Top 5 Affordable Fishing Boats Jul 29, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Fishing can be an expensive hobby, particularly if you prefer to fish in the open water. At the same time, some of the finest fishing can be found on the open water with some piece and quiet, natural beauty, and impressive catches. To help cut down costs, you can find a budget-friendly fishing boat that can still take you where you need to go. Selecting an aluminum vessel with fewer features can dramatically cut costs. Here are just a few of the great fishing boats that any prospective angler can enjoy.

Crestliner 1860 Retriever


If you would accept a basic fishing boat, then this Crestliner is a great option. You have a 23-gallon live well, along with casting decks both fore and aft. These casting decks even feature pedestal mounts for fishing seats, and there is 52-quart cooler to store refreshments. The boat has 90 horsepower but is under $20,000. If you’re a hunter as well as an angler, this aluminum boat has a camouflaged option that you can take on your next hunting trip.

Carolina Skiff 17 DLX

Without an engine, this boat can cost you $14,000, which means it will still be incredibly affordable even when you add the necessary motor. You can get a version with 50 horsepower for less than $16,500. The boat has a flat-bottom hull for extra stability and a spacious upside that is easy to keep clean with space for electronics and an 18-gallon livewell for bait or fresh catches.

Smoker Craft 162 Pro Angler

Smoker Craft

Just the name of this boat lets you know that it was clearly designed for fishing. It costs less than $20,000 and has a stylish hull-side with multicolor swirling graphics. The keel and multiple strakes help with handling, and you can easily make sharp turns on a narrow waterway to find the best fishing grounds. This 60 horsepower comes equipped with fishing seats, additional seat bases, 25-galllon livewell, and weather protection from the full wraparound windshield—not to mention a six-year warranty.

Sun Dolphin Pro 94

If you want to go fishing and don’t need an engine to take you out into the water, then you can get very affordable boats, including this one for $999. It is made from high-density polyethylene and has a battery box, live well, swivel seats, and motor mount. It displaces just 150 pounds and is 9’4” in length. While most people will want an engine or some extra features, or even a larger boat, this model is perfect for those who are on a tight budget.

Tracker Pro Guide V 16

Tracker Boats

For those want a motor but don’t have a huge budget, this particular fishing boat can cost under $14,000 and will never get above $19,000. It can run on one of three engines for either 25, 50, or 75 horsepower. The 16’ boat fit three movable fishing seats with five bases, a spacious cockpit, and 23-gallon livewell. If you are new to the sport, you can be reassured that your boat will not be a problem with a lifetime structural warranty plus a five-year stem-to-stem one.

If you’re an interested angler, don’t stay in the shallows, get on the open water with one of these affordable fishing boats.


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