You've decided to charter a boat and head out for a day on the water with friends and family. Great decision!
You've got your list of what to bring when going boating including (but hopefully not limited to) some serious snacks, water toys and sunscreen. Your friends have saved the date - your well on your way! Now it's time to select the perfect boat?
The perfect boat for you and your crew might not be the perfect boat type for someone else..so we can't necessarily answer the question for you, but we can certainly give you some things to consider. We'll get you all schooled up and then the choice of which boat to take out on your next charter will be a no-brainer.
Depending upon the types of activities you'll be doing, there are a few key features to look for when selecting the best type of boat to reserve for your day on the water.
Cruise, Party and See the Sights
Deck boats, bowriders and cuddy cabins can hold a boat load of friends and family as well as handle large bodies of water with the greatest of ease. Stereo systems keep the tunes pumping, and air-conditioned cabins keep everyone cool. For a bird's eye view, choose a boat with a fly bridge. Kitchens, toilets/heads and sleeping quarters let the party run for the whole day or even days on end. A boat with a bimini top or Eisenglass enclosure is a good idea for protection from UV rays and unforeseen weather conditions.
Cruisers and bowriders with swim/dive platforms, ladders and wakeboard towers are all excellent choices for waterskiing, diving and snorkeling excursions. A catamaran sailboat is also great for snorkeling and swimming. The powerful engine of a catamaran gets you out fast, and a set of sails lets you ride the wind. The double hulls allow the boat to navigate through shallower water than a traditional hull. This also means you can pull up to small beaches that you wouldn't be able to access in a boat with a traditional hull.
For a day of fishing, you'll want to choose a boat based on the type of fishing you'll be doing. With their low slung sides, powerful engines and trolling motors, bass boats are a great choice for lakes and rivers. Wide open decks, below deck aft storage compartments and lots of side space for casting make pontoon boats another choice for a day of lake fishing. If you're headed out to the deep blue sea, consider a sportfish boat with rod holders, GPS and prep stations with tackle drawers and freezers. Sportfish boats have the power to go long distances after the most elusive of big game fish.
So now's the fun part - go pick that boat
and set a date for fun, sun and adventure! Don't forget your sunscreen!