Inflatable Boats or Aluminum Boats? Which Kind of Boats Suit Me?

all-boatsConfuse, confuse, confuse! I am confused! What kind of boats should I buy? Aluminum boats or inflatable boats? Which kind is better? Aluminum boats are good but inflatable boats seem nicer. Arghh… What should I do?

Well, if you are in such situation, the first thing you should do is to keep all your money/credit cards tight in you wallet, and then lock it in your drawer! Do not buy any boat in such confusing situation! Make yourself clear first before taking any action otherwise you will end up regretting on the improper boat you bought.

Choosing the boat kinds is just like choosing yourself a shirt.What will you consider when getting a shirt of your own? Yes, you will properly ask these questions.

– How am I using it?

–  Where am I using it?

– Who else is using it?

–  How much I afford to spend?

These 4 questions will directly guide you to what you need for sure. You have actually got all the answers within yourself. Calm down and start thinking now.

Basically, there are 2 kinds of boats, hard-sided boats and inflatable boats. Hard-sided boats are built with hard materials and are fixed in features such as aluminum boats. On the other hand, inflatable boats are built with fabrics that could be deflated and inflated at your fancy. Obviously, inflatable boats are more mobile in this case.

1)How am I using my boats?

Every single boat is designed for different activities. Some are even specialized in one purpose. Thus, choosing the boat of your favor depends a lot on the activities you going to do.

Attention No.1: Loading Capacity Of The Boats

Make sure the boat you chose meet the requirement of your activities, especially the requirement of the loading capacity and the flexibility. A big and aluminum boat doesn’t mean that it can carry more as the weight of the boat itself might just have consumed most of the loading capacity. However, the light weight inflatable boats have no such worries. The buoyancy tubes which are inflated with air provide a more efficient loading capacity.

Attention No.2: Multi-function Of The Boat

By the way, some inflatable boats are designed for multipurpose use. Activities such as paddling, sailing, rowing, fishing and cruising just best fitted on inflatable boats. Thus, it’s important for you to make yourself clear, what activities you want to do with your boats. Compare with inflatable boats, aluminum boats do have some limitations, as they are not flexible enough to transform.

2)Where am I using my boats?

Boating on a lake is totally different from boating on the sea. Beware of this statement.

Attention No.3: Materials Of The Boats

Some boats are not designed to cope with the strong UV and the salty water on the sea. Thus the materials of the boats are essential for where you going to use the boats. Sea eagle inflatable boats which built with 1000 denier reinforced material are simply the best whether on sea water or lake water.

Attention No.4: Stability Of The Boats

Besides, stability is another point of consideration. As there are waves in the ocean, a more stable boat and proper keel design are needed to overcome those rough sea water. Buoyancy and materials of a boat play a big role here.

3)Who else is using my boats?

Beside you yourself, who else will be using the boats? It is equally important for you to consider the ability of other users(if any)to control/handle the boats.

Attention No.5: Light Weight Of The Boats

If you have children and they are using the boats too, beware of the weight of the boats. Whether they can launch the boats themselves or not has to be taken in consideration. Inflatable boats are free-and-easy boats. Inflation of the boats is easy with an air pump and the air light weight should not be a problem for children to carry.

Attention No.6: Friendly-user Handling Of The Boats

A lesser power motor boat should be chose for first time boater as lacking of experience will definitely cause difficulties in handling the boats. Just do not forget to take consideration on other user(if any)when choosing a boat.

4)How much I afford to spend on my boats?

The budget is one of the issues here. When come to choose a boat, other than the price of the boat itself, please do not forget about the fee behind the boats. What I mean here is those extra fee such as storage, insurance, fuel&gas, trailers, repairs, lodging, setting up a tow vehicle, ski, licenses, permit and maintenance fee. It will be such an amount of money to take care of a boat.

Attention No.7: Transporting & Storing Cost Of The Boats

However, inflatable boats with the ability to deflate just save up a lot of transporting fee as you can keep the clothes stack size deflated inflatable boats in your car boot. Unlike those aluminum boats, you have to not only deal with trailers and towing machines, but you have to deal with the storage problem as well. Storing an aluminum boat definitely will cost you something.

