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New Boats of 2014

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AB Inflatables: Based on its roomy and open Navigo 12 VS tender, AB has added molded-in seating for five to create the new 12 VSX. The 12-foot rigid inflatable boat (RIB) features a quality Orca CSM tube, LED navigation lights, bilge pump, stainless-steel steering wheel and grab handle, concealed stowage in the bow locker, a center console and a flip-open rear seat. Four stainless-steel davit lifting points complete the package. In tests performed by the manufacturer, the boat planed with five adults on board and hit 23 mph at wide-open throttle with a Yamaha F30 four-stroke outboard.


Aqua Patio 250 WB

Aqua Patio: The popular Aqua Patio 250 WB (wet bar) layout has been expanded for 2014 with the addition of a smaller wet bar model on the brand’s 220 platform. The new Aqua Patio 220 WB has a bar base with molded-in footrest and solid-surface bar top with stainless-steel ring cup holders. The eat-drink-and-be-merry aesthetic continues with plenty of cooler storage and a grill mount in the aft port corner — complete with a standard removable propane grill. A sink with hand-pump faucet is also included, while a water-sports arch is an attractive option. Additional improvements for the Aqua Patio line include a new Nutmeg vinyl deck option and new metallic rail skin color options.


Baja: The 26 Outlaw Outboard is the first Baja ever to be powered by outboards. With twin Mercury Verado 300s, the builder reports a top speed of 70 mph, and the boat is also available with twin Mercury 225s or 200s. In converting the 26 Outlaw to an outboard configuration, Baja’s design team turned the boat’s former sterndrive engine compartment into a high-volume storage space with a wakeboard rack and locker for safety equipment. The 26 Outlaw Outboard also features a comfortable forward cabin. The boat’s optional X2 package includes custom hull colors and graphics, a color-matched sun pad and carbon fiber dash, powder-coated rails, Plexiglas windshield venturi, and LED lighting and underwater lights.


Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless

Boston Whaler: Along with new 210 and 270 Dauntless models, this venerable builder has introduced a new 240 Dauntless this year. All three boats are purpose-built to be versatile, with generous storage and convertible areas to make them adept at cruising, water sports and fishing alike. On the 240, there’s a reversible pilot’s seat, hideaway aft bench, and foldout backrests and an optional filler cushion in the bow. Wakeboarders and skiers will appreciate the available All-Activity Tower; anglers the standard livewell and aft casting deck, as well as a slew of options like pedestal fishing seats and a trolling motor panel. In addition, Whaler builds all of its boats to be unsinkable, which is a nice safety feature.


Chaparral 307 SSX

Chaparral: The 307 SSX is the latest addition to Chaparral’s top-of-the-line SSX sport boat series, which has included new 25-, 27- and 32-foot offerings over the past three years. The 307 SSX bridges the size gap with its 30-foot, 6-inch length and 9-foot, 6-inch beam. It offers the exceptional performance of the brand’s Extended V-Plane hull, along with a fully enclosed head compartment, doublewide companion seat and Chaparral’s all-new, hand-stitched, vinyl-wrapped dash design. At home on lakes, rivers or even offshore, the 307 SSX is available with either twin or single sterndrive power options.


Chris-Craft Capri

Chris-Craft: Built with a clean "vertical bow" profile complete with stainless-steel scuff plate, the Capri 21 harkens back to the classic Chris-Craft models of the 1930s. There’s even a sloped tumblehome aft and old-is-new-again seats with diamond-stitched upholstery. The helm of the boat is positioned far forward, leaving more room for forward seating and a full cockpit bench, plus a stretched, full-width sun pad. Handsome accents include wood decking and stainless-steel hardware and rails throughout. This year’s Chris-Craft models are also available in new graphite metallic paint colors. Va va voom!


Cobalt R3

Cobalt: Last year, this premium boat builder introduced its R series of assertive-yet-refined bowriders with the R5. The R3 and R7 join the lineup this year, with the former stretching 23 feet, 10 inches by 8 feet, 6 inches. The R3 has a sleek, low profile, with an integrated swim platform and sun pad with adjustable backrest and rumble seat design. The boat has a lot of seating for its size, with a doublewide companion seat, L-shaped cockpit lounge and starboard jump seat. But what really sets this and other Cobalts apart are the appointments: aluminum dash panel, stainless-steel switches, leather-wrapped wheel, Rockford Fosgate stereo with Bluetooth, ergonomically positioned footrest...and that’s just the helm.

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