Choosing The Best Saltwater Fishing Boat Tips From Salt Life Angler: Peter Miller

According to Team Salt Life, the best saltwater fishing boat is the one that helps you catch the most fish, naturally. Saltwater fishing boats are designed differently than other types of boats, so it’s important to know what to look for while you shop around for the best one. We know this can be overwhelming, so we asked fisherman extraordinaire and 3-time World Sailfish Champion, Peter Miller, to share some tips for choosing the best saltwater fishing boat.


Saltwater fishing has been a part of Peter’s life since the age of three when he began fishing off the coasts of Long Island and New Jersey with his father. Family trips to Miami Beach opened his eyes to the sunshine state, where he chose to go to college and spend as much time fishing as possible. After college, he created a fishing team that has won or placed in more than 110 tournaments and counting. 


Here are the five most essential things that Peter recommends considering when it comes to buying a saltwater fishing boat:

1. Horsepower

Horsepower is the first thing to check when you’re considering a specific boat. According to Peter, an effective saltwater fishing boat needs the proper horsepower with the best performing propeller appropriate for the propulsion system. As a rule of thumb, there should be between 25 and 40 pounds of weight for each horsepower. You may need a higher horsepower if you plan to carry a lot of fishing equipment, fill your boat with many people, or increase fuel efficiency.

2. Adequate Storage

Ample storage on your saltwater boat is very important. When deciding whether or not to buy a specific boat, Peter recommends checking for insulated fish boxes and plenty of dry storage. Dedicated rod storage compartments with locking mechanisms are also crucial for times when you may experience big waves or choppy water.

3. Customizability

You’re not always going to want to fish from the same place in your boat. Different bodies of water and weather conditions will impact how you want your vessel configured. Therefore, Peter suggests the boat should be customizable regarding rod holders, drink holders, and bait systems.

4. Detailing

You may not be concerned with the resale value of your boat now, but you will be someday. As you inspect the outside and inside of the boat, Peter suggests paying attention to the details of furnishings and hardware as well as the finish on the boat itself. These elements will give the boat better resale value if you choose to sell it in the future.

5. A Dry Ride
You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, and a boat is no different. You should take any boat you are thinking about purchasing for a sea trial. “This will give you great perspective on power, storage, and customizability,” Peter states. “And on a more fundamental level, it will ensure that the boat provides a dry ride without any pounding.”

With decades of fishing experience, who better to give tips for saltwater boat fishing than Peter Miller? We hope these suggestions help you find the perfect boat to make all of your fishing dreams come true! Check out Peter’s saltwater boat and fishing skills on our YouTube Channel. For more resourceful articles like this, make sure to subscribe to Salt Life emails.


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