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Powerboats come in many sizes and shapes. Some are single seaters with only a 15 hp outboard, all the way to 60' luxury speed boats with twin screws and every amenity possibly available on a boat. The type of speedboat you want is determined by where you will use it, how much you want to spend and how much you'll use it. That single seater will provide hours of fun for a small amount of money, but will be useless on the ocean. The 61 footer will be useless on a small lake and a blast on the ocean, but the fuel alone will match some people's monthly salary. There are several suitable designs that are easily adaptable to the ocean and lakes, while providing a good time without eating tons of gasoline. The Malibu vRide series boat is wide to encourage stability with high sides to avoid waves from splashing over. It also offers a transom deck to allow for easy out-of-water pickup. This boat also features a tower that called the Illusion X tower. It features a cover to keep the elements away and high mounted navigational lights so the boat can be better seen in high waves at night, if operating on the ocean. Another boat would be a Lund Alaskan. This small boat has a deep V hull configuration with a powerful engine. It's designed to handle rough water and also provide a stable platform for fishing. The deep V hull provides stability in waves by easily cutting through them, while it's high sides prevent waves from swamping the boat. The boats aluminum construction allows for easy maneuverability.
In general, any boat can be used on all types of water. Boating is inherently risky. The highlighted boats feature design elements that minimize the risk of a potential problems.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|