Do Boats Float Higher in Salt Water: The Truth

Riding and enjoying boats has been a lifelong fascination for me. Along with fishing, there are no other activities that I’d rather be doing in my free time. When I was a kid, my parents always took me and my siblings along for cruises on luxury boats that offered great, luxurious vacation experiences, as well as bonding time for us. And when we are not on such cruises, which were not frequent given how costly those were, we were out fishing in the lake near our home. While we were fishing, we were also right aboard our own little boat. Those times were just as special, and are also vividly etched in my memory.

With the great love for boating that I have had, there is no question that I also became very interested in things that are connected to it. Fishing is of course one of those things, and I have a thought tat even if I had not been as interested in riding boats and cruising, I and my siblings would have loved fishing nonetheless. It was that enjoyable for us. And for me personally, I was particularly interested in the different aspects that affect boating, like how the mechanics of how the boat works and things like that. I was also pretty interested in learning about the types of water we rode our boats on, namely freshwater and saltwater. Of particular interest to me was this question, do boats float higher in salt water or fresh water?

Salt Water vs. Fresh Water

Ever since I started riding boats and being aware of the bodies of water where boats are placed, I’ve always wondered about the connection between the two. It just seemed so interesting to me that the boats were actually floating on the water and that we are able to ride it. But as I became more aware of density, buoyancy, and displacement, it all became less of a mystery to me. However, what I became continuously unaware of was about the difference between how boats would float on salt water and fresh water. That knowledge came a little later.

Actually, the answer to the question about where boats would float higher is salt water. This is simply because salt water is much denser than fresh water due to the presence of salt in it, allowing boats to float a lot higher. A body of water that has high amounts of salt will certainly push the boat higher than usual, like in the Dead Sea for example. Since it is a body of water that has one of the highest concentrations of salt of any body of water, anything and everything will easily float. And all because of that, I now prefer to cruise on salt water more, although for fishing fresh water is still the best for me.