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6 Types of Boats and Their Uses

For those seeking to buy a boat, there are so many options on the market that you may not even know where to begin. From large houseboats to deck boats to daysailers, there are many boats out there to select from.

6 Types of Boats and Their UsesWhether you’re in the market for a boat, or just want to know more about them, Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA, is here to help narrow things down by highlighting six boats and their uses. Ready to learn more? Get to know some of these popular boats below.

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1. Dinghies

A dinghy is a small boat, typically around seven to 12 feet in length. A larger boat may pull or carry a dinghy on board in case of emergency. These low-maintenance boats are powered by oars, sails, or even a small outboard engine.

If you’re just looking for something to take out on a small pond or enjoy on local waters, a dinghy can make for a great primary boat.

2. Deck Boats

A deck boat is a classic midsize party boat. They’re about 25 to 30 feet long, and have an open deck with enough seating for a large party and a V-shaped hull for better performance and stability.

Modern outboards are reliable, easy to run, and a top choice for those buying deck boats.

3. Fishing Boats

Fishing BoatYou can cast a line from different kinds of boats, but just because you fish from it doesn’t make it a fishing boat. The fishing boat category encompasses a range of boats, each designed with a specific body of water and even species of fish in mind.

Bass boats are slim vessels positioned low to the water that feature high horsepower engines designed for cruising lakes and rivers. Offshore fishing boats are taller models created to withstand saltwater environments and harsher conditions that come with angling on the open seas.

4. Pontoon Boats

Pontoon-tube design and boatbuilding materials have given pontoon boats new life, and they’ve become quite popular in the last few years.

These boats rely on buoyant aluminum tubes on each side of the main platform to remain afloat. Pontoons can be powered by oars and paddles, but may run on an outboard engine. They’re a great choice if you’re ferrying across a river or lake.

5. Runabouts

The average runabout will run about 15 to 33 feet or so and comes with sterndrive or outboard power. Runabouts are multiuse vessels that offer seating for just a select few. They’re great for a quick day-cruise or watersports.

6. Sailboats

SailboatA sailboat is a majestic model which relies on a mast and sails to navigate the water by the winds. The easy open-air feeling of a sailboat ride is hard to duplicate. It’s important to get to know how to rig the sail to enjoy every ride. Sailing is something that takes teamwork and technique. Choose from sailing cruisers, dinghies, and daysailers, among others.

Learn All About Marine Engine Performance

Many of these boats run on outboard engines. If you’re a true marine enthusiast or soon-to-be boat owner interested in learning more about outboard engines, check out our free eBook, Top 5 Ways to Ensure Outboard Engine Peak Performance.

You’ll learn all about engine performance and how to maintain yours from the experienced pros at Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA.

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