Buying a new boat can be a great experience, and it can mean fun times on the water whenever you want, without having to worry about finding a boat to rent at a nearby marina. You can also ensure you choose a boat that works for your needs and preferences in particular when you buy your own. Note a few factors to consider when you're in the market for a new boat so you know you get the right type for you and your family.
People on board
If you want to have a lot of parties on your boat, even if you don't necessarily take it away from the docks, consider a pontoon boat. A pontoon boat is a good choice for parties and families, as it offers a large, flat deck that can accommodate a crowd. Pontoon boats don't build up much speed because of this flat deck, but they're good for when you want space, not just for people and dancing, but also for coolers, stereo equipment, and the like.
You may love the idea of a good sailboat that offers a way to relax on the water at a leisurely pace. However, be sure you know how to work the sails of this boat before you decide, and you can manage this on your own. Sailing is sometimes more complicated than you realize, as you don't have an engine you can easily steer and, in turn, direct the boat. You also need to know if you can manage the size of a sailboat and have a place to store it, as those masts are very tall and may not fit so well in a self-storage unit. You may need to consider keeping your sailboat at a marina if this is your option. Note too that many sailboats don't accommodate more than just a few people, since they need to be small and lightweight enough to be controlled by the sails alone.
There are a few features you might find in fishing boats in particular that you don't find in standard boats; a fishing boat may offer an elevated captain's chair, so you can more readily see fish that are schooling just under the water's surface, or floating debris where fish might congregate. Fishing boats may have built-in anchors for fishing poles, and be without a windscreen so you can easily stand on the front of the boat for maximum access to the water. If you want to fish more than you want to race a boat or party, look for a fishing boat in particular so you don't miss out on these many features.