Philadelphia, PA - Deck boats provide versatile capabilities to satisfy most boating activities, with well-designed hull designs for stability and an optimal ride experience. Fishing or spending a fun-filled day on the water with family, deck boats can accommodate most activities on the water. Here are some of the best ones:
1. Tahoe 1950
The Tahoe 1950 is an exciting waterborne playground designed to give families an exhilarating waterborne experience, providing ample room for fishing, cruising, playing, and entertaining on its impressive waterborne platform and equipped with a Mercury 115 EXLPT FourStroke engine and seating for up to 10 passengers.
Bimini tops provide shade in the cockpit, and fore and aft swim platforms with telescoping ladders offer watersports fun. Anglers in your family will appreciate dedicated rod storage and an insulated fish box.
2. Hurricane SunDeck 187 OB
Hurricane SunDeck 187 OB deck boats have long been one of the leading trends for new families and those searching for an all-purpose boat featuring features such as Garmin GPS and storage underneath its helm. Plus, being an investment that retains value over time - they make for an excellent way to spend quality time together on the water!
The spacious bow provides plenty of space for everyone on board to kick back and unwind, protected by a large bimini canopy that covers everyone in the cockpit. At the same time, the Fusion AM/FM/Bluetooth stereo system adds another layer of comfort for an enjoyable time out on the water.
3. NauticStar 223 DC
The NauticStar 223 DC is an adaptable vessel capable of accommodating a range of water sports activities, with seating up to 10 passengers, including U-shaped aft lounges and parallel bow lounges. Plus, there are finished storage compartments for gear!
The boat boasts a deluxe head with porta potti for convenient bathing after a day on the water and a Simrad navigation system, Fusion stereo system, and bimini top for additional amenities.
A 150-hp Mercury engine powers this boat and can reach top speeds of 36 knots while cruising at 24. It features a shallow transom deadrise to enhance stability and an air-assist chine, which releases water for lift and planning to boost lift and planning performance. In addition, its rugged Deep Vee hull ensures an enjoyable ride regardless of conditions, with Seadek transom landing, forward and aft boarding ladders, and an optional fishing package offering live bait wells and fishing seats to give the user complete freedom over its potential capabilities.
4. Sea Ray SDX 290
Few things appeal more to day cruising families than large deck boats like the Sea Ray SDX 290 (formerly Sundeck) when it comes to day flowing. It was built for socializing while providing a smooth, dry ride.
This 21-degree deadrise offers excellent wave-cutting without banging or overcropping in various conditions. This boat feels responsive and agile when cornering with little lean observed from competing models.
Flip-back backrests on helm seats create the primary shaded seating area, with ample underfloor storage space and two small molded lunch tables that drop in (if you want to throw a party, have one custom-built). A single dash has enough height to mount standard 12-inch Simrad displays.
Powered by twin Mercury Verado 250 four-stroke outboards, this model maneuvers smoothly through corners while holding on tightly with minimal side slippage. Hydraulic steering makes for light maneuverability, making navigating this boat truly enjoyable.