What boat type is right for me?
Choosing a boat that will ideally serve your purpose, is not an easy task. There are at least 10 types of boats, and each type has even more subgroups, designed for different activities and budgets. Producing and designing all-purpose recreational boats, we believe that spending time with your closest relatives, without spending half a million on a boat, is the best compromise you can get in this world. Having this in mind, let’s discuss family boats and answer the question: is the family boat a good choice for me?
Family boats and fishing boats. Who are they designed for?
Let’s begin with a simple question:
who are multi-purpose boats made for?
Just like different types of cars cover the different needs of different people, recreational boats also have an ideal-buyer type.
Recreational boats are made for you if you:
- plan on spending time with your family and friends on the water
- love laid back trips, often with no particular destination or plan
- live close to a river or lake area
- like to keep things low-budget
- prefer short to medium distances, instead of long-range cruises
- enjoy slow pace rides
- love nature and wildlife
- like outdoor activities with other people
How many “checks” did you put on the above list? At least a few? Way to go! Now that we know recreational boats are your type, let’s take a deeper look at their build and what accessories you should consider when buying one.
What is my boat supposed to be equipped with?
The very idea that stands behind family boats is their straightforwardness and efficiency. They’re supposed to be affordable for the majority of people, thus they’re small and their build and equipment are rather simple.
Boats designed for family trips and boat fishing are usually between 3.5 to 6 meters in length and 1.5 to 2 meters in width. Their height barely exceeds 1 meter. Such size is just enough to fit a family or a fishing crew of up to 5 people. However, if you don’t plan to cruise with more than 3 or 4 people, then a smaller one should be just fine. It will be easier to transport, store, and maintain.
Their weight can be as little as 130 kg, up to 350 kg. Obviously, the more extra equipment you buy, the bigger the weight, but even the heaviest family boats can be easily transported and stored on trailers.
The following items are essential equipment for every small, multi-purpose boat. It fully covers all basic needs for recreational boating. Cleats, oarlocks, mooring eyes, drain plugs, lockers (including sideboard lockers for oars and fishing rods), rubbing strakes/rub rails (to protect the boat from damage when tapping into the platforms), water outflow from the deck, fishing rod holders, cup holders
Just because you want to keep things low-budget, doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something to your precious boat! WaterPrestige boats are customizable, and you can add over 20 additional items and accessories. For the full list, please check our product site. Among the most popular extras, you will find: Swivel, foldable, and detachable fishing chairs and/or additional holders for fishing rods – to make your fishing experience even more pleasant and fun. Removable sun mattress and/or a 3-step ladder – for extra protection from the sun and easier access to the water. Kids’ favorite! Pantograph or internal combustion/electric engine – for some more horsepower, if you need it.
WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU LIKE?
Now let’s break down the most popular activities small boats are made for.
No matter how you name them – family, walkaround, or recreational boats – they’re all made for day cruising. What that is, you may ask? The answer is simple: day cruising is a few hours to a day water experience, often with no particular plan or activity in mind. Just enjoying the free time and relaxing with your friends or family. It’s a common way to spend time for people who live close to rivers, lakes or ponds, and who like keeping things easy and effortless. You don’t need a captain, a detailed schedule, or even a map. You can just be wandering around your local place, take a couple of deep breaths in nature, and let everything go off.
So you like to hop on a boat with your crew and fish some? Small boats are perfect for recreational fishing in lakes, rivers, and streams. Make sure to grab all the necessary fishing equipment, and remember that you can customize your boat and add even more fishing stands or rod handlers. Obviously, fishing is not an “either-or” entertainment on a boat. If the fish stop biting or the kids want to do something else, you can easily turn your fishing boat into a day cruiser and just do whatever suits the crew. Sunbathing? Board games? Jumping off the boat? The beauty of small multi-purpose boats is that they don’t force you to do anything in particular. If you’re not sure how to choose the best boat for fishing, take a look at this article.
Ready to go, then?
Assuming you have found your perfect boat, now is the time to start looking for the best model that will serve all your purposes. We’ve created a little walkthrough guide on things you need to know before you buy a boat. Check it out, and don’t hesitate to let us know about any questions or concerns.