Over the past few years, boat and pontoon interest have been on a steady incline. Now more than ever, families and individuals are discovering how boating can add to their experiences, and watercraft manufacturers are rising to meet the needs of today's boaters.
Because of this, each year brings new boat trends, features, and capabilities for the coming season. As for 2018, here are some of the boating trends you'll see.
Bigger and Better
There's no doubt about it, the boating industry continues to find ways to outdo themselves year over year. In 2018, you can expect to see size becoming a focal point. Bigger boats with higher capacity for passengers and cargo are growing in popularity. With all of the added features for ease and comfort (which I'll get into in the next section), boaters are spending more and more time out on their watercrafts. With the spacious boats, you'll find on the 2018 market, there's room for everybody and everything.
Getting it Your Way
Pontoon preorder options continue to grow every year, and 2018 is a long way past choosing whether you want loungers or swivel chairs. I mean, those options haven't gone anywhere, but there is so much more to choose from.
Pontoon owners who like to be the life of the party can customize their watercraft with extra large decks, top-of-the-line stereo systems, and extra stow capacity for entertaining essentials. And pontoon options aren't just for the party-minded boater. There are near-endless options for boaters who are looking for family fun, fishing, and cruising, too. And whether you're in the market for practical, luxury, or a little bit of both, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Boats for the Incoming Generation of Boaters
Another trend of 2018's boating season will be watercrafts designed for the first-time boat owner. Getting into watercrafts hasn't always been the most accessible, but that's changing. These boats trend smaller, making them easier for a new captain to learn and navigate. They still come with plenty of options, and they lean toward versatility and overall appeal.
So what does this mean for 2018? Well, if you visit any of the upcoming boat shows, you'll likely see these trends at quite a few of the booths and exhibits. And if you're interested in preparing for a boat buying experience, check out our eBook on the subject: