Shopping Tips by Type of Boat
by Jerry Mona
Buying a boat is a big investment for most people. As such, you don’t want to make the wrong choice. However, if you’ve ever been to a boat show or visited multiple dealers, figuring out the best boat for your needs and budget can be a challenge. There are often dozens of brands or models to choose from and many look alike.
To help evaluate your boat options, BoaterInput surveyed hundreds of boaters to identify the most important things to look for when shopping for a boat. And, we also provide specific suggestions on how to evaluate things like quality or layout.
Separate Buyer’s Guides are provided for various boat types. Click on the appropriate link below to review the guide for the type of boat you are interested in.
- Aluminum Fishing Boat Buyer’s Guide
- Bass Boat Buyer’s Guide
- Pontoon Boat Buyer’s Guide
- Multispecies/Fish ‘N Ski Boat Buyer’s Guide
- Bowrider/Deck Boat Buyer’s Guide
- Saltwater Center Console Boat Buyer’s Guide
- Cruiser Boat Buyer’s Guide
Armed with these insights, you should be better equipped to confidently travel to your boat show or area dealers to find the boat that is right for you. Special thanks to the hundreds of boat owners who shared their knowledge and experiences in our surveys to enable us to produce these reports.
In addition to the above Buyer’s Guides, you might also want to check out our series of articles on the Best Boat Brands of 2018 to help you with your shopping efforts.
We hope you find this information to be helpful. If so, please share with your boater friends and encourage them to sign up on this site so that we can continue to provide more and better research for boaters in the months ahead.