Few boats offer the luxury, innovation and air of exclusivity embodied in the Aviara AV36. The sleek angularity of the AV36’s lines captivate the eye. Step aboard the broad platform of the sterndrive version we tested—this boat also comes with outboard power—and the visual theme continues, as fittings, fixtures, cushions and even the design cut into the attractive surface covering the cockpit sole all echo this geometric theme.
Look closer. Details include the expansive transom lounge. This hides stowage underneath, but also conceals an innovative surprise: three bar stools that pop up to create instant seating. And where might the stereo speakers for the premium Klipsch audio system hide? Right behind the geometrically consistent brushed-aluminum grates, that’s where. Beauty truly goes beyond skin deep aboard the AV36.
Our tester boasted twin 430 hp Ilmor 6.2L GDI-S One Drive sterndrives. These engines develop 479 foot-pounds of torque. Mash the throttle and you can feel the boat respond to your every input on the controls. As such, our test boat rocketed onto plane in 6 seconds flat, posted a zero-to-30-mph time of 10.5 seconds, and zoomed to 46 mph at wide-open throttle.
At the dock, the One Touch joystick offers one-handed control. A hydraulic clutch means no clunking into gear. Notably, Ilmor offers a four-year standard warranty and a seven-year/1,000-hour optional corrosion warranty, thanks to a standard closed cooling system that includes the exhaust manifolds in the glycol loop.
At the helm, the AV36 proves ultramodern and ultrachic. A clean trio of screens places control of ships systems and accessories and all the intel you require at your fingertips. Aft of the helm resides a standard bar with sink and wine-bottle stowage, but the optional Gourmet Bar offers twin reefers and one, or even two grills, with the option of a built-in cooler too. Super swank.
Belowdecks, the cabin provides a private retreat for an overnighting couple, with its TV and wide berth. The berth easily converts into seating: perfect when hosting a crowd and the cabin serves as a comfort station for guests instead.
⋅Cool Feel upholstery does not get too hot to sit on.
⋅Available with outboards or sterndrives.
⋅Retractable bar-stool seats are sure to be copied.
⋅Ilmor One Drive provides a unique sterndrive experience.
Draft: 2′5″ (drives up)
Dry Weight: 15,500 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 214 gal.
Price: $420,000 (base, sterndrive)
How We Tested
Engines: Twin 430 hp Ilmor 6.2L GDI-S One Drive
Drive/Prop: Sterndrive/14 5/8″ x 23″ 4-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.18:1
Fuel Load: 148 gal.
Crew Weight: 600 lb.
Aviara Boats – Vonore, Tennessee; aviaraboats.com