9 Popular Deck Boats And How Much These Deck Boats Weigh!

9 Popular Deck Boats And How Much These Deck Boats Weigh!

Packed with enough power to get you where you want to go, versatility to do anything you want to do, and plenty of room to bring all your friends and family with you, it’s no wonder deck boats have been gaining popularity through the decade and become one of the mot abundant boat types on the water. 

As a hybrid between a pontoon boat and a runabout, the deck boat blends the convenience and versatility of the pontoon with the sportyness of the runabout, bringing you the best of both boat types. 

Deck boats are usually made using fiberglass and either have an outboard or inboard-outboard motor. 

If you’ve been researching boats to buy, you know there is a lot that goes into the decision.  One of the more important aspects is boat weight.  All boats weigh a different amount and knowing how much your boat weighs will help keep you safe on the road when you’re towing. 

I’ve researched several deck boat models to provide an answer for you on the weight of a deck boat.

How Much Does a Deck Boat Weigh? 

How much does a deck boat weigh? Depending on the model and size, between 1,570 lbs. and 5,500 lbs.

There is an almost 4,000 lb. weight difference in the dry weight of a smaller deck boat and a larger deck boat and, once you add in the weight of gear, fuel, and a trailer, the difference could be even larger. 

Boat weight is so important because every vehicle has a maximum towing capacity you’ll want to make sure you stay well below. 

We are going to walk through the components that make up boat weight and by the end, you’ll have all of the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

9 Popular Deck Boats And How Much These Deck Boats Weigh!

Bayliner Element E16

Bayliner has an extensive lineup of boat models, offering bowriders, center consoles, wake boats, and, of course, deck boats.  They are known in the market for building great looking, quality, affordable boats that are easy and fun to use. 

The Element E16 is the smallest deck boat Bayliner offers and is an extremely affordable way to get on the water.  With ample room to move around inside and a 60 HP outboard coming standard, this boat will help make your day on the water a blast.

  • Dry Weight – 1,570 lbs. If you go with the 80 HP max outboard, the dry weight would increase to 1,686 lbs.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 375 lbs. The Bayliner has a 12 gallon fuel tank, so about 72 lbs. comes from gas.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 647 lbs. for a single axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – approx. 2,592 lbs.  GTW is sometimes referred to as towing weight.

Starcraft Marine SVX 171

As part of Starcraft’s economy line of deck boats, the SVX 171 packs a lot into an affordable package.  Room for 10 people, ability to have up to 115 HP, optional ski tow pole, and a swim ladder at the rear, you’ll have everything you need right at your fingertips. 

Starcraft builds almost every boat type and has a few lines of deck boats.  The SVX line is their entry level line and offers boats from 17 Ft to 23 Ft.

  • Dry Weight – 2,126 lbs.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 426 lbs. with about 126 lbs. from the weight of fuel.  The rest is from gear (water sports gear, life jackets, batteries, etc.).
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 750 lbs. for a single axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – 3,302 lbs.

Glastron GTD 180

Glastron has been in the business for about 60 years and, when you look at the GTD 180, it shows that they know what they’re doing.  The GTD 180 has everything you could ask for, and would find in a larger boat, all in an 18 Ft package. 

The GTD 180 has a maximum rating  150 HP and both outboard and inboard-outboard models.  The GTD 180 comes with a lot of standard features and has an extensive list of add-on options including a removable table in the bow and a wakeboard tower. 

  • Dry Weight – approx. 2,475 lbs.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 500 lbs., with about 192 coming from fuel weight.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 839 lbs. for a single axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight – approx. 3, 814 lbs.

NauticStar 193 SC

Coming in at just under 19 Ft, the NauticStar 193 SC offers premium quality and features on a boat that can do everything.  Whether you plan on fishing, going for a cruise, or pulling someone on a tube or skis, the 193 SC has you covered.  The 193 SC comes standard with a 22 qt. cooler in the bow and a galley are with a sink in front of the helm. 

This is the smallest boat in the NauticStar lineup, but it has the features and styling of a much larger boat.  NauticStar has a wide range of boat types in their lineup and focuses on high quality materials and construction, delivering a great product.

