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Buying a Boat by Speed Potential


When you’re looking for the perfect vessel to help you enjoy a gorgeous day on the water, one of the most important criteria you’ll need to consider is how much speed your boat needs. It plays an important role in how you use your boat and how good a fit it is for your needs!

We here at Superior Boat Repair & Sales want to help you find the right match, so we’ve put together some tips for buying a boat by speed potential below. To learn more, or to see the boats we have for sale, contact our stores in Rancho Cordova and Homewood, California, today!

For Thrill Seekers

Anyone who’s on the water for high-speed maritime adventures is going to obviously need a boat that can satisfy their thrill-seeking urges. Many boat models and types will just be too slow or bulky to qualify, so you can scratch them off the list right away.

Typically you’re going to focus on boats that can go around 20 mph or higher, but remember that you’ll need a boat that you can still handle at those speeds. Try to find a balance between power and agility.

For Watersports

If you’re looking for a boat that can tow watersports enthusiasts, you’ll certainly need a fair amount of speed to keep the towline taut. But with something dangling on the water behind you, there’s such a thing as too fast. For watersports, you’ll need speeds between 10 and 35 mph, depending on the experience level and physical fitness of the person being towed. 

For instance, older participants or very young ones may not be able to stay upright and safe at certain higher speeds, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want the rush and enjoyment of taking part. Here, you’re looking for a balance between having enough speed and trying not to pay for power you won’t use.

You’ll also want to make sure your boat has some version of cruise control to keep the speed consistent. 

For Fishing

Of course, excitement and physical sports aren’t the only ways to enjoy a boat. If you’re looking to kick back, relax, and catch some fish, higher speeds will actually be a hindrance. Experienced anglers will tell you that disturbing the water with unnecessarily high-powered engines and making lots of noise is more likely to scare away the fish than anything. For a fishing trip, you should aim for speeds no higher than 15 mph. If that’s all your boat will be used for, buying a lower-powered model can save you some serious money.

Ready to find the right boat for your needs? Contact us at Superior Boat Repair & Sales for more information, or to see the boats we have available. We proudly serve the people of El Dorado Hills, Roseville, and Folsom, California—let us serve you today!

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