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Real-World Value

January 1, | Boat Express Cruiser

Monterey 296 comes ‘loaded’ at a price

By: Caswell

There two kinds prices that see when look for boat — it’s very to understand difference.

The and the easily found, a low price.

Take baby home just 50 is how tout some Sure, it’s great price, once you the boat you won’t able to anything with because it’s completely stripped-down. get an that’s barely enough to onto plane, couple of with paper-thin and a — but else — the galley.

second type price you’ll when shopping a boat after you’ve the sales — is realistic one reflects what really costs own a Usually, there many extra-cost

In the world, you’ll a Bimini to keep frying on sunny days; a cockpit so you freeze on cool ones. need cushions are thick to keep from feeling bottom of berth, and want pillows your head.

Unless you’re into fast you’ll want stove and refrigerator, not icebox, in galley — to mention water. Then, course, there all those that make lengthy option with most shore power, you can a blender; battery charger, eliminate jump a coffeemaker, jumpstart the in the a sunpad, that lazy a depth to avoid sudden stops; windshield wipers, stereo system, tabs and Halon fire system.

If been looking the Monterey Cruiser, however, find that first price also the price. In words, the Monterey includes of the listed above you’ll need actually go

With a price of the least version of flagship comes a hearty or Volvo V-8 engine the 300 range — with a prop stern for peak and control.

test boat, carried a price of had a of 5.0 Volvo Penta putting out hp each, well as DuoProp stern Our sea would prove this twin-engine provides sportboat and great in tight

A Closer

Monterey’s 296 is a boat that, the outside, appear to as large it is. step inside, you get full benefit the nearly foot hull 10 foot

The cockpit plenty of for family friends, with foldaway transom a fore-and-aft to port an ice underneath and adjustable helm seat that’s enough for

Our test provided by Guy of Boats in Beach, California, a delight run, despite lumpy and seas we off Newport

Pushing on single-lever Volvo throttles popped boat onto quickly, without usual bow We were cruising along 30 mph at 3,000 — which the kind speed that eat up miles to or Orcas helping make most of afternoon cruise.

reached a speed in mid-40 mph despite the seas, proving performance is one of boat’s strong

Handling is light. You crank into tight turn at 30 and never off plane hear any from the They bit throughout our trial.

There’s V to hull to easily through seas, but enough to the boat wobbly feeling sometimes get deep-V hulls boats that top-heavy with amenities.

The is both and efficient, tilt steering the sporty and a array of readable black-faced gauges, including tachometers, a a trim a fuel meter, plus oil pressure water temperature A Lowrance depth sounder standard equipment, are trim and a fire extinguishing

A dedicated panel, to of the is a small for beyond a radio and a GPS but that be all skippers will The dash is sand-colored, the skipper blinded by usual white here.

An Bimini top standard, along a full enclosure and cover, with camper version Even better, plenty of in the under the plus a fender rack outside the door on swim platform.

When you’re up in Bimini enclosure, are a of vents the aluminum-framed windshield to fresh air prevent fogging.

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to the is through opening windshield a couple molded steps the cockpit, there are sidedecks. A sunpad is midforedeck.

The platform has anchor roller. the opening hatch provides secure niche safe anchoring mooring.


Cabin access to port, bifold doors a clever that swivels of sight. standard AM/FM stereo system located just the cabin for weather

To port a dedicated with ample underneath, while enclosed head to starboard, with a toilet, a and a Despite the lines of cabin, you’ll more than feet of in the

The galley a one-piece component with bullnose edge the look a Corian granite countertop. excellent storage, well as water, a dual-voltage refrigerator a two-burner stove.

Forward is large berth despite having sides that complicate sheet blanket purchases, quite spacious even has built-in cabinet a television can be for viewing the dinette.

under the is a with a of facing that can used as mini-cocktail area a folding or converted a large double berth. more likely you’ll put kids here night, or visiting guests.

test boat the optional Package, which the stove a combination model, replaces portable head a manual and a tank, and a hot heater, cockpit and a battery charger.

fiberglass construction the Monterey Cruiser is exotic, but is well-proven, AME-4000 skincoat blister protection, by four of alternating ounce woven and 1.5 mat. All areas not used for or fuel are fully and marine is used

All deck is stainless and is The bowrail the foredeck welded, rather screwed, for strength.

Wiring is neatly and three separate hatches in cockpit provide a single for quick of fluid or complete to all of the for maintenance.

cockpit hatches large gutters overboard drains, carry rain washdown water from the compartment.

All all, the 296 Cruiser a pleasant of performance space, at price that the list standard equipment the quality the finish. this one your must-see if you’re for an cruiser in 30 foot

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