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Fishing Boat Buying Guide
Thinking about investing in a fishing boat but not quite sure where to start? Hayward Powersports is here to help. We know the importance of choosing the right craft, especially when fishing is involved. After all, this is a major investment and you want to feel confident in your final decision. There are various factors to consider when deciding on a boat, including the type of water you’ll be in, the type of fish you want to catch, and so on. Keep reading to learn more. When you’re ready to browse fishing boats for sale, visit us in Hayward, WI.
Type of Water
The first thing you’ll want to be aware of is that not all boats are built to handle all types of water. Consider where you plan to take your vessel because this will affect your choice. Shallow waters tend to have big chunks of debris lurking below the surface, such as rocks or fallen tree trunks. If you plan to take your fishing boat into shallow water, you’ll need a model that won’t scrape along the bottom and get damaged. A flat bottom model will avoid scrapes, but this model rides rough in choppy water. A V-hull gives you superior stability but you’ll need more power to get it going.
While we’re on the subject of rough water, you’ll need to be cautious when riding in choppy waves and surf that will smack your vessel around. If this is where you’ll be taking your craft, go with a model that has a deep bottom and high sides, such as a bay fishing boat. This model is typically smaller, more lightweight, and promises an ultra-smooth ride. You’ll also enjoy better fuel efficiency in exchange for slightly less stability.
Offshore fishing boats, on the other hand, are larger and they provide maximum stability. Both options are constructed with sturdy materials that prevent corrosion. Many fishing boats also come with several bonus features that’ll enhance your on-water experience, like a spacious cabin, for example.
Type of Fish
Don’t forget to also consider the type of fish you’re hoping to catch. Some species huddle close to the shore to avoid predators. Other species will dart around in the depths of the ocean. There are also certain types of fish that migrate from one area to the next depending on the conditions. When you have a better understanding of where your catch will be, you’ll have an easier time narrowing down your decision to a specific type of boat.
We hope our fishing boat buying guide has been helpful. Stop by Hayward Powersports in Hayward, WI to check out our inventory.