Bryant Boats is hitting the water with a long list of all-new models. Just last year we got our first glimpse of the Bryant Calandra, and now the Speranza is available.
We traveled to Lake Tellico to get a look at the Speranza firsthand when it was first introduced to the public and spent a day on board, putting this bowrider through its paces. Curious to see what we found out? Move your mouse down a few inches, click on the pic, and check out our video boat review.
Boat Test Notes
This all-new 21-foot 4-inch runabout is designed to pack as much space and as many features as possible into a package that will appeal to an owner who wants a boat that's easy to tow and may fit in a home garage. Outstanding fit-and-finish, clever design, and quality components set it apart in the wide world of runabouts.
- A boat designed for an owner who wants the style, features, and room of a bigger boat in a size that’s easier to own and handle.
- There's not a splinter of wood to be found in this boat, even in the transom, which is cored with Coosa Board, a high-density foam material infused with glass fiber and resin that's lighter, stronger, and more durable than laminated wood.
- All deck hardware is high-quality stainless-steel, as are the stout hinges.
- One-piece fiberglass deck and liner incorporates seat bases and consoles to create a solid, rattle-free assembly.
- Hatches are lipped to keep out rain water.
- The 250 HP MerCruiser 4.5L V6 was a great match for this boat, lighter than a V8 yet with punchy performance and quiet operation, thanks to its aft-facing intake.
- Top speed on a very hot day was a stimulating 47.6 MPH at 5200 RPM.
- Fuel economy was outstanding – 4.1 MPG at 3500 RPM (a brisk 30.8 MPH cruising speed) and better than 3.0 MPG from 3000 to 4500 RPM.
- Responsive to steering input with no signs of bad behavior in tight turns or the wakes we encountered. A flat-calm test day did not give us much opportunity to gauge the rough-water ride.
- The shape of the seating seems to offer more open space in the cockpit, and the walk-through to the platform and bow are wide and easy to negotiate.
- Sport arch incorporates a Bimini top that’s free of rattles, plus LED cockpit lighting.
- The soft decking material on the platform looks sharp and does not get hot in the sun.
- Each seat is deep and also positioned about three inches higher off the deck than normal, which makes a surprising difference in comfort.
For more information visit Bryant. Or, check out some listings for the Bryant Speranza.