Another sign of the times? Builders are paying increasingly more attention to the lowest end of the price scale in boats. For most families, that means the 17' bowrider, a boat that costs little, is simple to trailer and store, and can handle taking Mom and Dad for a cruise one minute, and the kids skiing and wakeboarding the next. If he's lucky, Dad might even squeeze in a little fishing. All for a price that will allow him to afford the gas to use the boat each weekend rather than watch it collect mold in the driveway. Which of these contenders is the best steal?