The pleasure derived from sailing is largely contingent on the kind of boat employed and, crucially, the sailor’s ability to navigate it. A sailor will find it greatly more enjoyable to sail a boat that they are proficient and at ease with compared to one where they don’t fully understand its operations.
Ideally, the latter circumstance should be avoided as it elevates the risks of sailing. The open sea can pose significant threats. Hence, navigating a boat under challenging conditions should only be undertaken by individuals who are thoroughly knowledgeable about their actions.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to the most common small vessels so you can keep them in mind when choosing the right boat for your time on the water.
Types of Boats
Ski and Wakeboard Boats
Ski and wakeboard boats are primarily designed for water sports activities and are not typically used for cruising. Depending on the model, they may come equipped with various features tailored to water sports.
These features might include ballasts for cruise control, wave enhancement, a heating system to prolong the boating season, and a tower for skis, attaching ropes, and wakeboards.
Uniquely, a wake boat utilizes an internal engine and a shaft propulsion system instead of a conventional sterndrive, enhancing the safety of skiers and wakeboarders. However, these boats have their drawbacks.
They are not well-suited for cruising or navigating choppy waters due to their flatter hull design and configuration, making sailing through waves uncomfortable or even downright unpleasant.
Additionally, these boats are generally more expensive and consume significant fuel when used for water sports.
Whether you’re sailing on an Arizona lake or an Atlantic seaboard bay, pontoon boats are a common sight. These boats don’t rely on a fiberglass hull but instead float on two or three aluminum “logs.”
These boats were often slow, unattractive, and not particularly seaworthy in the past, but those days are long gone. Modern pontoon boats are quick, aesthetically pleasing, and incredibly comfortable.
While it’s true that they may not be the best choice for waters that frequently see large waves, their stability is unparalleled, they offer plentiful deck space, and their flexibility allows for a myriad of seating configurations. You can even…