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Individual Reviews

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Overall Rating: 8
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Overall, a quality boat with more room than a 20ft should have.

By: David Patterson on February 5, 2024 at 12:39 pm

Year: 2019

Brand: Regal

Model: ESX 2000

Length: 20′

Subtype: Runabout

Purchased: New

Full Review:

Overall, I love this boat. Most of the quality is superior however there are a few exceptions. First one is Volvo’s mess- I had a gear shear that tore up the lower unit. It was fully covered by the warrenty but I was without my boat for 6 weeks in a Michigan summer. And that issue caused gear lube to push through the seal and got all over inside the hull below the deck which has been impossible to fully clean. Next issue was the fuel pump started squealling. It turned out that none of the fuel line and fuel tank attachment parts were torqued allowing too much air and not enough fuel that was making the pump squeel. That is completley Regals fault, but it was not covered. I fixed it myself. Last issue was a mix up at the dealership, I ordered the boat with a 240 HP and it was delivered with a 200HP, daealer took care of it by giving me double the upgrade cost off the boat. The 200 is fine 90% of the time so I am satisfied with the discount. I wish I would have went with the upgraded audio system from the factory as I am doing it myself now at a much higher cost. I wish they would have used higher quality swivel board racks. I have had several issues with them. Good thing- is it is easy to find parts on the forums because most people replace them with a better one and have them laying around in their shed. We use this boat A LOT. and, up to now, all those issues have been resolved. The layout, and quality of the seats are excellent. It handles great, we have been out on some large inland lakes and not had any worries. Fixing things is part of being a boat owner. I would buy another Regal next time, of course a little bigger.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 7
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Layout: 9
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Comfort: 10
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Storage: 8
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Ride: 9
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Styling: 10
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Propulsion: 6
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Value: 7
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 9
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Happy customer

By: Rob Adams on December 2, 2023 at 8:27 pm

Year: 2008

Brand: Glastron

Model: MX180

Length: 17′

Subtype: Runabout

Purchased: New

Full Review:

Original owner, impressed with quality, no major problems w/Glastron or Volvo-Penta stern drive, would buy brand again.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 9
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Layout: 10
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Comfort: 10
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Storage: 9
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Ride: 9
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Styling: 10
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Propulsion: 9
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Value: 10
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 8
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Great starter jet boat

By: Orlando Martinez on September 6, 2023 at 7:48 am

Year: 2004

Brand: Other

Model: Speedster 200

Length: 20′

Subtype: Jet

Purchased: Used

Full Review:

Handles great for an older boat. Has 2 155HP Rotex 4-Tec engines, max speed 50 mph GPS. Added ride plate extension that helped with porpoising. Perfect for family of four hanging out at lake. Not the fastest not but reliable and easy maintenance.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 8
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Layout: 10
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Comfort: 7
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Storage: 9
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Ride: 8
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Styling: 9
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Propulsion: 10
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Value: 10
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 10
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Rides smooth over bigger waves fast starts for sking. Fits in garage

By: Mark Thurner on March 18, 2023 at 10:54 am

Year: 2017

Brand: Regal

Model: 2000 ESX

Length: 20′

Subtype: Runabout

Purchased: New

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Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 7
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Layout: 5
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Comfort: 10
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Storage: 5
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Ride: 10
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Styling: 10
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Propulsion: 10
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Value: 8
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 8
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Fast and classy boat

By: Doug Bolles on February 11, 2023 at 4:19 pm

Year: 2007

Brand: Chaparral

Model: 204 SSi

Length: 21′

Subtype: Deck

Purchased: Used

Full Review:

This boat provided several years of ‘fast fun’. With a 350 magnum engine it was fast! Was also functional and evey well built. Had our share of repairs over time, but would buy the boat again.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 8
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Layout: 6
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Comfort: 8
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Storage: 8
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Ride: 8
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Styling: 6
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Propulsion: 9
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Value: 9
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 10
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Cobalt CS22

By: Michael McHughes on February 11, 2023 at 4:08 pm

Year: 2019

Brand: Cobalt

Model: CS22

Length: 22′

Subtype: Runabout

Purchased: New

Full Review:

The outstanding quality of my Cobalt CS22 will make me consider another Cobalt for my next boat purchase. Often received compliments on the styling/look when speaking to other boaters at marinas. The overall design gave the feel of a larger/heavier boat while having plenty of power with the fuel efficient V6 VolvoPenta & a duoprop.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 10
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Layout: 10
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Comfort: 10
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Storage: 10
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Ride: 10
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Styling: 10
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Propulsion: 10
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Value: 7
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 10
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Tahoe T16 Fun Boat

By: Rich Robbins on January 27, 2023 at 1:36 pm

Year: 2021

Brand: Tahoe

Model: T16

Length: 16′

Subtype: Deck

Purchased: New

Full Review:

We are in our late 70s and wanted a smaller boat that’s easy to launch and retrieve. This boat fits that and has lots of room for us for fishing and riding. It’s very smooth in rougher water and on smooth water will go over 40mph with the 75hp. The only thing we don’t like is there is no room for water skis is the floor storage. It’s just a lot of fun to drive!!!!

