Boat Types


Outboard Boats

Outboard boats are vessels powered by an outboard motor, which is a self-contained unit attached to the transom, stern (rear) of the boat. The outboard motor includes the engine, gearbox, and propeller, and it can be easily removed for maintenance or replacement. The propeller end of the motor can tilt up out of the water, whilst the boat is beached or going aground thus preventing damage to the motor.


Key Features

Versatility - Suitable for various activities such as fishing, waterskiing, and cruising.

Ease of Maintenance - The outboard motor's external position makes it easier to repair or replace.

Shallow Water Operation - Ideal for navigating shallow waters due to their raised engines.

Portability - The motor can be detached, making transportation and storage easier.


Common Uses

Recreational boating



Short-distance travel



Motor Boats

Motor boats are powered by internal engines (either diesel or Petrol) and are used for a variety of purposes, ranging from leisure activities to transportation and commercial operations. They come in various sizes and types, including speedboats, cruisers, and yachts.


Key Features

Speed and Power - Equipped with powerful engines for quick travel and towing.

Variety - Includes types like speedboats, cabin cruisers, and luxury yachts.

Comfort - Often come with amenities like cabins, kitchens, and bathrooms for extended stays.

Versatility - Suitable for both freshwater and saltwater use.


Common Uses

Leisure cruising

Water sports

Long-distance travel


Sail Boats

Sail boats rely on wind power for propulsion, using sails to harness wind energy. They range from small dinghies to large yachts and are a popular choice for both competitive sailing and leisurely cruising.


Key Features

Wind-Powered - Uses sails to capture wind and generate movement.

Eco-Friendly - Minimal reliance on fuel, making them environmentally friendly.

Variety - Includes different types like catamarans, sloops, and ketches.

Traditional Appeal - Offers a classic and serene boating experience.


Common Uses

Recreational sailing

Competitive racing

Coastal and offshore cruising

Live-aboard lifestyle



Narrow Boats

Narrow boats are long, slender vessels designed specifically for navigating the narrow canals and rivers of the United Kingdom. They are typically used for leisure and living on inland waterways.


Key Features

Slim Design - Usually 6.10 feet (2.08 meters) wide, allowing passage through narrow canals and locks.

Slow Pace - Designed for a leisurely pace, ideal for scenic cruising.

Residential Use - Often equipped with living quarters, making them suitable for long-term living.

Unique Charm - Offers a unique, historical charm with traditional designs and decorations, and steering by a traditional tiller.


Common Uses

Canal cruising

Live-aboard homes

Holiday and leisure trips

Floating accommodation



Fishing Boats

Fishing boats are specialised vessels designed for catching fish and other marine life. They vary widely depending on the type of fishing, from small freshwater boats to large commercial trawlers.


Key Features

Specialised Equipment - Equipped with fishing gear like rods, nets, and traps.

Storage Facilities - Includes live wells and storage for catches.

Stability - Designed for stability in various water conditions, from calm lakes to open seas.

Variety - Ranges from small dinghies to large, fully-equipped commercial boats.


Common Uses

Recreational fishing

Sport fishing

Commercial fishing

Trawling and long-lining


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