  • Dry Weight – approx. 2,490 lbs. with a 115 HP outboard.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 486 lbs. with about 186 lbs. coming from the weight of fuel.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 840 lbs. for a single axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – approx. 3,816 lbs.
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SouthWind 200SD

SouthWind has dedicated itself to the deck boat market, building nothing but.  When you look at their lineup and the features they offer in their boats, you can immediately see their dedication to building the best deck boats on the water. 

With 100% wood-free construction (even in the seats), you can rest assured that your boat will be on the water without worry for many years.  The 200SD comes standard with L-seating in the stern and wrap around seating in the bow, a removable cooler that goes under one of the rear seats and a built-in cooler in the transom. 

They also offer options for removable fishing seats and a live well in the bow.

  • Dry Weight – 2,500 lbs. with 115 HP outboard.  If you go with a larger outboard, it will affect the dry weight.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 605 lbs. with a 51-gallon fuel tank, about 306 lbs. is fuel weight.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 1,000 lbs. for a single axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – approx. 4,105 lbs.

Ebbtide 2100 SS FC O/B

In a world where we focus on lower prices (resulting in lower quality), Ebbtide still does things the old-fashioned way.  They still hand laminate every boat they build and focus on using high quality materials and proven construction methods. 

They may not be the most economically priced boats, but they will last a lifetime.  The 2100 SS FC O/B has swim ladders at the bow and the stern, l-shaped seating in the cockpit, and full wrap around seating in the bow (with options for filler cushions).  And, with a max rating for 200 HP, you’ll have plenty of speed and power for anything your day on the water demands.

  • Dry Weight – 2,660 lbs.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 570 lbs., about 270 from fuel.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 1,050 lbs. for a tandem axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – 4,280 lbs.

PineCraft Ventura 220 WS

As one of the few deck boat makers that build their boats out of aluminum instead of fiberglass, PineCraft offers an attractive and efficient boat with plenty of standard features and optional equipment. 

With seating for 12, a padded sundeck along the rear, a built-in cooler, and in-deck storage the Ventura 220 WS offers everything you need.  Also since this boat is aluminum, it will be slightly lighter than a comparable fiberglass boat.

  • Dry Weight – 2,563 lbs. with a 150 HP outboard.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 576 lbs. with about 276 coming from the weight of fuel.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 1,050 lbs. for a tandem axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – approx. 4,189 lbs.

Splendor 239 Sunstar

Offering a unique, for a deck boat, catamaran hull, the Splendor makes a deck boat that will get on plane quickly and can get into shallower water than other v-hull deck boats. 

The 239 Sunstar features an incredibly comfortable ride, a ton of seating both in the bow and in the cockpit, room for 12 people, and max HP rating of 250 HP.  This model also offers a sink with a transom shower and a portable toilet, meaning you can stay out as long as you’d like.

  • Dry Weight – approx. 3,648 lbs. with a 225 HP outboard.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 624 lbs. with about 324 lbs. coming from the weight of fuel.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 1,050 lbs. for a tandem axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – approx. 5,322 lbs.

PlayCraft 260 SXi

The PlayCraft 260 SXi claims to be the boat to fulfill all your wants and with a combination of the “comfort and stability of a deck boat with the handling characteristics of a sporty runabout.” 

Featuring a swim deck on the bow and on the stern, seating for 18 people, under seat storage, and a built-in changing room, the 260 SXi is full of amenities to make sure you, and all your friends and family, are comfortable all day. 

Also, with a 430 HP inboard-outboard engine, there is enough power to pull a couple of tubes, or just cruise around the lake. 

  • Dry Weight – 5,500 lbs.
  • Gear and Fuel Weight – approx. 900 lbs. with about 510 lbs. from filling the 85-gallon fuel tank.
  • Trailer Weight – approx. 1,425 lbs. for a tandem axle galvanized trailer.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) – approx. 7,825 lbs.

Final Thoughts

Buying a boat is exciting and will provide countless hours of fun on the water.  Understanding all the components of how much your boat weighs and how much your vehicle can tow will help keep you and others safe on the road. 

As you can see, there is a wide range of how much a boat can weigh depending on the size, what the boat is made of, and the size of the engine.  Keeping all this in mind while going through the buying process will help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Garrett Durham

Garrett grew up on the Chain of Lakes in Central Florida, spending afternoons and summer days wakeboarding, jet skiing and enjoying time in the sun and on the water with friends and family. Now, he likes to spend time traveling, learning new cultures by experiencing them as a local, and of course, getting pulled behind a boat whenever possible.

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