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Pontoon vs. Bowrider – What’s the Difference?

Posted by Veronica On August - 7 - 2014

Deck Boat If you’re looking for a great boat to go with your Sebago lakefront property, you may be trying to decide between a deck boat and a bowrider. Both options can be a lot of fun, but boating is better when you have the right craft for your specific needs. Since each one has different strengths, you’ll want to carefully consider which one would be best for you. Then you’ll know you’re doing the right thing when you bring your new boat home and get ready to take it out on the lake. Deck boats and bowriders look a bit different based on the shape of the hull, but you can get them in similar colors and graphics, based on what you like.

Deck boats are designed with a flatter bottom and a bit wider stance, so they will handle differently than a bowrider. They also won’t have as much front lift when accelerating, so they aren’t going to come out of the water as far in the front as a bowrider would do. That can give them a bit more stability, especially if you have young children or others who are in need of a more sturdy boating experience. Considering the needs of every member of your family before you buy a boat is always a good choice.

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A bowrider will have a more pointed, V-shape to the hull. With that, you’ll generally get faster acceleration and quicker, tighter turning. In short, these kinds of boats can be more fun if you just want to get out on the water and zoom around and play. They aren’t necessarily as good for families with younger children, or for older people who need stability. If you’re interested in strong acceleration and significant maneuverability, though, a bowrider may be the right choice for you.

Both bowriders and deck boats usually have a “tow eye” on the back, where you can attach a rope for watersports. Both boats can be great choices for all types of water activities, from swimming to skiing. When considering your new boat, the strength of the motor and overall size of the boat will be most important for the majority of watersports. If you’re looking for seating capacity and storage, though, a deck boat will be the right choice for you. Because it doesn’t taper as quickly at the front, there is usually more room in a deck boat that is the same length as s comparable bowrider.

No matter which type of boat you choose to go with your Sebago lakefront property, boating can be a great activity that the entire family can enjoy. With a beautiful new home in a great location and a good dock, you’ll be able to take your boat out often and have plenty of adventures in it. Compare the stability of the deck boat to the maneuverability of the bowrider, take your family situation into consideration, and you’ll end up with the boat that’s best for your situation. Then you can enjoy it for a long time.

About the Author

As a broker specializing in multi-units and single family homes in Southern Maine, Veronica Schneider joined the real estate industry in August of 2004 bringing with her over eight years of experience in real estate management. You can find Veronica and Green Tree Realty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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