What does $100k (or less) buy new these days? A lot! This is especially true for boats in the under-25-foot, trailerable range. To help people just starting their search for a more budget-friendly boat option, we surveyed a group of experienced boaters to share a few of their favorite modestly-priced models and we think their recommendations are right on the money.
Below is a round-up of respected boats - all under $100k. Let’s take a look!
Bennington Q25 Pontoon (25QSBWA)
If soaking up lake life is your thing, a pontoon boat might be towards the top of the list for you and your crew. No question, Bennington Marine makes quality, world-renowned pontoon boats and many are priced well below $100k. For this list, Stephanie, a boater we surveyed, pointed us to Bennington’s premier Q Series for a top-of-the-line, luxury experience.
Specifically, the Bennington Q25 QSB is worth pondering as she comes in under the our set budget and even leaves room for additional options such as a ski tow bar, fishing rod holders, or a performance package.
The model comes standard with a power-comfort reclining helm chair, stainless steel and wood grain accents throughout, pillow-top upholstery with diamond stitching, many console features, and more. “QSB” refers to Bennington’s innovative Swingback floor plan that provides ample seating and allows riders to face forward or backward depending on the seat back position. This is a party boat for sure!
Starting around $65,000 with the MinnKota Electric Engine Package
Length: 27’ 3”
Beam: 8’ 6”
Powered by: Single Outboard, many packages to choose from
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Other Pontoons Worth A Look
Some of the other top pontoon boat builders currently include Premier, Sun Tracker, Harris, Princecraft, and Avalon, just to name a few.
Four Winns Horizon 210 RS Bowrider
The Horizon 210 RS’ sporty personality really pops with hot graphics and color schemes. Four exciting color options come standard: Atomic Green & Phantom Grey, Cognac & Phantom Grey, Jet Black & Crimson Red, and White & Crimson Red. Whichever way you go, you’ll be eye catching.
The hand-stitched upholstery and stern folding seats are comfortable perks and an extra-wide bow and low-profile swim platform (great for climbing back onboard) all add up to plenty of room for up to 10 people.
Thanks to her V hull, she’s stable at rest, she planes quicker and stays in plane at slower speeds (great for towing for watersports). Imagine yourself zipping around and delivering a day of smiles for you and your family and friends.
Starting around $57,000
Length: 21’ 7”
Beam: 8’ 5”
Powered by: Max power is 300hp
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Other Bowriders Worth A Look
If you're looking specifically for a bowrider, a handful of other popular bowrider brands with affordable options under $100K to check out include Bayliner, Chaparral, Cobalt, Crownline and Rinker.
Skeeter SX240 Bay Boat
Skeeter Boats have been around for 70 years and have a loyal family of fishing enthusiasts who love their boats. We surveyed one of their fans, Mandi, who praised the 2020 Skeeter SX240 Bay Boat for her storage, two wells, removable windshield for low clearance, and 17 vertical rod holders.
The Skeeter SX240 delivers a versatile boat that is just as capable offshore as it is along coastal areas and shallow bays. Higher gunnels on the SX240 offer more protection, and overall, this fishing boat feels substantial.
Starting around $67,000
Length: 24’ 1”
Powered by: F250, VF250, and F300
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Other Bay Boats Worth A Look
Other bay boat builders offering models under $100K include: Yellowfin, Grady-White, Carolina Skiff, Glacier Bay, Bayliner, Trophy, TwinVee, Starcraft, Tracker, Crestliner and Lund Boats, among many others!
Top Center Consoles Under 100K
Next, due to popular demand, let’s look at a few center consoles - there’s quite a lot of variety in this class of boats, and each offers unique features and a different experience. Here are handpicked models that don’t break the bank.
Yamaha 210 FHS Sport Center Console
The Yamaha name speaks for itself - performance! The Yamaha 210 FHS Sport is a dual-engine outboard center console boat that is designed for sports like wakesurfing and tubing, as well as all-day comfort and fishing. With room for up to 10 people, it's an all-around great family boat that is capable of many boating activities and bodies of water.
Starting around $50,000
Length: 21’ 3”
Beam: 8’ 6”
Powered by: Twin TR-1 High Output
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NauticStar 191 Hybrid Center Console
Combining high-end design and affordability, the NauticStar 191 Hybrid features a newly designed hull that is ideal for handling choppy waters. Most compelling, however, is the new model's extremely modest price point. The boat is available at under $30k, with a dealer-supplied trailer.
More on the functionality of the boat, this vessel is ideal for fishing and beaching, and is capable of coastal and inland waterways and lakes. Like other fishing center consoles, she comes with rod holders, ample deck space and livewells. Talk about a deal!
Starting around $30,000
Length: 18’ 11”
Powered by: Max power is 115HP
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Boston Whaler 210 Montauk Center console
The 2019 Boston Whaler 210 Montauk, with an all-new hull design, marries all the great features expected on a classic Whaler with a smoother, drier ride and a ton more comfort. Four rod holders come standard in the transom of the boat, in addition to flip-up aft seats, removable bow backrests and cushions on the casting deck. Forward there is a fishbox arrangement with an awesome hatch and overboard draining. What’s not to like?
Starting around $65,000
Length: 21’ 4”
Beam: 8’ 6”
Powered by: Max power is 200HP
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Caymas Boats 28HB Center Console
This one starts right around $100k, but if you’re looking for a new high-end saltwater fishing boat that can handle both skinny and big water, the Caymas Boats 28HB belongs on your short-list. Take the livewell, for example. Beyond the 35-gallon capacity, the baby-blue color inside keeps baits calm; it’s lit with LEDs for those evenings when you want to try some night fishing; it’s fed by an 800-gph pump; and it has a high-speed pickup. And that’s just the livewell.
Starting around $100,000
Length: 27’ 7”
Beam: 9’ 4”
Powered by: Max power is 425HP
View Caymas 28 HB boats for sale on boats.com.
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Pleasure Boats With A Pleasurable Price
This only scratches the surface as there are plenty of new boats for under $100k. To pare down the selection, it all depends on your boating goals and budget. Look for more guides soon from us with price points under $50k and $20k!
No matter what boat you buy, we wish you safe days and all the fun in the world on the water this summer.