21 Awesome Boats Under 5000 Pounds You Can Tow (With Pictures)

In Boating by Morten Storgaard

You need an awesome boat, but your truck is only going to let you haul something that is 5,000 pounds or less.

Tracking down boats based on their weight class can be time-consuming.

But not impossible, as evidenced by this list of 21 awesome boats – all under 5000 pounds – that your truck will have no trouble towing!

3 Bowrider Boats You Can Tow

1) Glastron 205 GTS

This bowrider boat is a speedy little number that comes in three different color schemes to match the personality of the owner. It has an overall length of 20’6” and a fuel capacity of 32 gallons.

It can hold up to nine passengers with ease, so you’ll be able to take the whole family out on the water.

Best of all, it weighs in at just over 3,000 pounds, so you’ll be able to tow it with ease!

  • Overall Length: 20′ 6″
  • Fuel Capacity: 32 gal
  • Passenger Capacity: 9 people
  • Dry Weight: 3010 lbs

2) Cobalt 23SC

With an overall length of 23’2”, this bowrider boat is a little bigger than the Glastron. It can hold twelve people without a problem, so your party off the coast can be even bigger!

You won’t need to pick and choose who gets to come out on your waterborne adventure with the Cobalt!

It weighs just 4,200 pounds, so towing is a breeze! And you won’t need to make too many stops to top up the tank – it holds a full fifty-nine gallons!

  • Overall Length: 23′ 2″
  • Passenger Capacity: 12 persons
  • Dry Weight: 4,200 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 59 gal

3) Stingray 215LR

The Stingray 215LR has a side-entry walkway for easy boarding, bow and stern boarding ladders, and a deep-set cockpit. With an overall length of 21’11”, this bowrider is the middle child between the Cobalt and Glastron.

However, it carries only one less passenger than the Cobalt and weighs around half of the 23SC.

It weighs 1,000 pounds less than even the Glastron and carries two more passengers!

That means that you can bring aboard two more friends and tow the bow even easier. It has a decent fuel tank capacity of 46 gallons, which is significantly more than the Glastron. Honestly, this one’s probably the most bang for your buck if you need the extra passenger space.

  • Overall Length: 21′ 11″ / 6.7 m
  • Fuel Capacity: 46 gal / 174 L
  • Passenger Capacity: 11 ppl / 2167 lbs
  • Dry Weight: 3,705 lb

3 Cabin Cruisers Under 5,000 Pound

4) Stingray 250CS Mid-Cabin Cruiser

The 250CS has an overall length of twenty-five feet, so you got plenty of room to move around above deck. You won’t need to fill up too often with its 66-gallon fuel tank, either!

It can hold up to ten people without an issue, so rest easy on the water with some of your closest family and friends.

It weighs in at just under 5,000 pounds, so you want to make sure your truck is up for the haul!

  • Overall Length: 25′ 0″ / 7.6 m
  • Fuel Capacity: 66 gal / 250 L
  • Passenger Capacity: 10 ppl / 2265 lbs
  • Dry Weight: 4,971 lb

5) Parker 750 Cabin Cruiser

Coming in at a healthy 4,100 pounds, the Parker 750 Cabin Cruiser is no trouble at all to tow!

And once you’re out on the water, you have a good twenty-four feet of deck space to stretch your legs. It can hold up to seven passengers as well, so bring along some friends for a night fishing adventure!

The Parker 750 sleeps four people in the cabin and another two on a couch upfront. There’s also a wheelhouse section that has a table you could use as a sleeping area in a pinch. Or you can always ride out solo.

There’s a lot to be said for some peace and quiet out on the ocean! With a fuel tank that holds a whomping sixty gallons, you can go far, far away!

  • Dry Weight: 4100 pounds
  • Overall Length: 24.5 feet
  • Passenger Capacity: 7 passengers
  • Fuel Capacity: 60.76 gallons

6) C-Dory 22’ Cruiser

This twenty-two-foot cabin cruiser is perfect for someone who doesn’t need a lot of company out on the water.

Its passenger capacity only allows for up to four people to come aboard at a time, which is great for a small group of friends or a modest-sized family. This is a great model for someone who views boating as a family activity or a way to unwind on one’s own.

It has a forty-six-gallon fuel tank and weighs only 2,600 pounds. This cabin cruiser shouldn’t put up too much of a fight when you attempt to tow it.

  • Overall Length: 22’0″
  • Fuel Capacity: 46 gals
  • Dry Weight: 2600 lbs
  • Passenger Capacity: 4

3 Catamarans

7) Hobie Wave

Most catamarans are fairly lightweight and easy to tow. This one only weighs 245 pounds! Despite its lightweight design, it can hold up to four passengers!

It’s got an overall length of thirteen feet, so it’s a little on the smaller side. This is a great little boat to use on a large lake where the waves can get a little choppy. Catamarans are built to be stable.

