Ashburn, VA

2015 Bryant Speranza Bowrider

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

bryant speranza-boat

In 1960, Jim Bryant founded his first boat company in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thirty years later, he and his son Joe founded Bryant Boats in nearby Sweetwater, Tennessee, where it continues to this day. “It's the only thing they’ve ever done, and the only thing they’ve ever wanted to do. Building the best boats in the world is more than a family business; it’s a family passion. And when you build a limited number of boats per year - and you put your family name on each and every one of them - you take the time to make sure that they are built right. It’s our love made real.”

The Speranza, at twenty-one feet, four inches length overall on a full eight foot, six inch beam, is one of four new models this year, bringing to thirteen the number of models offered from over nineteen to almost twenty-seven feet, all being bowriders, and all being sterndrive powered except one, the nineteen foot, four inch length overall Sportabout model which is outboard powered and one of the four new models.

Construction-wise, Bryant boats are somewhat different than other manufacturers. Yes they are of 100% wood-free construction which is not entirely unique, but with regards to their hull-curing process, “We leave our boats in the mold to cure for 3 days, a full day longer than the industry standard. It’s more time-consuming, and more expensive.” Also, “Bryant is the first, and only, manufacturer to locate the fuel tank in the bow of every boat. This “Quick Plane Design”—similar to a competition bass boat—allows for quicker planing and better performance on the water.”

The French double-seamed stitching and tri-colour accenting of the upholstery gives the roomy interior a classy look with surround U-shaped seating with padded hullside bolsters plus lounging backrests with built-in headrests in the bow. The driver is treated to a high-back bucket seat, behind which is an L-shaped lounge seat which extends aft and across the transom to the portside walk-thru access to the integrated swim platform.

Across the top of the transom is a double-wide sunpad. That the Speranza is targeted to watersports enthusiasts is apparent in that the single passenger seat opposite the helm is rear-facing to accommodate a watersports observer and has a semi-circular seat immediately aft to accommodate stretch-out lounging on this passenger seat or to provide additional seating. The Speranza is rated for a total capacity of eleven passengers.

The driver’s helm is also classy three-toned with a vinyl-wrapped dash with French double seam stitching behind a very sporty looking and tilting padded rim steering wheel with three pairs of polished chromed stainless steel spokes. Instrumentation provides a front and centre spot for the optional Raymarine GPS screen with Fusion radio and engine data integration flanked by two large diameter dual function gauges plus two smaller gauges on each side of those. A digital in-dash depth sounder is standard equipment.

In addition to smaller storage locations, large item storage such as for watersports accessories is provided within both an in-floor locker plus under the passenger helm and portside bow seat which is accessed from the bow or by conveniently lifting the entire passenger observer seat with seatback attached. A dedicated bow anchor locker is also provided.

Other notable standard equipment includes a Clarion stereo with iPod, MP3, and USB connectivity along with six Polk speakers plus driver’s remote control, a bimini top, and pull-up cleats. Tricolored gelcoat hull colours are also standard with eighteen colour choices plus Oxford Pure White for the hull bottom, hull side band, and hull and deck accenting.

Power for the Speranza is provided by your choice of ten MerCruiser or twelve Volvo sterndrive packages ranging from a MerCruiser 4.3L MPI/Alpha outdrive to a MerCruiser 377 MAG/Bravo III outdrive or from a Volvo 200 SX or 225 Duo-Prop to a Volvo 320 DuoProp.

Notable optional equipment includes metallic gelcoat, colour matched canvas, a set of rubber floor liner mats for the storage compartments, docking lights, underwater LED blue lighting, blue LED cupholder lighting, bow filler cushion, transom stereo remote, transom shower, snap-in cockpit carpet, windshield walk-thru windbreak, plus for watersports enthusiasts’ greater enjoyment, an aluminum wakeboard tower with built-in sunshade, stainless steel propeller, ski mirror, and Perfect Pass speed control. A custom trailer is also available.

As Bryant says about this new model, “Once you step aboard the Speranza, you quickly realize this isn’t your average 21’ bowrider.”

Length: 21' 4" 6.5 m
Beam: 8' 6" 2.59 m
Dry weight: 3657 lbs 1659 kg
Draft: 2' 10" 86 cm
Fuel Capacity: 39 US gals 148 L
Base Engine / Drive: Merc./Volvo/Sterndrive
Engine HP: Twin 380
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 18
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