Attention No.8: Fuel-Consuming Of The Boats

Besides the storing issue, the light weight inflatable boats need lesser power to be moved and as a result, you have just saved up pennies on fuel. Comparing with aluminum boats, a bigger hp engine is needed to move the boats in a way concuming more gas.

Attention No.9: Resale Market Of The Boats

Inflatable boats are considered economical not only because of the cheaper price of the boat itself and its attribution to save, the good residual resale price is just an add-on privilege.

Choosing aluminum boats or inflatable boats is really depends on yourself. Considering on the ‘attention point’ mentioned, you are very clear which kind of boats suit you most. However, I will definitely recommend inflatable boats due to the advantages inflatable boats have. The convenience and all-in-one functions that inflatable boats provide are just unbeatable.


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Sail Boat – Know About The Sail Boat

all-boats2When a boat floats on water, there are many ways of keeping it moving. Oars, Paddles and Engines are some of the ways of pushing a boat forward on water. A sail boat uses the wind as the primary engine to move through the water. Since a sail boat uses the wind, there are no noisy engines and no smelly fumes. The sail boats come in different sizes, ranging from a personal craft to a luxury yacht.

What Is A Sail Boat Made Of?

Whatever be the size of a sail boat, all sail boats have certain common features. You may need to get familiar with these essential parts of a sail boat and their functions. A sail boat has eight principal parts that helps in having an exciting, but safe, sailing experience. The eight parts of a sail boat are;

1. Bow – The front part of the sail boat

2. Stern – The rear part of the sail boat

3. Tiller – The part that steers the sail boat

4. Deck – An area of the boat where you can stand while sailing

5. Sail – A sheet that helps in capturing the wind to set the boat moving

6. Hull – The body of the boat

7. Mast – The vertical pole structure that spreads the sail

8. Rigging – A host of ropes of lines that are attached to the sail and mast to help in trimming and hoisting the sail, and in controlling the direction of the boat while sailing

The sail is indeed the most important part of the sail boat as this is what propels the boat across the waters. The direction of the boat is controlled by the swivelling of the sail while capturing the wind to move the boat forward.

What Should You Know To Set Sail?

Sailing is a skill which is earned through practice. It is also important for you to know the various parts of the boat and how they help in your sailing expedition. You may sail solo (alone) or sail along with a group of 4 or 5 persons depending on the size of the sail boat. If you are sailing in a group, it would be of an advantage if a few of them knew about handling the sail boat as much as possible. This is important if the sea gets suddenly rough and you find it difficult to handle the sail boat alone.

You would also need to ascertain the sea conditions before you set sail. The equipment that you use needs to be checked for wear and tear or damages in order to ensure a safe sailing.


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Looking For Boat Sales Online

all-boats3The biggest problem most people have with boats is their eyes. I am not suggesting that you will enter a boat sale looking for a cheap tinny and end up buying a Sealine SC35, but you could still purchase a boat that you love but don’t really need. You must therefore make your mind up to stick to the type of boat and price range you have set for yourself. Once you have decided that there are other things to think about.

How many people will be in the boat at one time? If six, then a two-man tinny will not be enough. Do you need speed for skiing, or quietness for fishing? How about storage: do you need a trailer? If so what size? How about the material – aluminium, wood, fiberglass . . .

The questions are endless and you can’t answer them all immediately, so settle for some basic ‘musts’ and then go hunting for boats for sale. You can check out what is available, and make your choice with your basic needs in mind, so if that Malibu ski boat looks mouthwatering forget it – you have come to purchase a fishing boat, but if it can pull skis into the bargain then fine.

When buying a boat from used boat sales there are certain things that you have to be aware of, starting with the condition of the boat. Without going into that too deeply, if your intended purchase warrants it, make sure you get a proper marine survey carried out by a qualified boat surveyor. You won’t need that for a cheap boat, but not all used boats are inexpensive, and even if it means delaying your offer, make sure you get an expert to give it the once-over, or do it yourself if you are capable. It might also be worthwhile having the engine given the once-over.

Next, make sure you check the ownership papers and make sure that the seller actually owns the boat, or it might not be yours for too long! Also make sure that it does all it is advertised to do. It won’t be the first time that somebody has bought a fishing boat with no space for live bait and no rod storage. Check everything advertised and makes sure it is there, including the GPS and Fishfinder if they are advertised.

