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Cobalt Cs232023Request Price
Packaged expertly in just over 23 feet, the Cobalt CS23 is the ultimate combination of efficient design, peak performance, and attention to detail. Sleek, simple, and artful, the detailed interior includes Cobalt-branded coaming pads, intricate colored stitching details, digital helm instrumentation and a six-speaker Bluetooth sound system. For those who don’t want to compromise luxury or performance – but still want to turn heads – the CS23 is the perfect choice.More…8
Sea Ray SDX 2502023Request Price
The Sea Ray SDX 250 is the go-to for effortless family day boating. Its design reflects a marriage of Sea Ray's expertise and modern consumers' preferences, including a layout that encourages socialization and relaxation, and technology that ensures ease of use. With impressive seating capacity, huge versatility, abundant storage and stylish good looks, the SDX 250 invites families of novice and experienced boaters alike to make every weekend a joyous escape.More…13
Cobalt R82023Request Price
The R8 represents the next generation of R Series boats from Cobalt. At 27’10”, what really makes the R8 stand out on the water is the added size. We didn’t just make it longer, we totally rethought and redesigned every aspect of the R8 resulting in a higher profile and more freeboard, a roomy, expansive interior, with both bow and cockpit larger fore to aft, providing extra comfort for passengers and plenty of room for their things.More…17
Malibu Wakesetter 25 LSV2023Request Price
The 25 LSV is the longest boat in the Luxury Sport V-Drive Series with all the amenities you need for a big crew on a long day. Cut through big-lake chop, double-ups and rolling surf waves with the sleek traditional bow even while fully loaded with an 18-person crew and topped-off ballast. Stretch out and grab some sun in the luxurious wraparound lounge or convert the space into a dining room with the Multi View Wake Bench. In a boat this roomy with all these amenities, the only thing you’ll be leaving behind is the dock.More…13
Axis A242023Request Price
Great for crews that like to spread out in the boat while watching their friends on world-class wakes and waves, the A24’s pickle-fork bow provides plenty of forward seating, and the all-new dash takes care of all the hard work so you don’t have to. Seating and storage for 18 with innovations like the Rear-Facing Sliding Skybox Seat™ and Chill-Ax rear-facing seating convert the lounge into a wake stadium in seconds. Oh, and did we mention those perfect wakes and waves? It bears repeating on the A24.More…8
Cobalt R8 Surf2023Request Price
The Cobalt R8 Surf offers the most room and best ride in the Cobalt Surf Series. The perfect combination of excitement and elegance, the 27’ 10” R8 Surf offers a roomy interior with wrap-around, yacht-certified seating. The bow and cockpit of the R8 are larger fore to aft, and the head area is larger in both length and width. There’s plenty of room for passengers, their belongings and water sports gear. The Surf boat from Cobalt features the Cobalt Surf System (CSS) that delivers the world-class tournament-style waves the surf pros demand. The CSS includes 6 hard ballast tanks that can have as much as 2300 pounds of ballast, a specifically-designed surf hull, the Volvo forward drive engine and the best-in-class Surf Gate™ technology that shapes the perfect wave.More…11
Axis T2202023Request Price
The Axis T220 traditional bow replaces the fan-favorite T22. The name highlights that this model is bigger and better than its predecessor with enhanced on-water performance, signature style, and even more Axis intuitiveness. This mid-size, high-performing wake boat delivers on all fronts and brings some fresh innovations for everything you need to make an all-out, unforgettable summer with all your friends and family.More…5
Cobalt CS222023Request Price
Built for those who don’t want to compromise luxury or performance, the CS22 is a model of efficient design. The detailed interior includes a wide interior beam, a walk-thru transom, Cobalt-branded coaming pads, colored stitching details and digital helm instrumentation. But perhaps best of all? A JL Audio six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth capability.More…12
Cobalt R62023Request Price
The R Series is the ultimate line of sport runabouts. The sleek, sporty and luxurious R6 represents the next generation of R Series boats from Cobalt. The perfect combination of excitement and elegance, the 25’ 9” R6 sports many new and exclusive features, including increased storage for water sports gear, enhanced audio output and color combination options. Elevate your day’s experience on the water with the Cobalt R6.More…12
Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover2023Request Price
