10 Most Researched Boats in 2016 - 12/28/2016
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Top 10 Researched Boats for 2016

Hatteras GT 70
The Hatteras GT 70, a multi-million convertible, clearly captured the imagination of boaters doing research on BoatTEST during 2016 as it was the most researched boat of over 2,700 boats on the website.

While some of the boats in BoatTEST’s “Top 10 Researched Boats” in 2016 were predictable, the Hatteras GT 70 scored first place by a healthy margin over the second-place Hatteras 45 Express. The Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht ranked ninth, giving Hatteras three of the top 10 most-researched positions of all boats researched on BoatTEST in 2016. Hatteras is under new ownership which has invested heavily in developing a new line of boats and it seems clear that there is a resurgence of interest in this iconic American brand. In fact, Hatteras was the first company to build a convertible out of fiberglass over 56 years ago.
Below are the “10 Most Researched” boats on BoatTEST in 2016. Click on their model designation to see our videos and complete Captain’s Report on each model--

Hatteras GT 70
1. Hatteras GT 70
Hatteras 45 Express
2. Hatteras 45 Express
Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
3. Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
4. Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
Sea-Doo Spark
5. Sea-Doo Spark
Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
6. Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
7. Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht
8. Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht
Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
9. Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
Hysucat 8.5 Rib Hydrofoil
10. Hysucat 8.5 Rib Hydrofoil
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10 Most Researched Bowriders

Formula 350 FX CBR
The Formula 350 FX CBR is what Formula calls a “crossover” boat because she is both a bowrider but also has interior accommodations for sleeping, a mini galley, and an enclosed head. It is an exciting concept that is catching on.

The Formula 350 FX CBR is a luxury crossover that has become so popular that Formula is building the concept in other size boats -- little wonder, then, that it scored #1 in the “10 Most Researched” bowriders for 2016. The other bowriders in the list span a wide range of price points, functions, and luxury.

Formula 350 FX CBR
1. Formula 350 FX CBR
Boston Whaler 370 Vantage
2. Boston Whaler 370 Vantage
Four Winns H290
3. Four Winns H290
Chaparral 337 SSX
4. Chaparral 337 SSX
Sea Ray 19 SPX
5. Sea Ray 19 SPX
Formula 290 BR
6. Formula 290 BR
Sea Ray 310 SLX
7. Sea Ray 310 SLX
Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish
8. Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish
Chaparral 227 SSX
9. Chaparral 227 SSX
Cruisers Yachts 338 BR
10. Cruisers Yachts 338 BR

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10 Most Researched Center Consoles

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
The Boston Whaler 420 Outrage ranks #1 among people coming to BoatTEST to research center consoles. She is big and full of innovations.

Boston Whaler scored the top three positions among people researching center console boats on BoatTEST. But overall the brands and types of boats were quite diverse, ranging from the Yamaha 190 FSH jet boat to the luxury 420 Outrage.

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
1. Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
2. Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
Boston Whaler 330 Outrage
3. Boston Whaler 330 Outrage
Mako 234 CC
4. Mako 234 CC
Yamaha 190 FSH
5. Yamaha 190 FSH
Mako 334 CC
6. Mako 334 CC
Key West 239FS
7. Key West 239FS
Robalo R222
8. Robalo R222
Tidewater 252 CC
9. Tidewater 252 CC Adventure
Yellowfin 26 Hybrid
10. Yellowfin 26 Hybrid

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10 Most Researched Deckboats

Tahoe 2150
The Tahoe 2150 was the most researched deckboat on BoatTEST in 2016. It is built by Tracker Marine and she is loaded with features.

For the last 15 years deckboats have increased in popularity as consumers have been looking to carry more people aboard for entertaining and watersports. Today some of the larger deckboats can actually carry more people than many pontoon boats.

Tahoe 2150
1. Tahoe 2150
Sea Ray 290 Sundeck
2. Sea Ray 290 Sundeck
Sea Ray 270 Sundeck
3. Sea Ray 270 Sundeck
Chaparral 284 Sunesta
4. Chaparral 284 Sunesta
Regal 22 Fasdeck ESX
5. Regal 22 Fasdeck ESX
Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
6. Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
Chaparal 224 Sunesta
7. Chaparal 224 Sunesta
Hurricane Sundeck Sport SS 201
8. Hurricane Sundeck Sport SS 201
Tahoe 215 Xi
9. Tahoe 215 Xi
Sea Ray 260 Sundeck
10. Sea Ray 260 Sundeck

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10 Most Researched Bay Boats

Robalo 246 Cayman
The Robalo 246 Cayman ranks #1 on our list of most researched bay boats and she is also the largest boat we have tested in class.

