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Small boats that fit everyone

As sailors and powerboaters adapt to the "new economy" and a host of obstacles that have made boating less accessible, they are getting wise to the lure of small trailerable boats.

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Model: Lobster skiff lines with an updated hull bottom.
Multipurpose vessel: The boat can be a harbor cruiser or a fishing platform; it's also up to the task of towing water skiers or tube riders.
Pricing: $28,500 with the 70-hp Suzuki, plus an optional $1,500 for teak console and helm seat; $25,000 without the topside wood and with a 50-hp Suzuki. ... read more

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Mojito 18

Model: A panga-style, 18-foot center console.
What sets it apart: The mojito is about a foot wider than some other 18-foot panga skiffs and is capped with a nicely finished liner.
Pricing: $25,900 with a 90-hp Suzuki and trailer; the no-frills, linerless 18C with a 70-hp Suzuki and a trailer is $19,900. ...read more

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Grady-White Freedom 225

Model: Designed for the family.
Hunt hull: All Grady-Whites ride the company's SeaV2 hull, a Hunt variable-deadrise design with a 20-degree deadrise at the transom and more than 40 degrees at the forefoot.
Pricing: $83,220 with an F250; pricing with the new F300 was unavailable. ...read more

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Gig Harbor Boat Works

Models: Traditionally styled fiberglass or Kevlar/fiberglass composite boats, 8 to 17 feet
Power options: These trailerable boats can be rowed, sailed or motored.
Pricing: Ranges from $1,200 for a basic Nisqually rowing dinghy to $15,000 for a Jersey Skiff with sliding seats, sailing rig, trailer and accessories. … read more


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Hobie Cat

Model: Mirage Adventure Island
Surprise, it’s a crossover: This rotomolded kayak can be paddled, pedaled or expanded with amas to become a trimaran.
Pricing: $3,400 (single) and $4,700 (double) … read more


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LaserPerformance

Models: Funboat, Bug, Pico and Bahia
You might also know them for: Laser, Sunfish and Optimist
Pricing: $2,625 for the Bug; the Laser Bahia goes for $9,700 … read more


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