They Say: There's nothing like it and we'll equip it the way you want.
We Say: Unlike boats that conceal a runabout's V-hull with a strong sheer and a bit of tumblehome, the Avid 24 is a true lobsterboat fitted for pleasure. Just fill its 100-square-foot cockpit with ladderback lounges and a smiling crew instead of traps and bait. Steer with the stern tiller so you can talk to your crew or manage trolled lines. (The stern controls are on the gunwale, a bit of a reach, but doable.) Cozy up in the cuddy: The teak-trimmed V-berth is more than just an oilskin locker. Enjoy the chop-scoffing ride as you cruise big water headed for fun. Only boats with round bilges, long waterlines, and full keels handle the rough stuff with such grace. Boats like the Avid 24 aren't the fastest, but they run pound-free at their cruising speed long after the speedsters have slowed down. Aboard the Avid 24, that's 23.4 mph.
Who'd Want One: Boaters seeking traditional looks, great utility, and a builder that'll install engines or accessories to order.
Other Choices: Straight inboard dayboats less than 25' are scarce, but the deep-V Hunt Yachts Harrier 25 ($124,950 with a single 375-hp Volvo Penta Ocean Series stern drive) offers beautiful finish and great panache.
The Numbers: $135,000 with a 225-bhp Volvo Penta D4.
Contact: J&J Marine at 508/324-9500, www.avidboats.com