Taking its cue from the phenomenal 430 SSC, the 400 combines confident Super Sport performance with Formula’s versatile open bow and cabin Crossover elements. Now boaters can venture beyond narrowly defined conventions and enjoy all that boating was meant to be. At 40’ in length with a 12’ beam, the 400 SSC centers on the full-height windshield and coupe top design that encloses the entire width of the cockpit, allowing guests to move beyond the confines of a center console’s narrow, pilothouse tradition. The Formula Crossover SmartZone™ concept creates separate areas for a variety of activities while encouraging connections among guests, from the expansive bow to triple helm seating to the outdoor kitchen and U-shaped lounge aft with convertible rear-facing sunpad and extended swim platform. 400 SSC cabin accommodations offer amenities that are unprecedented in an open bow design, including a convertible dinette/sleeping berth plus aft stateroom bed, stand-up private head compartment and entertainment galley with sink and microwave. The FAS3Tech multi-step hull design with quad outboards delivers world renowned Formula performance.More…19
Cobalt R8 Outboard2023Request Price
For life’s defining moments all year long, only the R8 Outboard from Cobalt turns imagination into reality. The re-imagined R8 Outboard is intelligently designed to add convenience, economy and a more quiet ride to the traditional Cobalt virtues of performance, handling, comfort and luxury. Yes, the versatile performance, styling and amenities demanded by discerning boaters, and always delivered by Cobalt, now combined with unsurpassed outboard power, for year-round lake or salt water enjoyment.More…17
Cobalt R6 Outboard2023Request Price
The R6 Outboard continues to demonstrate Cobalt’s commitment to the growing outboard market. The R6 Outboard is intelligently designed to add convenience, economy and a more quiet ride to the traditional Cobalt virtues of performance, handling, comfort and luxury. Perfect for both saltwater and year-round lake boating, with the ability to tilt the outboard completely out of the water so cooling system drains, as well as easy access for maintenance.More…10
Cobalt A36BR2023Request Price
With deeper, more spacious bow seating than ever before, the A36BR combines the coupe-top design and popular appearance of the A-Series, but adds additional seating and a more ergonomical cockpit. The A36BR maintains its high-end, roomy feel with a cabin featuring a hidden filler cushion that folds down to create a sleeping surface for two, just another way Cobalt is once again extending the luxury boating experience.More…15
Cobalt R42023Request Price
Timeless in design, yet exceedingly modern. This 24’ 3” boat has design lines that are majestic – and distinguished. The deep-V hull is long and lean, giving it a commanding presence on the water. The interior is a thoughtfully crafted environment with painstaking attention to detail, elevating it to truly luxurious levels. Take your next great ride with the R4 from Cobalt.More…9
Regal LS362022Request Price
Uniquely crafted, the LS36 merges our luxury yacht series with our sporty bowrider series, making a game-changing new product. This comfortable bowrider is perfect for going out onto the lake for a smooth ride or hosting friends and family on the weekend. The innovative tech and thoughtful design throughout the LS36 make it easy to let the good times roll.More…23
Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider OB2023Request Price
From stem to stern, everything about the Formula Crossover Bowrider series is designed to meet the needs of those looking for a large, luxurious Bowrider with comfortable overnight capabilities. This is where excellence meets sophistication, and superiority meets authenticity. The Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider is the pinnacle of this innovative combination, and is every bit the upscale sport boat in combination with Formula prestige and your personal touch. The 350 Crossover Bowrider is now available in twin sterndrive and triple outboard power.More…16
Formula 290 Bowrider2023Request Price
From stem to stern, everything about the Formula Bowrider series is designed to meet your needs and maximize your fun and relaxation on the water. This is where excellence meets sophistication, and superiority meets authenticity. The 290 Formula Bowrider is our second largest upscale sport boat, one that combines Formula prestige with your personal touch.More…14
Ideal for watersports and day cruising these Bowrider boats vary in length from 16ft to 45ft and can carry 5 to 18 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: stern drive, jet propulsion or outboard engine. There are a wide range of Bowrider boats for sale from popular brands like Sea Ray, Cobalt and Chaparral with 3,084 new and 3,031 used and an average price of $52,254 with boats ranging from as little as $6,724 and $635,856.
