Fishing boats are specifically designed for recreational fisherman to enjoy catching fish around the coast and further offshore. These fishing boats vary in size from 3m to 30m plus in length and come in a wide variety of designs. The layout and setup of fishing boats can vary depending on the type of fishing it’s designed for.
Deep water fishing boats are usually of the hardtop variety, which means you can spend more time offshore fishing with better protection from the weather.
Some examples of deep water fishing boats include:
Bluefin 769HT, Bluewater 9.3, DNA 850HT, Everyman 9.5m, Extreme 100 Gameking, Image 8.50 Fishmaster, Marco 760 Souwester, McLay 781 Cruise, Senator 920, Surtees 850 Gamefisher, Southern XP896 and Southern 940 Pro Sportsman.
In shore fishing boats tend to be more open and there is a big growth in open runabout style fishing boats with soft top fold down biminis for protection.
Some examples of inshore fishing boats include:
Ramco 6020 Fisherman, Scorpion 535 Cuddy, Senator MC540, Southern XP646, Surtees 5.5 Workmatem Commando 5.4 Trooper, Profile 585, Stabicraft 1650 Fisher, Allenco 5.9 Cuddy and Marco 520 Angler.
A new trend is for small open tiller steer fishing boats suitable for rivers and sheltered water fishing. These offer open space fishing areas and are great for softbaiting. Examples are Enduro 4100, McLay Fortress 4.8, Stabicraft 1410 Fisher and Osprey Osprette 380.
New Zealand builds fantastic purpose built fishing boats that are designed for the purpose of fishing both in the calm and rough water. New Zealand fishing boats are built tough, strong and purpose built.
New Zealand and Australian fishing boats are built in both aluminium and fiberglass, plus there are a variety of polyethelene boats available.
Power plants for fishing boats are outboard or sterndrive with a move towards four stroke outboards and diesel sterndrives.
If you’re looking at purchasing a fishing boat, we highly recommend doing your research so you get the perfect boat for your fishing needs.
Check out some of the trailerable fishing boats we have tested:
FC540, Bluewater 770, Signature 575RF, Stabicraft 2050 Supercab, McLay 480 Fortress, Boston Whaler 285 Conquest, Rayglass Legend 2350, Tristram 741 Offshore, FC 580 Cuddy, Commando 3.9, Billfisher 565, Robalo R305, Mclay 581 CrossXover, Grady White Canyon 376