When choosing to purchase a fishing boat, it is worth taking many factors into account prior to making the right choice. There are three main types of fishing boat: the cuddy cabin, the angler/fishing boat and the cabin cruiser. You will need to consider your budget, the size of the boat, the number of people that will be using it, and its primary function. It is often advisable to visit the boat in person.
Here are some guidelines to help you make the correct decision.
Cabin cruisers can be used for fishing and swimming, and usually include some home comforts such as plumbed in toilets or basic cooking facilities. They can be a practical choice since the smaller models can fit on a trailer and also into a standard domestic garage. For example, a 22-foot boat such as The Aqua Royal 680, can accommodate up to six passengers. Many cabin cruisers have swim ladders , a bilge pump, sleeping space and sheltered living space below deck, even in the smaller models. The Microplus 501 Sportsman and the Flacon 23 also have these features.
Cuddy cabin boats
Cuddy cabin boats are designed for fishing, but are smaller than cabin cruisers and less suitable for recreational use outside fishing. There is not always room to stand up in one, although several models have a toilet and berths for overnight stays. With a view to fishing requirements, many cuddy cabin boats have navigational equipment, a two-way radio, and a fish finder. The cuddy itself is a shelter, and some cuddies can be detached or replaced, depending on your preferences and the age of the boat.
There is a varied range of fishing and angling boats in different sizes, conditions and ages. Facilities on board can cover a wide spectrum. The most basic fishing boat is a rowing boat with no cover, a bench and oar grips on the side. At the other end of the scale, there are fishing boats that combine the comfort of a cabin cruiser with all the functionality you will need for the best fishing.
You will usually find that the mid to upper range models will include GPS sat nav, fish finder, VHS two-way radio, a cockpit, and a cuddy for shelter. Some of the more basic fishing boats have a detachable cuddy.
At the upper end of the market are fishing boats that have on board facilities such as berths, toilets, cooking facilities and an enclosed cockpit with seating. All such models come with GPS, fish finders and radio systems.