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Different Types of Boats and Their Uses

By: Crest Pontoon Boats on Wednesday, August 23, 2023

While this list may not include every type of boat out there, here are a few of the most popular and what they’re most often used for.

Deck Boats

The open deck area provided by a wide bow is how these boats got their name. And the rounded V-hull of these boats offers a smoother ride. They offer plenty of seating whether you’re using it for entertaining, mellow water sports, fishing, or sunset cruising. These boats allow you to do a bit of it all and bring the whole crew.

Bowrider Boats

The bowrider or “runabout” boat is another popular pick among families. With its ample seating and V-shaped design, this craft can more nimbly glide through various water conditions and provide a fun family experience for fishing, cruising, and water sports. However, you’ll likely need to find yourself a longer bowrider to fit as much as a deck boat. But these do offer better performance for anyone more experienced in skiing or wakeboarding.

Center Console Boats

If you’d like to be able to comfortably fish in some harsher, offshore waters, then this boat could be the one for you. Its deep V-hull offers a smooth ride and plenty of storage space for any essential fishing equipment. The deck also often provides a solid insulation system that can help keep your catches cold throughout the day.

Fish and Ski Boats

We are going to group several different types of boats together in this category. Their similarity? A use for either fishing or water sports. Simple aluminum fishing boats and bass boats may be a good choice for any no-nonsense, goal-oriented fishermen that know exactly what they want out of their boating experience. But if you’re looking for more versatility, consider looking into fish and ski boats. These can often accommodate features like fishing chairs and ski racks. If you’re interested in doing a bit of both, this boat is built for exactly that.

Ski and Wake Boats

Modern tow boats are made with water sports in mind, but they’ll also do just fine on a casual cruise. These boats with their inboard motors and platforms off the back can offer some serious speed. Ski boats especially require swift acceleration, as well as an extremely minimal wake. On the other hand, wakeboarding boats rely on large wakes so those they’re towing can get as much air as possible.

Cabin Cruisers

Similar to yachts and houseboats, these cruisers offer enough space and amenities for you to comfortably spend the night all within the comfort of their cabin. With a smooth ride and the basic elements of home, they are perfect for anything from a sunset cruise to a weekend getaway.

Pontoon Boats

If mellow cruising sounds good to you, then a pontoon may be for you—especially if you’re on a smaller body of water. These boats usually provide a gentle and relaxing time out on calmer waters. But they can be used for casual fishing and water sports. Plenty of seating and room to entertain makes the pontoon yet another family-favorite—and ours!