.

Activities Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, day cruising, overnight cruising
Seating Capacity 7
Size 18-30'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Sailfish, Scout

All-Purpose Fishing Boats

All-purpose fishing boats are great for fishing of all kinds and are capable of other activities too!

Activities Freshwater fishing, watersports, day cruising
Seating Capacity 5
Size 15-20'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Boston Whaler, Beneteau, Harris, Wellcraft

Bay Boats/Flats Boats

Bay boats and flats boats are able to access difficult-to-reach areas in shallow water.

Activities Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing
Seating Capacity 3
Size 17-25'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Grady-White, Sailfish, Scout, Wellcraft

Bowriders

Bowriders are a good fit for boats of all experience levels and span a wide range of sizes, prices, and uses.

Activities Watersports, day cruising, entertaining, fishing
Seating Capacity 9
Size 16-28'
Propulsion Outboard, inboard, sterndrive, jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Grady-White, MasterCraft, Nautique, Scarab, Sea Ray, Yamaha

Cabin Cruisers

Cabin cruisers are ideal for overnight cruising - like a luxury RV on the water!

Activities Day cruising, overnight cruising
Seating Capacity 10
Size 20-40'
Propulsion Outboard, inboard, sterndrive, pod drive
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Sea Ray

Center Consoles

Popular with almost all boaters, center consoles serve a wide variety of uses.

Activities Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, day cruising, watersports
Seating Capacity 7
Size 18-65'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Boston Whaler, Grady-White, SailfishScarab, Scout, WellcraftYamaha

Deck Boats

Deck boats provide more size, amenities, and capabilities than bowriders.

Activities Freshwater fishing, watersports, day cruising, entertaining
Seating Capacity 14
Size 18-28'
Propulsion Outboard, sterndrive, jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bayliner, Sea Ray

Jet Boats

Maneuverable and convenient, jet boats make cruising and exploring fun!

Activities Day cruising, watersports
Seating Capacity 10
Size 14-25'
Propulsion Jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Scarab, Yamaha

Motor Yachts

Motor yachts are large, luxurious vessels made for entertaining and relaxing.

Activities Day cruising, overnight cruising, entertaining, saltwater fishing
Seating Capacity 20
Size 40-100'
Propulsion Inboard, sterndrive, pod drive
Trailerable? No
Brands Aquila, Azimut, Beneteau, Benetti, Galeon, Ocean Alexander, Sea Ray

Multi-Hull Power Boats

Multi-hull power boats offer more space, stability, and fuel efficiency than monohulls.

Activities Day cruising, overnight cruising, saltwater fishing, entertaining
Seating Capacity 8
Size 16-30'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Aquila

Personal Watercraft

Fun and agile, personal watercraft are a unique way to experience life on the water.

Activities Watersports
Seating Capacity 3
Size 8-13'
Propulsion Jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Kawasaki

Pontoons

Pontoons are commonly referred to as "party barges", are ideal for day boating and joyrides, although they're capable of much more.

Activities Day cruising, entertaining, watersports, freshwater fishing
Seating Capacity 15
Size 16-30'
Propulsion Outboard, sterndrive
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Bennington, Crest, Harris,

Ski/Wake Boats

The active, thrill-seeking boater will fall in love with ski/wake boats!

Activities Watersports, day cruising
Seating Capacity 8
Size 16-28'
Propulsion Inboard, sterndrive, jet propulsion
Trailerable? Yes
Brands MasterCraft, Nautique, Scarab, Sea Ray, Tige, Yamaha

Sportfishing Yachts

Sportfishing yachts are built for dedicated anglers in the most serious fishing environments.

Activities Saltwater fishing, day cruising, overnight cruising
Seating Capacity 12
Size 26-100'
Propulsion Inboard, pod drive
Trailerable? No
Brands Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Hatteras, Scout

Walkarounds

Walkarounds are capable of fishing trips and overnight stays; bigger models offer more room for entertaining.

Activities Freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, day cruising, overnight cruising
Seating Capacity 7
Size 18-30'
Propulsion Outboard
Trailerable? Yes
Brands Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Sailfish, Scout
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