What is a good first boat?
3 kids and a dog. Would like to take it out in the ocean for some fishing but also be able to cruise around as well. What would be a good entry level boat?
- InLv 73 months ago
Don't buy a boat. Just rent one at the marina whenever you need it. You don't have to worry about paying the purchase price, insurance, maintenance, wear and tear on your car hauling the thing around, or trashing your lawn parking the damned thing the other 364 days of the year. You can make reservations ahead of time and the boat will be fueled up and ready to go when you get there.
- fuzzyLv 63 months ago
Offshore power boating is EXPENSIVE. The boat has to be big enough to carry literally hundreds of liters of fuel. Offshore privately owned boats are nearly all sail driven.
If working on a budget buy an old preferably fibreglass trailer sailer in fair condition. Depending on where you are price can be from a few thousand upwards. A 20 to 25 footer will carry 4 - 5 people provided they are good friends.
At the bottom end they can be towed by a 6 cylinder car. The upper end size wise will need a 4wd or similar. The boat lives in the driveway except when being used. Normal motor size will give you a speed of 6 to 7 knots & about the same under sail. Provided the object is to be on the water this is enough. Learn t osail - it's quieter & cheaper than motoring. Drop the sails & go fishing or anchor & go for a swim (in this case put a float on a long rope over the side so current cant take you too far away.
(My personal choice is a Jarcat J6)
- Anonymous4 months ago
Well for get going in to deep water sailing till you have a few years experiance.
So ocean sailing is out!
Yachts are not much good when you talking of fishing.
Best bet join a motor cruising club if you want a fishing boat or a yacht club for sailing before throwing your money away.
Dreaming about a boat and actually owning one are two very different things.
Remember unless you buy a boat that you can tow you will have to pay mooring fees which can be extremely expensive indeed.
then there is yearly maintenance which once again unless you have the skills will also be extremely expensive.
Plus kitting your boat out with the Correct safety equipment before you even venture out on an inland water way let alone the sea will be < Guess> YES YOUR RIGHT EXTREMLY EXPENCIVE!
Sailing or motor Boating is one of the most expensive hobbies you can get.
The old and on this site most quoted saying ~~~~ The Two happiest days in a boat owners life are the day he/she buys the boat and the day he/she sells it are sadly all too true.
If fact you would be better off both mentally and financially if you dug a hole in your back yard poured you money in to it what you want to spend then add half as much again then pour gasoline all over it and set alight to it!
If you are still determined to go ahead first join the appropriate club ether motor boating or sailing get a few months experiance and see if you like it and if the club is a good one you should also be able to take the kids along to find out if they will also enjoy I ,as I they don't you and the kids will wish you had not wasted your money!
- it is iLv 54 months ago
Old Town Canoe .
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- realtor.sailorLv 74 months ago
If you're going in the ocean then minimum size of 21 ft. There are many brands so choose one that fits your budget.
- Pearl LLv 74 months ago
i would think any boat would be a good one
- HenryLv 54 months ago
A yacht, of course.