About Small Fishing Boats

About Small Fishing Boats
Small fishing boats can, with a skilled operator and a healthy dose of common sense, be put to use in almost any environment, but keep in mind that a small boat intended for use on inland lakes and rivers may not be suitable for use in open waters.

Benefits

Small fishing boats are usually light, affordable and easy to transport. They're also relatively easy to store as compared to larger boats.

Size

Small fishing boats include not just skiffs and launches but also pontoon boats, fishing floats and canoes; a small boat may range anywhere from 4 to 20 feet in length.

Transport and Storage

You may encounter small fishing boats that inflate or fold; these are easy to store and transport. Larger, solid-bodied fishing boats may require a trailer for transport and storage.

Cost

A small fishing boat may cost anywhere from $500 to $20,000 and beyond, depending on size, materials and design. Typically the smaller a boat is, the less it costs.

Design

A boat doesn't have to be specifically designed for fishing in order to be used for that purpose, but it should have an open platform that allows the fisherman to move about freely without running afoul of any boating equipment.

Selection

Choose a small fishing boat as you would any other craft: Select for speed, maneuverability and stability that are suitable for the environment you want to fish in; then factor in cost, storage and transportation.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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