More than 12 million Canadian adults hit the water by boat last year. Boaters spend almost a billion and a half dollars on boating trips every year.
Does the idea of owning a boat appeal to you? Whether you’re looking at small boats or big boats to buy, you probably have a lot of questions.
Are you in the market for a boat and wondering, “What kind of boat should I buy?” If so, keep reading to learn the different types of boats from which to choose.
What Boat Should I Buy? Your Options
Are you planning to use your boat for fishing? What about water sports? Or are you just looking for a boat for cruising? Let’s look at the choices.
Fishing boats are designed and built exclusively for fishing. They come in different sizes and are durable enough to use on a variety of waterways.
Fishing boats for off-shore, saltwater fishing are taller and have the strength to withstand saltwater and rough conditions. In general, they come equipped with rod lockers, a trolling motor system, and live wells to hold the fish.
Fishing boat options include:
- Bass boat
- Utility boat
- Jon boat
- Center console boat
Depending on where you plan to go for the majority of your fishing trips, one of these will work for you.
Do you love the idea of being on the water to cruise around and enjoy time with friends and family?
A pontoon is ideal for this. It is large enough for a big group and lends itself to casual fishing and some water sports. Sailboats, cruisers, and bowriders are other types of boats perfect for a leisurely day on the water.
Which one you choose will depend on whether you want to enjoy water sports, stay onboard overnight, or have the skills to sail.
Are water sports your thing? Some boats are designed for speed and towing which make them ideal for water sports.
You can choose from ski and wakeboard boats, jet boats, personal watercraft like jet skis, or fish and ski boats.
Some of these boats have the ability to pull water into a ballast to create a smoother surface or steeper wake to make skiing or wakeboarding more enjoyable.
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What Kind of Boat Should I Buy?
There are a lot of choices when asking the question: What kind of boat should I buy? Now that you’ve seen your options, which way are you leaning? Once you narrow down how you want to use your boat, you’ll find the best boat for you.
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