In no time, Kara keyed into what the 228 deck boat is all about. “The cockpit is a great place to sit and have a conversation, like a big booth at a restaurant,” she says. It has plenty of other features to keep Kara and her friends happy too, like the cushioned seating over the engine hatch. A double-sided backrest divides the cushion so that passengers can also sit facing aft to enjoy the swim platform at anchor — within arm’s reach of three of the boat’s nine cup holders.
In the bow, padded backrests on the consoles feature flip-up arm bolsters. The telescoping bow ladder is great for beach access, and the stainless-steel grab rail helps when climbing back on board.
The Tahoe 228 packs a lot of standard features into its 22-foot- 5-inch overall length, including a built-in cooler and a rod rack to port. Kara’s favorite? “The sound system was awesome,” she says. With four strategically placed speakers, everyone can join the party.
Kara’s spunky personality matched her suit of choice: “My favorite bathing suit by far was the red Seafolly matt frill bandeau bikini,” she says. “It made me feel sexy, yet innocent.” When the Florida native wasn’t in front of the lens, she was enjoying Pink Shell’s digs. “The room felt like an oceanfront condo with a beautiful view of the sandy beach and water.”
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