Average Fishing Boat Length (With 37 Examples)

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If you’re in the market for a new fishing boat you might be curious about what’s the average length that people buy. There are a bunch of different lengths you can pick from and in this post, I’m going to be talking about the average length of each type of fishing boat and what the ranges are.

The average length of a fishing boat is 18 feet long. Fishing boat lengths will vary depending on the type of boat and the style but the average range length is between 10 and 26 feet long.

Boat Average Length Length Range
All-Purpose 18 feet 8 inches 14-22 feet
Jet 21 feet 7 inches 19-24 feet
Bass 18 feet 9 inches 16-21 feet
Inshore 23 feet 3 inches 19-25 feet
Pontoon 21 feet 11 inches 16-28 feet
Jon 14 feet 8 inches 10-18 feet
Canoe 13 feet 7 inches 11-16 feet
Kayak 11 feet 4 inches 10-12 feet
Average Length 18 feet

The reason you’d want to know the length is probably to see if you can store it. There won’t be anything worse than if you drive home with your brand new boat and it’s a few inches too long to fit in the garage. This post will hopefully answer your questions and give you a better idea of what you can expect.

All-Purpose Boat

all purpose boat

An all-purpose boat is something you can use for fishing, skiing, cruising, or pretty much anything else. They normally have a v style hull (looks like a speed boat) and are great for people who want something that can do it all.

The average length of an all-purpose fishing boat is 18 feet 8 inches long. Obviously, it’ll all depend on the model and brand you get but this was the average for some of the more popular boats on the market.

You can normally find these types of boats as short as 14 feet and some of them can reach up to 22 feet. The longer boats are usually more money but it’ll all depend on what you’re going to be using it for. If you’re using it at the lake and only have a few people, a 14 or 15-foot boat should be plenty.

Boat Length
Crestliner 1850 Sportfish 18 feet 11 inches
Lund Crossover XS 1775 17 feet 10 inches
Lund Adventure 1675 16 feet 10 inches
Tracker Targa V-18 18 feet 2 inches
Champion Rage R22 22 feet
Average Length 18 feet 8 inches

Jet Boat

jet boat

A jet boat is usually something you’d use in the river but you could still bring it to the lake and have an awesome afternoon. They could have a v style hull or they could have a flat bottom.

The average length of a jet fishing boat is 21 feet 7 inches long. Again, it’s going to depend on the make and model but the length is usually going to be a bit longer than an all-purpose boat.

You can normally find these types of boats as short as 19 feet and can reach up to 24 feet long. You’re going to need a good amount of space to store one of these and will need a good-sized vehicle.

Boat Length
Crestliner 1850 Sportfish 18 feet 11 inches
Lund Crossover XS 1775 17 feet 10 inches
Lund Adventure 1675 16 feet 10 inches
Tracker Targa V-18 18 feet 2 inches
Champion Rage R22 22 feet
Average Length 18 feet 8 inches

Kayak

fishing kayak

If you have a car or small SUV then you might have to stick with a kayak. It’s actually one of my favorite ways to fish and you can get some pretty cool kayaks with pedals and different types of motors.

The average length of a fishing kayak is 11 feet 4 inches long. You can normally find these types of boats as short as 10 feet but some of them will be around 12 feet long.

Boat Length
Crestliner 1850 Sportfish 18 feet 11 inches
Lund Crossover XS 1775 17 feet 10 inches
Lund Adventure 1675 16 feet 10 inches
Tracker Targa V-18 18 feet 2 inches
Champion Rage R22 22 feet
Average Length 18 feet 8 inches

Bass Boat

bass boat

If you’re only going to be using the boat for lake fishing then you might want to get a bass boat. You could still use them for skiing and cruising around but it probably won’t be as comfortable as an all-purpose boat.

The average length of a bass fishing boat is 18 feet 9 inches long. The majority of these boats are around this length but you can find a few that are shorter and a few that are longer.

You can normally find these types of boats as short as 16 feet and can reach up to 21 feet long. The longer boats are usually more expensive but the shorter boats should do the job just fine.

Boat Length
Skeeter FXR20 20 feet 4 inches
Lowe FM 1625 SC 16 feet 5 inches
Ranger Z519 19 feet 9 inches
Crestliner 1750 Bass Hawk 18 feet 9 inches
Lund Pro-V Bass 1875 18 feet 9 inches
Average Length 18 feet 9 inches

Inshore Boat

This type of boat will be perfect if you’re going to be doing inshore saltwater fishing. It could be inland or it could be offshore in calmer water. They probably wouldn’t be ideal for offshore fishing with big swells but for everything else it should do the job.

The average length of an inshore fishing boat is 23 feet 3 inches long. Other than the bigger offshore boats, these are some of the larger fishing boats you can get.

You can normally find these types of boats as short as 19 feet and as long as 25 feet. They have plenty of room for a group of people and plenty of room to fish off all three sides.

Boat Length
BlueWave 2400 Pure Bay 24 feet 5 inches
Boston Whaler 210 Montauk 21 feet 4 inches
Century 2200CC 22 feet
Grady-White 251 CE 24 feet 7 inches
Pathfinder 2400 TRS 23 feet 11 inches
Average Length 23 feet 3 inches

Pontoon Boat

pontoon boat

If you’re looking for something comfortable you can take out, have a barbeque, and do some fishing, you might want to consider getting a pontoon boat.

The average length of a pontoon fishing boat is 21 feet 11 inches long. You can normally find these types of boats as short as 16 feet and can reach up to 28 feet long. Even the smaller boats have plenty of room to fish and hang out on.

Boat Length
Lund LX220 23 feet 5 inches
Lowe SF234 23 feet 7 inches
Crestliner 200 Rally 20 feet
Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 16 feet
Starcraft SX 25 R DC 26 feet 10 inches
Average Length 21 feet 11 inches

Jon Boat

These are some of my favorite fishing boats because they’ll fit in the back of the truck and you can pretty much take them anywhere. You can get into any body of water you can drive to and you can drive them into the narrow and shallow sections of water.

The average length of a Jon boat is 14 feet 8 inches long. You can normally find these types of boats as short as 10 feet long and can reach up to 18 feet.

Boat Length
Tracker Grizzly 1448 14 feet
Alumacraft 1648 16 feet
Lowe L1648 15 feet 8 inches
Lund 1032 10 feet
Crestliner 1800 18 feet
Average Length 14 feet 8 inches

Canoe

fishing canoe

If you have a small SUV or truck and can’t tow some of the larger boats, you might want to get yourself a canoe. They can be a little tippy but you can take them pretty much anywhere and you can even put a little electric motor on the back.

The average length of a fishing canoe is 13 feet 7 inches long. You can normally find these types of boats as short as 11 feet and they can reach up to 16 feet long.

Boat Length
Novacraft Prospector 16 16 feet
Oldtown Discovery 119 Solo 11 feet 9 inches
Oldtown Discovery Sport 15 15 feet 3 inches
Oldtown Discovery 133 13 feet 3 inches
Oldtown Discovery 119 11 feet 9 inches
Average Length 13 feet 7 inches

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Jon Webber

I'm by no means an outdoors or fishing expert, but it's something I've been interested in for over 20 years. I created this site to test out different gear and techniques to see what actually works.

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