What Kind Of Boat Should I Buy?

Trying to decide which boat is right for you can be difficult. You need to take your time and make the right decision based on your needs and desires. How many people will you haul on the water? What activities will you enjoy? Knowing how you’ll use the boat is crucial to making the right decision.

Let’s look at a few of the most common types of boats to help you decide which type you should buy.

Center-Console Boats

Center-console boats offer more space on the deck and allow you to cast to all directions, making them ideal for most anglers. The helm of these boats is located in the middle, with deck space on all sides. The open deck allows anglers and boaters to move from one side of the boat with greater ease. Typically, they are used for saltwater fishing and tend to be slightly larger than boats used on lakes and rivers.

Dual-Console Boats

Dual-console boats are considered the opposite of center-console crafts. These have seating along each side, with a space between so people can walk from the front to the back. There is often a windshield spanning the two consoles. Dual consoles tend to be better for cruising and relaxing on the water. They also have superior storage, although this can depend on the specific design. Dual-console boats tend to offer better passenger comfort as well.

Offshore Boat

If you want to reach far-off fishing destinations in open water, you’re going to need an offshore fishing boat. Offshore boats are larger and have deeper hulls, which allows them to cut through larger waves with ease. They can maintain good speeds even when the chop is high, and they often have many conveniences and amenities to make long trips more enjoyable.

Bay Boats

Bay boats are typically smaller than offshore boats, usually around 20 to 25 feet in overall length. Bay boats are more fuel-efficient because of their size, and they are made specifically for boating in nearshore areas and bays. They have a shallower draft, which makes them less stable in heavy chop but also allows them to reach shallow destinations that would be off limits to offshore boats. They may have less space and amenities, but are also more nimble and manageable.

Performance Boats

Performance boats are made for fast acceleration and top speeds. If you want to cruise across the water as quickly as possible, you’ll want to find a performance boat that can deliver the thrill of speed that you desire. They can be used in races, but like sports cars, they are often used for the simple enjoyment of performance, speed, and acceleration.

Choose the Right Boat for Your Needs!

Use our Build Your Scout feature to create the right boat for your specific needs. From luxury offshore boats to nimble fishing vessels, you can create a boat with the right size, space, and options for all your adventures!

Scout’s Best Family Fishing Boats

Do you love to fish but need a boat that can keep your family entertained? Do you want to fill your livewell with a great catch and pull skiers and wakeboarders, all in one trip? Then you need one of the best family fishing boats from Scout! Here are our recommendations from our lineup.

Freshwater Fishing

380 LXF

The 380 LXF is one of the newest crafts from Scout Boats, and it’s also one of the best family fishing boats available today. It has all the comfort features that your family needs, including a three-person helm seat and a port-side inward boarding door. When it comes to fishing, you’ll also have the advantage of a 100-gallon baitwell, floor fish boxes, and many other features that make fishing more enjoyable and convenient.

275 Dorado

When it comes to family-friendly fishing, few boats can match the versatility of the 275 Dorado. With a custom fiberglass hull, the boat seamlessly cruises across the water. It has a comfortable deck with plenty of space for family and friends, including a large lounge area towards the front of the boat.

251 xss

251 XS

If your family enjoys inshore and offshore fishing, then the 251 XS will make everyone happy. This family fishing boat is perfectly built for active nearshore fishing, allowing you to catch lots of smaller fish to entertain the kids. However, if you want to head offshore for trophy-fishing, the 251 XS can handle the waves while keeping you dry and safe.

225 Dorado

If you want a comfortable dual-console fishing boat that can handle fishing, cruising, and water sports, the 225 Dorado will suit your needs. Although the boat only measures 22 feet in length, it has plenty of space for people to stretch out and relax. In fact, it can carry up to ten people. Whether you are taking your family to the shoreside restaurant or heading out with your best fishing buddies, the 225 Dorado will keep everyone happy.

195 Sportfish

195 Sportfish

With an overall width of 8’6”, the 195 Sportfish can accommodate up seven people at once. This gives you plenty of comfort for family cruising, but you can also use the small boat for elite inshore fishing. With a draft of 13 inches, the craft can reach shallow-water areas and intertidal regions that hold some of the best fishing possible.

175 Sport Dorado

From tubing to fishing, the 175 Sport Dorado just might be the best family fishing boat. Despite the smaller size, it has a wealth of fishing features, including an aerated livewell and a spacious deck near the front for active casting. Add in the Fusion Bluetooth stereo and stern jump seats, and you have one of the best family fishing boats ever created.

Scout has the Best Family Fishing Boats on the Water

You deserve a world-class family fishing boat. Whether you want a large offshore fishing boat or a nimble inshore craft, Scout Boats has the right vessel for you! Contact us today or visit one of our outstanding dealers, and you’ll get the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family.