There are all kinds of boats supplied in Zambia, from riverboats to speedboats. Think big name brands like Bayliner right through to jet skis, canoes and rowing boats. Boat spare parts and workshops in Zambia can also be found. Boats should be checked and serviced regularly, for safety and cost-saving purposes.
Types of boats
Traditionally people in Zambia have used boats made from hollowed out tree trunks for fishing and for transport. In modern times, these boats are still used, but more and more boats are purchased from a boat supplier.
People use boats for both work and leisure. You can travel long distances on Zambia's great rivers and lakes, or fish in them commercially or for pleasure. Whatever your interest is - fishing or high speed water sports, top of the line bass boats, just having family fun on the water, or slowly and quietly game viewing in a boat in shallow water - there are suppliers who can help.
Also known as powerboats or speedboats, motorised boats are small watercraft propelled by internal combustion or an electric engine. These boats come in a range of sizes with most of them having space for about six passengers or fewer. In Zambia, these boats are commonly used recreationally for travelling on water (cruising) and for the enjoyment of such sports as fishing and swimming, with some used for the transportation of people or goods.
Some motorised boats are fitted with an internal combustion engine at the rear, with the gearbox and the propeller in the same portable unit. Some even have a hybrid inboard-outboard engine, where the internal combustion engine is installed inside the boat and the gearbox and propeller are outside.
Though there are literally dozens of different styles of motorised boats, here are the basic types:
On Infobwana, check for boat suppliers as well as companies that offer boat servicing and maintenance.