Robalo has grabbed five positions in the 10 Most Researched Bay Boats, with its brands accounting for both the largest and smallest boats on the list. This category of boats has heated up in the last several years as canals have been developed along the ICW and those living inland have found the class to be easy to trailer and economical to buy and use.

Robalo 246 Cayman
1. Robalo 246 Cayman
Robalo 226 Cayman
2. Robalo 226 Cayman
Robalo R160
3. Robalo R160
Boston Whaler 170 Montauk
4. Boston Whaler 170 Montauk
Robalo R180
5. Robalo R180
Mako Pro 17 Skiff CC
6. Mako Pro 17 Skiff CC
Mako 19 CPX
7. Mako 19 CPX
Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless
8. Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless
Mako 21 LTS
9. Mako 21 LTS
Robalo 206 Cayman
10. Robalo 206 Cayman

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10 Most Researched Dual Consoles

Sailfish 325 DC
The Sailfish 325DC is the second largest vessel on our list of 10 Most Researched Dual Consoles. She has a deep cockpit that keeps kids secure and has many family-friendly features.

We particularly like dual console boats because they offer the best of two worlds -- fishing and family cruising. They are definitely more family-friendly than center consoles or bay boats, but they also can be fished from and in any case look far more salty than sportboats. Little wonder, then, that they have increased in popularity over the years -- particularly in saltwater locations.

Sailfish 325DC
1. Sailfish 325DC
Robalo R247
2. Robalo R247
Sailfish 275DC
3. Sailfish 275DC
Robalo R207
4. Robalo R207
Grady-White Freedom 375
5. Grady-White Freedom 375
Grady-White Freedom 275
6. Grady-White Freedom 275
Grady-White Freedom 235
7. Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 285
8. Grady-White Freedom 285
Wellcraft 220 Sportsman
9. Wellcraft 220 Sportsman
Grady-White Freedom 192
10. Grady-White Freedom 192

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10 Most Researched Express Cruisers

Hatteras 45 Express
The Hatteras 45 Express tops the Express Cruiser category as the most researched vessel. While her emphasis is on fishing, she is also a bluewater express cruiser for the whole family.

Express cruisers have long dominated the imagination of boaters seeking more room and a vessel with longer legs. They function as classy dayboats for entertaining, and a cozy motoryacht for overnighting or long passages. Our Top 10 most-researched boats range from 30’ to 60’ (9.14 m to 18.3 m).

Hatteras 45 Express
1. Hatteras 45 Express
Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
2. Beneteau Gran Turismo 40
Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht
3. Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht
Riviera 445 SUV
4. Riviera 445 SUV
Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
5. Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
6. Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
Sea Ray 400 Sundancer
7. Sea Ray 400 Sundancer
Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
8. Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
Regal 30 Express
9. Regal 30 Express
Formula 45 Yacht
10. Formula 45 Yacht

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10 Most Researched Motoryachts

Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
The Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht ranks #1 in the most researched motoryacht category. She is an ideal size for most purposes and can be owner operated.

Everyone likes large motoryachts, including the 3 million people who annually come to BoatTEST to research boats. Who can resist finding out more about these beautiful vessels? They are hard to top when it comes to exciting, elegant entertaining, but they also serve double-duty for most people as a summer (or winter) retreat. Best of all, they can be used for serious adventure travel.

Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
1. Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
Monte Carlo Yachts 105
2. Monte Carlo Yachts 105
Sea Ray L650 Fly
3. Sea Ray L650 Fly
Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse
4. Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse
Monte Carlo Yachts 76
5. Monte Carlo Yachts 76
Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht
6. Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht
Monte Carlo Yachts 65
7. Monte Carlo Yachts 65
Galeon 500 Fly
8. Galeon 500 Fly
Monte Carlo Yachts 86
9. Monte Carlo Yachts 86
Ocean Alexander 112 Tri-Level Motoryacht
10. Ocean Alexander 112 Tri-Level Motoryacht

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