Yes, indeed. Punchy and plush just got shaken, stirred and turned up a notch. With its smooth throttle power and sleek lines, Baja's new 335 Performance looks the part of a muscular luxury craft. And it is. Its stylish speed definitely turned heads along the Tennessee River during our test day in Chattanooga.
But slip down below and it's tempting to forget the 335's power and focus on the roomier-than-expected cabin. A bulkhead-free design and 9-foot-6-inch beam increase the spaciousness, and also prove effective for the boat's handling and drive stability. The cabin has room for three sleepers, and the smartly positioned mini-galley and control panel are set up for socializing. The head even lives up to the hype -- the toilet/shower compartment is slightly larger than those on other performance cruisers we've sampled. (Not that we're potty connoisseurs.) Back at the helm, the innovative electronic throttle controls made docking a breeze, even in tight spots on the 'Nooga waterfront.
Who should buy it:
The performance boater seeking a balance between speed and comfort. Baja's 335 combines the unmistakable zip of a go-fast boat with a kick-back cabin for weekend dash-aways.
Test Engine: Twin MerCruiser 496 Magnum HO/425 HP
Test Load: People (650 lb.); Fuel (190 gal.)
Top Speed: 62 MPH @ 4,900 RPM
Time to Plane: 7.7 sec.
Time to 30 MPH: 14.3 sec.
Min. Plane: 20 MPH @ 2,900 RPM