Types of Boats

There are hundreds of types of boats out there. Choosing the right type of yacht or boat for your business or pleasure involves more than just picking a boat type. It requires a deep knowledge of what each boat is designed for and able to do as well as amenities that comes with them. See the common boat types here and follow our guide to choosing your dream boat. Yes. Let's help you chose your next boat.

The most important factors in deciding what type of boat to go for will be what you want to do with the boat as well as the dept of your pocket.

Whether you are looking to build or buy a used boat, there is plenty to chose from.

From locally dugout canoes, to dinghies, kayaks, narrow boats, sail boats, to executive luxury power boats and yachts, you will be spoilt for choice.

What is popular for a particular trade or hobby in your country or locality could also influence what boat type to buy. Canal boats for example are very popular in England, but not in the United States, and special types of narrow boats are more an oriental common place.

The most common reasons for buying boat include using them for:

  1. Fishing
  2. Boat racing
  3. Water Sports (e.g sailing, jet skiing, and Kayaking )
  4. Transportation / Cruising / Relaxation
  5. Accommodation (houseboats, e.t.c).

What are you hoping to use your boat for?

The Most Popular Types of Boats

Well the following are the most popular boat types, designs, features and amenities that comes with them. We shall discuss some of these boats and how to select the right type of boat for your particular vocation or hobby.

  • Air Boat
  • Banana Boat
  • Barge Boat
  • Bathtub Boat
  • Canal Boats
  • Canoes
  • Catamarans
  • Cruisers
  • Dinghies
  • Drift Boats
  • Drifter Fishing Boats
  • Fishing Boats
  • Gondola 
  • Houseboats 
  • Hovercrafts
  • Inflatable Boats
  • Jet Ski
  • Kayaks
  • Lifeboats
  • Longboats
  • Motor Boats
  • Personal Water Crafts
  • Pontoon Boats
  • Punt Boats
  • River Boats
  • Row Boat
  • Sailing Boat
  • Ski Boat
  • Speed Boats
  • Surf Boats
  • Trawlers
  • Tug Boat
  • Wakeboard Boats
  • Yachts

Choosing the right type of boat from the tons of types of boats available need not be that daunting, once you've made up your mind on the type of use you intend putting your boat to.

Go through the common types of boat used for your selected purpose, research as many as possible of the boats in that group, and then write down the top five you like. Check for manufacturers of the boats on your shopping list. Aim to go on-board and sail or cruise in all the different types you have penciled down.

Try the gadgets in them. Do your fishing, sleeping, racing or whatever you intend doing when you buy one. Be under no pressure to make a quick decision or to commit to picking one. Try these boats in different seasons and weather conditions and see how you like it, if you've got the time and patience to wait. Read reviews

Say you have been able to narrow your choice down to say a Tamata sail boat, the next step is to decide:

  • Type of body work you want: wooden, fiberglass, aluminum or steel boat
  • The boat size
  • The engine size and fuel type
  • What boat manufacturer to buy from

If you are thinking of boats for a specific purpose, the following are the types of boats used for two of the most common boating needs; fishing and water sport.

Best Boats For Fishing

Depending on the type of body of water you want to fish in, the following are common fishing boats:

  • Canoes - used in rivers
  • Trawlers - used in sea fishing, large rivers and oceans
  • Seiners - also used in large rivers, seas and oceans
  • Long liners - used in same type of waters as the above two
  • Airboats - used for fishing or hunting in lakes, swaps and creeks
  • Luhrs Sportfish Boats - rivers and perhaps seas
  • Pontoons - can be used in small rivers, lakes or ponds
  • Bass boats - small rivers and lakes
  • Inflatable boats - often used in fishing on lakes
  • Fishing kayaks - used in rivers and lakes

Best Boats For Water Sports

Water sports referred to here include rowing, water skiing, (jet skiing), snorkeling, wake-boarding, kayaking, personal water craft cruising and cruising on an inflatable sporting boat.

The types of boats used for water sports include:

  • Personal Water Craft
  • Jet ski
  • Pontoons
  • kayak
  • Wakeboarding boats
  • Inflatables Boats
  • Surf boat
  • Rowboat

Best Boats For Racing And Sailing

If you are looking for high power racing and sailing in the big rivers, seas and oceans, then the following boats are your best bet. They include:

  • Yachts
  • Motorboats
  • Powerboat
  • Speed boat
  • Catamaran
  • Keelboats
  • Sailing Dinghies
  • Dinghies

Live-in Boats

Living-in boats are very popular in many communities. You can anchor on a lake or river side for month and years and get a letter box and permanent address there . Live on board boats could be a cheaper alternative to paying huge mortgages. If that is what you are hoping to get a boat for, the following are the most widely used live-on boats:

  • Houseboats
  • Narrowboat
  • Cabin cruiser

The often scenic surrounding on a big lake or river where live-in boats are anchored and the tranquility the characterizes this lifestyle makes living on a boat a most unique experience. See a few of this type of boats, check out their design and functional flow and pick the one most suited to your personal lifestyle.

Types of Boats: Have Your Say!

Now that you have examined some types of boats available, what are your thoughts? What are you in the market for and for what use? What would be your best pick of boat type and brand?

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