Fish-and-ski boats like the Lund Crossover XS serve multiple purposes including serious fishing and recreational boating.
"Lund took families into account, adding creature comforts including flip-up rear seats, a windshield, and extra floor and cockpit space," he continues. "There's also a ski pylon, in-floor storage for wakeboards or skis, and plenty of room for other gear, too."
On the fishing front, Crossovers remain a force to be reckoned with.
"Lund didn't forget Dad's desire to go fishing," Glorvigen adds. "There's in-floor gear and rod storage, plus a 5-rod bow rod locker up front and all kinds of storage space for tackle and other necessities. You can certainly rig the boat out to be a very effective fishing platform."
Available in two sizes from 17 feet, 10 inches to 18 feet, 10 inches, the lineup features Lund's patented IPS Hull for a smooth, stable ride.
Glorvigen strongly recommends the Crossover XS for families looking for a multi-purpose rig, but he says whichever fish-and-ski you choose, always outfit it with the maximum rated horsepower for optimum performance with a boatload of passengers. "If you hang too small a motor on the back, the boat won't perform as well as possible with everyone aboard," he cautions.
If serious fishing tops the agenda, Glorvigen suggests a deep V-hull design geared to the type of species and situations you expect to face most often.
"Buy a boat built for where and how you do the majority of your fishing," he says. "The worst thing you can do is get something that restricts your fishing. For example, if you fish 99 percent of the time on a 500-acre lake down the road, with a small ramp, a 20-foot big-water rig might be a limiting factor."
A number of companies offer hard-fishing V-hulls, so be sure to check manufacturer websites for specs and available features. Glorvigen recommends Lund's Pro-V family and says using the company's online Boat Builder feature can help you dial in the right balance of size, space, storage and other considerations.
"Pro-V's are geared to anglers beyond the novice point, and are ideal for fishing multiple bodies of water, weekend tournaments and nasty conditions without compromising your ability to go catch fish," he says. "There are a number of models available, including the 1875 Pro-V and 1875 Pro-V Bass XS, designed with bass, northern pike and muskie anglers in mind."
If you never quite get the nightcrawler dirt out from under your fingernails, Glorvigen adds another choice to the shopping list: an old-school tiller boat.