Fun And Fun-erBy Michael Vatalaro
Published: December 2011
Here are four great ways to have a blast on the water.
Sport boats are about one thing: a great time on the water. Sure, a creature comfort or two has crept in over time, but these boats are designed first and foremost to bring you the thrill of speed and the challenge of watersports. Four recently released models represent both entry-level and top-of-the-line takes on this precept, across several categories — outboard, inboard, jet, and PWC. Take your pick, and your friends, and have a good time.
Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport
Big Fun In A Small Package
The 170 SS is all the boat you need, and none of what you don't, customizable with options to fit how you play on the water. Its simple, open layout, with a side console and bench seating, gives the 170 SS room for the family and the toys. Available with a 90-hp Mercury four-stroke outboard and a towing arch for wakeboarding, or a ski-pylon for those who don't seek altitude every trip across the wake, it's built with the same "saw-me-in-half" construction techniques as all Whalers. From $21,442 with a 60-hp Merc and a trailer | www.BostonWhaler.com
Correct Craft Sport Nautique 200
The Multitasking Whiz
The Nautique brand celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and introduced the Sport Nautique 200, a multisport boat, as the next iteration in their lineup. Designed to let you ski, wakeboard, or wakesurf, with equal aplomb, thanks to Nautique's carefully designed hull, and the ability to control the wake shape from the dashboard, there's seating for 10, a built-in cooler, and a teak walkthrough. In addition, you can get GPS speed control for perfect slalom runs, and up to 736 pounds of ballast to really ramp up the wake for better surfing or bigger air. From $59,995 | www.Nautique.com
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