Discover what’s available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing.
The idea that there is any boat out there that is better than all the rest is simply a myth. There is simply no such thing as the best fishing boat, best family boat, best center console, or best bay boat.
What does exist, however, is a “best boat” for you – for your fishing needs, your cruising needs, your comfort, and your budget. In fact, somewhere among the 60-plus boat manufacturers featured in our 2020 Boat Buyer’s Guide, you’ll probably find more than one “best boat” that can provide many seasons of enjoyment on the water.
In 2015, Albemarle and Carolina Classic united to become Albemarle Boats, The Carolina Classic. Albemarle builds 25, 32, and 36 Express models, 27 and 31 Dual Consoles, and a 41 Custom Carolina Edition. The new Albemarle 30 Express, to be unveiled this winter, will offer hardcore fishing amenities in a compact express package.
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Aquasport is a classic boat brand that has been around for decades. Their 2021 lineup includes three bay boats, a dual console, and four center consoles, including a flagship Aquasport Boats 3000 center console that will be unveiled this winter.
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The legend lives on in the new generation of Blackfin Boats with brand-new models that feature yacht-like, high-end design and innovative construction. Expect classic design and modern conveniences throughout their lineup of center and dual consoles from 22 to 33 feet.
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For 60 years, Boston Whaler has engineered reliable and forward-thinking boats. While their legacy is built upon simple, classic boats under 20 feet in length, improved facilities and technology have allowed for larger, more luxurious boats—including the flagship Boston Whaler 420 Outrage.
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Explore the Century 2900 CC Century is a classic American brand that has been building boats for more than 94 years with a focus on quality, attention to the smallest details, and impeccable dealer and customer service. Century Boats‘ models range from 22 to 32 feet and offer luxury and comfort while still being fishing-focused.
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Explore the Cobia 350 CC Cobia Boats mesh tournament capability, family comfort, and style into a single package. Every model is built to be safe, last a lifetime, and maximize every precious moment away from the dock. Cobia offers a full range of center console and dual console fishing and family-friendly boats.
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Contender’s clean lines and aggressive entry make it a good-looking, comfortable-riding, fast boat. With 35 years of experience, they have built a reputation for building high-quality, durable boats. Contender Boats offers fishing-focused boats in their Bay, Tourney, and Sport series.
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Crevalle Boats are family-friendly fishing platforms built with a focus on reliability, durability, and excellence in design. Head offshore, fish inshore, or sandbar hop with the family in their stylish, popular bay boats.
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EdgeWater fishing boats are used by serious sportsmen who demand practical features, reliability, and durability. With their proprietary Single Piece Infusion construction, they achieve a strength-to-weight ratio that, when combined with their variable deadrise deep-V hulls, produces remarkable handling and performance.
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Everglades builds premium boats of the highest quality on legendary Bob Dougherty-designed hulls. Their model lineup includes three bay boats, a 34 dual console, and seven center consoles from 23 to 43 feet.
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Grady-White Canyon 336 Grady-White designs and manufactures an extensive lineup of center console, dual console, and cabin boats with innovative designs, exceptional attention to detail, and award-winning performance. The result is a boating experience that inspires unmatched customer satisfaction and camaraderie among those living “The Grady Life.”
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For offshore fishermen who want to take advantage of every weather window, Hatteras Yachts builds luxury offshore sportfish yachts from 45 to 70 feet in open, tower, flybridge, and express layouts. On rugged hulls built to maintain cruising speeds in rough, offshore conditions, you’ll find endless amenities for tournament-level fishing and yacht-level luxury.
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When Jack Henriques immigrated to the United States, he brought with him four generations of Portuguese boatbuilding experience. He founded Henriques Yachts in 1977, and over 40 years later, the company builds to order at their factory in New Jersey. As semi-custom boats, they can be tailored to your requirements.
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Invincible Boats builds both traditional monohulls and catamaran multihull fishing boats with a focus on achieving incredible performance. Their hybrid semi-asymmetric multihull provides safety, maneuverability, and exceptional ride. Expect high top speeds and long range with loads of deck space.
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Jones Brothers makes tough big-water boats for light-tackle fishermen. Popular with fishing guides and hard-core anglers, they are economical to run and have plenty of freeboard and flare to keep you safe and dry.
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Every Jupiter Marine is individually built to the exacting specifications of the sportsman who demands the very best in offshore performance. Their time-tested and proven deep-V hull design is built for running efficiently through all conditions in comfort, while also offering speed when you want it.
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Mako’s reputation for being rugged and durable has attracted Northeast fishermen for years. Mako Boats incorporate super-strong transoms plus a unique stringer grid system that’s bonded to the hull to create tremendous structural rigidity. Mako offers center consoles from 14 to 41 feet.
