2020 Boat Buyers Guide

Sport Fishing Magazine's 2020 Boat Buyers Guide features the top new boats on the market. Find all of the new boat reviews, boat pictures and boat videos.

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This is the seventh year of our Fishing Boat Buyers Guide. For six years, we tweaked the survey to sharpen our insight into your perception of fishing boats to get a clear idea of what would hook you on your next boat. 

This year, we flipped the theme and asked you not what you thought of boats on the marketplace, but what you thought of your boat. You’re loyal to it—most have owned their boat 10 or more years, but still look wistfully at the new models built with new technologies and new style. So, the central theme of this benchmark survey is: Based on what you know and love—and maybe hate—about your current boat, what demands will you make of your new one?

Not every revelation was a surprise, but some were. In spite of editorial infatuation with horsepower, 150 to 200 horsepower satisfies most of you. Dazzling glass cockpit displays with dual or triple touchscreen interfaces? Most of you want one combo rig in the dash or on a gimbal. And while those who want three livewells for live-bait fishing won’t buy a boat with just two, one or two satisfies more players than we expected. 

So, if you’re looking for a new boat, start here. It’s the compilation of over 3,000 anglers’ personal bibles on fishing in boats. This is the place to scratch your itch.  

In the Magazine

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Offshore: 2020 Boat Buyers Guide

Inshore/Coastal: 2020 Boat Buyers Guide

Electronics: Offshore vs. Inshore

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Offshore Boats

Offshore Boats' primary distinguisher is multiple engines. They are usually over 26 feet long and include center consoles, center cabins and express boats.

Inshore / Coastal Boats

Inshore / Coastal Boats are powered with a single engine and are usually under 26 feet long with shallow draft and include center consoles, bay, flats, some walkarounds and dual consoles.

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