The deep hull of the sporty new Bavaria 30 Open packs a lot into its 30 feet, mainly due to its tall topsides, clever use of deck space and a smart hull design in stable sandwich construction. Key features include the petrol Mercruiser inboard while inside there is a double cabin plus a convertible dinette that becomes a double bed with enclosed bathroom.
The Mercruiser is a sporty engine with a top speed of 44 knots, so ideal for pulling some water toys, especially with the large teak swim platform to perch on. On deck, there’s also a wet bar beside the aft dining area, while broad gunwales, handrails and a railing from bow to stern provide safer footing. If the weather changes, go below to enjoy the galley with its ceramic cook top. It’s worth noting that the S30 is in the lower end of the US$150,000-200,000 bracket.
LOA: 9.31m / 30ft 5in Hull: 8.5m / 27ft 9in Beam: 2.99m / 9ft 8in Weight: 4,800kg / 10,582lb Fuel: 520 litres Water: 120 litres Cabin(s): 2 Head(s): 1 Engine(s): 1 x MerCruiser 6.2L-350-DTS EC 355hp 265kw Top speed: 44.5 knots.
Jeanneau Cap Camarat 10.5WA
The largest in this sporty range, Jeanneau’s 10.5m Cap Camarat Walk Around combines performance with onboard comfort. Also, due to the powerful twin 350hp outboards, skiing and towing other water toys is effortless and the yacht has a top speed upward of 45 knots.
The deep Vee hull and tall topsides allow coastal cruising, while below decks a functional galley, bathroom and double berths fore and aft ensure the 10.5WA is more than simply a day boat. For day use, the forward berth transforms into a lounge area, thanks to the wide bow, with retractable table for dining. On deck, there’s tilting sunpads on the bow and the transom has a hotplate/wet bar plus the small swim platform.
LOA: 10.57m / 34ft 8in Hull: 9.34m / 34ft 8in Beam: 3.2m / 10ft 6in Weight: 4,250kg / 9,370lb Fuel: 800 litres Water: 160 litres Cabin(s): 2 Head(s): 1 Engine(s): 2 x 350hp 261kw Top speed: 45-48 knots.
Beneteau Oceanis 38.1
Beneteau has upgraded both its 38 and its 35 and given them new model numbers. Similar to the 35.1 sister ship, the same facelift has been done to the 38.1, which has the advantage of more waterline length for those longer coastal trips. The main changes to this Finot-Conq twin-rudder cruiser is the sail plan moved aft, to balance the boat better. Also, the chart table now folds away to increase lounging space in port, while the six layout options include a longitudinal galley.
What continues is the voluminous interior that has two large double cabins or one owner’s and two smaller doubles. The large sail locker is a good option for couples cruising long term. On deck, the GRP continues to be a useful mainsheet track with bimini attachment.
LOA: 11.5m / 37ft 9in Hull: 11.13m / 36ft 6in Beam: 3.99m / 13ft 1in Weight: 6,850kg / 15,102lb Fuel: 130 litres Water: 130 litres Cabin(s): 1-3 Heads(s): 1-2 Engine(s): 20-30hp / 15-22hw.
Super Air Nautique G23
Described as the ‘mother of all wakeboard boats’, the Super Air Nautique G23 is a legend in the field, winning multiple wakeboard and wakesurf boat of the year awards. With room for 16 people, the 23-footer has a G-Series hull design, 2,850lb of sub-floor ballast and the company’s Waveplate technology, which help produce tailored waves and wakes for boarders and surfers.
The wrist-based Nautique Surf Select technology even gives surfers the ability to customise their ride from behind the boat at the touch of a button. Nautique boats offer sublime sound systems and the G23’s standard option is the M-Series Elite package with 6-JL M-Series speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer powered by an eight-channel amplifier. As well as PCM engine options up to 550hp, owners can choose from a range of gel coat colours, a white Chromax option and new surf graphics.
LOA: 7.01m / 23ft Beam: 2.59m / 8ft 6in Weight: 2,676kg / 5,900lb Fuel: 246.1 litres Engine(s): 1 x PCM H6DI 450hp – PCM XS7 550hp.
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
A new model for 2017, a Wellcraft 262 Fisherman was recently sold by Asiamarine to a Philippines-based owner, who chose the 26-footer over a 242, which the dealership displayed at this year’s Philippine Boat Show in Manila. The new owner will use the Wellcraft as a supporting and fishing vessel that accompanies his larger luxury yacht.
The 262 Center Console is ideal for easy access to fishing spots, nearby beaches for water activities and fast transfers, as she can race over 50 knots powered by twin engines (Mercury, Yamaha or Evinrude). Features include rod holders, gunnel mount, self-bailing cockpit, enclosed head and a dive door. Wellcraft was founded in 1955 and is one of four US small-boat brands owned by Beneteau Group.
LOA: 8.02m / 26ft 4in Beam: 2.74m / 9ft 0in Weight: 2,520kg / 5,500lb Fuel: 598 litres Water: 45 litres Head(s): 1 Engine(s): 2 x 250hp 186kw Outboard Top speed: 52 knots.
Sea Ray SLX 280
Sea Ray’s SLX range offers a higher standard of finish than its other marques, combined with more performance. The 350hp Mercruiser on the 280 won’t be straining as you hit 44 knots, but there’s also 380hp and 430hp options for the skiing brigade. On deck the sculpted seats and deep-set cockpit will protect the occupants behind the windshield or the kids might enjoy the thrill and bumps of bow riding up front.
The SLX range also benefits from quietRIDE technology, which is a vibration-dampening material laminated throughout to soften and quieten the ride. Extensive seating throughout, including the aft sunpad, means there’s enough room for 12 or more on the 280, plus many accessories including air compressors and other fixtures that can run off the inboard engine. Also, there’s a spacious enclosed head compartment with portable toilet. An SLX 280 was recently headed to South Korea.
LOA: 8.69m / 28ft 6in Beam: 2.77m / 9ft 1in Weight: 3,183kg / 7,018lb Fuel: 340 litres Water: 76 litres Head(s): 1 Engine(s): 1 x MerCruiser 350hp 261kw Top speed: 44 knots.