By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN
Cruising the waters of the Lakes Region in style this year, with new makes and models that aim to make the 2017 boating season even better. From affordable water toys to luxury high-powered boats, there are plenty of options available for local water fanatics.
Sports and Marine Parafunalia, located off of Route 11-B in Gilford, has many new water toys for the summer.
The new Wakefoil aims to transform the art of wakeboarding, by providing the feeling of flight while on the water. The aerodynamic structure allows riders to experience gliding above the water at any speed, weather condition, or in any water. The Wakefoil 139 Board is currently on sale for $1,399.99.
Those looking for a relaxing boating experience may want to check out the Hurricane Skimmer 120 Propel, as it operates as a recreational hands-free cruising kayak. The Skimmer features a sharp entry-flared bow for enhanced glide and smooth travel in choppy water. The newly updated structure of the boat also provides seat sliding adjustments for proper on-water ergonomics and a port-side steering mechanism that handles easily via finger-tip control, according to Bart Jefferies of Parafunalia. The price of this product is currently $2,599.99.
Instead of a magic carpet, Parafunalia offers a Water Carpet, made of closed-cell foam. The Water Carpet can act as a portable beach, and ranges in size from 6'x8' to 6'x19.6'. Prices for the Water Carpet begin at $250.
HK Powersports of Laconia has stocked up on new high-speed watercraft that aim to maximize speed and enjoyment for lake-goers this summer.
The 2017 Yamaha EX Sport and EX Deluxe are new to Yamaha's Wave Runner line-up this year. These models are made with a smaller fiberglass hull, and a 110 horsepower 4-stroke engine.
"It is the most affordable, reliable, full featured watercraft among all brands of watercraft," said Lisa Whalley of HK Powersports. Starting price of these models is currently $6,599.
The Yamaha line continues with the 2017 Yamaha GP 1800. As Yamaha's newest muscle craft, it can reach up to 260 horsepower. It is deemed the lightest, fastest machine on the water, according to Whalley. The Yamaha GP 1800 is available starting at $13,999.99.
Irwin Marine of Laconia has new boats in stock this summer that will allow boaters to glide through the waters with ease, according to Bill Irwin, vice president and manager of sales at Irwin Marine.
The brand new Sea Ray SLX 310 provides a large hull to maximize comfort and space. Paired with technological advancements the boat is known to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. The SLX 310 can carry up to 17 passengers, and offers new standard dual touch-screen electronics display, which is enables multiple control functions. New this year is a submersible hydraulic swim platform, fiberglass hardtop and an electric bimini top that goes all the way to the transom.
Going along with the Sea Ray line, Irwin Marine is also offering a the new Sea Ray 190 SPX. At 19' 6" in overall length and a maximum capacity of 11 people, this new model is both powerful and affordable. It starts at $28,995 at Irwin Marine.
Irwin Marine will be offering test rides on the new Sea Ray SLX 310 during the Sea Ray demo days on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.
The O'Brien Water Carpet is like a floating beach. Anchor it to your dock or take it to open water. (Courtesy Parafunalia)
With Wakefoil, the feeling of flying is no more than a boat ride away. Hydrodynamics meets aerodynamics in the sleek design of the Wakefoil. It allows you to effortlessly cut through the wildest wind chop and slice through the calmest of sheet glass, all while floating you high above the water. (Courtesy Parafunalia)
While heavy polyethylene barges often require a trailer for transport, the 59-pound Skimmer 120 Propel can easily be moved from your car top to the water and back again by hand and delivers as a recreational hands-free cruising kayak, too. (Courtesy Parafunalia)
Sea Ray SLX 310 can carry up to 17 passengers, and is available at Irwin Marine. (Courtesy Irwin Marine)
The 2017 Yamaha EX Sport and EX Deluxe are new to Yamaha's Waverunner lineup. (Courtesy HK Powersports)
The 2017 Yamaha GP 1800 is Yamaha's new Muscle craft, and boasts 260 horse power. It is the lightest, fastest machine on the water, according to Lisa Whalley of HK Powersports. (Courtesy HK Powersports)
Sea-Doo has the RXT-X 300, which came out last year, and is flashy and fun. They have the new 300 horse power in their GTX line and their ultra sporty RXT line. (Courtesy HK Powersports)
The Sea Ray 190 SPX outboard is new for 2017 at Irwin Marine. (Courtesy Irwin Marine)