Best Small Boats to Rent or Buy in 2016
Are you in the market to buy or rent a boat? There are nearly as many styles and types of boats as there are fish in the sea. Whether your boating interests lean toward waterskiing, sailing, fishing or just cruising around the lake, there is a boat that is perfect for your lifestyle. Check out some of our favorite small boats and let us know what you think. Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 is a great entry level sailboat for a beginner or an experienced boater. This 34-foot beauty was built for racing and competition, and it can be customized to suit your needs. Twin rudders make it a breeze to maneuver. Live-aboard features include a sleek interior with a microwave and air conditioning. Well-regarded in the boating industry, the Jeanneau was named the Year’s Top Pocket Cruiser as well as the 2015 Import Boat of the Year by Cruising World. Boston Whaler 420 Outrage The 42-foot sport Outrage fishing boat, the largest center console on the market, gets praises from Boating Magazine for its features, handling and versatility. Four 300 horsepower Mercury engines and automatically adjusting trim tabs ensure a smooth and fast ride while the sleek hull, stylish hard top and roomy flybridge make it a pleasure to be aboard. The 24-gallon livewell, fore and aft fish boxes, built-in rod holders and bait prep station make the Outrage an angler’s dream, but it also has a long list of features and plush amenities that make it appealing to families, cruisers and long distance travelers. The interior has a convertible double berth, private shower and head and a galley with granite countertops. Sunbathers will be in heaven on earth, or water as the case may be, while reclining on the bow’s roomy forward facing recliners. Gunboat 55 catamaran Cruising World’s top pick for Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Multihull Cruiser is the Gunboat 55 catamaran. This comfortable and roomy vessel makes a great choice for offshore fishing, snorkeling and diving trips as well as sightseeing and cruising excursions. Wave-piercing bows and narrow hulls slice through the waves to get offshore fast. The Gunboat’s enclosed main cabin has a centered wheel and electronic winches and sail controls. Nautique Sport 200 Waterski Magazine gave rave reviews to the 20-foot Nautique Sport ski boat. This quick and sporty boat is a great choice for serious water sports enthusiasts and those who just want to have fun. Spend a day waterskiing, tubing or wakeboarding in ease with the center-mounted ski pylon. The Nautique seats 10, offers lots of storage space and features a roomy swim platform that provides easy access into and out of the water for swimmers, snorkelers and skiers.