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Boat Buying By Price Point: A Guide


In the United States, smaller watercraft are pretty popular. Of all boats on the water, 95% are less than 26 feet in length. Why? Well, one reason is that smaller boats can be towed on a trailer by the average SUV or truck. Plus, there's an abundance of freshwater lakes and rivers in the U.S. that are best enjoyed with a smaller boat. So, of all the small boats, which typically gives you the most utility for your money?

Price Point

Establishing a firm price point that you plan on searching for boats at is the first step. From there, you can decide upon other factors like purpose, material, and features. So, here are some price ranges and how they will help you get the most out of your boat.

  • Up to $500
    You're probably not going to get a whole lot of boat at this price point, but you can get a killer kayak or canoe. Sometimes fishing and quiet creek exploration are better when done from a small watercraft like a kayak.
  • Up to $1,000
    This still isn't the biggest budget in the boating world, but you definitely can find some gems and stretch your money if you look around. Jon boats are flat bottom aluminum powerboats and you can find them fairly close to $1,000 from a used boat dealer in Michigan.
  • Up to $5,000
    This is where you start to find more decent options. There are many good deep v hull multi-species boats you can find from a reputable used boat dealer in Michigan.
  • Up to $10,000
    Bass boats are still a stretch on this budget, but you might be able to snag an older model on the used marketplace for this price. Some newer fish/ski boats also become a possibility here.
  • Up to $50,000
    This is a hefty budget. You will definitely be able to get a brand new bass boat at this price. There are also a good amount of pontoon boats for sale in Michigan that are well below this price.

When it comes to boat shopping, it pays to browse only within your price range. It's easy to get carried away with all of the beautiful luxury options out there. Stick to what you can afford, but don't be afraid to spoil yourself a little bit. Being out on the water is what you love, so enjoy it!

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