Fishing boats are a major investment, whether you're buying a small whaler to take out in the lake or a yacht to cruise the deep seas.
They represent one of the best ways to declare yourself a hardcore fisherman, and the one surest ways to drop a lot of cash on fishing equipment. For all of these reasons, it's important to be sure you're making the right investment with your vessel.
First, consider all of the hidden costs of having a boat. There are the basic upkeep fees, such as keeping it fueled and cleaned. Then you have the fees for its storage and parking.
If you're going to dry dock the boat during the off-season, you could be looking at a more than nominal fee. Even if you plan to store the ship in your own backyard under a tarp or in your garage, you are required to have a way to pull out and put in the boat come winter and spring. This involves a trailer, a pickup, or at least friends who have them.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your boat will need to be covered by some form of suitable boat insurance - which will of course increase your annual boat expenses. However, without proper boat insurance you are just too vulnerable in your fishing activities and stand a chance of losing a great investment in a moment of bad luck!
One you have those fiscal chores figured out, now you can look forward to the fun part of buying fishing boats - choosing which one is right for you.
There are as many makes and models out there as there are cars and SUVs, so you'll be up to your neck in options. But this fact also means that you can be sure to find the boat that's right for you if you look hard enough.
Bass Pro Shops is one brand-name boat model that offers quality at a decent price. The famous angling supply store created their first "fish ready" Tracker boat way back in 1978.
Since then, they've mastered the design and technology of boats that are rigged as if all of them are for a pro. They come as a package with motor and trailer. Marine gear is optional.
Another big name besides Bass Pro Shops Trackers are the Charger boats. These crafts have a reputation for quality and performance. They're a no nonsense company that believes in providing innovative and effective fishing boats.