Bayliner is no stranger to the boats we know as bowriders, with their walk-through split in the windshield that allows free passage from the cockpit to the forward seating well, where passengers can relax, recline or sunbathe in anticipation of a day of adventure and freedom on the water. Bayliner’s 170 Bowrider has all this and more.
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With excellent performance, a good cockpit layout and suitable extras, the Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe is a good competitor in the 40-something-foot yacht market. Its equipment largely parallels that of other vessels in that group, but with some interesting differences. It manages a very respectable speed, economy and handling profile, while offering many of the options found in other boats of this size as standard equipment. One option, dynamic positioning, has long been a staple in offshore oilfield operations. When you stop your boat, the DP system’s computer uses a GPS interface and your boat’s thrusters to keep your boat within a few yards of the location. It’s as if you parked it and it will remain parked there for as long as you please, without anchoring.
The 2015 Sea Ray 265 Sundancer premiered to good reviews that praised its design, accommodations, seakeeping ability and overall quality. The latest Sea Ray offerings, including the 265 Sundancer, have garnered praise from the European market, which Sea Ray is actively courting with the boat’s open architecture that generally eliminates any distinction between the cockpit, upper salon, sunbathing areas and swim platform above decks. Happily, it appears that Sea Ray has resolved any past quality problems by changing the hull coating and upgrading to the Mercury Bravo III stern drive. All in all, the 265 Sundancer appears to be a reasonably priced sport cruiser.
In 2010, when Germany’s Bavaria Yacht GmBH called in the U.S.-based Farr Yacht Design, their goal was a yacht to replace Bavaria’s 36-foot boat. The Farr Yacht design became the Bavaria 37 Cruiser, with a near-cavernous interior, a wide range Danish Elvström sails and a fit and finish worthy of a winner of the 2015 European Yacht of the Year. The Bavaria 37 costs as less than a new Lamborghini, but it can take you and your family around the world.
Since its founding in the 1960s, Fairline has built over 13,000 boats. For the Squadron 42, the Fairlane design team provided the layout and details, while the engineering and naval architecture came from the design firm Bernarad Olesinski — Naval Architects, known for their outstanding design work in the rarified world of megayachts. Overall, Fairlane’s Squadron 42 is just that: 42 feet of megayacht. The smallest of the Squadron series, the Squadron 42 can accommodate up to six persons in an environment that reminds you of nothing so much as a very plush, airy loft that can zip along at up to 30 knots.
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With a top speed of nearly 35 mph, the Bayliner Ciera 8 is an excellent example of the boat builder’s art. The Ciera 8 meets the need for a smaller vessel that can act as an eight-passenger excursion boat, or as a weekender for two. The Ciera 8 rides like a larger boat, but remains trailerable; its full galley puts it head and shoulders above those vessels in its class that lack such an amenity The Ciera 8’s layout includes an enclosed head, with shower, vanity and sink, items sadly lacking in most comparable boats, all for about $104,572.
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With the stability of pontoons, a walk-around deck to fish from, a live well, seating and storage options few fishing boats have, and a bimini top for days of rain or sun, Sun Tracker’s 2015 Bass Buggy 16 DLX ET has an additional advantage: an electric outboard. Although priced similarly to many other fishing boats of the same size, the 16 DLX ET doesn’t include one essential accessory, a trailer. But it has 16 feet by 7 feet of deck space that’s 100 percent usable for fishing, with almost no chance of being tossed willy nilly into the water by an errant boat or jet ski’s wake.
The Bayliner Element XL is the midsize bowrider in Bayliner’s Element series that also includes the Element and the Element XR7. It carries nine passengers, vs. the Element’s six- and the Element XR7’s 16. The Element XL features Bayliner’s M-hull, a hull designed to get you up on plane straight out of the hole, while keeping the boat flatter, and therefore, more comfortable, in turns. Paired with a 90-horse, four-cylinder Mercury outboard, or an optional 115-horsepower, electronically fuel injected Mercury, the Element XL features multiple seating options, a transom with swim platform and ladder and an intuitive control and instrument package.
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At the helm of the Cruisers Yacht 310 Express, you’ll feel like one of the princes of the Earth. The 310 Express offers speed, a reasonable amount of interior room, a good galley and head and fair accommodations for the owner and guests. You have options regarding fabrics, colors, the interior and the trim that let you make the boat your own, inside and out, whether for coastal or lake cruising, or as a live-aboard.
Tracker Boats has been a part of Bass Pro Shops since 1978, when Johnny Morris, Bass Pro’s founder, decided to carry a line of boats, fully rigged and complete with motor and trailer, in the company’s catalog. Able to carry 980 pounds of people and gear, the Tracker Pro 170 is one of the latest incarnations of a boat specifically designed for fishermen whose weekend pursuits take them to America’s lakes and rivers.
From the stainless deck equipment at its bow to the sundeck and swim platform at its stern, the Predator 57 offers up plenty of action for the discerning yachtsman. Built by London-based Sunseeker, the 2015 Predator 57 was introduced to the world at the January 2015 London Boat Show. Part of Sunseeker’s Predator lineup that ranges in length from 60 to nearly 82 feet, the 2015 Predator 57 promises to deliver what its predecessors have and more.
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2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
As soon as you walk aboard, you’ll notice the reasons you might be willing to spend more than $1,064,653 on a Sea Ray 470 Sundancer. There are two decks chock full of amenities, like the salon and cockpit on the upper deck that form a luxurious glass cocoon around you and your guests. On the lower deck, a master stateroom as wide as the 470’s beam features toys like a flatscreen TV and DVD player, a queen-size bed and a private head. A fully equipped galley and a guest stateroom complete the tour of the lower deck. And inside, the whole boat — from stem to stern — is climate controlled.
Sun Tracker’s pontoon boats offer a pair of stylish pontoons, a mount for an outboard and the best walkaround deck you can find. The Fishin Barge 20 DLX offers room for 10 on that deck, along with three folding anglers’ chairs and a plethora of rod holders in convenient locations. For 2015, Sun Tracker has added a redesigned control console with a binnacle-type throttle. The console comes equipped with a wraparound shroud and removable windshield to keep you dryer while you’re at the wheel. The 20 DLX also offers two – not one —live wells and, as a safety feature for families with children, in the form of boarding gates with double latches which can, nonetheless, latch into an open position.
Visually appealing and built in Rochefort, France, by Bavaria Yachts, the Nautitech 40 couples solid mechanical specs with an interior that offers a sense of space. Experienced sailors can see its potential as an ocean cruiser or charter boat, while the less ambitious can downsize it from a four-cabin configuration to three cabins for lazy live-aboard summer afternoons.