Aviara is the newest brand of boats by MasterCraft and the lineup is focused on producing modern luxury vessels over 30 feet, including the Aviara 32, 36 and 40 (or AV32, AV36 and AV40). The company has chosen MarineMax as the exclusive distribution partner for this new lineup of stylish yachts. These are boats designed to create an elevated open water experience with progressive style and all the creature comforts one would expect aboard a premier yacht. We had the pleasure of hopping onboard an AV36 at MarineMax in Boston recently, along with Dave Berardinelli who showed us some of the key features of this vessel, as you can watch in the video above.
First and foremost, this boat has a huge luxurious deck! Clearly, she’s all about comfort onboard. Essentially a crossover, she features a small but fully-equipped cabin down below that is nicely appointed for its size. But again, she is obviously an entertainer -with enough room onboard for 10-15 passengers to enjoy the sun comfortably. Her onboard, integrated multicolored LED lights make her really pop at night on the water or at the docks. Her fit and finish is high-quality and the style is sleek and contemporary.
The Aviara 36 comes with either triple Mercury outboards – with either three 300-HP or 400-HP Mercury engines (the model in this video was rigged with triple 300s) – or an optional twin sterndrive setup (available with three more options including either a 380-HP, 430-HP or 483-HP Ilmor Engine).
Sun Lounge And Aft Deck
A huge, versatile sun lounge is one of the highlights of this boat. With crank-up backrests and pop-up, padded stool-style seating this is a perfect area for entertaining, tanning and lounging. Moving into the cockpit, there is a nice big hardtop with a hideaway sunshade that comes all the way back to the sun lounge, giving great shade and protection. A large u-shape seating area on the portside of the vessel offers ample seating with flip-able port-side seat backs / bolsters.
On the starboard deck there is an open galley that has dual Kenyon electric grills that run off the generator. Also in the gallery are dual Iso-therm stainless steel refrigerators, a prep station, freshwater sink and an Aviara-branded stow-away cooler.
At The Helm
The Aviara 36 is an easy boat to control with joystick piloting, automatic trim tabs, a large, flush-mounted triple-display dash with an Italian handcrafted steering wheel. She comes equipped with Garmin electronics including a Garmin GPS plotter and Simrad as well as digital throttle and shift. The helm also features double-wide seating with flip up bolsters.
Although designed mainly as a day boat, you can overnight this yacht comfortably. Down in the cabin you’ll find a v-berth, flatscreen TV and head. And don’t forget this vessel has an onboard generator set with heat and A/C when needed.
The bow is accessed via a concealed door that opens and closes along with a closing windshield to help protect you from the elements. In the bow is an oversized, full U-Shape seating area with controls for the stereo, 12-volt charging stations, speakers and cup holders. The anchor windlass is concealed in a storage compartment and modern pop-up cleats round out the great hardware onboard. Two stanchions allow for another bow sun cover to be anchored to the gunnels which can shade and protect the bow area.
Another notably feature is that all Aviara’s have unbelievable sound systems – which MasterCraft is known for – and this boat is no exception. Plus the speakers are well concealed with hidden subwoofers.
As Berardinelli notes, “there are a lot of nice touches on these boats…gas struts, a ton of storage in this boat…really nice work on the hinges and teak inlays”. She’s a head-turner for sure, and ready for zipping around in the sun in style with friends and family. This is definitely an exciting new chapter in the MasterCraft story and we think this boat is going to be a big hit.
Deadrise: 20 Degrees
Draft Up: 31″
Draft Down: 42″
Dry Weight: 14,550 lbs.
Fuel: 214 Gallons
Fresh Water: 37 Gallons
Waste Water: 26 Gallons
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