Deck boats are boats designed specifically to maximise deck space onboard. They are ideal day boats for family boating and pleasure cruising as they are able to accommodate large groups of passengers. These family-friendly boats are typically designed with ample seating for friends and guests and include a wide variety of on-the-water amenities. Deck boats can be divided into two broad categories: sport deck boats (or performance deck boats) and entertaining deck boats, although many models are a hybrid of the two.
How are Deck Boats built?
Deck boats are built from a variety of materials, from fiberglass to aluminium and composite construction. Performance or sport deck boats are typically solid fiberglass monohull designs (such as Hurricane’s SunDeck models) while entertaining deck boats can also include multihull pontoon boats built on aluminum tubes (such as Harris’ Crowne SL 270 and Escalante and Avalon pontoons).
What type of engines power Deck Boats?
Deck boats typically have either outboard or stern-drive I/O (inboard outboard) engines. Some deck boats may even be powered by jet propulsion, although they are usually referred to more specifically as jet boats in that case. Deck boats with sterndrives have the advantage of a clean transom which allows for easier access to the rear of the boat as well as room for larger rear swim platforms.
What optional equipment do Deck Boats have?
Deck boats have many available options from luxurious lounge seating and premium marine audio stereo systems to watersport add-ons such as towing towers and even hydraulic metal trim tabs for shaping the boat’s wake for water skiing and wakeboarding. Deck boats often feature innovative layouts, swim platforms, walk-through windshields, quiet sterndrives and high-end lighting.