- Heyday WT Surf
- Ski Nautique Surf 200
- Chaparral 21 SSI OB Ski & Fish
- Boston Wahler Dauntless 220 Center Scout 215 SXF Luxury Center Console
- Four Winns H2 Sea Ray SPX 210 OB
- Bennington 22 LXSB Tritoon
- Catalina 275 Sport Sailboat
- SeaDoo Explorer Pro 170 PWC
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1. Heyday WT Surf
2. Ski Nautique 200
Whether you’re skiing a slalom course or enjoying wakeboarding, there’s nothing like a Nautique tow boat to help you build skills and enjoy all that a sport boat has to offer. With a towing arch/tower and a smooth inboard engine that delivers an even and consistent pull, Nautique serves up everything that skiers and boarders love.
Learn more at Nautique Boats.
3. Chaparral 21 SSI OB Ski & Fish
It’s right there in the name – this boat is for fishing and towing, but it’s a great family runabout as well. Put a trolling motor on the bow and a large single Yamaha outboard on the Learn more at Chaparral Boats.
4. Boston Whaler Dauntless 220 Center Console
For the angler, there’s nothing better than a center console with a T-top, an open bow, a baitwell, and a 250-hp Mercury outboard on the back. The Dauntless 220 is a compact package with tons of fishing features.
Learn more at Boston Whaler.
5. Scout 215 XSF Luxury Center Console
6. Four Winns H2 Bow Rider (Electric outboard)
Pro Tip: You will encounter boat maintenance costs; it’s important to remember this when budgeting and preparing to buy your first boat. When budgeting, consider boat sharing! It is one sure way that your boat can pay you back. Renting out your boat on your non-boating days has brought many boat owners a solid second income and means to offset boating expenses.
7. Sea Ray SPX 210 OB
For a fun family runabout, you can’t beat Sea Ray’s SPX Series, specifically the 210 with a 150-hp Mercury outboard engine. From the swim platform and sunbed aft to the sophisticated Learn more at Sea Ray.
8. Bennington 22 LXSB Tritoon
Pontoon boats have changed since your dad’s version and now they’re multi-purpose platforms that can do just about anything from fishing to towing to cruising. Bennington’s mid-level L Series has models 22-26 feet with plush seating and walk-through bows. Versatile, comfortable, and fast (with a 200-hp outboard), these sophisticated tritoons are excellent for lakes and bays.
Learn more at Bennington.
9. Catalina 275 Sport Sailboat
10. SeaDoo Explorer Pro 170 PWC
Don’t be fooled, this personal watercraft is a full-blown boat when you load it up with accessories to carry extra fuel, a cooler, and tons of storage bins. You can go adventuring in waterways not accessible by car and spend under $20,000.
Learn more at Sea-Doo.
So much to choose from
Prices vary as you load up a basic boat with options. You also need to consider taxes, insurance, financing, and moorage when creating a budget, but whatever kind of boating you want to do, there’s a new model that will fit your lifestyle and your wallet.
If you want to dabble in different kinds of boats at different destinations, consider chartering a boat from a peer-to-peer boat rental company like Boatsetter to enjoy a greater variety or to learn about a particular type of boat that you may want to purchase in the future.
Boatsetter is a unique boat-sharing platform that gives everyone — whether you own a boat or you’re just renting — the chance to experience life on the water. You can list a boat, book a boat, or make money as a captain.