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Cobalt R42022Request Price
Timeless in design, yet exceedingly modern. This 24’ 3” boat has design lines that are majestic – and distinguished. The deep-V hull is long and lean, giving it a commanding presence on the water. The interior is a thoughtfully crafted environment with painstaking attention to detail, elevating it to truly luxurious levels. Take your next great ride with the R4 from Cobalt.More…9
Bayliner VR6 Bowrider OB2022Request Price
A larger version of our VR5, the VR6 is also all about space and unparalleled roominess. It combines Bayliner’s category-leading BeamForward™ design and AftAdvantage™ concept—which increases the self-draining cockpit’s seating area by adding the swim platform at the end of the running surface. This boat maximizes space and value like never before—regardless of whether you choose outboard or sterndrive power. You’ll also find pleasant surprises like a lockable enclosed changing room (head optional), and aft-facing companion/observer seat that’s ideal for water sports and—with the addition of a filler cushion—creates a comfortable U-lounge that turns the whole aft section into an inviting gathering area.More…20
Bayliner VR5 Bowrider I/O2022Request Price
The VR5 builds on Bayliner’s proven V-bottom bowrider heritage, while adding form AND function. Forward, the boat employs Bayliner’s category-leading BeamForward™ design, which carries the full 8 feet of beam further forward in the boat than has been traditionally done. The self-bailing cockpit features Bayliner’s new AftAdvantage™ design that increases the aft seating area by extending it to the aft most point of the running surface, then adding the swim platform at the end of the running surface. This keeps the platform apart from the usable interior space, rather than encroaching on it—regardless of whether you choose outboard or sterndrive power. The result is a boat that maximizes space and value like never before.More…12
Cruisers Yachts 34 GLS2022Request Price
The GLS series continues its powerful, entertainment-centered yacht line with the 34 GLS. The 34 GLS’s cockpit features two cockpit L-shaped seating areas. The portside seating has an adjustable backrest while the larger starboard side seating converts into a large, aft facing sunpad. The lower salon features an aft stateroom, a dinette that converts into a berth, fridge, and microwave.More…13
Regal LS62022Request Price
Capable of offering both luxurious leisure and thrilling adventure, the LS6 is the ultimate balance of beauty, innovation, and versatility. Kick back in the bow, spend time with your company in the cockpit – or at the transom, and enjoy innovative and thoughtful features that will bring your day to the next level.More…17
Malibu Wakesetter 25 LSV2022Request Price
The 25 LSV is the longest boat in the Luxury Sport V-Drive Series with all the amenities you need for a big crew on a long day. Cut through big-lake chop, double-ups and rolling surf waves with the sleek traditional bow even while fully loaded with an 18-person crew and topped-off ballast. Stretch out and grab some sun in the luxurious wraparound lounge or convert the space into a dining room with the Multi View Wake Bench. In a boat this roomy with all these amenities, the only thing you’ll be leaving behind is the dock.More…13
Bayliner VR4 Bowrider I/O2022Request Price
The latest in our VR Series of highly evolved bowriders, the VR4 is easy to tow, launch and store—and really fun to use. The smallest VR Series model delivers plenty of interior space thanks to our BeamForward™ design, which carries the full beam further forward for more comfort and capacity than traditional pointed bows. Our AftAdvantage™ design increases the rear seating area by shifting it to the aft-most point of the running surface, allowing the swim platform to extend beyond that. That means more room for comforts like movable backrests for versatile seating configurations, available bow wind block and optional filler cushion that together create an additional bow seat, optional sun pad cushion inserts that expand the sunbathing area, and plenty of convenient storage throughout.More…17
Regal 33 SAV2022Request Price
The 33 SAV is a collaboration of features and options dedicated to achieving the title, the ultimate go anywhere action-packed model perfect for any activity. This unparalleled versatility, combined with premium luxury results in an unrivaled, do-it-all, outboard powered day-yacht with overnighting capabilities. We call it the Sports Activity Vessel™.More…16
Axis A202022Request Price
The A20 does it all from wakeboarding to wakesurfing with wake innovations that make the transition happen at the touch of a few buttons. Still big enough to make a great wake or wave but small enough to fit in standard garages and on size-restricted waterways, you won’t believe what the A20 can do. We dare you to underestimate this compact powerhouse.More…7
Regal LX22022Request Price
Regal LX2 is an outboard-powered bowrider that brings the striking lines, spacious storage, and meticulous craftsmanship through the LX series and into a 22’ 4” package. How does it handle? Incredibly – thanks to the FasTrac hull optimized for outboard power. Is it versatile? Very – thanks to multi-position seating, lowering PowerTower S2, and low-to-the-water swim platform.More…15
Cobalt R4 Surf2022Request Price
Timeless in design while being at the forefront of innovation. With the new R4 Surf, you’ll discover the interplay between the forces of luxury and performance. When state-of-the-art becomes fine art. Where passion meets purpose. When your life’s pursuit becomes perfection. It’s time to push forward in finding your perfect ride.More…10
Regal 2800 Bowrider2022Request Price
Rich in comfort and amenities, the 2800 is the perfect combination of beauty and brawn. Experience the thrill of speed without sacrificing the cockpit comfort that brings everyone together for the perfect day out on the water.More…23
Bayliner Element E182022Request Price
Our Element E18 is the next stage of the Element evolution. Combining maximum onboard capacity, length and horsepower options, the Element E18 will revolutionize your boating experience. Enjoy the power to cruise, fish, or enjoy a wide range of water sports at any time.More…6
Cobalt R332022Request Price
For those who live life with passion – and follow the path of progress. For those who answer the call for greatness. It’s time to make a statement that elates and elevates while conveying the undeniable sense that you’ve arrived. With the new R33, you’ll discover that everything is new and offers surprises that will delight everywhere you look.More…7
Ideal for watersports and day cruising these Bowrider boats vary in length from 16ft to 281ft and can carry 5 to 18 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: stern drive, jet propulsion or outboard engine. There are a wide range of Bowrider boats for sale from popular brands like Sea Ray, Cobalt and Chaparral with 3,388 new and 2,878 used and an average price of $49,994 with boats ranging from as little as $7,997 and $552,297.
