Purchasing a boat—like acquiring a home, a car or other major asset—is a big decision. Before you buy, consider the various types of boats: cruising boats, fishing boats, and watersport crafts.
Cruising boats typically center around relaxing, entertaining guests, and providing other modern comforts (some even have cabins for overnight stays). Examples of cruising boats may include deck boats, pontoon boats, motor yachts, bowriders, express cruisers, trawlers and more.
By comparison, fishing boats are just what they sound like: boats intended primarily to aid in fishing. Types of fishing boats may include Jon boats, cuddy cabin/walkaround boats, flats boats, bass boats and other sportsman-friendly designs.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, you may be more interested in a vehicle specifically suited to watersports, such as a ski boat, wakeboard boat, jet boat or other personal watercraft.
Whatever type of craft you ultimately choose to purchase, it is important to price out different brands and models, new and used. You should also make sure you are aware of the maintenance upkeep, fueling, and storage needs related to your particular choice of boat.
If you plan to take your boat out often during the summer season, you should consider docking your boat rather than moving it back and forth on a trailer. Harbor 9 Marina on St. Clair Shores in southeast Michigan, offers up to 100 boat slips with 24-hour key card access and winter heated storage options. Contact Harbor 9 Marina to learn more about purchasing a boat or slip.