Fishing Boat Buyer’s Guide

Discover what’s available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing.

2021 Boat Buyer's Guide

Discover what’s available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing.

The idea that there is any boat out there that is better than all the rest is simply a myth. There is simply no such thing as the best fishing boat, best family boat, best center console, or best bay boat.

What does exist, however, is a “best boat” for you – for your fishing needs, your cruising needs, your comfort, and your budget. In fact, somewhere among the 60-plus boat manufacturers featured in our 2020 Boat Buyer’s Guide, you’ll probably find more than one “best boat” that can provide many seasons of enjoyment on the water.

Albemarle 31DC
In 2015, Albemarle and Carolina Classic united to become Albemarle Boats, The Carolina Classic. Albemarle builds 25, 32, and 36 Express models, 27 and 31 Dual Consoles, and a 41 Custom Carolina Edition. The new Albemarle 30 Express, to be unveiled this winter, will offer hardcore fishing amenities in a compact express package. Learn More About Albemarle Boats
Aquasport 2300DC
Aquasport is a classic boat brand that has been around for decades. Their 2021 lineup includes three bay boats, a dual console, and four center consoles, including a flagship Aquasport Boats 3000 center console that will be unveiled this winter. Learn More About Aquasport Boats
Blackfin 272CC
The legend lives on in the new generation of Blackfin Boats with brand-new models that feature yacht-like, high-end design and innovative construction. Expect classic design and modern conveniences throughout their lineup of center and dual consoles from 22 to 33 feet. Learn More About Blackfin Boats
Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
For 60 years, Boston Whaler has engineered reliable and forward-thinking boats. While their legacy is built upon simple, classic boats under 20 feet in length, improved facilities and technology have allowed for larger, more luxurious boats—including the flagship Boston Whaler 420 Outrage. Learn More About Boston Whaler Boats
Century 24 Resorter
Explore the Century 2900 CC Century is a classic American brand that has been building boats for more than 94 years with a focus on quality, attention to the smallest details, and impeccable dealer and customer service. Century Boats‘ models range from 22 to 32 feet and offer luxury and comfort while still being fishing-focused. Learn More About Century Boats
Cobia 240 CC
Explore the Cobia 350 CC Cobia Boats mesh tournament capability, family comfort, and style into a single package. Every model is built to be safe, last a lifetime, and maximize every precious moment away from the dock. Cobia offers a full range of center console and dual console fishing and family-friendly boats. Learn More About Cobia Boats
Contender 39FA
Contender’s clean lines and aggressive entry make it a good-looking, comfortable-riding, fast boat. With 35 years of experience, they have built a reputation for building high-quality, durable boats. Contender Boats offers fishing-focused boats in their Bay, Tourney, and Sport series. Learn More About Contender Boats
Crevalle 26 HCO
Crevalle Boats are family-friendly fishing platforms built with a focus on reliability, durability, and excellence in design. Head offshore, fish inshore, or sandbar hop with the family in their stylish, popular bay boats. Learn More About Crevalle Boats
EdgeWater 340CC
EdgeWater fishing boats are used by serious sportsmen who demand practical features, reliability, and durability. With their proprietary Single Piece Infusion construction, they achieve a strength-to-weight ratio that, when combined with their variable deadrise deep-V hulls, produces remarkable handling and performance. Learn More About EdgeWater Boats
Everglades Boats 395CC
Everglades builds premium boats of the highest quality on legendary Bob Dougherty-designed hulls. Their model lineup includes three bay boats, a 34 dual console, and seven center consoles from 23 to 43 feet. Learn More About Everglades Boats
Grady-White Canyon 336
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Grady-White Canyon 336
Grady-White designs and manufactures an extensive lineup of center console, dual console, and cabin boats with innovative designs, exceptional attention to detail, and award-winning performance. The result is a boating experience that inspires unmatched customer satisfaction and camaraderie among those living “The Grady Life.” Learn More About Grady-White Boats
Hatteras Yachts GT45X