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 10
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Layout: 10
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Comfort: 10
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Storage: 7
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Ride: 10
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Styling: 10
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Propulsion: 10
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Value: 10
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 10
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LARSON RUNABOUT FUN TIMES

By: Peggy Riley on January 21, 2023 at 11:46 am

Year: 2003

Brand: Larson

Model: LSI

Length: 23′

Subtype: Runabout

Purchased: Used

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Quality: 10
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Layout: 10
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Comfort: 10
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Storage: 10
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Ride: 10
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Styling: 10
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Propulsion: 9
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Value: 10
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 7
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Basic functional all purpose pleasure boat

By: Jeffrey Marlowe on January 21, 2023 at 7:46 am

Year: 2017

Brand: Bayliner

Model: Element E18

Length: 18′

Subtype: Other

Purchased: New

Full Review:

Element boat is a very functional boat with capacity for 8 people. Room and power to support general boating, skiing, tubing. Reasonable comfort for a non pontoon style boat. Fuel efficient and fairly quiet with the Mercury 115hp outboard. Decent quality materials but not your high end boat. Basic controls and instruments. Removable fuel tanks for easy refill at gas station if boat left in water.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 8
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Layout: 9
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Comfort: 7
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Storage: 9
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Ride: 9
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Styling: 8
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Propulsion: 9
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Value: 8
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Would You Recommend? Yes

Overall Rating: 9
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Sting Ray “deck Boat” DS220 Great Large Lake Boat, ocean, not so much IMHO

By: Court Dwyer on January 20, 2023 at 11:48 am

Year: 1999

Brand: Stingray

Model: DS 220

Length: 23′

Subtype: Other

Purchased: New

Full Review:

Most all the features of a traditional pontoon deck boat but set in a fiberglass, bow-rider config. A 22.5-foot Deep-V hull, 350 I/O with the deck set up as if a pontoon deck boat but looks like a bowrider both on deck and overall – no pontoons! Seating and rated for 11 passengers. I’ve had it up to 54 MPH on a glassy lake surface. Handles waves but “bounces and thumps” a lot, and does not “cut through” them. Head area [for a portapotty] sink for fresh water fill, shower hose/head on the stern platform, which is narrow but workable, maybe 20 inches wide across the whole stern. Helm nicely laid out; not much in the way of boating gee-gaws: temp, gas, rpm, lighting switches, compass. Deck lights for night-time are good – would have been great if there was a red-light option. All running lights. Adequate anchor space for Danforth and 100-foot line. No windlass, electric or otherwise. Hand over hand. Plenty of underseat storage. 11 bulky orange and 2 good water-trigger life vests and 2 throwables stored under the starboard bow still leaves still PLENTY of space for everything else: 4 mooring balls, side bumpers, tools, pail, electrical cords, lines, pails, cleaning stuff etc. And still more space in the head area. Head is a portapotty. I suppose you could add a marine head, but this is a Lake Boat, not a cruiser. I got both mooring canvas covers as well as a bimini top and side/stern enclosures. I’ve been very happy with having both. It closes up well with bimini/side covers. You could sleep over on it in a pinch. No bunks, just seat cushions. It’s a fish-bowl as far as privacy, but overnight could be done. No cooking. I’ve added various fishfinders, GPS etc and find them crowding the helm seating space. But still workable if not totally comfortable. What do you want for the price? Was a great deal in 1999 when I bought it out of the box. Was great on Damariscotta Lake in Maine [35 miles shoreline], not so much in Belfast/Penobscot Bay. We go out and still enjoy it but only on calm days. Any waves and we don’t go. On a nice calm day we like to dock n dine around Penobscot Bay. We’re retired and no longer into skiing, dragging floats, fishing etc.

Detailed Ratings:
Quality: 8
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Layout: 8
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Comfort: 8
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Storage: 9
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Ride: 10
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Styling: 9
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Propulsion: 10
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Would You Recommend? Yes