A recent browsing of Boat Trader listings produced a real cornucopia of results, especially when it comes to boats that represent a good value. Among those listings we found three boats designed to do very different things—a dual console, a cabin cruiser, and a sportfish yacht. So whether you’re an angler, long-distance cruiser, or heading out to the canyons for the big ones, scroll down for the skinny on a trio of boats we think have the potential to tickle your springtime fancy.
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2013 Boston Whaler 270 Vantage
When it comes to having a solid reputation for building super-tough, unsinkable boats, Boston Whaler wrote the book. For more than 60 years the company has been churning out some of the most enduring and iconic boat designs in the world. So when we saw a 2013 dual -console Boston Whaler 270 Vantage in the listings, we knew it warranted a closer look.
Available in three different models, the dual-console Vantage series provides utility for folks who not only want to fish, but entertain friends and family on the dock. The 270’s versatile layout includes an expansive lounging are in the bow, a large aft bench in the cockpit, a swiveling captain’s chair behind the helm, and a reversible bench lounge just behind the port console. A wet bar is included, as is an enclosed head tucked way under the port console.
Fitted with twin 225-horsepower Mercury Verado four-stroke outboards, this boat has a top speed of around 52 mph, with a lean, efficient cruise in the mid 20s. The good news is that these engines only have 58 hours on them and the owner has had all scheduled maintenance performed. Also notable is the Mercury electronic engine control and steering system, which makes docking and maneuvering a breeze.
Besides only being three years old, this boat has been kept on a lift its entire life, and the bottom appears pristine, having never been treated with antifouling paint. It would be a perfect fit for someone who wants to convert it for trailering. Among the optional goodies on board are a VacuFlush head, Fusion stereo system, custom cockpit and bow covers, fiberglass hardtop, anchor windlass, and more. Also included is a manufacturer’s extended warranty, which has three years remaining.
If you’re looking for a dual-console boat but new-boat prices have given you a bit of sticker shock, this boat represents a significant savings over what you’ll pay at the dealer.
2001 Carver 356 Motor Yacht
Over the years Carver has marketed some boats with less than stellar looks, but its 356 Motor Yacht bucks this trend, providing traditional lines that are pleasing to the eye. And while it’s not common to find one on the used market, there appears to be a well-maintained 2001 model in Boat Trader’s listings, for a good price.
This 356 has been run exclusively in fresh water, and carefully maintained by the owner’s local Carver dealer. Under the engine hatches are twin 6.2-liter MerCruiser gasoline inboards with a reasonable 605 hours, as well as a gasoline generator. A full electronics package with radar is included.
The best part about this boat’s layout is the room it offers. Topped with a flybridge area that has an expansive lounge, the 356 also has an open aft deck that’s great for alfresco dining or entertaining. Rainy and miserable outside? No problem. The flybridge and aft deck come with custom canvas enclosures. Twin sun pads on the bow and a huge integral swim platform aft round out the leisure areas on the 356.
Below is a massive cherry-accented, twin-stateroom layout with ample living spaces. There’s a large guest stateroom in the bow and a master stateroom aft. Each stateroom comes with its own dedicated enclosed shower/head area. A formal living area highlights the mid-deck area, while slightly forward is a galley and spacious booth-style dinette. A wraparound window scheme provides lots of natural light below.
With an ideal liveaboard and/or cruising layout and plenty of room for all sorts of entertaining, this well-maintained Carver shouldn’t last long.
1988 Viking 41 Convertible
Lots of folks might avoid a listing featuring a boat built back in 1988, but when we saw the extensive list of rebuild and overhaul projects performed on this sportfish, we knew it was worth investigating. It doesn’t hurt that this well-maintained fishing machine was built by one of the most respected names in the sportfishing business.
Perhaps the most impressive of the rebuild projects undertaken on this Viking 41 Convertible was a complete overhaul of its twin Detroit Diesel 671 powerplants. Complete documentation of the process is available. Topped out at full throttle, the like-new diesels can push this pedigreed sportfish at up to 29 knots. The ship’s generator has also been rebuilt. There’s been work done under the waterline, too, the owner having undertaken a complete refurbishment of the boat’s running gear. Reading further into the listing reveals additional all-new gear, such as the house batteries, air conditioner, and a new Airmar CHIRP transducer.
Below, this 41 convertible is outfitted and laid out perfectly for overnighters and cruising. Forward is a master stateroom featureing an offset sleeping berth and lots of stowage cabinetry. A dinette and nicely outfitted galley with refrigerator, stovetop, and microwave oven are on the same level. A large main saloon is situated only a few steps away, and has plenty of room for relaxing and lounging while waiting for a bite. A washer and dryer are installed below.
Outside you’ll find this 41 rigged and ready to fish. The cockpit has a full rigging station with lots of tackle stowage and a bait freezer, as well as tons of room for playing the big ones. Outboard and center outriggers make trolling easy. Top it off with a well-equipped flybridge that provides the perfect vantage point for eyeing fish in your trolling spread.
It’s not often you find a turn-key Viking this well-maintained and equipped. The asking price is currently $99,900.