For offshore fishermen who want to take advantage of every weather window, Hatteras Yachts builds luxury offshore sportfish yachts from 45 to 70 feet in open, tower, flybridge, and express layouts. On rugged hulls built to maintain cruising speeds in rough, offshore conditions, you’ll find endless amenities for tournament-level fishing and yacht-level luxury. Learn More About Hatteras Yachts
Henriques 42 Express
When Jack Henriques immigrated to the United States, he brought with him four generations of Portuguese boatbuilding experience. He founded Henriques Yachts in 1977, and over 40 years later, the company builds to order at their factory in New Jersey. As semi-custom boats, they can be tailored to your requirements. Learn More About Henriques Yachts
Invincible 35 Cat
Invincible Boats builds both traditional monohulls and catamaran multihull fishing boats with a focus on achieving incredible performance. Their hybrid semi-asymmetric multihull provides safety, maneuverability, and exceptional ride. Expect high top speeds and long range with loads of deck space. Learn More About Invincible Boats
Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman 23
Jones Brothers makes tough big-water boats for light-tackle fishermen. Popular with fishing guides and hard-core anglers, they are economical to run and have plenty of freeboard and flare to keep you safe and dry. Learn More About Jones Brothers Boats
Jupiter 38 HFS
Every Jupiter Marine is individually built to the exacting specifications of the sportsman who demands the very best in offshore performance. Their time-tested and proven deep-V hull design is built for running efficiently through all conditions in comfort, while also offering speed when you want it. Learn More About Jupiter Marine Boats
Mako 284 CC
Mako’s reputation for being rugged and durable has attracted Northeast fishermen for years. Mako Boats incorporate super-strong transoms plus a unique stringer grid system that’s bonded to the hull to create tremendous structural rigidity. Mako offers center consoles from 14 to 41 feet. Learn More About Mako Boats
Maritime Boats 2090 Skiff
Maritime Boats 2090 Skiff Built in New Hampshire, Maritime Boats combines traditional New England looks with modern construction techniques and state-of-the-art design. Maritime founders Paul Hureau and Bev Brown’s original concepts of simplicity, fuel efficiency and continued emphasis on function over form from which created there first skiff in 1991 still guide the company today. Learn More About Maritime Boats
NorthCoast Boats 315HT
Explore the NorthCoast 315HT NorthCoast Boats is a premier boat builder producing high quality fishing and recreational boats. Overbuilt for solid durability, NorthCoast Boats are designed to be strong and tough. Learn More About NorthCoast Boats
Parker 2510 XLD
Parker Boats builds boats for “strength, implicity, and seaworthiness” with an efficient hull design that allows them to plane easily and run economically. Parker offers center console, dual console, walkaround, and sport cabin designs. Learn More About Parker Boats
Pursuit S 428
Explore the Pursuit S 428 Pursuit boats are built on proven hulls matched to dependable Yamaha outboards. Pursuit’s Refined engineering leads their timeless design, innovative features and manufacturing processes to consistently create quality boats. Learn More About Pursuit Boats
Release 210 RX
Release Boats has incorporated fish-ability and function into an attractive package. Their hulls feature hand-laid fiberglass composite construction, foam-filled box-beam stringer grid, and all stainless or bronze through-hulls. Learn More About Release Boats
Robalo R360
Explore the Robalo R360 At Robalo, building world class fishing boats is a passion and a way of life. A leader in the marine industry since 1968, Robalo is renowned for its heavy-duty construction, legendary ride and unwavering desire to stay on the cutting edge of innovation. Learn More About Robalo Boats
Sailfish 320 CC
Sailfish builds fishing boats, designed by anglers for anglers, to withstand the rigors of inshore and offshore environments and loaded with standard features for fishing enthusiasts. Whether cruising to dinner or fishing the canyons, Sailfish Boats provide a lifestyle worth dreaming of. Learn More About Sailfish Boats
Sea Fox 268 Commander
Sea Fox Boats has grown to offer a full line of center consoles, bay boats, side consoles and dual consoles. All are paired with Yamaha outboard power, along with a multitude of leading-edge technologies and innovative features. Learn More About Sea Fox Boats
Sea Hunt Gamefish 27
Sea Hunt offers affordable saltwater center console and bay boats. The Gamefish series delivers what serious fishermen demand in a center console boat. They come ready to fish with standard features such as multiple insulated fishboxes and livewells, and the Gamefish 25, 27, and 30 have side entry doors, recessed trim tabs, and hydraulic steering as standard equipment as well. Learn More About Sea Hunt Boats
