What kind of boat should I get? What are the different boat types?
While there are almost as many boats as there are cars, boat types can generally fall into three categories – motorboats (with an engine), sailboats (propelled by sails), and man-powered boats (e.g., a kayak).
Buying a boat really depends on your needs – what you plan to do, who you plan to go with, where you’re going, and your budget. For example, new or used? Have you got room to store it? Can you afford the maintenance? Is it practical to your lifestyle?
Boats for fishing
It’s good to decide whether you are more interested in onshore or offshore fishing, as this may change the type of fishing boat you require.
If you’re looking for a boat to go fishing, you may be looking at a dinghy, bass boat, bay boat, catamaran, cuddy cabin, sport fisher, game boat, or even a convertible fishing boat if you’re looking to fish offshore.
Boats for sailing
Avid sailors may wish to look at a beach or cruising catamaran, centre console boat, sailing dinghy, racer cruiser, or a motorsailer.
Boats for water sports
If your idea of boating has more to do with taking friends and family on activities like water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding, you are looking for a boat that is manoeuvrable on calm waters. A leisure boat would be more your style – think a deck boat, runabout, outboard boat, or bowrider.
Boats for travel
When planning for longer trips, such as setting sail for days on end, you’ll need a boat that can travel for longer distances and has adequate room for sleeping, eating and movement, such as a cruising catamaran, cabin cruiser, houseboat, or yacht.
Remember that all boats have strict capacity requirements, so take this into account if you are planning to have people join you aboard.