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Best Boats for $35k from Boating Magazine

Excerpted from Boating Magazine
By Eric Colby

“Thirty-five thousand dollars: It’s the average price paid for a new boat, according to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. But which boat would you buy if you had about that much money to spend?”

“It’s a tough question. You have to consider what you’ll be using the boat for and how many people you plan to have aboard. Do you want to fish? Considering towing tubes or boards? Have a power preference?”

Yamaha SX210
“A different take on the bowrider, the new Yamaha SX210 uses a pair of 110 hp, 1,052 cc four-stroke engines matched up with a pair of the manufacturer’s high-pressure jet pumps. The retail price includes a color-matched painted trailer, removable carpet and a Bimini top.”

“A side benefit (of jet propulsion) is that you can navigate shallower waters than a sterndrive-propelled boat can. Yamaha says the SX210’s draft is 1 foot 4 inches, compared with about two feet for most 20- to 21-foot bowriders.”

“In addition to having the space to seat up to nine people, the SX210 offers mucho convenience. The SX210’s transom area has a two-tier swim platform upholstered for comfortable reclining. A small cocktail table fits in a pedestal, and there’s a telescoping stainless-steel ladder.”

“The SX210 rides on a modified deep-V with 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom. Putting the 220 hp jet propulsion system to work, the boat hits about 45 mph at 8,000 rpm. It planes in around three seconds, which means it’s more than ready to pull skiers, boarders and tubers. Older versions of recreational jet boats were a pain to drive in no-wake areas, but Yamaha has the No Wake Mode that sets engine rpm at 2,500 for consistent thrust.”

“Notable & Boatable
Carrying the boat’s beam farther forward makes the bow seats inviting even for long-legged crew.”