Boat Types & Buyers Guide
Get ready for the Chicago Area Boat Show and sales event this year by reviewing our buyer’s guide with some of the boat types that will be on display.
Parking and admission are free for you and the family to view over 100 new and used boats and trailers. Featuring the top boat brands on display with on-site, long-term, low-rate financing available! Get Pre-Season pricing, show special pricing, and in-stock availability on some of the following boats.
This boat type is designed for day cruising and recreation, bowriders are typically between 17’-35’ long and allow access to the bow for sunbathing, relaxing and general seating. Bowriders are agile, and versatile, they can be purchased standard or with high-end finishes customized for your liking, making them a top choice for boat buyers who anticipate up 8-10 passengers.
A top choice for waterskiing, this type of boat is typically made of light fiberglass and has an inboard engine so propellers are far away from the edge of the boat, tucked into the bottom of the boat. These boats typically place the engine in the middle of the boat, and they host a control tower where various accessories can be attached, along with in-floor ski lockers and safe attachment areas for tow ropes. Ski boats run with strong acceleration and minimum wake sizes producing a level ride for smooth skiing.
Wake Board Boats
To get wakes as big as possible a wakeboard boat functions with features like a deeper-v-shaped hull and the engine at the back of the boat. The boat’s running attitude changes with extra weight, also called “ballast”, or specially crafted tabs or hydrofoils, in order to pump up and shape the wakes to create the perfect launch ramp for wakeboarders to achieve their biggest air. Propellers are tucked well under the bottom of the boat for safety and performance; steering is accomplished via a pivoting rudder.
This boat type is recreational by nature, Cabin cruisers are generally equipped with cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities and are ideal for buyers who want to feel the sun above and the ocean below. Typically in the 25 – 45’ range, these vessels offer all the essentials of home, including air conditioning, hot water, a galley (kitchen), head (toilet), and multiple berths (sleeping accommodations).
Cuddy cabins are ideal for day cruising, watersports, and other on-the-water activities such as fishing and swimming. Cuddies swap the open-front seating area in the traditional bowrider for a small, enclosed cabin where a v-shaped bed and possibly a small head, galley, and freshwater sink.
Deck boats have a wide front deck to carry more passengers with a look and performance more like runabouts. Deck boats maintain their width farther forward than a bowrider or runabout, with a square bow vs. the V-shape of other boats, adding more forward seating.
Jet Boats offer a high-performance powerful ride leaping onto the plane with little hesitation, boasting thrilling speeds and handling with unparalleled agility even in shallow waters. A boat buyer’s dream! This type of boat uses an easy-to-maintain propulsion system enclosed in the hull so no propellers to get in the way of streamlining their raw power.
Pontoon boats are designed to float on large pontoons, and are the number one growing boating segment due to its stylish interiors, stand-up bars, sun pads, and entertainment options. Since pontoon boats offer more space and more carrying capacity than any other boating type, they are the popular choice when it comes to relaxing days on the water with family and friends. When equipped with larger engines they can reach 60 mph.
Built for versatility, this boat type is often used for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. All-purpose fishing boats are a perfect choice for a versatile boat that is capable of a wide variety of tasks. All-purpose models typically feature a deeper-V boat bottom, or “hull”, and have higher sides for protection.
The selection of types of boats at 2022 Chicago Area Boat Show and Sale Event will be spectacular! Join us at Munson Marine in Fox Lake, Illinois. We’ll help guide you further if needed in your decision-making.
Summer is right around the corner, and a summer out on the water is always a better one!
Chicago Area Boat Show & Sale 2022 Will Feature New & Used:
- Pontoon Boats
- Jet Boats
- Deck Boats
- Ski Boats
- Cuddy Cabins
- Cool Boating Accessories
- Boat Trailers
- Boat Parts
- And More!