Once you are happy with all of that then you should be in a position to buy it. But how? Are you going to write a cheque or do you have a suitcase of cash? Most buyers looking for boats for sale require boat finance, but having managed to get your bid accepted before all those others with their eye on ‘your’ boat you will now have to pay for it. The seller might not be enamoured if you tell him you now have to disappear and get your finance sorted out, and you will make contact in a few days. No chance! The deal is off and your greatest rival gets his or her hands on your boat!

What you should do is to get your boat finance approved in advance. Most finance companies will do this, so that you can enter a boat sale knowing that you have your finance already arranged. That will also serve to keep you within budget and prevent you going in to buy a Horizon Sunrunner and coming out with Elegance having mortgaged the house and the wife! Keep your eyes only on what you need, and have your finance already organized.

However, before arranging your boat loan, you should work out what you can afford to repay each month and then calculate how much you can offer for your boat. There are many sites online offering boat loan calculators to help you do that, and you can use one to enter a few alternative interest rates and repayments periods in order to achieve that.

Obviously the higher deposit you can pay, the less you will have to borrow, or alternatively, the more expensive boat you can afford to purchase. However when you are looking for used boats for sale it cannot be overstressed that you should stick to your needs because if you overspecify you could end up paying a lot more than you can genuinely afford for features that you will rarely use.

Rather than being an object of pleasure your dream boat could be an anchor round your neck and your wallet, and you might end up resenting it. So decide what you want, make up your mind to stick to that and not have your eyes turned by a beautiful body (the boat!), get your finance agreed in advance and go hunting for boats for sale. Oh! – And don’t forget to insure it!


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How to Buy a Fishing Boat

all-boats4About 90% of us live less than an hour from a navigable body of water. That means that boating is a great means of entertainment that requires just a little travel time. Believe it or not, boating can greatly reduce the amount of stress in your life as well. A National Marina Manufacturers Association survey of over 1,000 American households listed boating in the top-three of all stress-relieving activities. One of the top activities among boaters is fishing. We’ve all been told that fish is good for you. Learning how to buy a fishing boat allows you to catch your own fresh fish thus improving your health as well.

Many people would love to have a boat in their garage, but they think they can’t afford it. While buying a fishing boat can be expensive, there are actually many options out there when buying a boat. Almost all boat dealers offer financing for your boat, and lots of the time, you can get payments under $200 a month. Many new boat owners will buy used as their first fishing boat. A lot of times people upgrade their boats and sell their old boat. This can be a great way to get into your first fishing boat without spending a lot of money. Let’s look at what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the types can get lost on beginners and not all boat are well suited for fishing, so we’ll look at some of the most common boats.

Bass Boat

These boats are the most common of ‘fishing boats’. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors and many have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminum or fiberglass. Aluminum is lighter and easier to maneuver, needing a smaller motor than a fiberglass boat. An aluminum boat is easier to transport and requires a smaller vehicle when towing on a trailer. The most common size of fishing boats range from 16-20 feet long and provide anywhere between 50-200 HP. Almost all have live wells for storing your catch as well as separate compartments to store rods, reels, and tackle. Aluminum boats can be a little cheaper than fiberglass with prices between $5,000 and $30,000 new depending on the bells and whistles. The most popular size of aluminum fishing boat is 17′ with a 50 HP motor. Fiberglass boats are designed to be flashier. They come in a range of colors and are capable of much higher speeds than aluminum boats. Fiberglass boats can handle rough waters more easily and are high performance boats. If you want to fish professionally, you want a fiberglass boat. The price range for buying a new fiberglass boat is usually $10,000-$75,000; depending on options. Most popular is an 18 foot boat with a 150 HP motor.

Pontoon Boats

These are great boats if you like to enjoy relaxed boating with a lot of people, but still want to be able to fish. This is a definite consideration in choosing the right fishing boat. Pontoons are lightweight and designed to make maximum use of space. They have wide open decks with lots of seating so they can accommodate large numbers of people or several fishermen at the same time. Depending on the size of motor you have, it’s not uncommon to be able to use a pontoon boat for skiing or tubing as well. These boats are also very appealing because they are usually lower priced than other boats and have a variety of uses. They are easy to customize to your unique needs as they are made in a variety of models. Pontoon boats are great for socializing and can be used on lakes or even larger bodies of water. One drawback is that due to their size; the smaller inlets, backwaters and channels where the big fish hang out are usually inaccessible for fishing. In my opinion, this is the greatest of ‘all-around’ boats.

