5 Steps to Selecting Your Future Dream Boats

By Debbie Hanson

Feb 01, 2015

There's nothing quite like spending a day on a boat with family or friends while enjoying the feelings of relaxation that come along with the gentle rocking of the waves.

There's nothing quite like spending a day on a boat with family or friends while enjoying the feelings of relaxation that come along with the gentle rocking of the waves. In fact, you may be such a fan of the boating and fishing lifestyle that you've decided it's time to think about purchasing your very own boat.


However, with all of the different boat sizes and models on the market, how do you know which boat is going to make the most sense for you? You may be considering several different makes or models of future dream boats, so having some idea about how to narrow down your choices would be beneficial.

Here are five steps to selecting the right boat for your unique lifestyle and intended use:

  1. Think about the type of activities you like to participate in. You may want to research fishing boat types so that you can take your family fishing. Or maybe you are more interested in cruising or taking long excursions? Or perhaps your family loves to water ski. You should also think about when and how often the boat will be used. Do you live in a climate where you can enjoy boating year-round or will you mainly use the boat on a seasonal basis?

  2. Determine how many passengers you intend to have on board. To help determine what size of boat to buy, you'll need to think about how many people you'll have along as passengers and where you will be boating. Also, if you plan to transport your boat to other waterways, you'll need to buy a trailerable vessel.

  3. Consider your budget. What type of boat fits within your budget? There is a boat for every budget and lifestyle; it's just a matter of deciding what type of boat is in alignment with your budget. Keep in mind that the majority of boat dealers offer financing options, which can break down the cost into easy monthly payments. There are also many boat dealers and websites that sell pre-owned boats.

  4. Think about where you will be able to store the boat. Do you live in a rural area that will allow you to keep your boat and trailer at home? Perhaps you own property that has waterfront access and you can build a dock so that you can store your boat in your own backyard? Or, do you live in a more urban setting that will require you to store your boat at a marina? Your storage options should also be a consideration when determining what type of fishing boat to buy.

  5. Consider your level of boating experience. If you are new to boating, think about buying a smaller boat that will be easier to navigate until your level of experience increases. Once you feel comfortable, you can always upgrade.


Do you want more detailed information on the different fishing boat types or cruising boat types to help guide you through the decision-making process? You can use the boat selector tool from DiscoverBoating.com for additional information on how to choose the right boat for your lifestyle. If you want to save a bit more or do some additional boat shopping before you buy, keep in mind that you can always rent a boat at a marina or through a boat rental company and still enjoy a great day on the water.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.