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Boating Boating Buyers Guide 2017

Boating is the world's foremost magazine for boating enthusiasts. Written by experts for those who love the sport, the editorial covers the waterfront -- from runabouts to sportfish convertibles to luxury showpieces, and everything in between.

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2 min.
outboards rising

TEST MORE THAN 90 BOATS, AS OUR TEST team did in creating this year’s Boat Buyers Guide, and certain patterns emerge. For one thing, the outboard continues its rise in prominence. It began when new emissions regulations drove up the cost of sterndrive and inboard engines. For the longest time, a sterndrive was the best value in the sense of horsepower per dollar. As recently as five years ago, a 220 hp sterndrive cost 30 to 40 percent less than a comparably powered outboard. Historically, that kept prices for boats, particularly the smaller runabouts that so many boaters favor, as low as possible. But with prices more equitable, the outboard could no longer be disqualified on a cost basis. At the same time, outboard makers developed newer, cleaner, quieter engines. This new…

2 min.
making waves

ON BOARD WITH ... Bill McGill MarineMax CEO, Barefoot Skier Bill McGill has always followed his passions. He turned his back on a stint in the space program and a corporate gig to take a chance on Florida dealership Gulfwind Marine. Later, McGill partnered with fellow Sea Ray dealers to form MarineMax. At 72, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. When I caught up with him, he was fresh off a weekend of not only barefooting but also slalom and trick skiing. — Jeff Hemmel READ MORE! To read the full interview online, go to boatingmag.com/barefoot-ceo. A lot of people will probably read “barefooting CEO” and think it’s just about stroking your ego, but I’ve actually seen you — you don’t just barefoot, slalom and trick ski; you do all of them and do…

4 min.
paying for pleasure

Home Base When financing a boat, think about tapping into your home’s value. “You might be paying interest, only at less than prime. That’s really cheap money,” says Rob Messenger, senior vice president of Title Mortgage Solutions (titlemortgage.com). He’s referring to a line of credit against home equity. Typically, 10 years of interest-only payments lead into another 10 years of monthly payments to eliminate the balance. Rates and payments adjust monthly. A second mortgage for a set dollar amount usually fixes the interest rate and payments for 10 or 15 years. Refinancing a first mortgage comes with significant closing costs (which are often absorbed by lenders in other home-equity solutions). Rule of thumb — consider refinancing with at least a 1 percent interestrate improvement. You’ll be a cash buyer with no boat…

1 min.
runabout

WHAT IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL BOAT that comes to mind when most boaters reflect back on their days on the water? Odds are it’s a runabout, stemming from those early days punting around with the family on the local lake or maybe during adolescence when you were finally able to enjoy some freedom on the water at the helm of the family bowrider. Needless to say, the runabout is still a staple of the American boating family, although now they come in many more shapes and sizes. Be it a 16-footer or a 30-footer, the mission is still the same. That holds true whether it’s powered via outboards, sterndrives or even jet engines. These selections we present to you are some of the best available family boats for tubing, joyriding or,…

2 min.
bayliner element e21

THE NEW ELEMENT E21 IS A FRESH expression of the Bayliner mission: create boats that are affordable to buy and easy to own. Priced as low as $25,500, the 20-foot-8-inch E21 is a wide-open, dual-console deck boat that in its base configuration has no windshield — a glass windshield is a $1,271 option. The base-price boat is rigged with the Mercury 115 Command Thrust outboard. The upgrade Mercury 150 FourStroke adds $4,142 to the bottom line. The E21 features a deep transom platform, plus a pair of wing platforms port and starboard. The cockpit is self-bailing, and there is stowage under each of the three U-lounge seat cushions. The battery and battery switch are below the starboard seat and will be easy to reach for service. The backrests curve with the…

2 min.
formula 310 br

FORMULA’S BOATS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN solid and satisfying, and the 310 BR, the company’s f lagship bowrider, continues that tradition. Twin MerCruiser 6.2L 300 hp V-8s fitted with Bravo Three drives provided a 51 mph top speed, with zero to 30 mph acceleration in a hair over seven seconds. Finding the hull’s best cruise speed was easy; at 3,500 rpm, our speed was a steady and swift 29.5 mph, burning 17.8 gph at 1.7 mpg. Using 90 percent of the 130-gallon tank, that’s a 199-mile range. Performance is more than numbers, and the 310 BR is steady from idle to wide-open. Getting used to the trim tabs and power trim takes some practice because the deep-V is extremely responsive to adjustments. There aren’t many days that could keep this smooth-riding hull…