A runabout is any small motor boat holding between four and eight people, well suited to moving about on the water. Runabouts can be used for racing, for pleasure activities like fishing and water skiing, or as a ship’s tender for larger vessels. Some common runabout boats are bow rider, center console, cuddy and walk-around. People living around the Mumbai harbor are curious to learn about the options available for a small speedboat that can take up to 6-12 people, brands, Indian-manufactured and pre-owned. They want to cruise with their friends and family… at the most travel to Mandwa and back.
Best Size & Engine: 20+ to a 35 footer. From single 150HP to twin 300HP OBMs (out board motors) are best for Indian conditions due to limited maintenance infrastructure and water conditions
Best Price: (new/pre-owned/Indian manufactured) : The prices range between 25 lakhs to 2.5 crores depending on the brands and the extras that come with the boat. Gulf Craft is known to have the most value-for-money proposition in terms of boats in India. If you are looking at Indian manufacturers they offer you completely customized solutions. The bigger brands too have special offers running through the year. Pre-owned boat market is opening up and one may want to consider this option too.
Yearly maintenance costs: 8 to 12% of the procurement cost in the initial year. Annual maintenance costs depend on the hull material, engines, and of course the local service provider chosen. Each one varies in price and service.
Some fantastic options to check out:
- Jeanneau Cap Camarat
2. IZANA& FORTISSIMO
3. Oryx 360
5. Sea Master
6. Sea Ray290
7. Silver craft
To know if you definitely want to own a boat – it would be wise to charter boats of different sizes and use them in the manner you would while owning one. In order to better understand your boating requirements take you time to visit boat shows, have trial runs and then narrow down the option best suited. First time buyers should carefully consider the boat’s intended usage and all the available options rather than rushing into an emotive purchase. This is where talking to yachting professionals helps to clarify misguided perceptions and make better purchase decisions. A lot of details like frequency of usage, distances to be travelled, optimum fuel capacity and usage, weather conditions, personal safety and boat up-keep will influence your decision on the size and type of boat you would want to go in for.
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