House Boats

House boats are designed to be a home away from home and are most often used as weekend getaways for families and friends. They are floating homes with a 360 degree swimming pool surrounding them. They are best suited for inland waters and lakes. This makes ideal for fishing open waters, just like on a pontoon. Many houseboats have all the comforts of home. There are sleeping cabins, a kitchen or galley, even air conditioning. Common sizes of houseboats range from 20′-65′ with an average cost for a new boat at around $60,000. They are ideal for long vacations and slow cruising. For fishing they have the same size restrictions as a pontoon.

Ski Boats

Also known as speed boats or motor boats, these are made for skiing, inner tubing or wake boarding. They can have either outboard or inboard motors alike and are capable of fast speeds. They make a minimum of wake that is ideal for skiers. Ski boats range from 18′-22′ and can cost an average of about $25,000 new. They are generally used on lakes, but they can also be taken on larger bodies of water. If you want to have boat for fishing as well as recreation, this is a great boat. However, cost and storage are strong considerations to think about. Ski boats are designed to stow fishing gear.

Bowriders

This boat is traditionally called a “runabout”. They are popular with many boaters because of their versatility. They range in size and features, some having a freshwater supply and bathroom. They are perfect for water sports including skiing and wakeboarding as well as cruising. Top speeds can vary from 30 mph to 70+ mph. Some manufacturers have hybrids that include fishing features. Bowriders are between 16′-24′ long with prices of $8,000-$40,000, for a new boat. Most have an inboard motor, but some can have outboard motors as well with between 50-400 HP. Very nice boats, but not laid out very well for the fisherman.

Sailboats

These boats are powered by the wind that hits their sails and generally doesn’t have any type of mechanical propulsion system. Sailboats come in three categories: Day sailer – A day sailer is a small boat designed for comfortable sailing but without sleeping accommodation. It has a roomy cockpit and can have an outboard auxiliary engine. Cruiser – A cruiser is a medium-sized or large boat that has a cabin with sleeping quarters, toilet, and galley and generally has an auxiliary engine built inside. Racer – A racer is a boat designed for speed and ease of handling, often at the expense of comfort. The two popular styles are the racer-day sailer designed primarily for racing and secondly for day sailing, and the cruiser-racer designed mainly for overnight cruising and secondly for racing.

In learning how to buy the right fishing boat, you will first want to consider what types of other activities you will be doing. Do you want to get into waterskiing? Will you only be fishing in your boat? Would you like to take overnight trips have large amounts of people along with you? Another consideration when choosing a fishing boat is to make sure that it is affordable for you. You won’t want to strap yourself with a payment that will cause financial problems for you. Figure out how much you want to spend and find the best boat within that range.

Here is a quick look at what you might expect to pay as a boat owner in addition to the cost of the boat and trailer. This is VERY important since you need to make sure that you’ll be able to operate your boat once you get it, so factor in these costs before you even start making a choice. Expenses may vary by your region, but this can give you a rough estimate. · Damage/liability insurance: $400-$800 year · Towing insurance $100/year · State registration $50-$200/year · Routine mechanical maintenance $1000/year · Major mechanical repairs $500-$4,000/year · Fuel $100-$1000/month (although at the time of writing this gas was nearing $4.00 per gallon, so add around 25%) · Miscellaneous expenses $750/year · Marina storage $200-$800/month · “Dry” marina storage $200-$400/month · On-trailer storage $60-$120/month.

Remember to match your boat to your skill level so that you aren’t stuck with a boat you can’t drive easily. You will also need to think about what type of water you are going to be boating on before you buy a boat. If the only place close to you is a small lake, you don’t want a 30′ cabin cruiser. Then again, if you want to cruise around the ocean, a 15′ power boat isn’t a good idea either. If you have the money or plan on keeping the same boat for a very long time, go ahead and buy it new. However, often your best bet is to buy a used boat.


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8 Reasons Why You Should Choose Inflatable Boats!

all-boats5When speak about the advantages of inflatable boats, it just can’t be finished within 10 pages. Believe me, inflatable boats just have their unique advantages over those traditional boats. I have shortened and categorized the advantages of inflatable boats into 8 categories, which are:

Advantage No.1: Flexible

As known, the very first advantage of inflatable boats is their flexibility. What I mean here is inflatable boats could be deflated and kept in your private car boot. You can bring inflatable boats with you wherever you go. They just do not need boat trailers or huge truck to be transported.

