The sun is shining once again, which means it’s time to hit the water. If you’re still shopping around for the perfect boat, Alaska Mining and Diving Supply is here to help! This is a hefty investment, so it’s crucial that you choose the right fishing boat for your needs. We’ve covered the basics below. For more information or to browse our inventory, stop by our dealership! We’re conveniently located in Anchorage, AK! Our staff would be happy to answer your questions and help you narrow down the options.
One important consideration when choosing a boat is the size. If you’re strictly planning on solo trips or only taking one other person along, you won’t need a ton of space. However, if hitting the water is a family affair, you’ll want to have plenty of space and select features, such as a cabin and a T-top. Smaller crafts are ideal for calm waters but you’ll need something bigger when navigating deep, choppy waters.
The hull on any boat determines what type of water it’ll perform best in. Flat, wide bottom boats are the best choice for peaceful waters that are shallow, such as small lakes, ponds, or rivers. If you attempt to take a craft with a V-hull into shallow water, you’ll risk running aground and stranding yourself on a sandbar. Not to mention that you’ll probably damage your craft. On the other hand, a flat-bottom fishing boat will be tossed around by churning waters out in the open ocean. You’ll want something more durable if these are the types of waters you’ll be venturing into.
Another consideration you’ll want to keep in mind is the activities you have planned. This will have an impact on the size, shape, and power that’s needed. For example, a small flat fishing boat will do great when you and a few friends head out to cast your lines into the water on a calm day. But if you’re planning to entertain a large group for a fun-filled day of cruising, you’ll need something much bigger, like a pontoon. Watersports boats will need to provide ample power for towing and generating wakes. You’ll want to figure out your ideal activities and select a fishing boat accordingly.
Ready to find your dream boat? Visit us at Alaska Mining and Diving Supply to check out the models! We’re conveniently located in Anchorage, AK.