Regardless if you are on a lake in Arizona or a bay on the Atlantic Seaboard, you’re most likely going to see lots of pontoon boats. Instead of riding on a fiberglass hull, this type of motorized boat has two or three aluminum “logs” they float on. Once upon a time, they were pokey and slow, somewhat ugly, and not very seaworthy. However, these are all issues of the past. Today, pontoon boats can be slick-looking, fast, and shockingly comfortable to ride on.
The term “runabout” is truly a catch-all that includes it all from bowriders to combination ski-and-fish boats to tiny speed boats. The thing these all have in common is that they’re small, open boats intended for day use in good weather. And while their exposed nature will be thought a drawback by some boaters, it should be thought an advantage, too. You don’t buy a boat to get away from the sunshine and spray.
Saltwater Fishing Boats
If you enjoy prowling the mangroves for redfish and snook, ply the rips for striped bass, or run offshore in search of marlin and tunas, there’s a saltwater fishing boat in your time to come. This type of motorized boat comes in a very broad range of boats.
Trawlers enjoy a tiny but dedicated following. These are slow-and-steady cruisers, made after commercial fishing trawlers but constructed today with range and comfort foremost in mind. They’re usually single-engine boats that perform most effectively at relatively slow speeds of seven or eight knots. Though, many also have the energy to get on a plane and run at or close to 20 knots, although at the sacrifice of efficiency when a fast return to port is necessary.
Trawlers come in several different sizes, going from boats like the Beneteau Swift 30, to the opulent Nordhavn 52.