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Whether you enjoy cruising in the fresh waters across Florida, or fishing along the saltwater coastline, you can find used bay boats, flats boats, inshore and offshore boats, as well as hybrid boats to help you make the most of your next adventure on the water.
When it comes to fishing, a used bay boat is ideal for catching redfish, sharks, tarpon, grouper, kingfish and many other Florida coastline fish.
Higher gunwales allow for superb offshore fishing on calm seas, while the shallow draft allows maneuverability within the shallow waters.
Bay boats are outfitted with an outboard engine and stern drive propulsion, with 50 - 250 HP. Standard equipment includes rod holders, livewells, ice coolers and dry storage, with optional bimini canvas or T-tops. They can generally range between 16 - 22 feet in length, and can accommodate three people comfortably.
Fishing enthusiasts and professionals alike use Flats boats (also called “skiffs”) to catch redfish, bonefish, snook and other prize fish that prefer the calm, shallow waters across Florida.
Suitable for water that is 12 inches deep; some skiffs have a shallow enough draft to be used in as little as 5 inches of water. They are built with enough casting deck space on the bow and stern for fishing and come equipped with rod holders, tackle storage and livewells.
These boats come standard with an outboard engine propulsion, however they have the advantage of being easily maneuvered with a pole. Flats boats range between 17 - 25 feet in length, and can accommodate up to three people.
Both Bay boats and Flats boats are ideal for the shallow waters and fair weather Florida provides for fishing. They are not suited for skiing, traveling or cruising. Standard boats can be reasonably priced and are easy to transport due to their light weight.
Offshore boats are generally designed and built to withstand the rigors of offshore conditions and are perfect for long-distance cruising, offshore sport fishing, or a combination of both.
Offshore boats are “larger” with respect to footage, deck space, console space, and a wide beam. Standard features generally include in-console head, a T-top, stereo system and easy access to systems via a transom door. To keep your guests comfortable, many boats also come with plenty of storage compartments, built-in cup holders, charging ports and comfortable seating throughout.
For the fishing enthusiast, offshore boats also include multiple aerated live wells and fish boxes for storing your prized catches.
The durable build of offshore boats allows you to go further out, stay out longer, and remain safe and comfortable in less than favorable conditions.
Bay boats have exploded in popularity during the last decade, as many anglers have sought to fish the middle zones along the Florida coastline. A boat that is rugged enough to cruise the rougher seas, but shallow enough to glide along grassy flats.
Hybrid bay boats are best classified as a “multi-purpose boat”. They combine a V-shaped bow that helps the vessel cut through ocean chop, and drafts shallow to glide along the flats making it versatile for back bays, coastal, and offshore runs.