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Five Great Tow Boats Under $25,000
Want to get your family out on the water? Here are five boats under $25,000 that can help you and your family start shredding.
Runabout: Bayliner Element
Pros: Predictable handling, excellent fuel economy, room for crowd
Cons: Small 12-gallon fuel tank, 60 hp engine max
Sport it up: Choose the optional sporting package — tow arch, board rack, sporty graphics, cooler and bow filler cushion.
Bottom line: $11,999; bayliner.com
Bayliner set out to build a new type of runabout to get families on the water for, ostensibly, about the cost of your monthly cable or cell-phone bill. But in keeping the price down, Bayliner did not neglect the fact that people like to play behind their boats.
Adding the $1,421 “Sport” package gets you an aluminum tow tower with a board rack on the port side. The tower raises the tow point above the outboard, giving boarders a far better rope angle for performing tricks.
The Element has a unique M-hull design, which consists of a V running down the centerline and two V-shaped sponsons outboard with hard chines. The result is a stable, efficient hull that doesn’t lean excessively in turns or suffer extreme dips when boarding or jumping into the water. With a 60 hp Mercury Bigfoot outboard, the only power available, the Element tops 30 mph and can handle the slower speeds required for tubing and boarding.
Aft, the boat has swim platforms to either side of the motorwell, with the starboard-side retractable swim ladder mounted at an angle to keep swimmers’ hands and feet away from the outboard’s prop.
Displacement: 1,750 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 12 gal.
Max Horsepower: 60