We pick the 10 models that will most change the shape of boating this year and beyond
The question we hear most often is, "What boat do you think I should buy?" Readers, friends, acquaintances — they want us to make the decision. But we can't. A boat is too personal. While we can't say any boat is a must-buy, we can say that the boats below rank as our "must-considers."
BEST GETAWAY VALUE
Bayliner Discovery 288
We could make a case that this new '07 boat falls into the sport-yacht category, what with the flybridge, glassed-in cockpit/salon and two helm stations. It even has the sliding door to the aft cockpit, which could be the most popular open-air stage at the marina when the enclosure is drawn up. We see the fiberglass head, full galley and forward sleeping quarters, and it isn't hard to imagine long weekends on board.
The boat is built for all-weather exploring — anywhere, anytime. So it seems that the cruiser designation does not do the Discovery 288 justice. But sport yachts do not come in under 30 feet. They don't come in under $100,000 either. And that's why we're still abuzz about the Discovery 288.
The standard bridge and enclosed salon make the price difficult to fathom.
Best of All
The helm station and salon are fully protected from rain, wind or worse, so excursions don't have to be interrupted in anything but the nastiest weather.
More on this boat: www.bayliner.com