Six Great Boats Under $20,000

Think you’re priced out of buying a new boat? Think again. Whether you’re looking for a small family boat to get everyone out on the water, or a small fishing boat that gets the job done at an affordable price, there are plenty of great boats available in a variety of styles that cost less than $20,000.

a person in a white boat sitting next to a body of water: Family Boat: Bayliner Element E16© Courtesy Bayliner Family Boat: Bayliner Element E16

a small boat in a body of water: Bass Tracker Classic XL© Courtesy Tracker Bass Tracker Classic XL

Our curated list of affordable boats includes runabouts, fishing boats, pontoon boats, and PWC. You will find both fiberglass and aluminum boat options, all of which we consider to be some of the best boats under $20k. Check out the list below to see what tickles your fancy. And when you’re ready to buy, don’t forget about our tips for how to sea trial a boat.

a man riding on the back of a boat in the water: Sea-Doo GTI SE 170© Courtesy Sea-Doo Sea-Doo GTI SE 170

Family Boat: Bayliner Element E16


Rated for up to six people and 80-hp, Bayliner’s Element E16 provides a great way for the family to get out on the water and discover the experiences exclusive to those who own a boat. Deep freeboard and high gunwales provide security and the secure feeling many boaters seek. The seating rotates to facilitate conversation at the sandbar or cove.The unique M-Hull hull design offers quick planing and stability. It comes with a single axle trailer, and, weighing tk, can be easily towed by many vehicles. Also comes with cupholders, accessory power outlet, swim platform with ladder and more.

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