Now for the fun part: the go-fast goodies. The 247 Islander comes with through-transom exhaust and Livorsi throttle and shift levers. The exhaust is almost a prerequisite on a performance boat — got to have that noise — as are the separate throttle and shift levers. The Livorsi levers offer a greater measure of control over the boat at speed and around the docks, as do the standard trim tabs, which are handy in changing sea conditions. We also like the manual drop-down bolsters with grab rails for the rear passengers, the electric engine hatch, no-nonsense three spoke steering wheel, and six pull-up stainless-steel cleats.
The cockpit is very straightforward, with a rear bench with stowage underneath and an in-sole locker between the cowls. The head compartment is tucked in behind a clamshell-style door. It’s tight for an adult, but the bow is spacious and deep, with coaming padding and gently angled backrests.
Jump behind the wheel and throttle up, and you’ll notice the 247 pops right on plane with little fuss, even without lowering the trim tabs. Throughout its history, Baja has kept its hull designs simple — and safe — with slightly negative chines, a modified V-pad keel and three lifting strakes per side, the inner of which terminates at the center of gravity. You can almost tell how it’s going to handle just by reading that description.
With 23 degrees of deadrise the 247 Islander handles chop better than most family runabouts, and is capable enough to handle going out on the ocean. That ticks yet another box that the typical family runabout might not, and it’s yet another way the Baja 247 Islander blurs the lines between family runabout and go-fast boat. Not many boats can do that.
Vehicle Type Power Boats
Manufacturer Baja Boats
Model 247 ISLANDER
Boat Type Stern Drive Power Boat
Hull Material Fiberglass
Beam 8' 6"
Engine 1 - 300 HP - Gasoline
Net Weight 4300