You don’t need to spend six digits in order to get a great boat.
Boating can be expensive, but it is only as expensive as you make it. There are some great boats out on the market right now, which don’t go over the $30,000 mark.
They don’t skimp on the amenities either.
-Center Console Boats
There are some wonderful options out there. Center console boats aren’t always found under the price tag of $50,000 but you can often find some under $35,000 when buying second hand. These used center console boats start under 30k.
The prices listed in this section are the lowest prices found for these specific models.
-Fish and Ski Boats
There are fishing boats, there are boats for water skiing, then there are “fish and ski” boats, which combine some of our favorite past-times.
Unfortunately, not all of the boats in this category hit the nail on the head.
There are a lot of things to consider when you have to worry about wakes, engine placement, engine horsepower, and air dynamics.
Not only are these Bass boats not the only fishing section on this list (there is also a generic fishing boat section as well as an aluminum boat section at the end), there is also mention of a Ranger boat, which makes an appearance on each of the fishing boat categories.
Rangers are one of the best names in the fishing boat market.
A bowrider is a boat which allows passengers to sit on the bow (or the forward portion of the boat).
They are generally recreational boats and are good for water skiing, day cruising, and sometimes fishing boats.
Sailboats can be intimidating to some but for the avid sailboat aficionado, sailboats aren’t just a boat but a lifestyle. Of course, just because they can be beautiful and majestic, that doesn’t mean that they have to be expensive.
Below are a few sailboats which cost less than $30,000 but don’t skimp on storage, tracking, manageable rig, or tankage.
Aluminum boats are known for being surprisingly expensive, but with good reason. They are balanced, made with much better materials (than when first arriving on the fishing boat scene), have better stability, and have a great riding surface. They are lightweight with unique paint schemes. The best part? They are versatile: aluminum boats can be made as an inshore boat, a hunting boat, or a mid-range boat.
Sometimes all you want to do is go out and feel the wind in your hair and the water splashed across your face.