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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2016: 29-Feet-and-Under Boats

Tour some of the new boats on display at this year's boat show

November 5, 2016
2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Attendees walk through the Convention Center at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Glenn Law

The Salt Water Sportsman staff was all around at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Below are the new boats of 29 feet and smaller that caught the editors’ eyes.

Robalo 247

The Robalo 247, a 24-footer, features a transom door, fold-down transom seat with protective cover, a premium stereo with four speakers and a fiberglass cabin headliner. It carries 135 gallons of fuel and 13.5 gallons of water.

Robalo 247
Robalo 247 Devin Golden
Robalo 247
Robalo 247 Devin Golden
Robalo 247
Robalo 247 Devin Golden
Robalo 247
Robalo 247 Devin Golden
Robalo 247
Robalo 247 Devin Golden
Robalo 247
Robalo 247 Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 24′
Beam: 8’9″
Draft: 20″
Fuel: 135 gal.
Water: 13.5 gal.
Deadrise: 22 degrees
Weight: 5,000 lbs.
Max HP: 400

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Albemarle 29 Express

The 29-footer features twin 350 Yamaha outboards, 310 gallons of fuel, holds 30 gallons of water, two 56-gallon fishboxes in the cockpit, a 30-gallon livewell in the transom and a 25-gallon ice/cooler box.

Albemarle 29 Express
Albemarle 29 Express Glenn Law
Albemarle 29 Express
Albemarle 29 Express Glenn Law

Specs

Length: 28’5″
Beam: 10’6″
Draft: 26″
Fuel: 310 gal.
Water: 30 gal.
Deadrise: 24 degrees
Weight: 13,000 lbs.
Max HP: 700

Grady-White Freedom 235

This new 23-footer features a fuel capacity of 115 gallons, a 160-quart insulated box in the rear and 89-quart insulated box in the bow seating area and an oversized head compartment with extra storage. It provides a single 250 or 300 Yamaha outboard.

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Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235 Devin Golden
Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235 Devin Golden
Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235 Devin Golden
Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235 Devin Golden
Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235 Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 23’7″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft: 20″
Fuel: 115 gal.
Water: 20 gal.
Deadrise: 20 degrees
Weight: 4,050 lbs.
Max HP: 300

Grady-White Fisherman 236

A 23-foot center console, this new boat provides a maximum HP of 300, a 115-gallon fuel capacity, a fold-away aft bench seat, and a 25-gallon livewell. It also offers the option of a single 250 or 300 Yamaha engine.

Grady-White Fisherman 236
Grady-White Fisherman 236 Devin Golden
Grady-White Fisherman 236
Grady-White Fisherman 236 Devin Golden
Grady-White Fisherman 236
Grady-White Fisherman 236 Devin Golden
Grady-White Fisherman 236
Grady-White Fisherman 236 Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 23’7″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft: 18.5″
Fuel: 115 gal.
Water: 10 gal.
Deadrise: 20 degrees
Weight: 3,900 lbs.
Max HP: 300

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For more information, read our review of the Grady-White Fisherman 236.

Everglades 273cc

The Everglades 273cc features twin 250 HP Yamaha outboards, 20-gallon water capacity, 157-gallon fuel capacity and customizable options, including a Garmin VHF 200, Garmin GPSMAP 7616xsv dual displays, underwater lights and more.

Everglades 273cc
Everglades 273cc Devin Golden
Everglades 273cc
Everglades 273cc Devin Golden
Everglades 273cc
Everglades 273cc Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 27’3″
Beam: 9’3″
Draft: 18″
Fuel: 157 gal.
Water: 20 gal.
Deadrise: 20 degrees
Weight: 6,400 lbs.
Max HP: 250

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Boston Whaler 230 Outrage

A new 23-footer from Boston Whaler, the boat offers a 16-gallon livewell, 225 XXL L6 DTS Mercury Verado with hydraulic steering and a fuel-water separator, plus a 110-gallon fuel tank.

Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage Devin Golden
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
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Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage Devin Golden
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage Devin Golden
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
Boston Whaler 230 Outrage Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 23’0″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft: 18.5″
Fuel: 115 gal.
Water: 20 gal.
Deadrise: 21 degrees
Weight: 3,800 lbs.
Max HP: 350

Boston Whaler 280 Outrage

The new 28-footer from Boston Whaler has a fuel capacity of 186 gallons, 26 gallons of water capacity, a 30-gallon livewell and can fit 12 people on board comfortably. The boat can be customized to include five rod holders on the hardtop, plus speakers and more storage, and a bait-prep area with a 40-gallon livewell and three fishboxes. The boat also has two 300 Verado outboards powering it.

Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage Glenn Law
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage Glenn Law

Specs

Length: 28’0″
Beam: 9’4″
Draft: 22″
Fuel: 186 gal.
Water: 26 gal.
Deadrise: 23 degrees
Weight: 6,200 lbs.
Max HP: 700

Barker 26 Open

The new Barker 26 Open features 90 gallons of fuel capacity — with the option for 125 gallons — plus 15 gallons of water capacity, a four-gallon optional floor baitwell, a 45-gallon leaning post baitwell, 100 percent vinyl ester resin, two optional 15-gallon transom baitwells and more. The standard features include a 140-gallon insulated fishbox, plus a 50-gallon insulated fishbox, under-gunnell rod storage for six rods and lockable rod storage for four more, LED lights and a step-down console.

Barker 26 Open
Barker 26 Open Devin Golden
Barker 26 Open
Barker 26 Open Devin Golden
Barker 26 Open
Barker 26 Open Devin Golden
Barker 26 Open
Barker 26 Open Devin Golden
Baker 26 Open
Baker 26 Open Devin Golden
Barker 26 Open
Barker 26 Open Devin Golden
Barker 26 Open
Barker 26 Open Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 25’6″
Beam: 9’3″
Draft: 14″ to 16″
Fuel: 90 gal. (with option for 125)
Water: 15 gal.
Deadrise: 18 degrees
Weight: 4,250 lbs.
Max HP: 627

For more information, read our review of the Barker 26 Open.

World Cat 280cc-x

The new World Cat 280cc-x features twin 300 outboards, a 17-gallon freshwater capacity, 30-gallon livewell, 220-gallon fuel capacity split into two 110-gallon tanks, 9 gallons of wastewater capacity and can fit 11 people comfortably.

World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden
World Cat 280cc-x
World Cat 280cc-x Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 27’6″
Beam: 9’2″
Draft: 14″
Fuel: 220 gal.
Water: 17 gal.
Weight: 7,500 lbs.
Max HP: 627

Wellcraft 262 Fisherman

The 260-foot center console features deep livewells, a fish box, rod holders and tackle storage for a comfortable ride with enough room for everything and everyone. It also provides a 158-gallon fuel capacity and comes in eight different color options: red, black, phantom grey, seafoam green, surf blue, black and white, light green and black and red.

Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Devin Golden
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Devin Golden
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Devin Golden
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Devin Golden
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Devin Golden
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman
Wellcraft 262 Fisherman Devin Golden

Specs

Length: 26’4″
Beam: 9’0″
Draft: 20″
Fuel: 158 gal. (with option for 125)
Deadrise: 21 degrees
Weight: 5,700 lbs.
Max HP: 500

For more photos and information on new boats, see the best new boats released in 2016.

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