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Boats and Watercraft

South Africa is mostly a coastal country, and as such boats and other watercraft are abundant in the area. Because of that, it is fairly easy to find used boats and watercraft throughout the South African region. Simply check your local listings and find the one you have been dreaming of taking out on the water.


A popular boat found in South Africa is the Scimitar. Interestingly, this boat was created in the United States in the early 1980s, and there were only 500 made. About 200 remained in the United States, and the other 300 were shipped to other countries, with South Africa being among them. The boat was created by the designer's son, who had drawn a sleek boat with a T-top to resemble his Corvette. The boat was then manufactured and could reach speeds of up to 96 kilometres per hour right out of production. It is lightweight and ideal for the casual boating enthusiast.

Mallard Celebrity

The Mallard line of boats comes from Mallards Marine, a local South African boat manufacturer. Because it is local, it is very easy to find several different types of the boats both new and used. A popular Mallard boat is the Celebrity because it is a family-style vessel. It has shaped seats; an inbuilt tank, canopy, and safety gear; and a ski hatch. It is an ideal boat for families looking to spend a day on the beach together.

Fishing Boats

There are several brands of fishing boats available throughout the country. The primary difference between fishing boats and pleasure boats is in their use. A fishing boat equipped with a powerful enough motor can get up to the same speeds as a pleasure boat. However, these boats are not usually equipped with motors that powerful. Casual fishing is meant to be a relaxing exercise, so the boats tend to be slower, but wide enough to carry home a haul if desired.

If used boats and watercraft are what you seek, South Africa has a number of resources that provide just that. Be sure to do your research on the different brands, the makes and models, and the history of a boat before you purchase it, though. A boat is an investment, and you want to make sure it is one that it worthwhile.