So you've taken the decision to invest in a motorboat - Congratulations, you will not regret it!

You and your family are so excited to get on the water, start exploring the coastline and swim in the sea.

The only question that remains is: "Which motorboat do I buy?"

Read on as we run through the best introductory motorboats for families. But don't forget - we deal with motorboats all day, every day. So if you want more advice, just get in touch with our team!

Brig Family Motorboat Plymouth

The BRIG Eagle 580

Fun, seaworthy and great-looking, the BRIG range of Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB’s) are a popular choice in the dry stack. Perfect for day trips from Yacht Haven Quay to the beaches of Salcombe or Bigbury, or for an exhilarating 40-minute run to Fowey at 30 knots! Our choice would be the Eagle 580, a great all-rounder that’s equally capable of taking the whole family along the coast, or for an afternoon of exhilarating wakeboarding or ringo-ing.

Prices: Brand new on the water from £32,995.00 - Visit the Wolf Rock Boat Company

Merry Fisher 795 Plymouth Devon

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 795

The versatile Merry Fisher range is one of the most popular all-round motorboats on the market, as well as being great for families. The 795’s cockpit is a good size and provides shelter when it starts to get chilly, but there's still plenty of space in the sunshine. There's a snug cabin down below so the children can sleep or get changed as well as a galley and a toilet. Lastly, there's a small swimming platform off the stern to get in/out of the water with ease. It's easy to see why this is one of the biggest selling family boats out there!

Prices: Brand new from £60,000, second hand from £15,000 - Visit Trafford Yachts 

Boston Whaler 270 Plymouth Marina

Boston Whaler Vantage 270

A well known and classic marque, the Boston Whaler range are stylish, well-made boats that are easy to handle and great all-rounders.

The Vantage 270 model combines comfortable cruising as well as plenty of space astern for fishing. With ample space for a family of 6, you'll find loads of stowage, as well as the luxury of a windlass on the bow. Fold out benches provide dining space and a dive door and swimming platform make it very easy to get on/off. In the cabin, you'll find a toilet, sink, shower and basic kitchenette. A great motorboat, but its excellence is reflected in price.

Prices: Brand new from £110,000, second hand from £30,000 - Visit

Bayliner Motorboat Plymouth Devon

Bayliner 642 Caddy

Our list wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of a Bayliner - one of the world leaders in quality powerboats. Their fleet ranges from 16ft-26ft making it ideal for first-time owners and families, but the 642 Cuddy is our favourite! It is well laid out and has reliable facilities in the fore-cabin. Performance wise, it is a great open water cruiser with loads of lounging space. A trustworthy and safe choice, which will keep it's value well over time.

Prices: Brand new from £36,000. Second hand frrom £20,000 - Visit

Botnia Target Plymouth Boat

Botnia Targa 25/27/30

Marketed as “The 4x4 of The Sea” – we can personally vouch for their incredible seaworthiness and ability to go virtually anywhere! Over the years there have been several kept in the drystack at Yacht Haven Quay, with the 27 being the most popular choice. Easily capable of cruising the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly and everything in between – if you want to venture a little further afield in style and at speed, this is the boat for you. As well as clever accommodation that packs in up to 4 berths, a galley, toilet and shower, the walk-around decks are not only safe for families, but perfect for fishing and diving. It’s little wonder that there are always a few of these on our organised trips along the coast.

Second hand prices from £55,000 - Visit Wessex Marine

Thanks to the boatbuilders and brokers for using their images in this article

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Where to keep your boat?

Yacht Haven Quay is the home of motorboating in the south west. Our purpose-built dry stack marina houses over 200 motorboats providing unparalleled security for your boat keeping it safe, secure and ready to be used whenever you want to go out.

✓ Indoor storage for your motorboat

✓ Hassle-free boating with unlimited launch & demand, 7 days a week on just 2 hours notice

✓ No trailering, no tidal restrictions and no stress!

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Dry Stack Rates

We offer annual dry stack berthing with flexible payment options.

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Find Us

You'll find on the Cattewater just next to the Laira Bridge.

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Frequently asked Questions

Answering your questions about Dry Stack Marinas

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