Winter is coming, but while some folks are busy shuffling their boats away safely for the cold season, others know that late fall and winter represent times of the year when some of the best boat deals can be found.
Here’s a look at three great deals we found recently while browsing the listings on boattrader.com. Not finding what you’re looking for here? Easy, just queue up a custom search and choose by make, model, and a number of other parameters to find the perfect boat for you.
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2013 Premier 310 Boundary Waters Sky Dek PTX
While being a relative newcomer to the pontoon boat industry, Premier is one of the most respected names in the business. Constantly innovating and pushing the limits of what pontoon boats can do, Premier over the last 24 years has been part of the change that’s taken pontoon boats from being mere party barges to one of the fastest growing segments of the United States boat market. Let’s take a look at a late-model Premier pontoon with some amazing goodies on board.
Most notable on this Premier 310 Boundary Waters Sky Dek PTX are its massive dimensions, with an overall length of more than 31 feet and a beam of 10 feet, two inches. Those dimensions, along with the triple-tube PTX system, get you enough room and stability for 24 people to hang out and relax. Above the main deck is a second level with a lounge area, bimini top, and—yes—a waterslide that tunnels people toward the water with its own water supply. Pretty cool.
Pushing all this fun through the water is a 300-horsepower, four-stroke Mercury Verado outboard with only 100 hours. You’ll enjoy a top end in the low 40s and cruise efficiently in the low 30s. The PTX tube system includes a center tube, lifting strakes, performance keels, and an underdeck skin. The system not only improves buoyancy and stability, but provides cornering performance that’s on par with some traditional fiberglass monohull boats.
In addition to the upper deck, waterslide, and performance pontoon package, this boat has a comfy seating layout featuring a U-shaped party area forward, a set of swiveling captain’s chairs amidships, and a huge sunpad aft, not to mention that big lounge on the second level. There’s also a wet bar and sink area with enough room for snack and sandwich prep or a happy hour beverage.
If a pontoon with lots of fun baked in is on your shopping list, this 2013 model with low hours has a current asking price of $85,000, and represents a great buy over investing in a new model.
2005 Parker 2300 Special Edition
When it comes to center-console fishing boats, you’d be hard pressed to find a more respected brand than Parker Boats. Made in Beaufort, NC, Parkers are built with the rough-and-tumble waters of the Outer Banks in mind, a prime fishing area only 10 to 15 miles from the factory’s front door. Fish the rough-weather false albacore season off Cape Lookout each fall and you’ll more than likely see more than a few Parkers out there taking care of business.
Needless to say, we were sort of amped when we came across this 2005 model year Parker 2300 Special Edition. In addition to the Special Edition package, which includes a T-top, pop-up cleats, stern swim step/platform, aft casting boxes and more, this 2300 SE has a Yamaha F225 outboard with only 473 hours. There’s plenty of get up and go, with a top end around 40 to 45 mph and an economical cruise in the mid 20s—perfect for running and gunning to breaking fish all day.
The hull is classic Carolina, with plenty of bow flare forward and moderately aggressive deadrise aft. That gives the boat a pleasant ride, even in some of the gnarliest conditions the Carolina capes can dish up. On deck the 2300 SE is generally clear of obstructions, making casting light tackle or fly gear easy. Fishing in skinny water? The 2300 SE draws only 10 inches of water with the engine up.
Other goodies on board include twin swiveling captain’s chairs at the helm, a livewell, ample rod stowage, a spotlight with remote control, a modern suite of electronics, and Yamaha Command Link engine gauges. An aluminum, dual-axle trailer is available for an extra $2,000. All you’ve got to do is load up the fishing gear.
2014 Scarab 195 HO
Watersports enthusiasts, start your engines. In the case of this 2014 Scarab 195 HO, start up the 250-horsepower Rotax four-stroke and hold on to your hats. Mated to a high-efficiency jet drive, this powerplant will firmly plant you in your seat. Trust us, we’ve run one of these before. And that zippy supercharged and intercooled performance is only part of the story.
There’s lots of room for doing all sorts of fun stuff on the Scarab 195 HO. Up forward is a U-shaped lounge that can also provide forward-facing chaise lounge seating for two, thanks to the integral backrests set ahead of the dual consoles. Aft in the cockpit is another U-shaped seating area that’s highly transformable in nature. The backrests at the transom can be flipped forward or aft, which creates aft-facing seating at the stern, or completes the aforementioned U-shaped seating for four. Twin swiveling captain’s chairs round out the seating, each set behind the dual consoles with the helm to starboard.
There are tons of watersports features aboard, including an expansive swim platform, a tow sports arch with integral bimini top and tow pylon, a swim ladder, in-deck wet gear stowage, and customizable water ballast controls for creating awesome wakes to surf on. The tow sports arch can be lowered to clear low bridges and other over-the- water obstacles easily. A custom cover and aluminum trailer are included.
Getting back to speed and performance, the single 250-horsepower Rotax engine and coupled jet drive will get the Scarab 195 HO up to a top speed of around 42 mph, though it’s most efficient cruising at about 20 mph. The Scarab rides extremely well in most conditions, and, despite its flat bow profile, can slice through even a moderate chop without uncomfortable banging. That’s mainly thanks to the 20-degree transom deadrise and modified V at the bow. Anyone who’s run a jet boat knows that they are highly maneuverable at speed; the Scarab 195 HO is no different, being able to corner way beyond most folks’ comfort level.
Lots of speed, great handling, and a boatload of watersports fun—what’s not to like? A great boat in a small wrapper, the Scarab 195 HO is a great choice for folks looking into watersports but who don’t have a ton of loot to blow on a high-priced tow boat.