The Pros And Cons Of Owning A Boat And A Kayak

As a former boat owner and now a kayak owner I have decided to come up with a pro and con list of owning each. These are what I consider to be the pros and cons, you may have different pros and cons of each. I will be basing this on all of the boats and kayaks I have owned and my experience fishing from all of them. As far as boats I have owned a 10' jon boat, a 12' jon boat on a trailer and a 21' center console that I trailered. As far as kayaks I have owned a 10' sit in, a 12' sit on top and my current kayak, a 15' sit on top kayak. First, the boats...PROS1. Lots of room for gear. The 21' center console had enough room for up to 4 or 5 adult anglers.2. Can get to fishing spots quick.3. Comfortable fishing from all day.CONS1. Cost of gas. And if boat is kept in a slip gas at marinas can be up to $1 more per gallon than on the street. This can add up for bigger gas tanks.2. Boats are expensive to purchase. Even used boats. 3. Boats are expensive to maintain and run. 4. Takes up space to store at home or costs money to store at marina or slip.5. Cost of maintenance on motor.6. Cost of mechanic for any repairs. 7. The bigger the boat the more of a pain it is to trailer and launch/retrieve. 8. Washing the boat after fishing can take some time. Especially bigger boats. 9. Engine MUST be flushed with fresh water after EVERY saltwater trip. 10. Trailer needs maintenance- including wheel bearings. 11. No matter where you launch in saltwater in New Jersey you have to pay. And there are only a few places you can launch for free in freshwater. 12. Batteries can be costly. Especially if using a starting/cranking battery and deep cycle battery(ies). 13. Gas and wear and tear on towing vehicle.14. The cost to register the boat and trailer every year. 15. Insurances for the boat. 16. Most launch ramps have idle speed/no wake zones. This takes away time from fishing. 17. There is always a chance of breakdown at sea.18. Boats are noisy. Even with trolling motors so it is hard to sneak up on fish. 19. Unless you have a flats boat, fishing skinny water is extremely hard or impossible. 20. You can't cross a portage with a boat. And now kayaks. PROS1. Kayaks are cheap compared to boats.2. No insurance cost. 3. No cost for gas. 4. No mechanic bills.5. No storage fees and takes up little space to store at home. 6. No maintenance.7. Easy to transport to the launch and back home. 8. In New Jersey no launch fees (except for a couple of State/County parks) 9. Can launch a kayak virtually anywhere. 10. Safety gear doesn't cost that much. A life jacket, whistle, manual pump and first aid kit.11. Can carry enough rods and tackle for a full day of fishing. 12. You can kayak fish in freshwater and saltwater. 13. There are tons of ways to outfit a kayak. Almost everyday there is a new product on the market. 14. Whether you paddle or peddle it is great exercise. 15. Kayaks don't break down. 16. Kayaks are very quiet so you can sneak up on fish as well as other critters and animals. 17. Kayaks can be used for fishing, paddling, photography, diving, exploring, playing in the surf and even sledding on snowy hills (try sledding with a boat).18. Kayaks are great for fishing skinny water. 19. You can cross portages with a kayak or even tie of a kayak to yourself and wade. 20. You can tie off to other kayaks and float around sunning or fishing together. 21. Washing a kayak after a saltwater trip is easy and fast.22. Today's kayaks are comfortable enough to spend all day in. 23. Kayaks are a great way to spend some time on the water. CONS1. When I think of any I will post them. ;)

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