Hot Boats In 2020

Buying a boat is no small endeavor, so you want to make sure you choose wisely. Some of us will be drawn to a boat because it’s easy to afford, others will gravitate towards boats with a high cool-factor, and still others will want to find the fishing machine that’s ideal for the type of angling they enjoy. Whatever flavor you like most, we’re betting that one of these three hot new boats will draw your eye and hold your attention.

The Cheap: Bayliner’s DX2000

Bayliner DX2000. Photo by Bayliner via G&S Marine. Bayliner DX2000. Photo by Bayliner via G&S Marine.

You say you wish you could find a brand new 20-footer that costs less than an average new car? Bayliner has the answer, with their DX2000. This new deckboat model has a base MSRP of $25,745, which translates into a monthly expense of a paltry $232.11 with a $1,500 down payment and a 12-year term. And that’s for a complete boat-motor-trailer package including a Mercury 115 FourStroke outboard and a single axel trailer with brakes. Upgrade that 115-horse powerplant to a 150 to put a bit more spring into the boat’s step, and with the ante going up to $30,935 this boat still costs less than a loaded Prius — and will prove to be one heck of a lot more fun to drive.

Since this is a deckboat which carries its beam far forward, one of the boat’s strongest suits is its interior volume and copious seating. The DX2000 can carry up to 10 people, has a big L-shaped settee to port, an aft lounger, and C-shaped seating in the bow. Watersports fans will appreciate the in-floor ski/wakeboard locker and the extended swim platform with telescopic boarding ladder in the stern, and when it’s time to hit the beach they’ll love the fact that there’s a second boarding ladder tucked under a hatch in the bow. The boat also comes with a few perks that are unexpected in a price-conscious model, like the 120-watt AM/FM/MP3 stereo and the two-tone marine vinyl upholstery Also note that this boat is available in three different floorplans (one that prioritizes maximum seating, one that has a wet bar for enhanced entertaining, and one that boosts weather protection with a dual console and full windshield arrangement).

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The Cool: Yamaha 212XE

Jet boats are a blast, but you love wake surfing, you’re probably bummed that they really aren’t so great for serious wake sports, right? Wrong! The new Yamaha
212XE makers its power by blasting water through a 155 mm high-pressure pump powered by twin 1.8-liter high-output engines, but it’s also equipped with a 1,100-pound ballast system so you can make those rockin’ big wakes to surf down and launch off of. Plus, it has Yamaha’s CONNEXT system, with touchscreen controls that include the ability to create user-specific profiles for speed, acceleration, and ballast level. Oh, and did we mention the folding aluminum tower with an elevated tow point and wakeboard racks?

Beyond coming ready to wake surf out of the box, the 212XE has a long list of the features that make jetting around on jetboats so much fun. The stock stereo system is a custom-tuned Wet Sounds with Bluetooth, eight speakers, and a stern remote control. An articulating keel ensures that maneuvering is jazzy whether you’re cutting S-turns at top-end or meandering back to the dock. And the included tandem-axel trailer with swing-away tongue, disc brakes, and chrome wheels means that getting to and from the ramp will be a breeze.

See Yamaha 212XE boats for sale on Boat Trader today.

The Fishing: Ranger Z521C Comanche Ranger Cup Equipped

You want the rowdiest, raciest, most radical bass boat around? The Ranger
Z251C Comanche has always been a top contending bass boat, and now you can have a Z521C that’s Ranger Cup Equipped. Just what does that mean? Essentially, the boat is jazzed to the max right out of the box. The ball starts rolling with a 250 horsepower Mercury 250 ProXS outboard on the transom. Then add in high-end goodies like twin eight-foot Power Pole Blade shallow-water anchors, a potent 112-pound-thrust Minn Kota Fortrex electric trolling motor, a pair of Lowrance MFDs (a 12-incher at the helm and a nine-inch unit on the bow), a four bank battery charger, and a livewell oxygenation system. Check out a professional bass angler’s rig, and you’ll find that this model matches it feature for feature.

Performance is also tournament-level on this boat, and you’ll be shredding across the lake at speeds in excess of 65-mph even with a full load of fuel and fishing gear aboard. The ride will be as smooth as it gets in a lightning-fast bass boat, too, considering that the Z521 is not only the biggest and beefiest in Ranger’s line-up, but also that it’s built with the company’s trademark construction features including touches like a pultruded transom, supports, and backing plates (pound for pound pultruded parts are stronger than steel); stranded glass in the strakes; and molded stringers injected with closed-cell foam.

See Ranger Z521C Ranger Cup-Equipped boats for sale on Boat Trader today.

No matter who you are and what kind of boater you may be, at least one of these boats—if not all three — ought to get your blood pumping. But just in case you’re a very different kind of boater who has very specific wants and needs, you might also want to check out these other run-downs of hot new boats:

Written by: Lenny Rudow

With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.


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