Tips To Choosing A Right Fishing Boat



We want to buy a fishing boat. But first let’s clarify one thing: you can fish from any type of boat, however unfit it may be. If we put the right bait in a good place at the right time and assuming we do not intend to catch a tuna during a storm, it does not matter if we are sitting in the turquoise seats of a Riva or in a plastic canoe bought on a large surface.

for example, we already have an open bow boat (see 6 boats open bow first) or another type of boat and we want to try sport fishing or fishing from time to time, there is no reason to sell our boat and buy a fishing boat But if fishing excites us and we already know what is ours, then it makes sense to choose a boat that allows us to enjoy our hobby more easily, safely and effectively. The important thing before starting is to know that there is a great variety of fishing boats to choose from and many specific characteristics and details that we must know before making a decision.

Types Of Fishing Boat

The range of fishing boats available in the market is enormous. We have from fishing kayaks and small open boats with electric and silent outboard motors passing by the 15-foot day cruises to the big boats for deep sea fishing with huge fuel tanks and professional ‘combat’ chairs.

But for most of us looking for a fishing boat the main difficulty is in choosing between the two main types of fishing boat: the open configuration, also known as ‘Central Console’, and the configuration with booth or ‘cuddy’, which we also call ‘Walkaround’. In both cases, a good disposition must provide access to water from any part of the boat, allowing the occupants to move and fish easily. And for that reason, although the accommodation in the most modern boats can be quite luxurious, the priority is still the deck space and not the shed.

The Characteristics Of A Suitable Helmet

The hull of a fishing boat must achieve several things. To begin with, it must be of solid construction to face long crossings in the open sea. It also has to allow a good cruising speed for long periods without getting too wet, without causing us too much discomfort and without ruining the fuel bill. And when you reach your destination, you must be able to stay at anchor or at very low travel speeds (often in very large waves) without becoming unstable. So the hull of a good sport fishing boat has to be designed and built with these requirements in mind.

This is achieved with a deep hull, which opens towards a bow that is launched and wide. This form helps with the control of the boat during the glide and with the stability in anchoring. Further aft, the ideal shape should have a relatively smooth bilge angle since this helps improve glide efficiency. This is important not only to increase the boat’s autonomy and get more out of a fuel tank but also to help quickly get to glide speed and to keep it when loaded with people and fishing equipment.

There are many monohulls suitable for fishing in the market but if we have a budget and we can afford the initial outlay, it is worth considering a multihull. The catamarans usually have more space on the deck, are highly efficient, enjoy excellent stability in anchoring and an incomparable softness in navigation. Also, if they have two motors that can operate independently, they also offer more security. In short, a good catamaran has all the attributes that an effective fishing boat needs. One of the options to consider can be a catamaran from Cheetah Marine.

Other Considerations In The Purchase Of A Fishing Boat

What other specifications should our fishing boat have? A large capacity fuel tank is preferable, with double or even triples the capacity of a similar size day cruise. Perhaps a tank of 300 liters in a boat of six or seven meters may seem excessive, but it is not.

The rod holders are always useful but they must be well mounted and oriented to keep several lines separated. It is also convenient to have awning rod holders to supplement the stern poles, because they will be useful to have different types of rods ready.

We must take into account the amount of chests that we will need, both for fishing and for the equipment. We also have to decide if we want an aerated nursery for bait and let’s not forget a good well of anchors easily accessible. In smaller boats it is convenient that the console has a portable toilet, and if we want to install electronic equipment with screens let’s make sure that the dashboard has enough space for these extras.

After having made a list of the boats that meet our requirements, it is essential to try each of them and it is best to do so in climatic conditions that demand a bit of the boat and not on a calm and pleasant day. We can talk to the owner, if it is a second-hand boat, and bring the equipment we would normally have on board and try to taste a bit of everything. This way we will be in a better position to know if the boat fits our needs and if it is able to keep us comfortable and happy.

10 Things That A Fishing Boat Should Have

  1. A high bow and launched for a dry navigation and good buoyancy in anchoring.

  2. A moderate buoyancy angle for greater glide efficiency.

  3. Freeboard high for more security on the deck.

  4. A wide and clear bow cover, to facilitate movements.

  5. A covered area to shelter from wind, sun and rain.

  6. A well-equipped command post for maximum comfort during longer crossings.

  7. Enough space on the dashboard to mount the additional electronics.

  8. For more safety, an auxiliary outboard motor can be used.

  9. Self-emptying chests and cover to facilitate cleaning.

  10. A large fuel tank (or even two) for more autonomy.


When looking for the perfect sport fishing boat we may realize that the characteristics that make a boat good for fishing are also found in a good family cruise. We want it to be dry, safe and reliable, with a good autonomy, an area to shelter from the weather, enough space to stow our equipment and a provision that facilitates hose cleaning at the end of a good day at sea. It is also important that you have a comfortable command post, plenty of space on the deck and a sailor’s helmet that can withstand the blows and sustain an acceptable speed. So in the end we are very close to a very versatile boat that will serve us for many other navigation programs!

Author Bio:- Boris Parr is a founder of ReviewsForProduct blog; it’s a blog about water sports and its safety tips, all outdoor sports, guide, reviews, news, equipments and events.

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