Three More Sixteens
Glastron isn’t the only company with runabout renown. This trio of 16-footers has had a huge impact on boats and boating. Here’s a glimpse at what they look like, and why we think they are important.
Bayliner 1600/1650 Capri
No boat put more fi rst-timers on the water than the Bayliner Capri. More than 12,000 boat-motor-trailer packages were sold between its introduction in 1984 and the end of its run in 1986. Heir to that legacy is Bayliner’s current 1600 OB model. bayliner.com
Donzi Ski Sporter 16
Also known as the 16 Classic and the Sweet 16, this boat has been winning hearts — and races — since 1964. Designed by Jim Wynne at the behest of boating legend Don Aronow, Donzi 16s rarely appear in the used boat market since friends and family place “dibs” on the boats. donzi.com
Chris-Craft 16 Hydroplane
Chris-Craft produced 26 different 16-foot models over the decades, from lapstrake utility boats to the racy 16 Hydroplane (shown). This one was introduced in 1941 and featured a speed-enhancing stepped hull, a feature many modern boats boast as a “new” development. chriscraft.com