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New Boats of 2014

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Four Winns Horizon 290

Four Winns: The Horizon 290 is another big, luxurious bowrider (also see Chaparral and Sea Ray) that promises all-day comfort and fun. The bow contains plenty of stretching-out space with chaise lounge-style seating with adjustable headrests and integrated arm rests. A motorized captain’s seat, optional galley and L-shaped seating highlight the cockpit, while a few steps below is a changing room and single berth with wood finishes and a large hull window. The aft area is where your family will hang and play. Featuring a one-touch automatic sun lounge, along with low-profile swim platform, every day on the water will be full of comfort. Power options are available in single and twin sterndrives. www.fourwinns.com

 

Glastron GTS187

Glastron: This all-American brand announced a new line of water-jet-powered boats for 2014, including the new GT187 and GT207. The first out of the gate, the GT187 takes its cues from the retro styled GT160, with features like a roadster-inspired windshield and sleek, low profile. There’s a full-width transom bench in addition to a pair of transom lounge seats overlooking the swim platform. The boat is propelled by a Rotax power plant (the same as used by Sea-Doo until it vacated the jet boat market last year), so you know you’re getting a proven, performance-ready design. www.glastron.com

 

Grand Banks 50 Eastbay

Grand Banks: The all-new 50 Eastbay SX is a cruiser’s boat, from the big deckhouse with automatically retracting side windows, to the available flybridge option, to the flexible layout with two or three staterooms. You can even get the galley "up" on the main deck or "half-down" in a mezzanine off the salon. Wide side decks encircle the yacht, with a starboard side door providing easy access when docking. The cockpit is huge, with an optional passarelle and aft docking station, plus a sunshade that extends at the push of a button. Power is provided by Volvo Penta IPS drives with joystick control, and the Dynamic Positioning System holds the boat’s heading and keeps it within a very limited area when activated. www.grandbanks.com

 

Hinckley T43

Hinckley: The T43 will be the third new Hinckley powerboat in as many years, and several features distinguish the design. First, the boat has a rear glass pilothouse enclosure that can be retracted at the push of a button, satisfying those owners who like the openness of an express boat but want protection in case of inclement weather. Second, while Hinckley offers the T43 with Hamilton water-jet propulsion as standard, the Volvo IPS 600 pod drive system is an option for the boat. The cockpit features sociable seating and a hospitality bar with refrigerator and sink. The boat’s galley is to port on a mezzanine level for easy access. Below decks is a forward queen master stateroom, a double guest cabin and a head with stall shower. www.hinckleyyachts.com

 

Moomba Mondo

Moomba: This 20-foot, 6-inch water-sports boat isn’t large in stature, but it’s designed to offer big performance and comfort. The wakes behind the Moomba Mondo benefit from 1,300 pounds of ballast, perfect for surfing a curl or launching off both sides. The builder says that the rough-water ride and handling of the Mondo dwarf all other 20-footers. The little-big-man vibe continues on the inside, with room for 13 people and convenient storage for all of their stuff. Small enough to garage, trailer and handle with ease, the Mondo is huge when you want it to be and petite when you don’t. www.moomba.com

 

Polar Kraft Classic 156 T

Polar Kraft: Adding to its top-selling Classic series, Polar Kraft has introduced the 156 T for fishing families who prefer a tiller-operated motor in a boat that’s incredibly easy to handle and trailer. With the series receiving an all-new graphics and logo update for 2014, the 156 T is a sharp-looking fishing machine from the water. The boat features lockable rod storage, an aerated livewell, standard Lowrance X-4 Fish Finder and a MinnKota 45 Edge bow-mounted trolling motor. The tough Torque Control Design double-riveted, reverse-chine hull features extruded aluminum keels and spray rails, closed-cell foam flotation and a strong longitudinal stringer system. www.polarkraftboats.com

 

Regal 32 Express

Regal: The new 32 Express is a social animal on the outside, with a lot of comfort inside for a serious sense of luxury on extended stays. The single level cockpit sole keeps everyone on the same plane and in view of the beautiful horizon, and the seating here slides away at the push of a button to form a sun pad or rear-facing lounge. Down below, the 32 Express is the only boat in its class to feature a king-size bed amidships. Forward is a double berth for another couple or the kids. There’s also a big, L-shaped lounge with removable dinette table across from the full galley. Large windows in the salon, galley and on both sides of the mid-berth flood the interior with natural light. www.regalboats.com

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