It’s the choice we made at BoatMag International, so you may agree or not. But for sure these open boats have some peculiar factors that won’t leave you indifferent.
Whether they are sporty, or luxurious, or just practical, or fun: open boats have always represented a good share of the crafts we see around the sea. In the recent years they went through a process of diversification, with multiple proposals in any measure. It’s been a tough choice but in the end we picked six. And you can also read our tests by clicking the links. Here they are, sorted by sheer size.
Ranieri International Voyager 21S, six meters for the family
Build quality, an excellent hull and a generous Suzuki DF140 engine are the ingredients that make Ranieri International Voyager 21S enter our list with full merit. The layout is typical for a walkaround, simple yet very versatile with room for the many uses that an open allow. There is also a small cabin for some privacy and a practical potty.
Read here our test of Ranieri International flagship, the amazing Next 370 SH
Karnic 1851 MkII Open by Selva: everything in five meters
Karnic 1851 MkII Open is one of the smallest models of the Cypriot yard, distributed ecluseviley for Italy and France by Selva Marine. A series of well-cured details denotes the attention put in her construction, while at the transom there’s a 40 HP Selva Murena XSR outboard. Karnic has been building boats in Cyprus for 23 years, using a cutting-edge technology: extensive use of CAD software allows to design 3D models of the smallest details, view the forms, check the practicality and then finalize the design.
Scarab 2015 Impulse, a six-meter shot
Families are welcome on board, but the target of Scarab 2015 Impulse is different. This super sporty boat, distributed by Beneteau, features bold colors, jet propulsion and two mighty Rotax supercharged engines. A very refined cockpit and interesting color patterns make her bow-rider deck even more pleasant. Soon we will publish our thrilling test.
Quicksilver 755 Open, seven meters and some more
Another walkaround with a classic layout, smartly interpreted and enriched with peculiar solutions. The extra meter gives room for a small cabin and a kitchenette, to enhance versatility. In our sea trial of Quicksilver 755 Open awe reported the test figures with four different Mercury engines ranging from 150 to 300 HP, among the six different choices available. The value for money is unbeatable.
Invictus 270 FX, class in eight meters
In this case the walkaround formula has been interpreted in an original way, especially for the several layout opportunities that the Invictus 270 FX offer. All matched to luxurious finishing and a design by Christian Grande to ensure that touch of class that bring her straight into our list. To test the excellent handling in the water, plan a test at Nautica Bertelli on Lake Iseo, the exclusive Invictus distributor for Northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany.
Frauscher 1017 Lido, open to the max
The Austrian boatyard knows no compromises, and Frauscher 1017 Lido is the open boat brought to the extreme. What Frauscher always confirms is an unprecedented care for design and details. Luxury tender, perfect craft for day cruising, or exclusive shuttle boat for a five-star hotel: 1017 Lido will always be in the spotlight.