Want to get on the water for less than the price of a new car? Great! Many builders offer safe and exciting boats under the $30,000 threshold. The half-dozen we compiled here represent the top-notch offerings in a variety of categories, from runabouts, to fish boats, to overnighters. See why we think boating on a budget is alive and well.
Got a little more money to spend? Check out Yamaha’s SX210. This 2,802-pound jet boat comes with twin 1,052 cc engines for $32,999.
In addition to twin bow fishing seats, Princecraft’s Vantage 23-4S offers a two-seater angling console with livewell on its aft deck and retails for $21,705 with a 25 hp Mercury four-stroke.
One cuddy that compares nicely to the Stingray 195CS is Glastron’s 20-foot-2-inch by 7-foot- 10¼-inch GS 209. It comes with a trailer and a 190 hp MerCruiser stern-drive for $28,888.
Those interested in a tough, multiuse boat that can also help extend the season might consider Crestliner’s 1800 Super Hawk. Packaged with a 150 hp Mercury Optimax and trailer, it goes for $29,995.
Another option for the inshore saltwater angler is Mako’s 18 LTS Inshore. Packaged with a trailer and a Mercury 60 ELPT four-stroke outboard, the LTS is an excellent buy for $19,995.
If you don’t require a fiberglass hull, check out G3’s aluminum 1860 CC DLX. With 45 gallons of combined livewell capacity and plenty of other fishy features, the boat goes for $22,695 with a Yamaha F90 and trailer.