Choosing the right boat for you

Choosing the right boat

Buying a boat is an exciting and expensive project. When choosing the right boat for you there are many factors you should consider. One of the most important things to determine when choosing your boat is what you are planning to use the boat for. This may sound like simple advice but it's not uncommon for boat buyers to buy the boat that looks the most pleasing to the eye. However, buying a beautiful boat does not mean you will be happy with it, especially when you discover it does not offer the things you want it to do.

We've put together a guide to help you decide which boat is the most suitable for the kind of activities you will be using it for. Here a just a few of the wide variety of boats on offer.

Cruising Sailboats

Built in a live-aboard design, these larger sailboats offer comfortable living quarters and a diesel powered engine for when winds are not up to the task.

Fishing Boat

You may be surprised to learn that there are many types of fishing boats and each will offer a different fishing experience. For example, Bass boats allow fishing from different angles. If it's large fish you're looking for, then a boat designed for sports fishing would be best for you. There are also all-purpose fishing boats. These boats will withstand the roughest waters and are perfect for saltwater or freshwater fishing.

Yachts or houseboats

The most expensive choice with it's power and luxury. Perfect for providing comfort if your intention is to spend most of your time on the water. These boats are built in a wide selection of sizes and styles and can be customised to your individual taste.

Closed bow runabout

This would be the best choice if you are a fan of water sports. Fast and sleek, this is the perfect boat for those who enjoy the sports car look.

Bow Riders

Bow Riders are a good choice for those wishing to take along friends and family. These boats offer plenty of seating and with an open deck design it's perfect for sunbathing. Designed to deliver the utmost comfort and offering families plenty of storage, it's also ideal for fishing and cruising. Swim platforms at the back are handy for swimming, skiing or just dipping your toe in the water when the boat is in anchor.

Fish and ski boats

With all the comfort of spacious seating and a sunpad, this type of boat also offers a live well and a fishing platform with swivel seats. These family fishing boats have a stowaway trolling motor to make for an almost silent fishing experience.

Pontoon boats

This is a flat bottom boat, more like a raft. Suitable for short boat rides, slowly cruising lakes and rivers. With a smaller engine, this boat is economically priced.

These are just a few examples of the many types of boats available. It's important to spend time deciding which is the right boat for you. Choosing the right boat means you get the full benefits for your investment.

Do your research and always keep in mind the purpose of your boat.

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