Many fishermen — particularly those with children in the 8-to-15-year-old range — find that family truly takes over their on-water focus. This is why family-friendly boats are in high demand.
Kids and spouses love water, love fishing, love cruising, and love water sports. For them, a truly versatile family-first boat fits the bill.
This is why many boatbuilders now consider families when designing even the most dedicated fishing vessels, installing convenient cupholders, grab rails, even cushioned seating.
Family-friendly models prove perfect for folks whose sport fishing still dominates their boat use, folks who occasionally entertain onboard or take their kids to a sandbar.
Here is a list of family-friendly boats that will not break your bank:
Boston Whaler – 190 Montauk (priced at $33,908 to $60,833)
Classic good looks meet modern-day utility in the 190 Montauk, a well-designed center console boat that rises to any occasion with confidence. Throughout, Whaler’s unmatched attention to detail inspires and empowers, as the 190 performs admirably every time. Generous fish-fighting space is complemented by smart rod storage that keeps your arsenal within reach. Non-skid flooring and stainless-steel grab rails ensure safety. Built-in fuel tank, bow locker, two-rod holders, and crystal-clear console instrumentation.
2350 Bay Ranger (priced at $71,999 to $79,468)
The 23-foot 2350 Bay Ranger has enough room for eight people. Including port and starboard lounge seats, a contoured bench, and dual-seat leaning posts. Storage includes a 120-quart cooler, a 30-gallon live well, and a bow casting deck with hidden storage. This family-friendly boat also comes with enough space for 10 rods and a swim platform with a ladder.
Sea Ray SPX 190 OB (priced at $28,476 to $47,685)
At almost 20 feet in length, this is the perfect family boat to take your weekends further at an affordable, family-friendly price. The combination of a very spacious cockpit, versatile option packages, easy handling with big outboard power, and stylish Sea Ray design opens up what your weekend can be. Abandon the couch, put off the yard work, and go further.
Sailfish 236 CC (priced at $31,890 to $70,110)
The 2017 24-foot Sailfish 236 CC remains one of the better inshore and offshore family-friendly boats, that is perfect for fishing. It’s built for trailers, has a hardtop frame, and plenty of open deck space. It also has ample built-in storage, including two 120-quart fish boxes, a 30-gallon baitwell, and much more. The boat includes wraparound seating, ski pole, swim platform, and an integrated ladder, for family-focused activities. You’ll also find the 236 CC with engines ranging up to 300-hp.
Grady-White Freedom 215 (priced at $62,725 to $102,901)
The 21-foot dual console boat Freedom 215 is a great performance boat in a highly affordable package. The 215 is an enviable sportfishing platform but is clearly designed as a family fun boat. Grady’s classic comfort plus the core heritage of rugged offshore fishing boat quality, safety, reliability, value, and performance make this 21-foot dual console a superior choice.
Scout 215 XSF (priced at $55,180 to $85,000)
One of the top family-friendly boats is the 24-foot Scout 215 XSF. It can do everything a family needs and delivers as a serious fishing vessel too. Standard features include swim platforms, leaning post, a 72-quart cooler, and even a Bluetooth stereo. The wraparound seating has optional back-rest inserts, plus the ample coffin box storage area doubles as seating. If you’re looking for extra’s, you can add a T-top, a portable toilet, and much more.
Century – 24 Resorter (priced at $70,422 to $157,740)
The 24-foot Century 24 Resorter is a multi-purpose family-friendly vessel. It can easily handle major offshore fishing, a day out cruising, or high-speed watersports. The comfortable seating area includes folding armrests, a removable table area, and a ski tow pole. The captains and port seat both spin 180-degrees, with the port seat being easily flipped into a lounger. Ample fishing storage includes baitwell, rod boxes, and tackle box.