A full day on the water is always better on a boat that boasts features such as three coolers, a wet bar with a sink, a Klipsch stereo system, a color-matched fiberglass hardtop, seating for a gaggle of guests, an electric-flush head and more. Such accoutrements are all included on the new Aviara AV32, a luxury dayboat from … MasterCraft? That’s right, the builder known for its wake- and ski boats has a new brand, and its mission is decidedly less action-oriented than MasterCraft models, though the AV32 does top 50 mph.
The power for that speed is made possible by four engine options. On the outboard side, twin Mercury Verado 300 or 350 hp outboards are available, while folks who prefer sterndrives can choose twin 380 hp Ilmor MV8 6.0L MPI engines or twin 430 hp Ilmor MV8 6.2L GDI engines. Joysticks come standard no matter the engines chosen.
And the captain is going to enjoy operating the vessel from a helm that includes three screens — 12-inch Garmin MFD, 10.1-inch boat control and stereo display, 7-inch engine display — an Italian steering wheel, a joystick and a doublewide bolstered seat. It’s technology- and style-forward.
With a yacht certification, the AV32 has no official passenger cap, but good sense should dictate there be one. A dozen people can easily find a seat, either on the transom bench, the cockpit L-settee, the helm seat or the wraparound bow settee, but as many as 14 or 15 folks could be seated with a bit of coziness. The hardtop throws shade on a few folks, and an optional sun-shade system extends the shade all the way to the swim platform.
LOA varies from 32 feet, 6 inches (sterndrive) to 34 feet, 4 inches (outboard), but the beam stays at 10 feet, 4 inches no matter the propulsion.