  • Passenger Capacity: 1-4
  • Overall Length: 13′ / 3.96 m
  • Dry Weight: 245 lbs

8) Hobie 16

If the Wave just doesn’t have enough space for you to move around, then try on the 16 for size!

With a 16’7” overall length, it might just be the extra legroom you would miss on the Wave. It offers the same opportunity for passenger capacity as the Wave, too.

Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about weight gain, either. This model is only 320 pounds, well within towing capabilities for just about any vehicle.

  • Passenger Capacity: 1-4
  • Overall Length: 16′ 7″
  • Dry Weight: 320 lbs

9) Hobie Mirage Tandem Island

Maybe 320 pounds to upgrade to the 16 was too much for you, though. Maybe you like to be able to load and unload the boat on your own. But you still don’t want to give up all that extra deck space.

If you don’t mind that your passenger capacity shrinks to one or two people aboard at a time, then try the Mirage Tandem Island.

It has an overall length of 18’6” and only weighs 240 pounds!

  • Passenger Capacity: 1-2
  • Overall Length: 18′ 6″
  • Dry Weight: 240 pounds

3 Deck Boats

10) Tahoe 1950

The overall length of the 2019 Tahoe 1950 is 19’5”, which is not so enormous to be unmanageable, but also not so small to be uncomfortable during longer excursions.

Though the length seems modest, this deck boat can accommodate up to ten grown adults with ease! Its fuel capacity is average, the tank holding forty gallons at a time.

At 3,135 pounds, towing it to your watery destination should be fairly simple with the right vehicle.

  • Overall Length: 19′ 5”
  • Fuel Capacity: 40 gal.
  • Passenger Capacity: 10 persons
  • Dry Weight: 3135 lbs.

11) Tahoe 215 Xi

Maybe a ten-person deck boat is cutting it a little tight. I mean, is it really a party if there aren’t at least a dozen people aboard your boat?

Well, the 2019 Tahoe 215 Xi allows up to twelve people to party at one time and the difference in your boat’s weight is only about two-hundred pounds.

The fuel capacity dips a little, bringing you down to a thirty-six-gallon tank, but that’s hardly noticeable.

  • Overall Length: 21′ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 36 gal.
  • Passenger Capacity: 12 persons
  • Dry Weight: 3350 lbs

12) Tahoe 2150

The 2019 Tahoe 2150 can haul around eleven people and its fuel tank holds ten more gallons that the 215 Xi – which means less time spent stopping to fill the tank! With an overall length of a little more than twenty-one feet, you won’t be hurting for space, either.

It’s well under the 5,000-pound mark for towing purposes, so you won’t find it difficult to get it out on the water.

  • Overall Length: 21′ 1”
  • Fuel Capacity: 46 gal.
  • Passenger Capacity: 11 persons
  • Dry Weight: 3235 lbs

3 Pontoon Boats

13) Sun Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX

The 2019 Sun Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX has everything you want in a party boat. Lots of deck space (its overall length is twenty feet) and the ability to carry nine passengers out onto the water.

What’s more, this pontoon boat only weighs 1,495 pounds!

You should have no trouble at all finding a vehicle capable of towing this to a nearby water source.

  • Overall Length: 20′
  • Fuel Capacity: 32.1 gallons
  • Passenger Capacity: 9 persons
  • Dry Weight: 1495 lbs

14) Regency 250 LE3 Sport

If nine people don’t sound like much of a party, try the Regency 250 LE3 Sport on for size.

This pontoon boat has an overall length of 27’5” and can welcome aboard fourteen people at once with no trouble at all! It also has a larger fuel tank than the Sun Tracker, holding up to 52 gallons of fuel to keep your party on the water – not at the dock, filling up.

The trade-off for all this extra space is, of course, an increase in weight. It still falls well below 5,000 pounds, though!

  • Overall Length: 27′ 5”
  • Fuel Capacity: 52 gal.
  • Passenger Capacity: 14 persons
  • Dry Weight: 3392 lbs

15) Pontoon Boat Avalon Excalibur

If the Regency is still too small, the 2019 Avalon Excalibur might be the perfect pontoon boat for you. It has an overall length of 29’3”, so you won’t be hurting for deck space!

There will be plenty of room for all sixteen of you. That’s right! This pontoon boat can hold up to sixteen passengers! Its fuel tank also holds more than the Regency and Sun Tracker, the tank holding up to 58 gallons!

Again, the trade-off for all this extra room is the weight. It is exactly 5,000 pounds when dry.

  • Overall Length: 29′ 3″
  • Dry Weight: 5,000
  • Fuel Capacity: 58 Gallon
  • Passenger Capacity: 16

3 Sailboats

1) Macgregor 26

The last brand new Macgregor 26 rolled off the production line in 2013, but this is a sailboat that withstands the test of time. With an overall length of 25’10”, it’s got an impressive presence on the water.

