With so many options to choose from, buying a boat can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Making the right choice is all about knowing what you want out of your boat and how you’re going to use it.

To help you narrow down the field, we’ve put together this simple guide for picking the best vessel for you.

Fibreglass or Inflatable?

When picking a boat, fibreglass or glass reinforced plastic (GRP) is a great option for most. Well-built GRP vessels offer an attractive finish, superior ride, comfort, and a smart hull design that makes them virtually unsinkable.

Most GRP boats also include comfortable, weather-protected cabins that make anchoring overnight a possibility and a nice dry ride home if the wind decides to pick up. They’re perfect for weekend fishermen, keen explorers and families that like to be comfortable while out at sea.

Rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIBs), on the other hand, are better suited to those looking for a high-performance craft with large floorspace and a smaller indoor cabin, or no cabin at all such as the popular Rayglass Protector 330 chase centre console.

The large inflatable RIB on the Rayglass protector range acts as a ‘large lifejacket’ while adding extra buoyancy to the hull to provide a smooth ride in rough conditions at high speeds. RIB’s also provide a soft sided hull which has made them a very popular boat for yacht racing syndicates, superyacht tenders and coastguards as they can pull up along side other vessels without causing any damage.

Powering your boat

There’s more to choosing your boat’s engine than just how much power you need. In fact, the first thing you should consider is whether you’d rather an inboard or outboard motor.

Consider the following:



  • Cheaper to buy and quieter to run.
  • If you need more power, two or more outboards can be fitted to some boats.
  • Cheaper servicing per engine


  • They take up space at the back of your boat that could be used for fishing or as a swimming platform.
  • Less fuel efficient.

Diesel stern drives:


  • Better fuel efficiency means lower ongoing costs.
  • Diesel vs petrol costs
  • Expansive duckboard, a great platform for fishing, swimming & barbequing
  • Virtually hidden design
  • Diesel is a lot more accessible for refuelling in various marinas throughout NZ


  • Louder
  • More expensive to buy & service

The two options both offer outstanding performance if you buy well. Ultimately your choice should come down to your preferences and what you think is best for you.

 Additional features and comforts

The amount of extra features you need in your vessel will depend on the type of boater you are, and what you’re planning to do.

If you like spontaneously heading out for a fish, the smaller Legend series vessels, like the 2200 or 2350, are fantastic day boats with plenty of storage and enough room to fit the whole family. They’re packed with useful features, but they’re still light and easy to manage and tow.

On the other hand, if you like to take your time on the water and head out for weekends away the larger Legend series vessels, like the 2500 & 2800 which provide all the essential homily amenities for overnighting such as a built-in galley and separate toilet.

Further more, if you want to entertain friends and family, travel further and head off for extended trips on your boat, you might prefer something even more comfortable. The Rayglass Legend 3500 is a particularly feature-packed vessel, featuring:

  • Two cabins at the bow,
  • Drinks fridge at the helm,
  • Gas oven and cooktop,
  • Comfortable indoor lounge and table,
  • Fridge/freezer,
  • Shower,
  • Sun lounger on the bow,
  • And much more.

Still haven’t decided what type of boat’s right for you? Give us a call, or drop into our Mt Wellington showroom for some expert advice. Our two favourite topics of conversation are boating and Rayglass Boats!