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Pontoons and Deck Boats and Bowriders, Oh My!Your Guide to FBC Boats


Freedom Boat Club offers a variety of boats at every Club, but there are certain types you’ll see at many of our locations throughout the US and Canada. Below are some of the most common boat types in the FBC fleet.


(Keep in mind that boats will vary based on the types best suited for each location. Always check with your Club for an overview of what is included in your local fleet.)


1. Pontoon Boats

Features: Pontoon boats are flat, rectangular boats, with 2 tubes underneath (another variety you might see at your club are tritoons, which feature 3 tubes). Pontoons are well known as cruising boats and feature a wide deck which provides ample space for passengers to easily move around, making them the usual choice for parties up to 12 people.

Best for: A variety of different activities such as cruising, fishing, entertaining, and lounging.


Where you’ll find them: Most FBC clubs.



2. Deck Boats

Features: Just like the name suggests, deck boats are designed with a large deck space and expanded bow area to maximize the seating and space for passengers. Though pontoons and deck boats both offer a lot of space, the biggest difference between the two types is that deck boats feature a v-shaped hull.


Best for: Entertaining, cruising, fishing, and more.


Where you’ll find them: Most FBC clubs.




3. Bowriders / Runabouts / Dual Consoles

Features: These boat types are all very similar and typically feature a seating section at the bow with an aft cockpit protected by a windshield. Although they are somewhat similar in appearance to deck boats, these boat types are generally more focused on performance compared to a deck boat.


Best for: Cruising, water sports, and more.


Where you’ll find them: Most FBC clubs.



4. Inshore Boats / Bay Boats / Skiffs

Features: Inshore / bay boats / skiffs are low-profile boats that operate well in shallow waters which is great for inshore fishing, but they also have enough stability for offshore use, making them a very versatile option.


Best for: Fishing and cruising.


Where you’ll find them: Typically in Coastal areas, though they are often also used in freshwater lakes.




Surf Boats

Features: Wake boats (also known as wake sports boats or tow boats) are boats that are specifically designed for watersports. The design of the boat creates waves and wakes that make it ideal for wake boarding, wake surfing, or tubing.


Best for: Water sports such as wake boarding and tubing, but also cruising, socializing and lounging.


Where you’ll find them: Lakes and inland locations.



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