The best starter boat for families normally means a boat that checks all the most important boxes. This is why the Boston Whaler Montauk should be at the top of your list and one of the major reasons why it’s the best-selling boat of all time.
CLASSIC OR NEW
A beautiful thing about the Boston Whaler Montauk is you can buy it new or used. New Montauk’s are heavier and more comfortable than the “Classic’s”. However, a Classic version will save you thousands and hold its’ value better. The most popular length is 17 feet however, newer versions also have 19 and 21-foot models.
Families who want to cruise, fish, explore, travel, and enjoy water sports will all find the Montauk highly capable. While it may not do each one perfectly, it will do it all, and “doing it all” is a rarity for most boats. It is also a boat that’s just as comfortable in freshwater as it is in saltwater.
Unlike most boats today, the Boston Whaler Montauk won’t break the bank. A used “Classic” will cost roughly $15k-$25k (depending on power). A new Montauk 17 costs about $50k.
SIMPLE (STORAGE, MECHANICS, TRAILERING)
Without a doubt, one of the main reasons the Montauk is so appealing to so many is because it’s super simple. This Boston Whaler can be stored in the garage, is safe (unsinkable), is easy to clean, doesn’t have a lot of complicated systems, and doesn’t require a truck to trailer. I can’t over-emphasize how meaningful this is!
When family life happens and you’re too busy to use your boat, a Montauk helps you minimize the guilt. The reason is that with a Montauk you likely won’t have major (or any) storage costs and the fact that it’s inexpensive means you don’t have the guilt of a ton of money tied up in something you’re not using all the time.
The iconic Boston Whaler brand is synonymous with safety because all Boston Whalers are unsinkable and always have been. The Montauk is no exception. There’s enormous peace of mind that comes with these boats.
Of all the boats in existence, only a few hold their value exceptionally well. Boston Whaler is always at the top of the list and in particular, the “Classic” Boston Whalers. It’s this resale value that makes the Montauk a much easier decision to make for your first boat.
As you can see, the Boston Whaler Montauk makes a great starter boat for families.