The term “affordable” is as relative as they come. Right now, for example, the $1,200 my mechanic wants me to cough up for my new truck tires, along with another $200 for brakes, really doesn’t seem all that affordable. Then again, if you offered me a seven-day trip to Maui including airfare and accommodations at the Four Seasons for $1,400, I’d call that affordable and find the money—the same amount I’m whining about for tires and brakes—in a heartbeat.
And so it is with high-performance powerboats, where what qualifies as “affordable” takes relativity to a higher and sometimes absurd level: A friend of my mine just told me what a great bargain he got in a $250,000, used five-seat catamaran.
Bottom line: You won’t find a lot of new single-engine sportboats for less than $50,000. You’ll also come up short searching for twin-engine sportboats for less than $150,000. (Another engine and a bigger hull to handle it make the price difference.)
With that in mind, I present two bargains—meaning a lot of boat for the bucks—from Checkmate Powerboats in Bucyrus, Ohio.