SeaVee 290
SeaVee Boats builds an award-winning line-up of semi-custom sport fishing boats on classic deep-V hulls and stepped hulls. They are available with features and options that appeal to hardcore anglers and fishing families alike. Learn More About SeaVee Boats
Seaway 24HT
Seaway Boats of Milton, New Hampshire builds classic, efficient boats with workboat roots. Classic, head-turning lines combined with modern layouts and composite materials result in traditional designs with sport boat performance. Learn More About Seaway Boats
Scout 255 LXF
Scout Boats designs and manufactures world-class luxury coastal sportfishing boats. They offer models from 17 to 53 feet, each packed with timeless innovations, technology, and trendsetting features. Learn More About Scout Boats
Skeeter SX240
Skeeter crossed over to the bay boat market in 1992 and today is a major player, with an SX line of saltwater inshore models. From the back water to blue water, a Skeeter can get you there and back. Learn More About Skeeter Boats
Southport 27FE
Explore the Southport 27FE Southport‘s hulls are designed the maximize the performance and power of modern outboard motors, while using the most cutting edge composite construction methods. The combination of legendary hull performance, beautiful lines, and modern construction make Southport a leader in its class. Learn More About Southport Boats
Sportsman Open 252
Sportsman Boats manufactures an intelligently designed series of center console, dual console, and bay boats with deep forward entries that provide soft and dry rides. The open series ranges from 21 to 31 feet. Designed for serious anglers but lacking nothing for the family outing, the series features angler-driven layouts with optimized deck space and storage. Learn More About Sportsman Boats
Steiger Craft 31 DV Miami
Long Island-based Steiger Craft was founded in 1972 and continues to produce fiberglass fishing boats in six different sizes and various models, ranging from 21 to 31 feet. Learn More About Steiger Craft Boats
Striper 230 WA
Striper’s hand-built V-Trac hulls with deep, wide bows and self-bailing decks perform with power at speed while delivering nimble control when trolling. Striper Boats build center console, dual console and walk around boats from 20 to 23 feet. Learn More About Striper Boats
Tidewater 232 CC Adventure
Tidewater boats have an impressive look, with clean lines and a Carolina flare in the bow, and an even more impressive price range. Their solid feel, dry ride and spacious cockpit will give any captain the confidence needed to take this offshore machine into the battle-tested Northeast waters. Learn More About Tidewater Boats
Valhalla Boatworks V41
From the legendary builder of Viking sportfishing yachts comes Valhalla Boatworks with a line of high-performance center consoles. The patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel offers a soft, dry and efficient ride. From the V-33 to the V-37 and V-41, expect big-boat amenities and technology. Learn More About Valhalla Boatworks
Viking Yacht 54 Convertible
Started by brothers Bob and Bill Healey in 1964, New Jersey-based Viking Yachts has grown to be a premiere manufacturer of quality convertible yachts, open yachts and motor yachts ranging from 37 to 92 feet. Learn More About Viking Yachts
Wellcraft 302 Fisherman
More than 50 years of boatbuilding expertise makes Wellcraft Boats the landing place for fun, fishing, family time, and more. You can find a Wellcraft to handle every type of fishing in the Northeast, from trolling Lake Ontario for salmon to heading offshore for tuna. Learn More About Wellcraft Boats
World Cat 325CC
World Cat 325 CC World Cat boats deliver a smooth, soft, fast and dry catamaran ride in even the roughest, toughest conditions. Their dual hull designs deliver racecar like performance, and while traditional monohull boats slam you hard when coming down, World Cat’s smooth ride provides better boat control and less abuse on you. Learn More About World Cat Boats
Yellowfin 34 Offshore
Yellowfin Boats’s philosophy is to offer serious fishermen the best fishing boats money can buy by using high-quality materials and the best construction methods regardless of cost. They build skiffs, bay boats, and center consoles to 54 feet. Learn More About Yellowfin Boats

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  1. Cynthia Hernandez

    I wonder why Key West Boats didn’t make the list. As an employee of theirs I know for a fact that they are good quality boats.

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