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Maritime Boats 2090 Skiff Built in New Hampshire, Maritime Boats combines traditional New England looks with modern construction techniques and state-of-the-art design. Maritime founders Paul Hureau and Bev Brown’s original concepts of simplicity, fuel efficiency and continued emphasis on function over form from which created there first skiff in 1991 still guide the company today.
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Parker Boats builds boats for “strength, implicity, and seaworthiness” with an efficient hull design that allows them to plane easily and run economically. Parker offers center console, dual console, walkaround, and sport cabin designs.
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Release Boats has incorporated fish-ability and function into an attractive package. Their hulls feature hand-laid fiberglass composite construction, foam-filled box-beam stringer grid, and all stainless or bronze through-hulls.
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Explore the Robalo R360 At Robalo, building world class fishing boats is a passion and a way of life. A leader in the marine industry since 1968, Robalo is renowned for its heavy-duty construction, legendary ride and unwavering desire to stay on the cutting edge of innovation.
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Sailfish builds fishing boats, designed by anglers for anglers, to withstand the rigors of inshore and offshore environments and loaded with standard features for fishing enthusiasts. Whether cruising to dinner or fishing the canyons, Sailfish Boats provide a lifestyle worth dreaming of.
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Sea Fox Boats has grown to offer a full line of center consoles, bay boats, side consoles and dual consoles. All are paired with Yamaha outboard power, along with a multitude of leading-edge technologies and innovative features.
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Sea Hunt offers affordable saltwater center console and bay boats. The Gamefish series delivers what serious fishermen demand in a center console boat. They come ready to fish with standard features such as multiple insulated fishboxes and livewells, and the Gamefish 25, 27, and 30 have side entry doors, recessed trim tabs, and hydraulic steering as standard equipment as well.
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SeaVee Boats builds an award-winning line-up of semi-custom sport fishing boats on classic deep-V hulls and stepped hulls. They are available with features and options that appeal to hardcore anglers and fishing families alike.
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Seaway Boats of Milton, New Hampshire builds classic, efficient boats with workboat roots. Classic, head-turning lines combined with modern layouts and composite materials result in traditional designs with sport boat performance.
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Scout Boats designs and manufactures world-class luxury coastal sportfishing boats. They offer models from 17 to 53 feet, each packed with timeless innovations, technology, and trendsetting features.
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Skeeter crossed over to the bay boat market in 1992 and today is a major player, with an SX line of saltwater inshore models. From the back water to blue water, a Skeeter can get you there and back.
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Explore the Southport 27FE Southport‘s hulls are designed the maximize the performance and power of modern outboard motors, while using the most cutting edge composite construction methods. The combination of legendary hull performance, beautiful lines, and modern construction make Southport a leader in its class.
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Sportsman Boats manufactures an intelligently designed series of center console, dual console, and bay boats with deep forward entries that provide soft and dry rides. The open series ranges from 21 to 31 feet. Designed for serious anglers but lacking nothing for the family outing, the series features angler-driven layouts with optimized deck space and storage.
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Long Island-based Steiger Craft was founded in 1972 and continues to produce fiberglass fishing boats in six different sizes and various models, ranging from 21 to 31 feet.
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Striper’s hand-built V-Trac hulls with deep, wide bows and self-bailing decks perform with power at speed while delivering nimble control when trolling. Striper Boats build center console, dual console and walk around boats from 20 to 23 feet.
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Tidewater boats have an impressive look, with clean lines and a Carolina flare in the bow, and an even more impressive price range. Their solid feel, dry ride and spacious cockpit will give any captain the confidence needed to take this offshore machine into the battle-tested Northeast waters.
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From the legendary builder of Viking sportfishing yachts comes Valhalla Boatworks with a line of high-performance center consoles. The patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel offers a soft, dry and efficient ride. From the V-33 to the V-37 and V-41, expect big-boat amenities and technology.
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Started by brothers Bob and Bill Healey in 1964, New Jersey-based Viking Yachts has grown to be a premiere manufacturer of quality convertible yachts, open yachts and motor yachts ranging from 37 to 92 feet.
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More than 50 years of boatbuilding expertise makes Wellcraft Boats the landing place for fun, fishing, family time, and more. You can find a Wellcraft to handle every type of fishing in the Northeast, from trolling Lake Ontario for salmon to heading offshore for tuna.
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World Cat 325 CC World Cat boats deliver a smooth, soft, fast and dry catamaran ride in even the roughest, toughest conditions. Their dual hull designs deliver racecar like performance, and while traditional monohull boats slam you hard when coming down, World Cat’s smooth ride provides better boat control and less abuse on you.
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Yellowfin Boats’s philosophy is to offer serious fishermen the best fishing boats money can buy by using high-quality materials and the best construction methods regardless of cost. They build skiffs, bay boats, and center consoles to 54 feet.
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