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Who Makes the Best Boats?

Boats in a MarinaTo be listed here these boat manufacturers are considered the most sought out builders of quality boats and watercraft in the United States.

With so many different boat manufacturers available, it can be a daunting task to determine which boat is best. Whether you are looking to buy inflatable, aluminum, pontoon, yacht, fishing, or another type of boat, leading manufacturers have the goods and are ready to help turn your dreams of owning a boat into a reality.

Before you start shopping, determine how you plan to use the boat and make a list of your desired features. Create a list of questions you want answered, so you do not forget anything.

Then check out these top boat manufacturers. The following boat manufacturers, depending on the category were rated on a variety of characteristics including quality, reliability, ride and handling, design and style, engine, helm and instruments, cabins, sound system, and fishing capacity.

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Bass Boat Manufacturers
• Bass Cat – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Ranger
• Skeeter
• Stratos

Coastal Fishing Boat Manufacturers
• Grady-White – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Boston Whaler
• Century
• Scout

Express Cruiser Boat Manufacturers
• Regal – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Sea Ray
• Bayliner
• Rinker

Large Runabout 20 to 29 feet Boat Manufacturers (sport, day cruisers, and yachts)
• Cobalt – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Chaparral
• Regal
• Sea Ray

Small Runabout 16 to 19 feet Boat Manufacturers (bowriders, deck boats, cuddy cabins, and cruisers)
• Sea Ray – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Regal
• Crownline
• Four Winns

Pontoon Boat Manufacturers
• Bennington – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Manitou
• Premier
• Crest

Ski Wake boarding Boat Manufacturers
• Nautique – J.D. Power and Associates Award Winner
• Mastercraft
• Malibu
• Moomba
• Yahama

Boat builders offering a wide range of hull designs, motors and amenities.

A boat manufacturer will generally specialize in building one type of boat, so you need to find the manufacturer that focuses on building the type of boat you want.

Manufacturers of fishing boats often employ anglers who design a boat to allow for the optimum fishing experience, while manufacturers of luxury yachts focus on the comfort and elegance of the furnishings and fittings.

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