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fishing boats Fishing boats are typically divided into two categories:  those that are used for freshwater fishing, and those that are used for saltwater fishing.

Freshwater fishing boats are usually outfitted to chase largemouth bass, walleyes, crappies, and other species that live in lakes and ponds.  Because freshwater fish are fast, fishing boats designed for freshwater use generally have high-performance hulls and can travel at speeds of more than a mile a minute.  Often generically termed bass boats, freshwater fishing boats are often javelin-shaped and have a narrow pad at the transom which allows them to plane up on top of the water.  A V6 outboard produces between 150 and 275 horsepower, and a silent electric trolling motor at the bow provides low-speed maneuvering capabilities.  Smaller freshwater fishing boats are also an option.  Because many of these are made with lightweight aluminum, they can be powered with motors that start at 5 horses.  Their portable motors can be removed when needed.

Saltwater fishing boats come in a variety of options and a variety of sizes depending upon where they will be used.  Boats designed for going far offshore range in length from 20 to 65 feet and often have twin or triple engines.  Fishing space is usually located in the front (fore) and the back (aft) of the boat, with the wheel in the middle.  Cuddy-cabin boats have a very small cabin located under the bow, while full-cabin boats usually have relatively spacious living arrangements.

Some fishing boats are designed specifically for catching fish that lurk in shallow waters.  Flat boats can do the job in waters that are as little as one to four feet deep.  Just like they sound, flat boats have a flat bottom that makes it easier for the boat to sneak up on the elusive fish that often live in shallow waters.

