Depending on your specific needs whether it’s angling, recreation, family time or water sport activities there are different types of boats for you. This makes purpose the most essential element when choosing to purchase a boat. The moment you have determined what you will be using the boat for it becomes relatively easy. All you have to do is look for boats within your budget and if they perfectly suits your needs. Second-hand boats offer many advantages including saving money whilst still having fun in the water.

Some boat manufacturers however, are set apart for their excellent reputation. A lot of examples can be used to argue the case for a number of boat brands to be on this list but when you consider factors such as overall sales, search popularity, consumer satisfaction, resale value, these 10 brands lead the pack.

Bertram

This iconic brand may not build as many boats as it did in the past or have as wide a selection as it was offered (in manufactures only that 35, 50 and 61 models today) It still continues to attract huge followings and win awards such as Boat Traders “Boat Madness” popularity tournament. Bertram’s legendary place is also solidified by the fact that older models are constantly refinished, repowered and resold especially the 28 and 32 models for prices way higher than other boat models of the same age.

Boston Whaler

This legendary boat brand is another brand with many awards in its bag. It has won over 15 awards in customer satisfaction alone. In the history and industry of boat building Boston Whaler will always be associated with reliability and durability. There’s hardly anyone who has never heard of a Boston Whaler. For decades they have remained at the top of the industry building some of the best water crafts the world has seen.

Chaparral

Chaparral is a boatbuilder with a wide range of range of options including water sport boats, wake surfs and bowriders. As well as cruisers, ranging from 19 to 33 feet long. On our website Chaparrall is one of the most sought after brands, also scoring high points in Boat Traders ” Boating Madness” tournaments. On Boat Trader it is the most searched boat brand and number three on Ranker.com. These achievements are why Chaparral is placed high on our list.

Grady-White

In the world of fishing boats few brands have a name as prestigious as Grady-White. The Grady-White’s brand has the highest customer satisfaction ratings on modern boat brand reviews, as well as every third-party survey. It doesn’t matter what ranking you use J.D. Power and Associates, NMMA CSI awards or Marine Matrix, Grady-White is the brand that tops all brands.

grady white fishing boats

Grady White Fishing Boats

Lund

Founded in 1948 and specialising in aluminium boats Lund has remained highly ranked particularly in the North and midWest of the nation. Last winter the NMMA innovation award was won by Lund. One of its vessels was also voted “Best Boat For Your Money” by Boat U.S magazine.

This builder offers a diverse selection of models from pontoons, fishing and water sports boats to name a few.

Mastercraft

Mastercraft is at the top of its game when it comes to single-mission watersports vessels. Play six on Ranker’s voice boat rankings and has won five of the last six innovation awards, state-of-the art technology driven, boat building facility in Vonore, TN has also won awards.

Sea Ray

Sea Ray’s popularity is no secret. It sits at the top of Rankers lists and has more I was in its repertoire than any other brand (especially awards like NMMA, product quality, CSI, Editors Choice and J.D. Power and Associates). Boat dealers for Sea Ray also occupy the highest number of spots in the Boating Industry’s hundred top hundred dealer rankings.

Tracker

When ranking tracker boats, we also take into account their range of pontoons marketed as Sun Tracker. When pontoons are added to the fishing boat sales they are one of the top-selling brands in the nation. On Boat(.com) tracker has a number of boats on the most searched list, as well as taking the NMMA CSI awards for six straight years. The brand mostly produces fishing and utility boats as well as some hunting models alongside their pontoons.

Yamaha

Yamaha’s placement on this list is no mean feat as they consistently the top choice for consumers buying jet powered boats in the 19 to 24 foot range, making them the only jet-powered boat builder on our list. They are top searched for Brand on Boats.com as well as placing eight on best brand list by Rankers. Recently, Yamaha delved into the world of fishing boats by introducing a pair of jet powered centre consoles which are a new innovation in addition to their regular watersports and bowrider range offerings.

Viking yachts

Most buyers will not be able to afford a Viking because of its luxury status. Making them more expensive than average buyers budget. It is one of the most respected boat builders in the world. On Boat Traders “Boating Madness” Viking yachts made it to the finals. To ensure its quality is not compromised over 90% of Viking yacht’s components are built by the company itself. It also has the lowest depreciation rate for boats in its size class. Currently Viking offers motor yachts designs and fishing boats ranging in length from 37 to 93 feet.

You can get these brands and many more on www.marineservices.co.nz/boat-sales.


James Cummings

By James Cummings
who is Founder and CEO of dailyposts(.co.uk). He is a business psychologist and serial entrepreneur.

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