Motor Boats

A Motor Boat is a generic term given to boats which are powered by an engine rather than sails. Motorboats can normally be classified under sections such as:


Speed and Sports boats, even though they are a type of motor boat, are covered in the Speed & Sports Boats section of this website.

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A Motor Cruiser is a type of Motor Boat which has been permanently fitted with accommodation for overnight stays. It is primarily used for holidays where overnight accommodation will be needed. Normally fitted with beds or bunks and often with a shower or a bath. Motor Cruisers are powered entirely by a motor as suggested by the name. Prices vary from under £10,000 to well over £150,000, depending on the size and accommodation provided. Jeanneau and Bayliner both have a range of affordable motor cruisers. A range of cruisers and motor boats can be found on the Bates Wharf website. Used motor cruisers can be obtained from Brokerages at prices from less than £1,000. Well known manufacturers of Motor Cruisers include:

  • Jeanneau
  • Broom
  • Fairline
  • Sealine
  • Princess Motor Boats


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A Day Boat (dayboat) is exactly what it says - it is a boat usually used for Day Trips and therefore tends not to have any accommodation on board. Examples of uses of Day Boats would be to go for a trip along the English South Coast or go fishing. Some DayBoats will have sail as well as motors giving the choice of power depending on the conditions. Prices for these boats varies from less than £1,000 for a used craft from a boat brokerage, to over £50,000 for a high end specification.The Jeanneau Cap Camarat is a good example of a motor day boat and can be acquired for less than £20,000 second hand whilst the Hawk 20 is a good example of a sailing dayboat

RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boat)

 Sadler RIB

RIB or sometimes known as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) is a craft with a rigid hull and inflatable tube around the top. Inflatables can be moved and carried easily to their place of use, ribs may require a trailer. Most inflatables can be put together, inflated and ready to use in a short time. They have excellent performance, handling and versatility and are known to be very safe. They are made in a range of sizes from about 3 metres(10 feet) for a tender type, up to around 9 metres (30 feet) for an large offshore boat. They have also been used for other purposes apart from leisure such as search and rescue work with the coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Well known manufacturers of these boats include:

  • Avon Inflatables Ltd
  • JCraft Ribs
  • Ribcraft Ltd
  • Ribeye Ltd
  • Sadler Ribs

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If you are planning on buying a fishing boat then there are a wide variety of choices which depend on the type of fishing you are planning to do. If you require a boat to flyfish from in a resevoir or lake then the fisher range from MCA Boats may suit your needs. For sea fishing the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 625 or the Orkney range of boats with their more traditional shape could be considered. There are also larger boats like the Scanfisher. Larger seafishing boats are built with comfort in mind and therefore spacious outside areas and cockpits are provided along with well kitted out galleys and cabins. Their websites are listed below:

  • MCA Boats
  • Jeanneau
  • Scanfisher
  • Orkney Boats Ltd


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