The ubiquitous bowrider is at once the epitome of feel-good leisure boating and a design style frowned upon by the powerboating purist. There is a rather tired and outdated notion that a bowrider is a shallow, lightweight, flighty craft in which far more attention is paid to style and peripheral accessories than to dynamic ability.
But is that fair? Well certainly, the classic bowrider tends to embrace the needs of family boaters by using relatively shallow hull angles to help maximise running efficiency and increase inboard space. And (as the name suggests) they also employ an open bow, enabling occupants to make the most of the sunny conditions in which they tend to be used. But to criticize them as somehow unworthy on account of these undeniable assets is absurd. On the contrary, a bowrider should be a stylish, sociable and versatile boat with an efficient and easy-running hull - and the more it satisfies these key credentials, the better it is.
The classic bowrider layout
Up at the bow, the classic bowrider incorporates a V-shaped seating section. You should make sure there is sufficient length to enable you to sit facing forward in comfort. A bow ladder and a table fitting to generate a proper gathering space is also a great asset - and if there is also an infill cushion to turn the entire front end into an unbroken sunbathing area, all the better. Some speakers and perhaps even deck lights add a bit of style and up the ante for parties afloat, but don’t forget the practicalities. Look for a proper complement of grab handles and cup holders and check for properly drained under-seat storage.
The typical bow layout
Move back into the cockpit through the step-through screen and a small bowrider will generally use a full-beam aft bench and a pair of rotating bucket seats for driver and navigator. Even on the smallest craft, this should enable five people to face one another, ideally over a central table. An integral seat bolster for the helm and navigator is a very handy feature, enabling you to drive at pace with the wind in your hair, and angled foot braces are also useful for those keen on a vigorous drive. While you’re at the helm, check that the screen doesn’t come too close to your head in a comfortable sitting position and take note of whether it is tinted. Similarly, is the dash matte colored and appropriately angled to avoid too much glare in the midday sun?
A small bow rider will generally use a full-beam aft bench and a pair of rotating bucket seats for driver and navigator.
Handy additional features
Check whether there is a lower partition for the walk-through section of the screen. If it’s not a standard feature, it is well worth searching out on the options list. Without it, that stooping bow shape will see the wind whipping the heat away from the driver’s inside leg.
You should also look for a long, deep under-deck stowage compartment. It should be effectively drained and of sufficient size to swallow your skis or even a wakeboard. A cooler is a great asset on a bowrider and (for some) so is a small portable MSD. On larger bowriders, these are often located to port of the helm in a small step-down compartment.
A cooler is great for summer outings.
Given that the average bowrider is designed primarily as an active summer boat, a wakeboard tower is also worth a look. You frequently see them offered as part of a special ‘Watersports Package’, but otherwise they are readily available as retro-fit units from independent companies. Not only do they provide an elevated towing eye, but they also create additional space to stow boards and they can make an otherwise plain boat look very dynamic indeed.
If you do intend to use your boat for watersports, opt for a boat with an easy-planing hull and adequate power. You need lots of grunt low down in the rev range, so if possible, test the boat by putting your heaviest boarding buddy in the water and your full complement of friends in the cockpit. Only by this means will you know if the craft is really up to the job.
Ten key bowrider considerations
- Check that the seating is adequate for your family and friends
- Check that the cockpit feels adequately deep and secure with lots of well-placed grab handles
- Check that it has enough stowage for a family day out
- Make sure you know which features are standard and which are optional
- Look for a broad, useable communal space in the cockpit, with seats that can be adjusted to face one another
- Don’t overlook the party accessories like drinks holders, cockpit table, stereo, swim ladder, shower hose and some bow filler cushions
- If you enjoy watersports, get adequate power and consider a wakeboard tower
- Consider a canvas Bimini top for sun protection
- Do you need a head?
- Have you considered a deck boat? (see below)
A deck boat is another option to consider
What about a deck boat?
A deck boat is basically a beamy bow rider that does away with the bow taper. Instead, it carries its beam well forward to a broad, squared off nose, increasing the deck space and creating more seating space ahead of the helm.
A good bowrider provides a stylish platform for summer recreation that can cater to a wide variety of leisure pursuits, all at an affordable price.
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