The ubiquitous bowrider is at once the epitome of feel-good leisure boating and a design style frowned upon by the powerboating purist. There is a rather tired and outdated notion that a bowrider is a shallow, lightweight, flighty craft in which far more attention is paid to style and peripheral accessories than to dynamic ability.
But is that fair? Well certainly, the classic bowrider tends to embrace the needs of family boaters by using relatively shallow hull angles to help maximise running efficiency and increase inboard space. And (as the name suggests) they also employ an open bow, enabling occupants to make the most of the sunny conditions in which they tend to be used. But to criticize them as somehow unworthy on account of these undeniable assets is absurd. On the contrary, a bowrider should be a stylish, sociable and versatile boat with an efficient and easy-running hull - and the more it satisfies these key credentials, the better it is.
The classic bowrider layout
Up at the bow, the classic bowrider incorporates a V-shaped seating section. You should make sure there is sufficient length to enable you to sit facing forward in comfort. A bow ladder and a table fitting to generate a proper gathering space is also a great asset - and if there is also an infill cushion to turn the entire front end into an unbroken sunbathing area, all the better. Some speakers and perhaps even deck lights add a bit of style and up the ante for parties afloat, but don’t forget the practicalities. Look for a proper complement of grab handles and cup holders and check for properly drained under-seat storage.
The typical bow layout
Move back into the cockpit through the step-through screen and a small bowrider will generally use a full-beam aft bench and a pair of rotating bucket seats for driver and navigator. Even on the smallest craft, this should enable five people to face one another, ideally over a central table. An integral seat bolster for the helm and navigator is a very handy feature, enabling you to drive at pace with the wind in your hair, and angled foot braces are also useful for those keen on a vigorous drive. While you’re at the helm, check that the screen doesn’t come too close to your head in a comfortable sitting position and take note of whether it is tinted. Similarly, is the dash matte colored and appropriately angled to avoid too much glare in the midday sun?
A small bow rider will generally use a full-beam aft bench and a pair of rotating bucket seats for driver and navigator.
Handy additional features
Check whether there is a lower partition for the walk-through section of the screen. If it’s not a standard feature, it is well worth searching out on the options list. Without it, that stooping bow shape will see the wind whipping the heat away from the driver’s inside leg.
You should also look for a long, deep under-deck stowage compartment. It should be effectively drained and of sufficient size to swallow your skis or even a wakeboard. A cooler is a great asset on a bowrider and (for some) so is a small portable MSD. On larger bowriders, these are often located to port of the helm in a small step-down compartment.
A cooler is great for summer outings.
Given that the average bowrider is designed primarily as an active summer boat, a wakeboard tower is also worth a look. You frequently see them offered as part of a special ‘Watersports Package’, but otherwise they are readily available as retro-fit units from independent companies. Not only do they provide an elevated towing eye, but they also create additional space to stow boards and they can make an otherwise plain boat look very dynamic indeed.
If you do intend to use your boat for watersports, opt for a boat with an easy-planing hull and adequate power. You need lots of grunt low down in the rev range, so if possible, test the boat by putting your heaviest boarding buddy in the water and your full complement of friends in the cockpit. Only by this means will you know if the craft is really up to the job.
Ten key bowrider considerations
- Check that the seating is adequate for your family and friends
- Check that the cockpit feels adequately deep and secure with lots of well-placed grab handles
- Check that it has enough stowage for a family day out
- Make sure you know which features are standard and which are optional
- Look for a broad, useable communal space in the cockpit, with seats that can be adjusted to face one another
- Don’t overlook the party accessories like drinks holders, cockpit table, stereo, swim ladder, shower hose and some bow filler cushions
- If you enjoy watersports, get adequate power and consider a wakeboard tower
- Consider a canvas Bimini top for sun protection
- Do you need a head?
- Have you considered a deck boat? (see below)
A deck boat is another option to consider
What about a deck boat?
A deck boat is basically a beamy bow rider that does away with the bow taper. Instead, it carries its beam well forward to a broad, squared off nose, increasing the deck space and creating more seating space ahead of the helm.
A good bowrider provides a stylish platform for summer recreation that can cater to a wide variety of leisure pursuits, all at an affordable price.
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