If variety is the spice of life then this month’s perusal of the listings here on boattrader.com are spicy indeed. Among the thousands of listings on the site we found a well-equipped cabin cruiser, a well-aged but capable fishing machine, and an almost-new watersports towboat. Whether you’re an angler, a wakeboarder, or want to do some heavy-duty cruising, here are three boats that have the potential to inject some liveliness into your boating game.
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1993 Grady-White 22 Seafarer
Folks who understand fishing boats know that Grady-White has a legendary reputation for building some of the toughest and most capable fishing craft out there. So, when we came across one of the better models the builder has ever produced—its 22 Seafarer—we were pretty stoked. This boat is so good, in fact, that Grady-White still builds it today as the Seafarer 228 Walkaround.
Part of what makes a Grady-White boat great is its deep-V hull, and with 20 degrees of transom deadrise the 22 Seafarer has enough of that V to cut right through a nasty chop.
Pushing this 1993 model is a 200-horsepower Yamaha two-stroke outboard with a relatively low 502 hours, and it’s been regularly serviced by the pros. Service records have been accurately maintained by the owner. Expect top speeds in the mid 30s. Most folks cruise this boat in the low to mid 20-mph range.
This 22 Seafarer has an expansive cockpit with lots of room for rods, reels, and anglers. There’s comfy seating at the transom, twin aft-facing seats behind the console chairs, and lots of room in between for working big fish. A large livewell will up your angling game by keeping tons of live bait fresh and wiggling.
Forward above the console, a Bimini keeps things cool and dry. New isinglass side panels can be added to create an enclosure for shoulder-season fishing.
One of the best parts of this boat, in our opinion, is the well-protected cuddy cabin. Truth be told, most anglers will use this area for stowing rods and other fishing tackle, but it can easily be used for fairly Bohemian overnighting if the need arises. A small washbasin facilitates washing up, and there’s even a porta-potty set underneath the V-berth.
Additional gear aboard includes a full complement of navigation and fishfinding gizmos from Lowrance, Bennett trim tabs, sea anchor, new fuel separator, anchor and anchor rode, and freshly applied bottom paint.
Don’t let this boat’s age fool you; it’s about as well-maintained as we’ve seen for a vessel of its vintage. The current asking price is a reasonable $13,900.
2006 Carver 36 Mariner
Carver has definitely produced some interesting-looking boats over its history, but the out-of-the-ordinary Carver forms are not without function. In the case of the company’s 36 Mariner, you get a capable cruising craft with an exceptional amount of belowdecks space. With that in mind, let’s dig into a 36 Mariner we recently found in the Boat Trader listings to see what’s up.
Stepping aboard through one of the twin transom walk-throughs you’ll land in the aft cockpit, which has an ample amount of entertaining space. Beneath your feet lie a pair of low-hour, 320-horsepower Volvo Penta 5.7-liter gasoline inboards. A couple of plusses are that they’ve only been run in fresh water and have been meticulously maintained. Expect these power plants to give top speeds in the low 30-mph range with an efficient cruise in the low 20s.
Access to the massive flybridge is up dual stairways that gracefully wrap around the 36 Mariner’s cabinsides. The flybridge not only provides a commanding view, but has room for as many as 10 folks to lie back and relax. Access to the unique, inset foredeck bench is easy as well—it’s just a half dozen steps down one of the walkway decks from the flybridge.
Inside is where the Carver 36 Mariner really shines. The main saloon is accessed from the aft cockpit through a sliding glass door and then down three steps. The first thing you’ll notice is that the space is larger than it has any business being in a 36-foot boat. A large dinette with lounge is to starboard, while a comfy, couch-like settee is to port. The galley is forward to starboard in the same space. The huge master stateroom is situated in the bow with a queen-size island berth, while a small guest cabin sits off to starboard. Each shares a single enclosed shower and head on the same level.
There are all sorts of goodies aboard for the current asking price of $105,000 price, including twin 19,000 btu, reverse-cycle air units, a 7.3 kW gasoline generator, VacuFlush head, microwave, refrigeration, a custom winter cover, and more. The owner has even recently upgraded the bottom with a fresh coat of antifouling paint.
2014 Supra SA350
Watersports enthusiasts rejoice, especially you folks with a bent toward wake surfing and wakeboarding. We just tripped over this late-model, 22-foot Supra SA350. If you’ve got wakeboards or water toys sitting in your garage unused, well, you’d better keep reading.
Under the hood this 2014 model has a 350-horsepower Indmar gasoline inboard engine with only 88 hours on the clock. This fuel-injected powerplant is capable of pushing the SA350 to around 40 mph, though it will do most of its work making waves and wakes in the 20s. And with 900 pounds of hard-tanked, highly configurable water ballast and Supra’s customizable Surf Swell system, making those wakes and waves perfect for riders should be a breeze.
Aboard are three distinct social zones, including a super comfy bow playpen, roomy aft cockpit with loads of cushy seating, and a cozy command and control console with companion seating behind a wraparound windshield. At the stern are two comfy in-transom seats that are designed to make gearing up—or relaxing—easy. Above it all is a serious wakeboard/wake surf tower with booming cannon speakers, cloth cover, andplenty of stowage racks for your boards. Virtually everything—including the wake controls—is dialed in via a cool touch-screen interface in the center of the driver’s dash.
There are extras, too, including a custom snap cover, snap-in custom carpet, heated seats, soft ballast tanks, and more. The custom trailer has only been used once. If you’ve been looking for a new wakeboard boat in the 22-foot range, this like-new used model should be one you consider… at a significant savings. Current asking price is $79,500.