Whether you’re dipping your toes in the waves, or you’re looking to up your boating game, finding the right boat for your sporting adventures is crucial. Here are several of the most popular boats for the sportsman, organized in order from most affordable to most significant investment.

Bowrider Boats

These versatile boats are great for several water activities including cruising, fishing, crabbing, and water sports. Designed to make even the novice comfortable driving, they are typically set up similarly to a motor vehicle with a driver’s seat and a passenger’s seat. Typically, the boat comes with comfortable passenger seating as well as an area for fishing. Depending on the size and customization, one can expect to spend between $15,000 and $50,000 for a good bowrider. Popular brands include Yamaha, Bayliner, Tahoe, Stingray, Monterey, Regal, Four Winns, and Chris-Craft among others.


Coming in a wide range of styles, sizes, and engine power, cruisers are equipped to take you on a water trip. Generally speaking, these powerboats are designed to cruise at higher speeds, travel longer distances, and they come with overnight accommodations including a galley. Different types of cruisers include the pocket cruiser, the express cruiser, motor yacht, and convertibles. Highly customizable, cruisers can cost anywhere from $15,000 to in the millions depending on the size, power, and amenities of the boat.

Freshwater Fishing Boats

Probably one of the most popular freshwater fishing boats is the bass boat, but there are so many others to choose from. From the versatile fishing boat designed to fish multiple species of fish to the aluminum fishing boat, there are options for everyone. A bass boat is designed solely to create an excellent fishing experience with a profile that is low to the water and ample storage space. A good bass boat can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars used to upwards of $75,000. Aluminum and other standard fishing boats are also designed for the fishing experience but can range in profile and storage as well as seating capacity. These can also be purchased used for a few thousand dollars, but depending on style, type, brand, one can spend upwards of $200,000 for a quality boat.

Pontoon Boats

These boats are typically the party boats on the lake, but what used to be clunky, slow, uncomfortable boats, pontoon boats can now be fast, sleek, and comfortable day-trippers. Pontoon boats are designed to have a ton of deck space, often with modular seating, and can be customized with a double deck, wet bars, tow bars, and even a water slide. Pontoon boats can start as low as $15,000 to upwards of $70,000.


Sailing requires a more personal investment to learn the skill, or hire the staff, but these environmentally friendly boats are popular in some corners of the world. From daysailers to cruisers, to racers, there are multiple options to consider. As is evident in its name, sailboats feature sails, masts, and steering. A used sailboat can be found for an average cost of $20,000, but new boats cost on average $60,000 and upwards.

Saltwater Fishing Boats

These boats come in a vast array of designs and styles intended to cater to the body of water in which one wants to fish and the type of fish one wants to catch. Most are designed with a center console, and depending on the climate, one might opt for enclosed consoles to be protected from the elements. Saltwater fishing boats are typically designed to withstand large waves, and most have ample storage and livewells on board. These boats can range in price from the tens of thousands to the millions depending on the size and amenities.

Watersports Boats

If you spend your summers wakeboarding, skiing, and enjoying the waves of your wake, watersports boats are your best bet. These boats commonly have a towing point, either on an elevated arch or near the transom. They can be outfitted with water ballast tanks to boost wave size and shape waves for better sporting. They’re fast, sleek, and also have seating for guests, but they are typically not as versatile as other boats. A good watersport boat can cost anywhere from $35,000 to upwards of $200,000.

As you can see, the world of boating is vast and versatile, and one can find an option for almost any sporting adventure. Depending on what you want to do, how fast you want to go, and how much you want to invest, your boating options are endless.