Boating is a popular hobby during the warmer months of the year. Regardless of whether you are a novice boater who is unsure about boat terminology, or an expert, choosing the right boat can be a stressful process. There are a large number of boats that can be divided into different sections. With that being said, here is a look at the different types of boats to help you decide which boat is best for you.


Sailing can be complex at times. You must be skilled enough to steer the sailboat while dealing with difficult winds. A cruiser may be ideal for you, as they can safely transport everyone. Daysailers can sail you and a few friends around and it also comes with a small outboard engine if the wind dies. The speedy lightweight racers are a good choice if you want to sail as a sporting endeavor.


The versatile bowrider is a popular choice for many boaters. Bowriders are becoming bigger, and some recent models are equipped with full cabins. The classic models are still in demand, as families can enjoy multiple activities. Recent models include the Sea Ray 350 SLX and Four Winns H440.


A watersports boat allows you to enjoy many different activities, such as water skiing, wake surfing, and wake boarding. Watersports boats have unique trim tabs and water tanks that allow you to increase or decrease the wave size to suit your needs. Watersports boats are usually equipped with either inboard V-drive or a stern drive, but newer models like the Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive are a sign of how recent technological advancements have impacted boats.


Pontoon boats have logs, which help the boat float. Recent technological advancements have allowed pontoon boats to transform from not being sea equipped to now becoming comfortable and swift. Pontoon boats are stable and come with plenty of deck space. You can add many different accessories, such as wet bars. Pay attention to the model type, as pontoon boats have unique requirements in order to run efficiently.


Cruisers are available in many different styles and sizes. Cruisers are known for being fast and being powered with pod drives or inboards. Convertibles are perfect if you enjoy fishing and like to sail regardless of season. Cabin Cruisers provide lots of space and optimal privacy. Express models are equipped with a cockpit aft and multiple staterooms.