In the market to purchase a new boat? Chances are good that you have given the decision a fair amount of consideration. There are any number of questions you should ask, however, before buying:
1: Will the boat accommodate just family, or friends as well?
2: How will the boat be used – fishing, skiing, cruising, long excursions?
3: Will the boat be used seasonally or all-year round?
4: How much are you willing to spend beyond the purchase price for insurance, registration fees, maintenance, etc?
Narrowing down your search criteria can take some well-deserved time and attention; but here is a bit of insight regarding three of the most-popular boats on the market that may make your decision-making a bit easier.
# 1: The Bayliner 285 Sunbridge
The beautiful 28-foot Bayliner 285 Sunbridge, with 1 X 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG, achieves a top speed of 38.6 mph, burning 22.9 gph. The best cruise speed comes in at 27.1 mph; and this model offers a cruising range of 179 miles.
Features that come standard include: 1) battery / charger converter 2) CD stereo 3) Head: fixed 4) shore power 5) trim tabs 6) water heater 7) microwave & refrigerator 8) Arch: electronics 9) outlet: 12-volt Acc 10) swim ladder 11) swim platform 12) transom door 12) wet bar and 13) bimini top.
The Bayliner 285 Sunbridge cruiser is the largest single-engine cruiser in the Bayliner line-up; and is designed for the boat-owner who wants to keep the price of his cruiser down. The newly-updated version of the Bayliner Boats 285 offers comfortable cockpits with adjustable seating, beds for six and a full galley. Deck windows, skylights and portholes allow for an abundance of light into the cabin.
# 2: The Formula 290 FX4
The Formula 290 FX4 is a gorgeous model and represents an exciting progression in American sport-boat design and incorporates intriguing new lines and styling. Taking into account the 2 X 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG, the top speed of this 29-footer is 54.5 mph while it burns 50.2 gph. The ideal cruise speed for the Formula 290 FX4 is 29.5 mph; and this model offers a cruising range of 168 miles.
Standard features include: 1) CD stereo 2) trim tabs 3) carpeted cockpit 4) outlet: 12-volt Acc 5) swim ladder 6) swim platform 7) transom shower 8) wet bar
The Formula FX models are designed to offer coveted luxuries in a sports boat; and the Formula 290 FX4 is powerfully elegant and will power into deeper waters where you can sport your style like you own your personal water world. With carbon-fiber composite dash panels, trim panels and wet-bar counter-top, style and panache` is standard!
# 3: The Bayliner 245 Cruiser
The Bayliner 245 Cruiser with its 1 X 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L TKS V8, offers a top speed of 37.6 mph while burning 18.6 gph. The best cruise speed for the Bayliner 245 Cruiser tops off at 26.1 mph; and one will get 2.64 mpg and a cruising range of 152 miles. This boat can travel smoothly through a 3-foot chop at 25 mph and 3500 rpm.
Standard amenities for the Bayliner 245 Cruiser include: 1) CD stereo 2) Head: portable 3) Head: fixed 4) trim tabs 5) outlet: 12-volt Acc 6) swim ladder 7) swim platform 8) transom door and 9) bimini top
The Bayliner 245 Cruiser offers one to cruise comfortably in a trailerable 25 'boat. Running the length of the cabin on both sides are large, frameless windows that invite an overabundance of natural light, including multiple portholes and a large overhead hatch. When it comes to serviceability, the engine compartment has ample space to maneuver.
A list of additional highly-rated boats of all sizes and types compiled from Boating World Magazine, Boating Magazine and Power & Motoryacht Magazine includes:
# 4: Bayliner 160 OB BR
# 5: MasterCraft 300
# 6: World Cat 320 CC
# 7: Meridian Yachts 441
# 8: Cruisers Yachts Cantius 48
# 9: Chris-Craft Silver Bullet 20
# 10: Yamaha 242 Limited S
Since water-craft warranties can change from time to time, it is vital you consult with your boat-dealership professional before any boat – regardless of type or size – is purchased.