A Guide on How to Purchase a Fishing Boat

With the quarantine period coming to a close, people likely are going to be able to enjoy water sports sooner rather than later. One of the most treasured activities during the summer months is fishing.

While using the old school fishing pole and wire is fun, nothing beats getting out in the water on a boat geared specifically for fishing. There’s the question as to how one will get a boat. Secondly, prospective customers must try and figure out which boat will suit their specific needs — particularly as it pertains to fishing, the terrain, and the type of water one will be fishing in.

Which Type?

It might be fun to generally speak about purchasing a fishing boat. However, the consumer must realize that there are a number of different types of fishing boats currently available.

Some of the more common fishing boats to look at include catamarans, pontoon boats, bay boats, a kayak, a center console boat, a walkaround boat, and a flat skiff (among other types).

This is where the selection process comes in. All of these boats vary in size, price, and in terms of their specific traits. Someone in the market for a fishing boat needs to figure out what they’re comfortable spending. From there, one can make more of an educated decision as to which boat one may want to buy.

Pricing For Boats

There are some boats which cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, and some which register at less than $5,000. Much of it depends upon the said material of the boat, the size of the boat, and the type of engine it uses.

Pontoon boats are a type of seacraft that wildly varies in terms of price. A single-seat fishing boat can be bought for as low as $499. The one-seater has two floating devices on either side of the seat in order to keep the seacraft buoyed. However, multi-seat options — particularly if brand new — can range anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000.

Kayaks are a nice alternative for those who don’t have a large sum of money to play with. Most of them will not range in a price over $1,000. Some of them will float between $500-$900. However, there are some that can be had for less than $200 (though they might not possess all the bells and whistles of a more expensive option).

Center console boats are quite popular for those who take fishing to more of a habit rather than a hobby. Some of these boats are longer than 30 feet. In turn, some of these boats can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, one doesn’t have to buy a brand new seacraft. There are plenty of used boats at discounted prices. Many of these are well taken care of, and will serve the consumer quite well when fishing out on the open sea — or in a lake.


Above all else, those interested in purchasing a boat need to do the requisite research. This includes seeing boats in person if possible, but also contacting credible sellers — particularly if off of a website which doesn’t produce boats themselves.

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