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Boat Diversity

boat diversityBoats are enjoyable throughout the year.  However, most boating activities occur during the summer.  Many Texans currently are boat owners.  Many will upgrade or change their boating style, and many will become boat owners for the first time.  Boats are as diverse as people and there is a boat for just about every type of person.  But all boat owners have one thing in common – they love the water.

One of the most popular boats is a cabin cruiser. These popular boats have all the comforts expected from recreational cruising boats, including a galley (kitchen), head (toilet) and at least one berth (sleeping quarters). Available amenities include heating, air conditioning, water heaters, power generators, and shore power systems. Stern drive models sturdy usually range in size from 24 feet to 40 feet making them most popular in inland waterways.

Fishing is a sport that offers incredible variety. If you have been lured to boating by a love for fishing, an all-purpose fishing boat is an ideal choice. Built for versatility, these boats can be used in both salt water and freshwater. They are designed to navigate many different types of waterways so you can pursue many different species of fish. All-purpose fishing boats typically feature live wells, rod lockers, a bow (front) or aft or rear motor mounting position, trolling motor and powerful outboard power. If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking for even more versatility, you may want to consider a Jon boat. Jon boats are flat-bottomed aluminum, multi-purpose fishing, camping and hunting boats that feature bench seats and a simple flat transom. Powered by a small to moderate tiller-steered outboard, Jon boats offer easy maintenance, low cost and are nearly indestructible. And then there is the bass boat. Bass boats have low, sleek profiles and are built to fish with two or three anglers on board. Tournament style boats are more than 18-feet long with 150 to 250 horsepower.

Deck boats offer a huge seating area and can often accommodate as many people onboard as pontoon boats. But, they have a fast, maneuverable V-bottom hull that skims over the water much like a bow rider. They are powerful, too, making them excellent boats for skiing, tubing and wakeboarding or just ideal for stirring a breeze in a long cruise. Buying a houseboat is a great way to bring friends and family together. Designed to offer lake house living on the water complete with spacious floor plans and modern amenities for entertaining, dining and sleeping, houseboats are made for relaxing cruises, weekend getaways to boating destinations, and unlimited family boating fun. Houseboats are best suited for rivers, lakes and coastal waterways. Great for boaters of all ages, houseboats are built in a wide selection of sizes and styles and can be customized to personal tastes.

If you are the type who is fearless and enjoy traveling ‘Mach II with your hair on fire”, you are most likely going to choose a high performance boat. High performance boats are the sleek sports cars of the boating world, offering high speeds and precise handling to boaters who prefer their thrills full throttle.

Buying a houseboat is a great way to bring friends and family together. Designed to offer lake house living on the water complete with spacious floor plans and modern amenities for entertaining, dining and sleeping, houseboats are made for relaxing cruises, weekend getaways to boating destinations, and unlimited family boating fun. Houseboats are best suited for rivers, lakes and coastal waterways. Great for boaters of all ages, houseboats are built in a wide selection of sizes and styles and can be customized to personal tastes.

Source: “Boat Selector Tool: Choose the Right Boat.” Boating, Find a Boat, Get Started in Boating DVD. Web. 29 May 2013.

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