Boats come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are designed for different numbers of passengers for fishing, cruising, sailing, or even paddling. It all depends on what you are looking for. And what many of us are looking for are low maintenance boats.
Low maintenance boats
At the top of any list of low maintenance boats is likely the Jon boat. It’s one of the best starter boats because it’s relatively cheap, sturdy, and versatile. While there can be some major water restrictions, another reason this is usually one of the lowest maintenance fishing boats available is because it can only be equipped with minimal basics. For example, fewer electronics means fewer cables to chew on by disgusting mice. It can be stored by simply turning it around.
However, the best low maintenance boats are used extensively. With regular use, it will get attention and a little TLC. If it just remains uncovered and is a permanent driveway, it can be overlooked and thus neglected. What may have been a low maintenance fishing boat at one time may require some costly repairs or replacement parts.
Best family boat for the money
If you are looking for the best family boat for the money, a pontoon boat should be considered. They’re sturdy, usually come with more comfort like comfortable seats, and roomy enough for a cooler or two. When stored indoors or at least covered, routine engine maintenance can be all that is required for an extended period of time.
There is a boat for everyone. When looking for a boat, consider the main use of the boat. Are you looking for a more independent kayaking experience? Or does this beginner’s boat have enough safe space for the whole family? Regardless of the choice, the boat should be ready to go when the weather and schedules are consistent. Therefore, low maintenance requirements are important. Does anyone go shopping for high maintenance boats?
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.