These seven new
fun and comfort
for the whole
There was a time when boats were just boats. If you weren’t a sailor, you were a powerboater, and if so, you were happy to have one – any one, any size – so you could buzz around the bay, cast a line, waterski, or do whatever you loved to do on the water. Times change, and powerboats evolved into specialized niche designs – specifically for lake or saltwater fishing, extended cruis- ing, watersports, and more. When times were good, the lucky ones could afford multiple boats – maybe one to go fishing with the guys on Saturday, another to tool around the lake or take a river cruise, then go for a swim with the family on Sunday.
Boat designers and builders have been trying to cram multipurpose utility into
boats for years, but they’ve only recently refined them into truly multipurpose designs.
One such trend, for lack of a better term, is the “family fish boat” – a well-equipped
fishing boat that has the creature comforts of a cruising day boat.
Sure, the integrated rod holders are there, but the freeboard is at the right height
for leaning into with a rod, and those padded coaming bolsters at the transom
BY RICH ARMSTRONG