If you have recently moved to the coast or are just looking to upgrade your current vessel, the fishing boat market can be intimidating at first glance. If you are ever going to find a way to make a living in the industry, you will need a quality fishing vessel in Canada.
Hundreds of brands, sizes, features, and add-ons can quickly add up and understanding these differences is key to making an informed decision.
Following are the estimated cost of fishing boats in Canada:
- Smaller Vessels 16′-20′
Within this range, you will find skiffs, small centre consoles, dual consoles, and Jon boats. Prices can range anywhere from $10,000 all the way up to $50,000 and beyond for high-end brands. These vessels will be single-engine and have basic fishing functionality such as rod holders, optional Livewell, basic electronics, and family-friendly features as well.
- Mid-Size Vessels 21′-25′
Within this range, you will find dedicated fishing boats that have the basic offshore capability. Boats below 24 will most likely be single-engine but there are a few models of 24-25′ boats with twin engines if needed. Prices in this size range can vary from $50,000 all the way past $100,000 with a second engine being a big factor in the upper price realms. The brand name really comes into play in this area as does quality of craftsmanship.
- Larger Twin Engine Fishing Vessels 26′-30′
Serious fisherman begin buying boats in this range to reach offshore markers with the confidence of twin engines. With capability comes price, usually in the $150,000- $300,000+ range. Buying used is a common practice in this range as new boat prices may not be within the budget.
With the price ranges in mind, how do you decide what size to buy? The most obvious first checkpoint is price. The prices above are reflective of new boat prices so keep that in mind before ruling out a larger vessel.