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Are you looking to invest in a boat, but maybe you don’t know exactly what type would be your best fit? Or maybe you have recently purchased one and are just now researching its uses? A listing of powerboats with general information is featured below, as well as some brief details about flat bottoms and other pleasure crafts. Perhaps after reading through this aquatic rendition, you will come to understand what you need of your boat and what your boat is capable of giving to you.

Power Boats

Generally speaking, if you live near a lake, large river, or other great body of water, a power boat is best for your needs.

Bass Boat

A bass boat is one of the most common boats used on fresh water lakes and rivers, versatile enough to fish for sunfish or perch on an inland lake or cast for bass or northern on a rushing current. Usually between 14 and 23 feet in length, a high horsepower motor for river-fishing and a trolling motor for casual fishing are a must. Bass boats run at a high price point, a step above a typical flat bottom.

Bay Boat

Not heard of or talked about much in the Midwest, bay boats are commonly found in shallow salt water areas. Best used near shore or in the shallows, a bay boat looks similar to a bass boat in length as well as shape; however, this boat is made of fiberglass in order to withstand the harshness of salt water.


If you are purchasing your first boat, a bowrider is a common choice. This boat has extra seating above the helm in order to accommodate all family members during a fishing trip or an outdoor water excursion. Typically these boats are slightly bigger and longer in length than the other power boats; they run anywhere from 17 to 30 feet in length. Engines for a bowrider are less costly; a stern drive or outboard engine would provide ample power.

Convertible Fishing Boats

Now, we get into a different and higher class of fishing boat. With a minimum length of about 35 feet, convertibles are massive and are best for offshore fishing trips or cruising large bodies of water. They have cabins, berths, and galleys, providing sufficient space for the whole family or a crew for a daytime trip. Also equipped with an elevated helm and fishing deck, visibility is heightened for sighting large game fish.

Jon Boat, Commonly Known as Flat Bottom

Best described as a smaller craft used especially for lake and inland fishing, flat bottom boats can go a variety of places depending on the amount of horsepower the motor has. Typically these boats range from 14′ to 18′. Made of aluminum or fiberglass, these boats are great for beginner boaters and can also be used as pleasure crafts if one likes to peruse small bodies of water or channels.

Pontoon Boat

Pontoons can be on the higher end of the price spectrum, but with the amount of space and power received, the price is worth it. A pontoon has two to three aluminum pieces (tubes) that support the deck of the boat. A very stable boat, pontoons are primarily a pleasure craft, not built for high speeds but for luxurious days spent cruising the water. These boats are between 15 and 30 feet and are operated using an outboard or a stern drive.

Other Boats

While there are various other types of power boats, these are the most commonly bought and used. If a power boat is too expensive or perhaps just too much of a boat, there are other options up for purchase.

In some cases, people or families own boats that sit in their lots, garages, storage units, and go unused. In these cases it can prove troublesome for owners to either re-register the boat or (if it has been a lengthy amount of time) re-learn the tricks it can take to operate the boat. A trade-in could be best if your current boat isn’t satisfying your needs and wants anymore or perhaps if boating isn’t a hobby you enjoy any longer a donation of your boat could solve the issue. Boats are large items, usually with large amounts of money invested in them; take care to purchase a boat that will serve you in the long haul.

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