Besides transportation issue, the convenience of inflatable boats brings no headache to storage issue as well. After being deflated and folded nicely, inflatable boats just size like a stack of clothes.

Whenever you need inflatable boats, you can just take out straight from your car boot. Inflating them with a foot pump just take around 30 minutes (maximum) and if you are using an electric pump, 15 minutes (maximum) is what you need to enjoy boating.

Advantage No.2: Stable

Inflatable boats are built with 2 large buoyancy tubes on the side and a flat floor in between of them. The large size buoyancy tubes provide a low center of gravity for the boats as well. These designs make inflatable boats sit flat on the water surface, making inflatable boats almost impossible to flip over.

For example, 435ps paddle ski from sea eagle give ultimate stability. Comparing with normal paddle canoe, it is mush more stable due to the two separate buoyancy tubes on two different sides. The features of inflatable boats just best suit those who like to stand up fishing and those scuba divers who need to flip backward to the water, as well as pulling up themselves from water.

Advantage No.3: Large Loading Capacity

Due to the designs of large buoyancy tubes, the loading of inflatable boats could be huge. Together with the stable attribution, inflatable boats just could upload a large loading of cargo or person without any unsteadiness.

For example, Sea Eagle 12.6 SR, a runabout boat with exterior dimension 12’6″ x 5’4″ just can be loaded with as much as 6 adults or 1600lbs. Inflatable boats just give a higher loading capacity.

Advantage No.4: Inflatable Boats Light As Air

Although the loading capacity of inflatable boats is huge, that doesn’t mean inflatable boats are heavy. The fabrics that produce inflatable boats are very light in weight.

For Sea Eagle inflatable dinghy, SE 9, it is only weight 38lbs for the boat and 74lbs for boat, floorboard and motor mount(For your info, SE 9 could be loaded with 1200lbs or 5 adults).Using the comparison of as light as air in inflatable boats is no over-exaggerated.

The light weight of inflatable boats makes inflatable boats launch easier. Only 2 adults are needed to carry out the inflatable boat from water after using. The light weight of inflatable boats just makes people love inflatable boats more.

Advantage No.5: All-In-One Function

Inflatable boats are designed for all-in-one purpose. No matter you want to rapid, paddle, sail, row, or even cruise, inflatable boats just can transform into the boat you want.

You might just be inspired by Sea Eagle explorer 380x kayak, which can cut through those rough, class 4 white water. Sail cat 15sc which looks like an inflatable sailing raft just provide you the ultimate all-in-one function. Combining with an electrical trolling motor, an evening cruise just await you outside.

Advantage No.6: Strong And Durable

Many years of enjoyment is what inflatable boats meant to be as an inflatable boat is ready only after a serial of experiments and trials. Inflatable boats could not be pushed to the market without gone through many quality controls.

With those quality controls and the fine materials, inflatable boats are strong and durable. Building with 1000 Denier Reinforced material, Sea Eagle inflatable boats are simply the best. The plastic coated transom in Sea Eagle inflatable boats keeps the transom secure from the damaging effect of water seepage.

Advantage No.7: Economical Boats

Inflatable boats are economical boats. Aside from the lower price of the boat itself, the maintenance fee of inflatable boats is equally low.

Example gas-consuming, as inflatable boats are very light in weight, less power is needed to move the boats. Less power means less gas consuming. Besides, the resale of inflatable boats is easy and with good residual prices as well.

Advantage No.8: 3-Year Warranty And 30 Days On-Water-Trial

On top of these advantages, Sea Eagle just offers 3 years warranty and 30 days on-water-trial for all Sea Eagle inflatable boats.

You can get a full product refund if you are unsatisfied in any way within 30 days from the date of delivery. Use sea eagle inflatable boats on water and ask for refund if you are not satisfied. Besides, 3 year warranty just allows you to send back your inflatable boats for free repair or no-charge replacement. It is indeed secure with sea eagle inflatable boats.

There are actually a lot more advantages of inflatable boats, but I think it’s time for you to find out yourself. Until then it’s your turn to talk about your inflatable boats.


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