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Buying a Boat - What Kind is Best For You

Aug 17, 2007
With so many different types of boats to choose from, how can you ever decide which one is best? That depends on what you want to do with it. If you plan on taking your boat deep sea fishing, than you'll need a very different style of watercraft than if you were to use it for river fishing or cruising the riverfront. As you can see, what you intend to do with the boat you choose will determine which one is right for your interest and lifestyle.

Here are a few of the most common boat styles in which to choose:

Fishing Boats:
If the main purpose of buying a boat is for long days of fishing, then you'll need a fishing boat. But, even under this single category are lots of choices. Fishing boats come in all shapes and sizes, and styles too! First you'll need to decide where you'll be doing the bulk of your fishing: lakes, rivers, or the ocean This is important because different styles of fishing boats are designed for specific areas. For example, Bass boats are great for searching low profile areas from several different angles, compared to a sports fishing boats, which are best for fishermen who tend to go after very large fish.

All-purpose Fishing boats are great for both freshwater and salt-water fishing, and work well for all types of fishing and water.

Airboats are great for getting you to places that you couldn't normally reach with other kinds of boats, especially in swampy water areas.

Leisure Boats:
If cruising around the waters with friends or family is your idea of a great boating day, then a leisure boat is what you're after. Bow riders offer plenty of seating area, and nooks for sunbathing.

Closed Bow Runabout boats are great for indulging in a variety of water sports. They are fast and smooth.

Sailboats offer a relaxing way to cruise lakes and oceans. Just be sure you aren't the kind of person who's in a big hurry, because sailboats aren't meant to get you there fast; they're meant to get you there eventually.

Kayaks too, are great for enjoying all the waterways have to offer. They allow you the freedom to skirt in and out of tight places. Their major disadvantage: they only seat one or two people.

Canoes are in inexpensive option for family fare. They are great for fishing lakes and ponds and can be even used on small rivers and streams.

Rowboats are cheap and strong. Their major disadvantage: it can be strenuous work to get a rowboat back to shore after a long day of fishing.

Deck Boats make great leisure boats. They can usually carry 8-12 people and are popular amongst the party crowd.

Houseboats or Yachts are wonderful for entertaining and boat living. They offer plenty of room and luxury. However, they can be quite expensive, and aren't for newbies on the boat scene.

Pontoons are often used for family outings.
With so many options in today's boating market, it's important to carefully consider what style and size is right for you before heading to your local dealer. Depending on the style you choose, boats can be relatively cheap, or ghastly expensive. Be a smart shopper and get exactly what you want... the first time around the showroom floor.
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