Fishing Boat Manufacturers

  • Albemarle Boats, Inc.
    140 Midway Drive
    P.O. Box 349
    Edenton, NC 27932
    Sportfishing boats manufactured in North Carolina and tested off the shores of the Outer Banks.
  • Baha Cruiser Boats
    668 North Fletcher Avenue
    Mayo, FL 32066
    Quality offshore sport fishing boats and catamarans.
  • Bennett Brothers Yachts
    1701 J.E.L. Wade Drive
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    This custom boatbuilder offers a wide range of boats ranging from catamarans and sportfishing vessels to custom sailboats and yachts.
  • Bertram Yacht
    3663 NW 21st Street
    Miami, FL 33142
    Large convertible yachts with high class accommodations for the sport fisherman and the whole family.
  • Boston Whaler
    100 Whaler Way
    Edgewater, FL 32141
    Producers of recreational boats, from small dinghies to large offshore fishing boats.
  • C-Dory
    25 37th Street NE
    Auburn, WA 98002
    Manufacturers of anglers, cruisers, and fuel efficient pilothouses.
  • Cabo Rico Custom Yachts
    2258 S.E. 17th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
    Offers a selection of sailing yachts, cruising sailboats, sportfishers, and unique motorsailers.
  • Cabo Yachts
    9780 Rancho Road
    Adelanto, CA 92301
    Features a range of sport fishing yachts up to 52 feet long.
  • Campion Marine
    200 Campion Road
    Kelowna, BC V1X 7S8
    This Canadian boat manufacturer offers a wide variety of boats including high performance boats, cruisers, and sport boats.
  • Carolina Classic Boats
    109 Anchors Way
    P.O. Box 968
    Edenton, NC 27932
    Features a series of 25' to 35' offshore sport fishing boats.
  • Carolina Skiff
    3231 Fulford Road
    Waycross, GA 31501
    Offers family boats and fishing boats made with fiberglass and other composite materials.
  • Century Boat Company
    6725 Bayline Drive
    Panama City, FL 32404
    Offers several varieties of fishing boats, including center consoles, walk-arounds, bay boats, and dual consoles.
  • Cobia Boat Company
    3207 Industrial 29th Street
    Fort Pierce, FL 34946
    Inshore and offshore fishing boats with hulls by SeaTech Systems and Yamaha outboards.
  • Concept
    2410 NW 147th Street
    Opalocka, FL 33054
    Features high performance sport boats for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Contender Fishing Boats
    1820 S.E. 38th Avenue
    Homestead, FL 33035
    Specializes in semi-custom high performance sport fishing vessels.
  • Edgewater Boats
    221 Dale Street
    Edgewater, FL 32132
    Builds semi-custom small yachts and offshore fishing boats.
  • Everglades Boats
    544 Air Park Road
    Edgewater, FL 32132
    Family-friendly inshore and offshore fishing boats, including v-hull bay boats and flat boats.
  • Formula Powerboats
    2200 West Monroe Street
    P.O. Box 1003
    Decatur, IN 46733-5003
    Produces fiberglass powerboats, including sport boats, bowriders, cruisers, and luxury yachts.
  • Glastron Boats
    P.O. Box 460
    Little Falls, MN 56345
    One of the original makers of fiberglass boats, Glastron currently produces bowriders, deck boats, sport cruisers, ski boats and fishing boats.
  • Grady-White Boats
    P.O. Box 1527
    Greenville, NC 27835-1527
    Outboard powered sport fishing boats built for safety and reliability.
  • Hatteras Yachts
    110 North Glenburnie Road
    New Bern, NC 28560
    This North Carolina boat manufacturer offers sportfishing boats and fiberglass motor yachts.
  • Hewes Craft
    214 Highway 395 North
    Colville, WA 99114
    Builder of rugged, quality-engineered aluminum fishing boats.
  • Hydra-Sports
    1651 Whitfield Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    Inshore and offshore center console boats, walkaround fishing boats, and cruisers for serious anglers.
  • Integrity Marine
    9401 Amherst Avenue
    Margate, NJ 08402
    Manufacturer of commercial and sport fishing boats and convertible yachts.
  • Jupiter Marine International
    P.O. Box 350647
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335
    Offshore sport fishing boats designed to provide a smooth, comfortable ride.
  • Mako Marine International
    1181 Old Caroleen Road
    Forest City, NC 28043
    Produces inshore, center console, dual console, and walkaround saltwater fishing boats.
  • Maverick Boat Company
    3207 Industrial 29th Street
    Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
    Maker of quality 15' to 24' offshore fishing boats, skiffs, and bay boats.
  • May-Craft
    P.O. Box 450
    Smithfield, NC 27577
    Center console and pilot house boats for sport fishers and recreational boaters.
  • Nautic Star Boats
    500 Waterway Drive
    PO Box 26
    Amory, MS 38821
    Specializes in offshore, deck boats, and composite bay boats.
  • Ocean Yachts
    P.O. Box 312
    Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
    Produces luxury high performance yachts up to 73 feet for sport fishing and pleasure.
  • Out Island Sport Yachts
    523 South Leipzig Avenue
    Cologne, NJ 08213
    Offers express fisherman and convertible sport fisherman models.
  • Panga Fishing Boats
    13638 SW 142nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33186
    Manufactures a line of commercial quality fishing boats.
  • Parker Marine Enterprises
    2570 Highway 101
    P.O. Box 2129
    Beaufort, NC 28516-2129
    Produces quality boats for recreation, commercial use, and sport fishing.
  • Pioneer Boats
    P.O. Box 328
    Harleyville, SC 29448
    Entry-level boats for recreational boaters and anglers who desire style, safety and functionality.
  • Pro-Line Boats
    1520 South Suncoast Blvd.
    Homosassa, FL 34448
    Offers a wide variety of fiberglass sportfishing boats, including bay boats, dual consoles, center consoles, and walkarounds.
  • Pursuit Boats
    725 East 40th Street
    Holland, MI 49423
    Offshore, center console, and walkaround fishing boats. Pursuit also offers the Drummond Island and Denali models.
  • Rampage Sportfishing Yachts
    100 Quality Drive
    Navassa, NC 28451
    Manufactures rugged offshore fishing vessels including walkarounds, convertibles, and express boats.
  • Regulator Marine
    187 Peanut Drive
    P.O. Box 49
    Edenton, NC 27932-0049
    Offers quality offshore sportfishing boats for the independent individual.
  • Sailfish Boats
    2501 Milestone Industrial Park
    Cairo, GA 39828
    Quality saltwater fishing boats in affordable offshore and inshore models.
  • Scout Boats
    2531 Highway 78 West
    Summerville, SC 29483
    Innovative composite center consoles, bay boats, and walk arounds designed for lasting performance.
  • Sea Fox Boats
    2550 Highway 52
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461
    Offers a wide variety of affordable models, including center and dual consoles, walkarounds, and flat and bay boats, built for durability and dependability.
  • Sea Hunt Boats
    P.O. Box 1380
    Lexington, SC 29071
    Sea Hunt's Easy Lift hull is designed to give a smoother, drier ride.
  • Southport Boats
    681 Riverside Drive
    Augusta, ME 04330
    Offshore center console sportfishing boats powered by four-stroke outboard power.
  • Striper Boats
    700 Paul Larson Memorial Drive
    Little Falls, MN 56345
    Produces versatile, all-weather fishing boats in walkaround, center console, and dual console models.
  • Tahoe Boats
    2500 East Kearney
    Springfield, MO 65803
    Features versatile sport boats for water skiing, fishing, and cruising.
  • Tiara Yachts
    725 East 40th Street
    Holland, MI 49423
    Sport fishing yachts designed, engineered, and manufactured with perfection as the goal.
  • Tracker Boats
    2500 East Kearney
    Springfield, MO 65898
    Manufactures several types of aluminum fishing boats and utility boats.
  • Triton Boat Company
    15 Bluegrass Drive
    Ashland City, TN 37015
    Fiberglass and Tri-Core composite saltwater boats built using advanced aircraft technology.
  • True World Marine
    120 Industrial Avenue
    Little Ferry, NJ 07643
    Cabin and walkaround boats designed for fishing, safety, and performance.
  • Viking Yacht Company
    Route 9 & Bass River
    P.O. Box 308
    New Gretna, NJ 08224
    Offers a line of quality engineered sportfishing and convertible yachts.
  • Wellcraft Marine
    1651 Whitfield Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34243-3948
    Experienced manufacturer of fiberglass offshore sportfishing boats and luxury cruisers.

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