If you’re thinking that Lake Murray is the place where you and your family should enjoy your summer, you might be interested in reading this article.  What types of boats are best suited for Lakes?  Which type is right for you?  This article goes over the top 5 best boats for the Lake.


As you can imagine, each of the different types of boats has a unique purpose, size, and price.  The one that suits your family depends on what you like to do when you’re on the water.  A boat is a big investment for most, so making the right choice of boat type for your family is very important.  Having the boat you purchase with convenient access to the water so your weekend water fun can start easily is also important.  Below is a list of the best boats for the Lake.  Timberlake Marina now has brand new Boat Lift slips available for lease.  Whatever boat you buy, if you chose to keep it on a lift at our marina, you’ll have less boat maintenance and easy access to the water.  Stop towing and start GOING!  Learn more about the benefits of our boat lift slips here.

1. Ski Boats

While there are certainly places on Lake Murray where you’ll need to watch your wake, ski boats are FUN and FAST.  If your water fun includes water skiing, wakeboarding or tubing; ski boats often have towers so the captain can watch the water and see everything that’s going on and powerful engines to make the experience, like we said, FUN and FAST. A small ski boat may have a price tag of $25,000-$50,000, but the fun that you and your family can have from it may certainly be worth the money.

2. Pontoon Boats

Very popular on Lake Murray.  If your family ready for great times on the water, there’s no easier way to enjoy cruising, fishing, swimming and all-day fun than on a Pontoon boat.  They offer a large deck and may be used for cruising, fishing, water sports, or hosting a party. Mini pontoons start from $7,000 and the price can go higher depending on the features.  There are several great lines of Pontoon boats with a wide range of pricing.  Do a little research online and you’ll find the perfect fit!

3. Fishing Boats

If you know Lake Murray at all, you’ll know that it’s a sensational place for fishing, so a fishing boat may be the perfect choice for you and your family.  There are plenty of great fish to catch in the lake including striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and others as well. Whether you are looking to stay in one spot for a certain type of fish, or looking to boat around the lake, there are plenty of great fish to catch anywhere you go. An interesting fact about Lake Murray is, in order to maintain their largemouth bass population, they are restocked with over 1 million striped bass fingerlings.

Fishing boats are known for their V shape hull and high sides. Seats, livewells, trolling motor, and a number of other accessories come ready for fishing. Small fishing boats start at $5,000.

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4. Bowriders

Bowriders are the best for really enjoying the water and a splash in the face.  They have comfy seats at their bow (the front of the boat) and are perfect for cruising, watersports, or swimming. The size of these boats varies from 17 feet to 35 feet. A decent bowrider will start at $15,000.e

5. Sailboats

Many lakes aren’t big enough or deep enough for sailboats.  Fortunately, Lake Murray IS.  Sailing is a terrific way to REALLY enjoy all of the benefits of nature.  The wind moves you and there’s none of the unnatural buzzing of the engine.  You’ll also save a BUNDLE on gas.  A basic sailboat starts at $10,000.  Unfortunately, Timberlake Marina currently has no slips available to lease for a sailboat, but if you can call us (803) 728-4413 to get on the waiting list, and hopefully, one will open up soon.

We hope this list of the Top 5 Best Boats for the Lake have helped you make a terrific decision for your family’s summer fun!  Please contact us if you need convenient and easy access to Lake Murray from one of our slips.  We have several Boat Lift Slips currently available and a wait list for standard and premium slips.  Call (803) 728-4413.