If you have memories of fishing with dad as a kid, you’ll love this list of 2014’s Best Fishing Boats. There were many boats to choose from, but we compared ratings, reviews, and rankings from Boating Magazine and Salt Water Sportsman to find the fishing boats that all the experts agree on. With the newest technology to maximize power and steering, these stylish yet functional boats would make any angler proud.
Top 3 Fishing Boats of 2014
Born from a collaboration between Scout Boats, Garmin, and Mastervolt, the Scout 350 LXF is designed to maximize convenience and recreation while you’re boating and fishing. With controls for docking lights, music, baitwells, mapping, and more available through an easy-touch system (and set up for control through an iPad), the 350 LFX allows anglers to do more with less effort.
Equipped with the “Scout Dual Stepped Hull Technology for higher performance and fuel economy” [source] the Scout 350 LFX is available with twin Yamaha F300 or F350 engines, and, for the first time ever, Scout also offers this model with a triple engine configuration with Yamaha F300s. This new model reaches a top speed of almost 70 mph!
Whether you’re casually cruising or seriously fishing, the innovative 350 LFX will help you do it in style while still saving enough room for all your gear.
Designed by renowned architect Jeff Seyler, the Sea Born FX25 is a new boat based on a 105” beam single step hull. An ideal blend between a sea boat and a bay boat, the FX25 can tackle deep waters or skim shallower areas while the wide beam gives stability. With the Verado power steering option, maneuvering the Sea Born FX25 is reactive and smooth while maintaining good visibility. Depending on the motor package and add-ons, Sea Born boaters can expect to reach about 50-57 mph in the FX25.
The cool aspect about the Sea Born FX25 is its versatility. Sea Born aimed to make a boat that was capable of fishing in multiple environments as well as for taking the family out for a joyride.
An NMMA Innovation Awards winner for 2014, the SeaVee Boats Z series is a high performance model line that features a stepped hull that is innovating the standards for “performance, efficiency, and handling” [source].
Compared to a standard deep V hull, a stepped hull makes the boat faster and more fuel-efficient. The SeaVee Z series throttle also rids riders of significant bow lifts during acceleration while the range of speed rails increases stability at all speeds, giving drivers maximum control while turning.
The 390Z improves upon the SeaVee 390 Series, which already boasted availability with triple or quad outboards, twin inboard diesels, and Volvo’s IPS system. With top speeds of 50+ mph (more speed is possible with the quad outboards), the SeaVee 390 is a high performance fishing boat capable of great speed. Combine that with the Z series innovations, and you have an offshore fishing boat ready to zip through fishing tournaments with ease.