Much like a car or a house, ‘the best’ boat for getting away from some responsibilities and sailing the open ocean is a matter of needs and opinion? Do you just want to sail away and spend an afternoon on the water or do you want more of an adventure with weeks on a fully stocked vessel?
First, you need to discover the type of boat that you want to have for the activity you want to do, and there are five types of activities people do on the water: Fishing, watersports, deck/party boats, sailboats, and runabouts.
Fishing boats are designed to be stable and fast craft that won’t rock or tip over while you battle to get your catch inside the boat. Bass boats are designed to be flat so you can stand and sit on top of the boat when needed, and are designed to be operated with your feet to make fishing easier. Other types of fishing boats include a deep-sea fishing boat called a Panga, and a sport fisher.
Water sport boats are the kinds of boats you see on TV. First is the ski boat, which has an engine in the center of the boat to allow it to pull someone on skis behind them. The Wake boat also works for wake boarders to make flips and use acrobatics with the engine in the end of the boat.
Party boats are built with comfort and space in mind, and often come equipped with a bathroom, speakers, lights, food storage and kitchens, and other amenities that will complement the large space available for parties and other events.
Sailboats are just that, a small boat with a sail attached for steering and control, and since sailing requires full concentration it often doesn’t have many comforts. But if you want to spend some time on the water and just get out for a bit then a day sailboat is probably what you need.
Finally, runabout boats are more for making friends on the water and just hanging out. They aren’t as tricked out as party boats but they are comfortable to sit and socialize in with plenty of food and drinks.
So, when you go in to rent a boat, be sure to be clear on the type of boat you want and the activities you will be doing in that boat. Boat rentals in Houston and other places will always try to help you find the perfect boat and the best part about rentals is that it is a rental, so if you don’t like the boat or don’t feel like it is suited to your activity, then you can take it back and ask for another one.
Always be sure to communicate with the person who is giving you the boat and always make sure that you know how to handle and operate the vessel in question, because that will make the boat ride and the activities all the more fun.