The Best Boats for Exploring Sightseeing and More


After months of staying close to home, I’m sure you’re ready to go on a trip. Though we can’t travel safely by plane in the immediate future, there are certainly ways to work around that. With gas prices remaining low, this is the perfect opportunity to either hit the road or the water. We prefer the water (obviously).

We have researched some boats for exploring, sightseeing, and more. 

Whether you enjoy a spacious stern that can fit multiple passengers or an eco-friendly craft for a long-haul boating adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Keep in mind – these are a few of the many fantastic options. Though we have highlighted a small sample size, there are many more boats that work great for sightseeing and exploring.


Packing in the Whole Family

Lowe SS 210

Let’s start with the “minivan” of boating. The Lowe SS 210 is perfect for growing families, who need a bit more space. It can accommodate up to 11 passengers with its large bow and stern lounge seats. There is plush carpeting, a sun pad, stereo system, and a round table, making this the perfect vessel for family fun on the water.

Chaparral 19 H20 Sport

What’s great about the Chaparral 19 H20 Sport is the amount of storage it offers. There’s plenty of room to store items under the seats and a large storage locker in the passenger console. There’s even a dedicated in-floor storage compartment for your wakeboard. You’ll find a cooler tucked beneath the transom seat and a rear sun pad with a walk-through transom. This boat utilizes every nook and cranny, optimizing the space perfectly. 

Cobalt 23 SC 

This big, luxurious bowrider offers families the perfect ride. The Cobalt 23 SC features a reversible transom seat, full swim platform, Bluetooth stereo with 6 speakers, 40-ounce carpeting, walk-through transom, LED bow dock lights, and bow and stern ladders.


Long & Far Boating Adventures

Corbin 39 

This sailboat cruiser is able to complete some impressive voyages. The Corbin 39 is often used as a live-aboard to sail around the world. If you’re not quite ready for that, it’s still a great option to use for overnight travel. It features a canoe-stern, flush-deck pilothouse cutter, and either an aft or center cockpit. The flush deck is wide and spacious and includes inside steering.

Four Winns 290 Horizon

Four Winns managed to pull off a modern boat design that blends a bowrider and cabin cruiser. The 290 Horizon has a cockpit forward of the windshield, while still including cabin amenities. The passenger’s side console is fully enclosed and the captain’s console includes a changing room with a berth. However, the berth is small. Your weekend trips could really only include two people.

Aspen C100 Escape 

Looking for an eco-friendly option? This is your ride. The Aspen C100 Escape gets 3 miles to the gallon. The asymmetrical hulls are designed to counter the torque coming from one side of the boat, helping it run straight and true. If you cruise in a slower speed, you could travel over 1,500 miles on a single fill-up.

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