What to Look For When Buying a Small Fishing Boat

If you are an avid fisherman and you have decided that the time is right to invest in your own small fishing boat, there is much to consider. First would be to decide whether you are going to buy a new or used vessel, and there are merits for both, but if you are new to boating and fishing combined, a second-hand boat would be advisable.

Calculating your Budget

Prior to actually looking at boats, you should crunch the numbers and see how much you can afford to invest in your boat. Obviously, a used boat will be much cheaper and if you search online, you will find a local new and used fishing boat dealer and you can see what they have. It is easy to search by manufacturer, condition or new and used and that will help you find the ideal vessel that best suits your needs.

Fibreglass Fishing Boats

Durable and excellent value, there are some Australian-made fibreglass fishing boats that are ideal for coastal and estuary fishing, such as Axis Boats, which are designed for shallow waters. These boats are light, very strong and with a 30-40 HP outboard motor, you have a fast and agile boat that can silently creep into a fishing spot, while having the power to move quickly, if needed.

Outboard Motors

Your choice of outboard motor would very much depend on the type of fishing and the location, and if you are at all unsure regarding motor selection, the boat dealer would have a wealth of experience and can advise you accordingly.


If you choose a top brand like Axis, Malibu or Northbank, you can expect a fair warranty on a used vessel and full warranty on a new model. It is important to have some form of warranty when buying a used boat of any kind, and when dealing with an approved boat dealer, you can rest assured the vessel has been thoroughly checked and is ready to sail.

Boat Size

Some small fishing boats can sit up to 12 people, although most are happy enough with a boat that accommodates 6 passengers, as not all would fish at one time. Once you have searched online and viewed a few boats, you can make an appointment to visit and inspect the vessels on your shortlist, and if you are happy with a deal, you can put down a deposit and sign the papers.

Essential Extras

Your boat would come with a state-of-the-art trailer, which is light and easy to move around, while putting your boat into the water couldn’t be easier with a modern trailer. The trailer would have safety features and a strong brake, plus it would have the electrics for lights and indicators.

If you search online, you will find a list of local boat dealers and when you find a boat that looks ideal, book an on-site viewing and then you can negotiate a good deal.