Features to look for in a fish or ski boat

Features to Look For in a Fish and Ski Boat

Posted by: Mike Zunker on Mar 26, 2018 11:16:00 AM

You live for fishing or skiing, and trying to make do with a general purpose boat is starting to get in the way of your enjoyment. It's time to start looking at a specialized boat with the right set of features to make your outings perfect. Take a look at the list below to help you decide what your dream boat includes. 

Wide Platforms

You need a lot of space for angling, so a wide platform gives you a stable surface to move around on. This feature is particularly important if you want to take your fishing buddies with you because the last thing you want to deal with is an inability to cast.


Stowable Seats

A comfortable pedestal seat can make all the difference in the world when you have a long day of angling ahead of you. However, they get in the way whenever you're not in the mood to go fishing. Look for boats with stowable seats, so you can reclaim that space when you're waterskiing or doing other activities.


In-Floor Lockers and Rod Storage

Fishing and skiing equipment takes up a lot of space. You don't want it in the middle of the deck, taking up valuable real estate. In-floor lockers give you a convenient storage option for your rods and other essential items. Look for boats that offer lockers in varying sizes and positions. Oversized lockers give you a lot of flexibility with the supplies you bring, which is useful when you're going to be out on the water for awhile.

Think about how many friends accompany you on your fishing trips, as well as the total number of rods everyone brings. If you intend on expanding your rod collection in the future, you may want to consider rod storage that can grow with you.


Live Wells and Bait Wells

Do you enjoy participating in fishing competitions and need to bring your fish in alive? A live well essentially acts as an onboard aquarium. Your fish get the environment they need to make it to the weigh-in and release part of the contest. Have a good idea of the type of fish you want to catch when you're choosing this feature? The right live storage environment can be drastically different for various types of fish. You also have to consider the average size of your catch when determining whether the live well is sufficient for your needs.

Bait wells perform a similar function, but for your live bait. You end up with bait fish that are healthy and active, which can increase your chances of getting bites on your line. This feature also lets you stay out on the water longer, which is always beneficial when you're convinced that the perfect spot is just a little bit further.


Elevated Ski Tow Eye

Nothing ruins a good day of waterskiing quite like the tow rope getting caught in your engine. An elevated ski tow eye gives you extra breathing room with the rope placement, so you have less to worry about on that front. Since a rope incident has the potential to damage your boat engine, you want to take every precaution possible.


Fishing and skiing boat features turn a good day on the water into a great one. They address many quality of life issues, such as keeping fish alive during an extended trip and having a place to put everyone's rods. Keep a close eye on the boat accessories list when you look over your future fishing and skiing boat.

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