Best Boat Deals: Expert’s Choice — Sea Ray, Glastron, Boston Whaler

 

2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack

View this listing on Boat Trader

The Sea Ray Amberjack series boats were always really enticing because of how well they straddled the line between luxury cruiser and hardcore fishing boat. An Amberjack does both well, and that’s not as easy as it seems.

This one appears to be well kept. It’s also intriguing because it has new twin 8.1-liter MerCruiser big blocks and a new Westerbeke generator. So, the boat may be 15 years old, but the engines and generator are likely covered by a warranty. That’s a pretty big deal, and it can foster peace of mind when buying a used boat.

2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack

2000 Sea Ray 340 Amberjack

Look at the photos belowdecks and you’d think you were in one of Sea Ray’s Sundancer cruisers rather than a fishing boat. But on deck there’s no doubt you’re on a fishing boat. That’s what an Amberjack is.

This one has a full complement of electronics, including autopilot, and a full canvas package. In addition to the new powertrain and generator, it has new custom-balanced propellers, new transmissions, new gauges. The ad says the boat was “rarely fished,” which translates to “not as dirty as one that was fished a lot.” I like this one a lot.


This story will be available in the future as part of Boat Trader’s Best Boat Deals series,  but the boat listings below may not be. If you click through to an expired link it means that someone nabbed the bargain — or the owner had second thoughts about selling.

– Boat Trader editors


2008 Glastron MX 175

View this listing on Boat Trader

For anyone looking to get into boating, a runabout is usually the way to go. Boatbuilders understand that; many of them make entry-level runabouts and offer them for less than the price of the average new car. That might not be cheap enough for some people, which is why the used market is so attractive.

2008 Glastron MX 175

2008 Glastron MX 175

And that’s what makes this Glastron stand out. For starters, it’s a Glastron, which is a long-standing boat company. Beyond that, Glastron runabouts are perfect for new boaters because they’re so easy to drive. The hull design pops on plane quickly, and they ride nicely.

This particular Glastron MX 175 checks off all the right boxes for someone new to boating. In the seven years it’s been in use, it has accumulated just 74 hours. That’s difficult to find in a seven-year-old boat. The ad says it’s “garage kept,” so it looks as though it has spent most of its life indoors —  and because it’s an Arizona listing, indoor storage is a good thing.

The owner says it has a few bumps and scratches, as any used boat will, but this one comes with a lot of features that were optional when new, and a few little extras, too. For example, it has a matching single-axle trailer with new tires, but it also has a bimini top, snap-in carpeting, and a full canvas cover. The owner also is throwing in an anchor, lines, fenders, a tube with a tow rope, a paddle, boat hook, fire bottle, and life vests. You could buy this boat and go directly to the lake to enjoy it, all for $12,500. For someone new to boating, looking for a good way in, that’s about as good as it gets.

 

2000 Boston Whaler Outrage

View this listing on Boat Trader

A 28-foot Boston Whaler built in this millennium, with low-hours and twin 225-horsepower Honda four-stroke outboards — for $48,000? Sign me up. The engines alone retail for around $24,000 for the pair, so this looks like a pretty good deal for a boat that likely will last as long as you want to keep it.

This one is all rigged out for fishing and it has some of the features that cost a lot when new. The hard bimini top is pricey and this one is fitted with rocket launcher rod holders, radio,  radar, and side curtains. I like that it has an aluminum trailer, yet the bottom is painted, too. That means you can leave it in the water without worrying about algae growth, and trailer it to wherever you want to go boating.

2000 Boston Whaler Outrage

2000 Boston Whaler Outrage

Even though this is obviously a fishing machine, it also has some creature comforts — a V-berth tucked beneath the full walkaround deck,  freshwater sinks and showers, and a saltwater washdown system. It also has a vacu-flush head with a macerator, which is handy to have on those long fishing trips. With a 300-gallon fuel tank, this boat has outstanding range, too.

Because it’s a Boston Whaler, it will hold its value better than many other brands, so if you do decide to get rid of it after a few years, you might get a lot of your money back out of it.

 

Speak Your Mind

*


Archives