Finding the right motorized boat is essential to get the most use out of it and to enjoy it to it’s fullest potential.

Regardless if you’re a novice boater who’s still trying to figure out elementary boat terminology or an old salt who remains in tune with the latest boat design trends, you might know that picking the perfect motorized boat for you and your family is no easy task.  

You can break various types of boats down into dozens of categories. Though, chances are that regardless of what you enjoy doing out on the water when determining what sort of boat is right for you, one of these choices is going to be the best.

Bowriders

Bowriders are one of the most well-liked boat types on the water. It’s no surprise that you can use this multipurpose design for anything from day-tripping to water skiing. And while in the past bowriders were limited in scope and size, recently we’ve seen a push towards bigger models, usually with accommodations ranging from enclosed heads to full-blown cabins. 

The most exciting example is the Four Winns H440, a huge motorized boat with a bow cockpit accessed by walking through a saloon with niceties like a settee and full galley. Other huge bowriders that have hit the market lately include the Sea Ray SLX-R 400e.

Cruisers

This class has a vast range of different sizes and styles. In its most basic form, a cruiser is any powerboat with overnight accommodations, a galley, and the power to take you to new and distant ports. They typically have relatively fast cruising speeds. They can go anywhere from 30’ or so on up into the 100’ mega-yacht sizes. Most are powered with sterndrives, inboards, or pod drives, though there are also a couple of outboard-powered cruisers out there.

Freshwater Fishing Boats

Regardless if you want to go trolling for lake trout or casting for bass, a freshwater fishing boat is a must-have.