Runabout Boats for Sale
The Perfect Multi-Use Vessel
Dating back all the way into the 1920s, the runabout boats have proven to stand the test of time. These small vessels are comprised of either wood, metal, or fiberglass, and provide an agile, versatile boat that is perfect for many water-related activities. Runabout boats generally have the capacity to seat between 4 and 8 people and can be used as pleasure boats, fishing vessels, water skiing, or even as a larger ship’s tender. With the multiple uses of these boats, runabout boats for sale today are on the top of many boater’s wish lists.Read More
The first runabout boats made in the 1920s utilized primarily a wood format. The boats were heavy, but due to the deep V hull design. The design allows the runabout the plane quickly without having to push a lot of water aside just to come up to the correct speed. The runabout boats for sale today are designed to be more of a pleasure style vessel and many have resorted to using fiberglass hulls because they are lighter and easier to place on a trailer or on a larger boat for transport. Although this is the modern way of doing it, many classic runabout styles still maintain the wood building format.
Quite possibly one of the best examples of the classic runabouts that utilize the wood building format of old is the Chris Craft brand. These boats are still largely made by hand and use a variety of hardwoods for the build. The iconic brand utilizes the classic design and even has a few runabout boats that maintain a small interior cabin and a head compartment for overnight stays for up to two people.
Runabouts are available with several different engine choices depending on the needs of the boat. The engines have the capacity to be either gas or diesel engines so when looking for runabouts for sale, the buyer can choose the exact engine style and configuration they desire.
The most common engine choice for the runabouts is the inboard motors. These offer a clean exterior diving platform and are mounted directly to the hull under the craft. The engine style maintains a clean look throughout the entire vessel when utilizing an inboard and it can make getting on and off the boat easier and safer for smaller children.
For those who want to see the engine power, the option of the outboard engine is available, but the outboard will affect the classic look of the vessel. The advantage of an outboard is there is no need for a rudder, since the engine itself turns and acts as the rudder.
Jet drives are another common style of engine for a runabout as they are designed to be as agile as possible. With a jet drive engine, the speed is produced by expelling water through the swiveling nozzle. Apart from the speed capabilities of these engines, the main advantage is they are tolerant of shallower waters, so using your runabout for island hopping is an option.
Common Runabout Brands
Whether looking for the luxurious runabout boats or simply something to jaunt from one port to another, there are a lot of brands to choose from. When choosing a runabout boat added features such as increased engine strength and the LOA will impact the final purchase price.
- Boston Whaler
- Electric Boat
- Four Winns
- Chris Craft
- Master Craft
- Sea Ray
Purchasing a new runabout can cost upwards of $15,000 for the basic variety, but for the more exclusive brands, the costs can easily run into the $100,000 +. The pre-owned boat market is an excellent and cost-effective ways to purchase a runabout and Vessel Vendor can help. Check with the lister about possible transferable warranties.
It is also advised that buyers purchase a boat trailer for their runaround boat. Many listers will offer trailers as part of the sale.
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