Types of Powerboats and How to Select the Right One
It’s a no-brainer what a powerboat is. It is simply a vessel powered by an engine, also called a speedboat or motorboat. Few powerboats use outboard on their back, while some have inboard motors to propel in the water. Many boat builders also manufacture powerboats with a hybrid engine (inboard + outboard) per the requirement and feasibility.
You can find numerous types of powerboats. When you search for “boat dealers near me,” you will see they deal in different categories of vessels, ranging from small runabouts to heavy-duty commercial vessels, differing in size, hull design, and many other factors. Some one-stop boat dealers in Canada can also provide a full range of vessels, boat engines, and other accessories to give you an array of options for choosing your suitable product.
Today, we will look at the most common powerboat types, uses, and other details.
Let’s start with the basics.
What Exactly is a Powerboat?
A powerboat or motorboat comes with a stern at the back and a bow at the front side. Depending on the design and build, various powerboats have different hull types and topsides. Therefore, each vessel can vary significantly in size, specification, and usage.
Below are the common powerboat factors and types and some more information about them.
A boat hull plays a vital role in its design and shape. When you get offshore fishing boats, you usually get deep-V shape hulls to help you run through the choppy sea. On the other hand, a boat with a modified-V hull with less angle suits better on lakes and rivers.
There are three most common hull types in powerboats are:
1. Planning Hull
It helps the vessel to break free of the water and allows you to ride mostly on its top at the high speeds of the powerboat. Depending on your vessel size, the planning hull may require more horsepower from the engine to reach the top speed. However, it quickly helps reach much higher speeds than other hull types. Watersports, performance boats, fishing vessels, and other recreational motorboats generally have planning hulls on them.
2. Displacement Hull
This boat hull never really rides on the water, as it pushes a large amount of water out of the way by riding in it. The significant advantage of a displacement hull is it increases fuel efficiency at lower speeds, and you can use smaller engines to power your boat with a certain length.
However, they typically run slower compared to other hull types. Tug boats, trawlers, and other passage-making speedboats are generally built with a displacement hull.
3. Semi-Displacement Hull
It works slightly differently than the displacement hull. A particular portion of a semi-displacement hull gets lifted out of the water at higher speeds than your vessel as it does not ride entirely in the water. In other words, you may require more horsepower and fuel to drive your boat with a semi-displacement hull. Cabin cruisers, motor yachts, and larger powerboats mostly have semi-displacement hulls.
Apart from these three, modern-era powerboats have many different types of hulls. It includes deep-Vee hulls, flat bottom hulls, rounded hulls, and multi-hulls. Please go through our blog on boat hulls if you want to know how to choose the proper hulls for your boat.
Semi-Displacement Hull of a Sea Sport Kodiak 2600
Like the variety of water activities you can do on Vancouver Island, there are many powerboats you can get from a reputed boat trader.
1. Bay Boat
These low-profile boats suit shallow waters near the shore, estuaries, and large shallow bays. They are mostly built using fibreglass boat material and generally have 18’ to 24’ lengths.
2. Center Console
You might have guessed it already. The boats are center console vessels because they consist of a helm on a console in the middle of the boat. You can walk from stern to bow without navigating around the console. Most center console vessels use outboard and specific boat propellers in Vancouver, BC and worldwide. If you love offshore fishing, you will surely want to give this type of powerboat a go.
3. Cuddy Cabin
A boat with a sleeping facility, storage, and seating area is generally known as a cuddy cabin motorboat. Usually 22 feet to 30 feet in length, this powerboat may accommodate a head or berth. You can find many cuddy-cabin options for comfort and versatility when you choose from Liquid Metal boats. When you search for the perfect saltwater fishing boats for sale in Vancouver Island, BC or anywhere else, you will find a bay boat in the list.
33 Cabin Cruiser of Liquid Metal Marine
4. Deck Boat
A vessel with a V-shape hull and a wide beam is called a deck boat. It performs better than a pontoon. Its open deck offers plenty of room for seating for everyone. You can find numerous options for deck boats from your nearby aluminum boat dealers. They can also be available in fibreglass material. These boats are generally available in 25 feet to 35 feet sizes, and you can repower them with an outboard or sterndrive. People often use deck boats for water sports, swimming, and other on-water activities.
Osprey pilothouse boats are pretty popular among anglers in Canada. These boats are unparalleled when you ask for a premium sportfishing vessel, especially in the Pacific Northwest. You can use an outboard, sterndrive, or inboard engine to power these motorboats. Standard features include a berth and a head; the usual length is around 20 feet to 35 feet.
Marine professionals can help you use multiple boat motors from the available Mercury Marine engines for sale to run larger pilothouse boats. You can also contact the experienced fibreglass boat dealer in Port Alberni, Comox, Victoria, or anywhere in Vancouver Island, Canada, to check a wide variety of boats.
Osprey Pilothouse Sportfishing Boat
6. Inflatable and Jon Boats
Inflatable powerboats commonly have 6 to 14 feet in size with inflatable tubes on the sides. The rigid or flexible floor can be available based on size, boat manufacturer, and your requirements. You can deflate this type of vessel and can easily transport them or store them in a proper place. If you are starting your journey as a boater, the rigid inflatable hulls are an excellent option to start.
A small utility craft vessel is known as a Jon boat, for example, Crestliner boats. People mostly use them in shallow water conditions. You can even find Jon boats in different sizes, from 10 to 18 feet. Both aluminum and fibreglass options are there for these vessels. Jon boats are relatively cheaper than other vessels and are used for duck hunting, as work boats, etc.
Crestliner Jon Boat
7. Pontoon Boat
With the length ranging from 15 feet to long 30 feet, Pontoon boats have a broad platform supported by multiple aluminum tubes. Such vessels are incredibly stable and generally be found on small water bodies like rivers, inland lakes, and more. You can use an outboard to power a Pontoon powerboat for fishing, cruising, and other water sports activities.
The list can go on further, but knowing these most common and popular powerboat types will give you an overall fair idea. Still, if you want to know more in detail about these or other vessel types, you can contact our team at Alberni Power & Marine. Our experienced marine specialists will be happy to assist.
You can select the right powerboat depending on your preferences, requirements, water conditions in your area, and your budget. The job will be easier if you have proper knowledge from an experienced source. We recommend researching, asking your nearby dealers, and visiting their place before making any decision. We are just a call away for any further queries related to vessels or boat maintenance services!