Not sure what type of boat is right for you? Buying a boat is both a nerve-racking and exciting time. There are so many different brands and models on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether you’re buying a boat to ski, fish, cruise, or all of the above, we’ve helped narrow your search so you can better find the boat that suits your needs!
What Do You Need Your Boat For?
Ski & Wakeboard Boats
Most commonly made with inboard motors, ski and wakeboard boats are designed to be more powerful so they can tow passengers doing all kinds of water sports. They can reach high speeds for tricks, jumps and other feats. Ski boats have smaller wakes, whereas wakeboard boats have deep, wide hulls providing larger wakes for jumping.
Also known as personal watercrafts (PWCs), jet skis are smaller, agile watercrafts tailor-made for adventure and fun. Fitting only two passengers, most jet skis are powerful enough to tow for water sports.
Dinghies & Inflatables
Dinghies are smaller, lightweight, easy-to-tow boats. They are the perfect cost-effective solution for anglers looking to do more boat-based fishing. Available in aluminium and inflatable varieties, they’re ideal for camping trips or to attach to larger vessels.
Specially designed with nothing but fishing in mind, bass boats are low-profile, sleek and made for easier manoeuvrability. Fitting up to 3 anglers on board, bass boats are made with live wells for fish and minimal seating.
Centre Console Boats
Made for sport fishing, these heavy-duty boats have the ability to take on rough waters in the pursuit of larger game fish. They will often feature a T-top for shade, as well as bait wells, fish lockers, rod holders and a range of other fishing-related accessories.
Other boats types great for fishing include:
- Game boats
Ideal for cruising, sailboats are unique in that they are propelled partially or entirely by wind. With a number of different varieties available, sailboats can come in smaller dinghy-sized vessels through to houseboat-sized super-maxis. Some specialised sailing knowledge is needed to skipper these watercrafts.
Just like the name suggests, houseboats are larger vessels with all the bells and whistles you need to live on the water. Houseboats can feature everything from amenities and kitchens to beds and entertainment facilities. They are perfect for relaxing getaways and overnight cruises.
Other boats great for cruising include:
- Motor yachts
- Cabin cruisers
- Pontoon boats
Runabouts are open-style vessels with controls at the front, driven by a steering wheel. They are medium-sized boats with no cabin space. A popular selection for first-time boating enthusiasts looking for a watercraft that’s great for cruising, water sports and fishing.
Quite similar in design to runabouts, bowriders have more spacious seating and are designed with an open-plan bow area. They are classy, elegant boats with enough power for water sports, and all the right finesse for cruising and fishing.
Other great all-round boat types include:
- Cuddy cabins
- Deck boats
- Jet boats
If you’re looking to purchase a quality new or used boat on the Sunshine Coast, we’ve featured a couple of reputable boat sales experts who’ll be happy to help!
Custom Craft Marine is your one-stop for everything boating on the Sunshine Coast. Their store offers:
- New & used boat sales
- Outboard servicing for all makes & models
- Boat fitouts
Just tell the friendly staff what you’re looking for and they’ll find the best watercraft for you. For more information on their products and services, visit their LocalSearch profile.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the boat sales industry, you can count on Dolphin Marine Sunshine to provide quality new and used boats at competitive prices. Their products include:
- New & used boat sales
- Boating insurance & warranties
- Marine parts & accessories
With quality customer service and a range of big-name brands to choose from, you are sure to find the boat you’re looking for at Dolphin Marine Sunshine Coast. For more information on their products and services, check out their LocalSearch profile.
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