Split but splendid in its personality, the 243 becomes a study in both long-term value and immediate gratification. The 243 s appeal to the emotions is obvious in its graceful beauty, its luxury afloat in the comfort, the convenience of amenities chosen for enjoyment pure and simple. The 243 s embrace of enduring value comes in combining spread-out spaciousness for captain and crew with ubiquitous storage, easy movement stem to stern, and a masterpiece of a sliding companionway door that enables both wide-open access to the cabin and a separate cockpit entrance to the head compartment, itself roomy and well-optioned. Here is a boat bringing sumptuous textures and well-dressed surfaces together with hard functionality in the newish suggestion that cuddy owners really can have it all.
The cockpit an entertainment center and the cabin a private retreat, the 243 means appointments rich and thoughtful, with a set of options that maximize value: a dinette table, filler cushions, a television and DVD player, a heater, terry-cloth seat covers - whatever a boating poet might ask, all that an accountant might find, a decade down the river, worthwhile.
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