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What Type of Boat is Best for You?

There are many boats out there on the market, with something for everyone. If you are new to boating, selecting the right boat can be hard. There are boats for every purpose on the water – all you have to do is find the one for you.

To help you in your quest, we'll go over the several types of boats available so you'll know the differences when you head out to buy one of your own.

Vessel

The vessel is the most common name for a boat, as it's the description used or capable of being used on the water. Basically, it's another name used for a boat or anything capable of being on the water.

Power boat

A power boat is any boat or vessel that's propelled by machinery. Fishing boats are great examples, as they are powered by motors or engines. Boats used to pull water skiers and wake boarders is another classic power boat.

Houseboat

A houseboat is fitted for use as a living vessel or for leisurely cruising. Normally, a houseboat will include living accommodations such as sleeping quarters, kitchen facilities, and even a full bath. The cruising models are normally propelled by power.

Sailboat

A sailboat is any boat that's under sail (though they also typically have a mechanical means of propulsion). The modern sailboats range from one-person daysailers to luxury yachts that can accommodate several people. They are divided into three basic types:

  • Daysailer - This is a small boat that's designed for comfortable sailing without sleeping accommodations. It offers a roomy cockpit and can also contain an outboard auxiliary engine.
  • Cruiser - Cruisers are medium-sized or large boats that contain a cabin with sleeping quarters, toilet, food prep and eating area, and usually an auxiliary engine that's built inside.
  • Racer - Racers are boats built for speed and ease of handling, often at the expense of comfort.

Inflatable

The inflatable boat – commonly associated with the Zodiac brand – is a popular member of the boating industry. These boats are constructed with a series of rubber tubes that are inflated, then can be deflated for easy storage (either on land or in an larger boat). They are well known for their prowess and are used all over the world for commercial search and rescue operations.

Bass boat

The classic, if you're into fishing. Small, and equipped for fishing – including both an outboard motor and a trolling motor, as well as swivel chairs – the bass boat is commonplace on freshwater lakes, especially where fish are jumping.

Kayak or Canoe

The canoe and kayak have for years been the outdoorsman's boat, with models for lakes and rivers as well as saltwater. These quiet boats allow the paddler to see water life from just a few inches above the service, and can maneuver into nooks and crannies with ease. They're also strongly catching on with anglers, who appreciate the ability to quietly sneak up on their prey.

Catamaran

These boats come with twin hulls. They provide safety, comfort, speed, and stability that's unmatched by single hulled boats. Popular with boating, they offer you a new twist to hitting the water.


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