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.

1) Bayliner Element F21 ($29,145+)

New 2015 Bayliner 180 Element, Draper Utah -

2) The 2014 Mako 18 LTS ($22,500+)

SOLD: Mako 18 LTS boat in Mandeville, LA | 166690

3) 2016 20’ Yamaha 190 FSH Deluxe ($26,000+)

2016 Yamaha 190 FSH Deluxe Fishing Boat - Walkaround - 2016 Montreal Boat Show - YouTube

-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.

1) Chaparral 18 H20 Ski & Fish ($23,995)

Chaparral Power boats for sale in Alabama -

-Bass Boats

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.

1) Nitro Z-6 ($21,995)

2012 Nitro Z6 DC - Mercury 115 Optimax Pro XS - VICS BOATS HOME

2) Ranger Z117 (under $30,000)

My New Ride - Ranger Z117


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.

1) Bayliner VR5 ($26,999)

2021 Bayliner VR5 Bowrider for sale in Burnaby, BC. M & P Mercury Sales Ltd.

-Fishing Boats

1) Crestliner’s 1750 Fish Hawk ($28,580)

2019 CRESTLINER 1750 FISHHAWK WT | Lalonde Marine

2) Ranger Z175 ($26,000)

2020 Ranger Z175, Houston United States -

-Pontoon Boats-

1) Princecraft Jazz 180 ($15,364)

2016 Princecraft Jazz 180 Pontoon: Boat Review - YouTube

2) Lowe SS230 CL ($26,049)

2021 LOWE SS170 Two Log Pontoon (SOLD) - Beacon Marine

3) Lowe SS210 ($ 16,391)

Lowe SS210 Super Sport Pontoon Boats New in Norwich, CT, US|

4) The Avalon GS Cruise (used starts at $26,749)

2020 Avalon GS Cruise II 21' for sale in Johnson City, TN. Rockingham Marine


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.

1) Sabre 28 ($27,000) - SABRE 28-1 Sailboat

2) Cape Dory 30 ($22,000 average)

Randall Burg presents Cape Dory 30 SOLD SOLD SOLD - YouTube

3) Tartan 37 ($ 23,000 low end)

Tartan 37 Used Boat Review

-Aluminum boats

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.

1) Ranger VS1782 SC ($28,595)

2019 Ranger VS1782 SC side console w/ 150hp Mercury fourstroke! for sale in Stoughton, WI. Quam's Marine & Motor Sports Stoughton, WI (608) 873-3366

-Runabout Boats

Sometimes all you want to do is go out and feel the wind in your hair and the water splashed across your face.

1) Tahoe 1950 ($27,995)

New 2021 Tahoe 1950 Power Boats Outboard in Rapid City, SD | Stock Number:

2) Starcraft Limited 1915 OB ($20,001)

Starcraft Limited 2000 IO - YouTube

3) Hurricane SS188 OB ($26,714)

New 2013 Hurricane SunDeck Sport SS 188 OB boat for sale in West Palm Beach, FL (#6186) | New & Used Boat Dealer | Marine Connection

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