If you are thinking of upgrading to a bigger, faster, sleeker new powerboat or, perhaps, switching from a sailboat, you would love to be able to customize your new watercraft to match your preferences. After all, a high-performance custom powerboat or yacht can be a significant investment, so being able to work with a consumer-focused manufacturer to include the features, operational components, and optional bells and whistles is essential.
Why Choose a Powerboat?
Powerboats are the range of watercraft that are propelled by one or more engines that drive propellers to move the craft forward. Engine configurations may be inboard, outboard, or inboard/outboard. The latter, also known as a sterndrive, is characterized by the engine secured forward of the transom with the drive unit extending outside the hull.
The types and categories of powerboats include those for cruising, fishing, and water sports like skiing, waterboarding, and just swimming. In many instances, a custom powerboat or yacht may come fully equipped for overnight trips or even serve as “liveaboard” accommodations having all of the comforts of home for those who dream of life on the water.
Since powerboats come in many shapes, sizes, and levels of performance, experienced and discriminating boat buyers can usually define most of the attributes they would prefer with their next boat purchase.
For a less experienced buyer, a review of the structural aspects and hull types, purpose and functionality, size, power, styling, hull types, maximum passenger load, sleeping accommodations, and, of course, cost-to-own may be helpful.
Where you will be using the boat is, of course, a key consideration. Boat designs that are safe in lakes, bays, or on rivers will differ in many aspects from those that navigate the open sea. Before purchasing your new custom powerboat, make sure it will be stable, adequately equipped, and appropriate for where you plan to go.
When beginning your custom powerboat buying quest, you should also consider initially the maximum number of passengers you may ever plan to accommodate. Choosing a custom powerboat that was too large or too small has resulted in considerable remorse later. Defining your preferred capacity helps to narrow the field of options considerably.
Note also that your cost of ownership of a custom powerboat increases with watercraft that require more space and additional ongoing maintenance. Transport and storage are typically more expensive with larger vessels.
Advantages of Custom Powerboats
Experienced sailboat owners know all about the positive aspects of sailing. But, until they try their hand with a quality, high-performance custom powerboat, they may not think about the advantages that these bring.
Positive advantages of powerboating versus sailing include:
- Traveling from point to point in the most direct manner, not dependent on wind speed and direction.
- A custom powerboat can be fast. If your time is limited, you can reach more places and do more things with a high-quality custom powerboat than with any sailboat.
- Motor-propelled boats do not require the complex skills that sailing does. And, you can socialize more easily with friends and family while underway.
- Skiing, waterboarding, and tubing are entertaining activities available while cruising in your powerboat.
How you plan to use your custom powerboat will determine many of the elements that you might need. Powerboat types listed here can serve multiple functions, so knowing all that you plan to do with your new custom powerboat will help you with your buying decision.
- Center Console: With 360° access around the perimeter of the craft, center console boats excellent for fishing, although they can be equally effective for pleasure cruising and watersports.
- Dual Console: Designed with two dashboards and windshields, a “walkthrough” passageway of a dual-console powerboat allows passengers easy access to seating in the bow area of the boat. These are great for just cruising, sightseeing, and socializing, as well as any watersport.
- Fish ‘n’ Ski: This powerboat category probably fits the “family boat’ definition the best. Usually 16’ to 24’ feet, these provide the hardware and storage for fishing along with the ladders and stowage for water skiing and swimming.
- Cruisers: Usually built 21’ to 45’ in length, cruisers can accommodate overnight stays. Cabins include galleys, an enclosed head, and may offer one to several sleeping berths, depending on the layout and size of the boat.
- High Performance: A high-performance custom powerboat is designed for speed. Fast, lightweight, and powerful, these accelerate and maintain high-speed over distances, allowing you to reach your destination far quicker than with conventional powerboats or sailboats. Do more, see more, and experience more in less time as you enjoy the thrill of skimming lightly over the water’s surface at high speeds in your custom powerboat.
- Power Catamaran: With their dual hulls, power catamarans offer a more stable ride and potential deck space with better fuel economy. These can achieve greater speed with lower horsepower than comparably sized single-hulled craft.
The type of hull your new custom powerboat should have is an important consideration. The choice can impact speed, stability, and other operating characteristics. Should you find yourself boating in extremely heavy seas, for example, the boat’s hull-type can make a significant difference in keeping the craft upright.
Hull designs are intended to either displace water or ride on top of it, known as “planing.” Sailboats and cruise ships have displacement hulls that are designed to displace or reach deep beneath the water level to maintain stability in even the most challenging circumstances.
If speed is your principal objective, as with high-performance custom powerboats, the boat should rise in the water as it accelerates and then skim across the surface to minimize the water’s resistance.
Here are the four general hull categories for boats, each designed for differing degrees of displacement and speed:
- Flat-Bottom Hulls- Stable and effective in calm, smaller bodies of water. These are great for a fishing outing at your favorite lake.
- Round-Bottom Hulls- Round-bottom hulls are displacement hulls, typically less stable, like the hull shape of canoes.
- V-Shaped Hulls- Defined as “planing” hulls, the V-shape displaces less water and, at higher speed, skims effortlessly across the top of the water. This hull is the most common in high-performance powerboats and often are paired with more powerful engines than flat or round-bottom boats.
- Multi-Hulled Designs- Boats like catamarans and pontoons feature two hulls, that are shaped for minimal displacement or planing. And, having more than one hull increases the boat’s stability. A catamaran custom powerboat like Mystic Powerboat’s amazing, customizable C4000 skims easily across the water at speeds above 100 mph with minimal displacement.
Customizing Your Powerboat
If you are planning to upgrade your powerboating experience, or switching from sailing to powerboating, Mystic Powerboats offers a selection of high-performance powerboats with many customizable features. Whether you prefer the slightly smaller, well equipped M3800 or the luxurious, best-selling M4200, you can work with the Mystic professionals to configure many features to match your personal preference. No cookie-cutter process here, you can design your custom powerboat to look and perform as you wish.
If your preference leans toward the performance, luxury, and style of Mystic’s double-hulled C4000 catamaran, you will have hundreds of options to personalize your selection. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.