There are cheaper 20-foot bowriders out there, but once in the “bargain” prices, watch how Spartan the boats become. The first thing to note about the 196 is that as with all Caravelle boats, it’s made with no wood. Then check out the walk-through transom and upscale standard items like an iPod-ready Kenwood sound system, built-in cooler and flip-up bucket seats. Caravelle stakes its reputation on durable boats that perform. We’ve tested the 196, and dollar for dollar, mph for mph, it’s hard to beat.
Length Overall: 19’11”
Dry Weight: 2,700 lb.
Max HP: 225
MSRP w/ Volvo Penta 4.3 GL: $26,821
Standout Feature: You won’t find a budget boat with a walk-through transom and extended swim platform.