Buying Your First Fishing Boat? Here Are the Best Options
From the harbour cities Nanaimo to Tofino, Canada is blessed with vast coastal areas. Reports show an increase in the number of boaters in the post covid world, and the trend is here to stay.
Fishing has become the new outdoor activity that you can enjoy even with the covid protocols in place.
If you are a boat enthusiast in search of fishing boats for sale, do some research and find out the type of fishing boat that will suit you the best before you make the purchase.
The big question that remains is which kind is "your kind"? Well, the answer is simple. It depends on the kind of fishing that you are planning.
Whether you are planning on riding the challenging waves for exotic salmon or planning on a relaxing trip around the cove with family-oriented adventures plays a key role while making a choice.
Before you make a decision, here are some kinds of boats based on different preferences:
● Walkaround Boats
Used mainly for tourism and sightseeing, these models come with a galley and enclosed decks with small areas for fishing. The feeling of security while sightseeing acts as the main reason for its preference in the tourism industry.
● Centre Console Boats
Centre console boats are used to take short trips in the shallow waters and the coastal ocean waters. These are a good option for a family-friendly adventure or a relaxing getaway.
The steering is in the centre with seating in the open, providing little to no protection from unfavourable weather conditions.
● Off-shore Fishing Boats
Off-shore fishing is the go-to option for anglers and experienced boaters looking for more than the usual catch. Brands like Sea Sport and Thunder jet produce great off-shore fishing models decked with the latest technology to handle the harsh weather for an extended period.
These vessels are furnished with basic beds and supplies to keep the boaters alive and well during their lengthy expedition.
Sea Sport Off-Shore Fishing Boats are very popular on the North American West Coast
● Soft Top and Hard Top Boats
Both Fiberglass boats and Aluminum fishing boats offer this variety. A partial covering with canvas acts as the roof for the ride. Soft Top is notorious for protecting only those lucky passengers under the canvas from boat spray and rainstorms.
The Hard Top boats are a favourite among off-shore anglers. Complete with a closed cabin, fishing area and the engine directly under the deck, it presents a balance between comfort and efficiency.
Thunder Jet Aluminum Fishing Boats are available with Soft- and Full-Hardtops.
● Pilothouse Boats
A watercraft designed with the satisfaction of groups or families in mind, Pilothouse boats offer sheltered areas, sleeping arrangements and galleys. Osprey Pilothouse boats are used for off-shore fishing and are fit to handle rough weather and choppy water.
The engine type may vary between inboard and outboard, depending on the brands. A good boat dealer in Nanaimo or any other city on Vancouver Island can supply solid motors to handle speed if necessary.
Osprey Boats are the most valued all-weather pilothouse boats in the Pacific North West
● Sport Fishing Boats
Sportfishing models like boats from Crestliner are designed specifically for anglers as they mostly come with powerful motors and enclosed cabins. They contain with features like live wells, bait wells, extra storage space for fishing gear and the latest catch.
The high-powered motor helps in racing to the perfect spot for a mass catch. As this type is not supposed to be lived-in, they are not supplied with sleeping arrangements or comfort decks.
Crestliner Sportfishing Boats come a lot of standardized fishing features & utilities
Purchasing a new or used watercraft is a substantial financial commitment that you should do after hours, if not days of proper planning and review. Keep in mind to do routine maintenance checks to avoid boat trouble. For more information and options to choose from, visit us at Alberni Power and Marine.