There are 3 main boat categories: man-powered, wind-powered, and engine-powered. For most, choosing the main category of boat is easy, you either want to work through your boating experience, have the technical expertise or desire to read the wind, or you are looking to hop on board and drive your boat much like a car.

In each category of boats, there are 100’s of boat types. If you are in the market for a powerboat, you are in good company. So how do you choose the right type of boat for your personality? Read on to answer the key questions to find out which boat type best fits your personality and boating style.

Boat Types for Your Personality

If you already know your boating personality or are looking to upgrade your existing boat, find yours now. If you don’t, keep reading.

Where Do You Want to Boat?

This may sound like an easy answer but river, lake, and ocean boating all require a slightly different type of boat. Purchase the type of boat that works on the waters you typically use. You can always rent a boat if you travel.

Are You the Life of the Party or Do You Prefer the Quiet of Open Water?

Think about the number of people that you will typically have on the boat. This will help you determine the size of the boat you need.

How Long Will You Regularly Spend on the Boat?

Are you looking for a boat that you can use during the day, but dock at night? Are you planning to sleep aboard your boat? Armed with this information, you can determine the right boat layout for you.

What Do You Plan to Do on the Boat?

Do you want to fish, water ski, or just hang out? Each activity also dictates the type of boat you want.

Shore fishing boats are flat to allow you to get close to fish hiding holes. Offshore boats allow you to fish for bigger game. Water ski boats must be fast and maneuverable. If you want to just float on your boat, you want one with a stable bottom so you don’t lose your drink with every wave.

Armed with this new information, you can easily find the right boat to fit your personality.

Regardless of the type of boat you purchase, you should spend some time understanding all of the maritime rules. Specifically, who has the right of way, what to do in an emergency, and how to read simple navigational markers.

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