We’ve got some interesting boats lined up for this installment of Best Boat Deals. Since it’s cold and snowy outside we had some extra time this month to see what’s lurking in Boat Trader’s extensive listings. Among them we found a hybrid motoryacht, a legendary bay boat, and an 82-foot long houseboat. Yes, if you’ve ever dreamed of living aboard a houseboat, an 82-footer might be your biggest chance—literally.
No matter what type of boating tickles your fancy, we’re pretty sure one of these boats will be of interest. Remember, the days are growing longer. Enjoy.
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2012 Greenline 40
Hybrids—they’re just about everywhere in the automotive world. Whether it’s a Toyota Prius or a Chevy Volt, folks love the fuel efficiency offered up by using both gasoline and electric to power a car down the road. So, why hasn’t this technology been applied to boats? Well, it has.
Our interest was piqued when we saw the listing for this late-model Greenline 40, primarily because we’d run the Greenline 33 when it was first introduced in the North American market back in 2010. Built in Slovenia, the Greenline 40 is primarily powered by twin Volkswagen diesel inboards—a total of 330 horsepower. But there’s also lithium battery power on board, charged both by the engine when it’s running and also by a set of solar panels on the main cabintop. A hydraulic clutch engages either an electric motor or the inboard engine, depending on whether the owner wants to cruise using the engine, or solely on battery power.
The 40’s top speed under electric power is around six knots, and there’s enough juice onboard for about 10 miles. We like the electric option for getting underway from the dock, coming back home, or to cruise silently into an overnight anchorage. The 330 ponies’ worth of diesel power is good for pushing the Greenline 40 up to about 17 knots. The boat cruises efficiently around 12 knots and provides quite a stable, dry ride underway—even in a chop. Worth noting is that the engines on the boat in this listing have only 96 hours.
Among the unique features you’ll find on this model is a drop-down transom “tailgate” that expands the space in the aft cockpit over the water. That aft cockpit also connects seamlessly with the main salon, which can open right onto the aft cockpit with the slide of only a few glass panels. The galley is situated aft, which enhances entertainment in the cockpit with alfresco snacks and meals. Also on board is a suite of modern electronics, including radar, chartplotter, and an autopilot. There’s a generator, and it can be used to provide AC power around the boat, but also to the installed reverse-cycle heat and air system. Further, it can be used to charge the large battery bank.
This Greenline has low hours and appears well-maintained. The most difficult decision you’d likely need to make is whether you want to cruise using amps or gallons.
2007 Everglades 243cc
When it comes to bay boats, the Everglades 243cc is a prime example of the category. It was designed by the legendary Bob Dougherty, who got his start at Boston-Whaler, helping design their original 13-footer and going on to design all of Whaler’s boats over his 30-year career there, before starting Edgewater Boats and then Everglades. You could call the Everglades 243cc a Dougherty special. Built solidly, with impressive performance, a great ride in rough seas, and packed with the ultimate fishability, the 243cc is one fine machine.
That’s why we were amped when we found a 2007 model 243cc in Boat Trader’s bay boat listing category. All we had to do was look at the listing photos to see she’s been meticulously maintained. Onboard is a 225-horsepower Honda four-stroke outboard with a reasonable 600 hours. Though the maximum horsepower rating for this boat is 300, the 225-horsepower Honda is good for a top end in the low 40-mph range, cruising efficiently in the mid-20s. That sounds perfect for getting out to the fishing grounds in a hurry, without burning up all your bait money in the process.
A short look around reveals all sorts of fishing features. Ample casting decks punctuate the bow and stern, with fold-out jump seats cleverly tucked beneath the aft platform. A single, capacious 36-gallon live well sits between the two seats. What you catch with the wriggly baits from the livewell will fit neatly inside the 67-gallon forward fish box, or in the 65-quart cooler that doubles as a seat ahead of the center console unit. Taco outriggers sprout out of the expansive console hard top, and there’s ample rod stowage in just about every nook and cranny you can find. A Garmin 70DV chartplotter/fish finder will be handy for finding the big ones. Other features include an enclosed head under the console unit, an upgraded stereo with JL speaker system and 500-watt amp, Lecrotab trim tabs, freshwater washdown, and more.
Perhaps the best part about this well-maintained model is that it will run you about half what you’d expect to pay for a new 243cc, which lists for just under $100,000. More, if you equip it with the gear found on this particular boat. No doubt about it, the fish will fear you when you own this boat.
2004 Lakeview Yachts 82
If you live anywhere near lake country, then the sheer size and scope of this house boat won’t surprise you. But if you’re from anywhere else it might take you by surprise. At 16 feet wide and 82 feet long, this 2004 Lakeview Yachts 82 is all houseboat. Do the math and you might find that it’s even got a bigger footprint than your own home.
Maybe you’re not familiar with this type of, ahem, yachting. Well, these houseboats are frequently used on large manmade impoundments or natural lakes and rivers as replacements for land-based vacation homes. The obvious advantage is that you can move this waterborne vacation home anywhere the lake or river allows… and you don’t have to clean the gutters or mow the lawn. Don’t like your neighbors? Simply move somewhere else.
Onboard this 82-foot party platform are four bedrooms—a king-sized master stateroom and three queen-sized guestrooms—as well as a huge upper patio deck, forward enclosed wraparound patio, and an aft patio with lots of easy water access at the stern. There are two full bathrooms aboard. Speaking of partying, the upper deck is equipped with a bar, and is surrounded by two large patio table sets with plenty of chairs for 12 or more people. The area is even prewired for a hot tub. The aft patio has personal watercraft launch ramps with electric winches for hauling them in after a day of fun.
When the weather’s gloomy, there’s plenty of room below to take shelter, including a large living room replete with a huge, 55-inch flat-screen television, comfortable lounger seating, and great views of the scene outside through large, vertical, paneled windows. There’s also a home-sized galley/kitchen with sink, standup refrigerator, dishwasher, stove/oven microwave, and more. Additional closet spaces are peppered throughout the living spaces.
Pushing this beast around is a pair of Mercruiser 5.0-liter gasoline inboard engines mated to sterndrives. Each has only 250 hours, its own set of four 85-amp-hour batteries, and MMC electronic controls up at the flybridge helm. There’s also a 15-kW gasoline generator, which can be used to drive the three-ton reverse-cycle heating and air conditioning unit when underway, or at anchor.
If you want to get in on the relaxation of a waterborne vacation home, give this 82-footer a close look.