How to choose the right boat for your family?

Is there anything nothing better than family time on the water? From fishing, water-skiing, tubing, racing or cruising – there are so many possibilities for outdoor fun and spending precious time with loved ones when you own a boat.

Of course, all boats are built with different activities in mind, so it’s best to know what it is your family are likely to enjoy doing in order to pick the right vessel for your crew.

Ultimately, the goal is to find a match between the features on the boat that you require and the budget that you have set to purchase a new or used boat.

At Terrace Boating the team recommend considering the following features for your next family boat:

Comfort & Space

Does the boat have family comfort in mind? Is there plenty of cushioned seating and how many passengers can sit comfortably and safely? Is there a roomy deck or walkable bow section? If you don’t feel comfortable onboard your boat there is every chance you won’t use it.

Available Storage

Will you need to take luggage, equipment or accessories? Looking to pack food or watersports equipment? If so, you’ll want to know whether the boat has appropriate storage for all your needs.


Fishing is a fun family activity and there are boats on the market perfect for your frequent family fishers. Are you into extreme water sports? Water-skiing? What about boating to a remote location to park and dive? Ensure that the boat you choose has the capacity to get you where you want to be and achieve the activity that interests you.

Length of the average expedition

Will you be on short day trips to spend time with friends and family, or are overnight adventures on the horizon? Whether your family boat requires bedding and sleeping provisions or not will impact your choice of boat and your budget.

Safety First

When taking your loved ones out in on open waters, boating safety is paramount, and having the right features to protect your family should come first. Is the hull design strong enough to withstand rough conditions if you’re planning trips out to sea?

The right boat for your family will depend on your family size, the ages of your children, and the water sports you all enjoy, among many other things.

If you have a budget and a wish list in mind, come in and see the team at Terrace Boating. One of our experts will be happy to help you narrow down your options and make the right choice for your family.

Summer is almost here and there’s nothing better than family time on the water. Boats are fun – now is a great time to get yourself one.

See you soon at 2382 Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae, NSW or phone (02) 4983 5600.

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