It sleeps six people, so you can take the whole family out and maybe even an extra friend or two.

Its fuel tank holds 24 gallons, but most of your ship’s movement is going to be wind-powered, right?

Clocking in at a meager 2,550 pounds, you shouldn’t have any trouble loading and unloading this picturesque sailboat.

  • Overall Length: 25’10”
  • Dry Weight: 2550 lbs
  • Passenger Capacity: 6
  • Fuel Capacity: 24 gallons

2) Hunter 260, 26

The Hunter 260 is a little bigger both in overall length and weight than the Macgregor 26.

It holds two extra passengers than the Macgregor, though, and only gains an extra 450 pounds in the process. So you’re getting some extra room aboard your vessel without the sailboat becoming too much of a hassle to transport!

The Hunter 260 also has a twenty-gallon fresh water tank, which can be helpful for longer voyages where bathing, cooking, or drinking water becomes a necessity.

  • Overall Length: 26.25 ft / 8 m
  • Dry Weight: 3000 lbs
  • Passenger Capacity: 8
  • Fresh Water Tank: 20 gallons

3) Catalina 250

With a total overall length of twenty-five feet, the Catalina 250 is shorter than the Hunter 260 but weighs twelve hundred pounds more.

It also takes aboard half the number of passengers and a quarter of the capacity for freshwater storage than the Hunter 260.

  • Overall Length: 25.00 ft / 7.62 m
  • Dry Weight: ‎4,200 lb (1,905 kg)
  • Passenger Capacity: 1-4 adults
  • Fuel Capacity: Portable 6 gal. (23 l.)
  • Fresh Water Tank: 5 gal. (19 l.)

3 Speed Boats

19) Yamaha SX210

The SX210 from Yamaha has a 50-gallon fuel tank and can welcome aboard 10 people! With an overall length of 21’3”, there’s more than enough room for everyone. And if not? There’s a swimming deck at the back of the boat. If it gets too crowded, just jump off and enjoy some fun in the water!

The dry weight for this model is 3,172 pounds, so transporting it should not be a huge problem for most trucks.

  • Fuel Capacity: 50 gal
  • Overall Length: 21′ 3″
  • Dry Weight: 3,172 lbs
  • Passenger Capacity: 10 persons

20) Yamaha AR210

Although the specs for the AR210 from Yamaha are fairly similar aside from the weight (this model is 3,228 pounds), the features they offer are different.

Unlike the SX210, the AR210 offers a lot of storage space both under the floor and under the portside seating.

And you won’t be lonely in the cockpit, either, as there is extra seating around the captain’s chair! Continue your conversations even while you’re on the way back to shore.

  • Fuel Capacity: 50 gal
  • Overall Length: 21′ 3″
  • Dry Weight: 3,228 lbs
  • Passenger Capacity: 10 persons

21) Yamaha 212 Limited S

Unlike the other two models, the Yamaha 212 Limited S speed boat has a portside entertainment area! It also has upgraded aluminum handles and accents, flush-mounted docking lights, and a passenger-side captain’s chair.

You get all of this with little sacrifice.

Your fuel tank still holds 50 gallons, the overall length is still 21’3”, and you can bring on just as many people as you did with the SX210 and AR210.

All that changes is that your boat is a little heavier (3,598 pounds).

It’s not even a full four-hundred-pound difference, though. You should still be able to tow this model with relative ease.

  • Fuel Capacity: 50 gal
  • Overall Length: 21′ 3″
  • Dry Weight: 3,598 lbs
  • Passenger Capacity: 10 persons

Airboats

Airboats are typically custom built to the owner’s preference. You can purchase pre-owned airboats from small, often family-owned, businesses. The weight will depend on what kinds of materials you choose or what kinds of materials were used to build the pre-owned airboat.

Some airboats are less than one-hundred pounds while others can be two-thousand pounds.

It really all depends on what materials are used in the boat and the size of the airboat.

Airboats are used mostly for fishing, hunting, and tourism. They are especially useful in shallow water or marshy areas where a traditional boat would definitely get stuck.

Most boats use a submerged propeller to drive them through the water. But in shallow waters, the propeller can get caught and render the boat immobile.

For this reason, airboats are used. With its powerful fan, which sends a jetstream of air behind it that can reach around 150 miles per hour. The driver can steer the boat by turning the fan.

If you want to buy an airboat, get in touch with one of the many small airboat businesses to talk about either pre-owned boats or commissioning on to be built for you.

Conclusion

So, there are the twenty-one awesome boats under 5,000 boats that you can tow.

I hope you were able to find a few that suit your needs! Remember that the most awesome boat isn’t necessarily the biggest or the one with the most bells and whistles. The best boat is the one that you’ll get the most enjoyment out of out there on the water.

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