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Cruisers Inc. Avanti Vee 296                                             $9,900
Winnipesaukee Slip Available

This boat was donated to us by the former owner and is being sold below market price for the benefit of our sailing program. The boat is fully equipped and ready to live in and cruise in.

A rental slip for this boat is available on Lake Winnipesaukee.  Please contact us for info.

This boat is an unusual find in several respects.  It is a two-owner boat, but the first owner only used it for a year before selling it to the donor, who has used it as a family vacation and weekend condo ever since.   The boat has been on Lake Winnipesaukee its entire life; it has never seen a drop of salt water!   When you step aboard you will immediately see the care that this boat is received from its owner over the years!  The donor is retiring from boating and has reluctantly parted with his pride and joy.


The Avanti Vee 296 is a beamy and comfortable family express cruiser with an upscale feel.  Her Jim Wynne design includes a modified-V prop-pocket hull with solid fiberglass construction. Her interior is somewhat unusual in that the dinette is placed aft in the salon, beneath the raised helm.  An offset double berth is fitted into the forward stateroom (with a draw curtain for privacy), and with the dinette converted the Avanti Vee provides berths for four adults. A distinguishing feature of the 296 is her positive foam flotation—a genuine rarity in a boat this size.


The helm features an extra-wide seat, and visibility from the elevated helm position is excellent.   The roomy cockpit has a large rear bench seat and is large enough for several pieces of deck furniture. There is a walk-through in the transom, and a sturdy radar arch.  Additional features include better-than-average storage, a well-arranged galley, and easy access to the engines. Twin 270hp Crusader engines provide a cruising speed of 19–20 knots and a top speed of around 30 knots.

Cruisers Inc. (today called Cruisers yachts) has a reputation for producing comfortable, well-built boats, and the Avanti 296 is an example of that.  This is a seaworthy and comfortable boat that could be used anywhere!




HIN                                         CRS45683BF586

Year                                        1986

Length Overall                        28’8”

Length with Bow Pulpit          32’4”

Length WL                              24’11”

Beam                                       10’8”

Draft                                       2’9”

Weight                                    9600 Lbs

Hull Type                                Modified V

Deadrise Aft                           17 degrees

Fresh Water                            45 Gallons

Fuel                                         2 x 125 Gallons

Holding Tank                          20 Gallons

Engines                                   Twin Crusader V8s – 270 hp

Batteries                                  3



  • Huge roomy cockpit

  • Extra wide helm seat

  • Full width rear cockpit seat

  • Bimini

  • Side curtains and full cockpit enclosure

  • Lots of cockpit storage

  • Sink/minibar in cockpit

  • Built-in stereo system with cockpit speakers

  • Roomy swim platform with transom boarding

  • Folding boarding ladder

  • Molded fiberglass bow pulpit with stainless rails

  • Bruce anchor with chain and rode

  • Gelcoat in excellent condition

  • VHF radio

  • Impulse QT-206 Digital Depth Sounder alarm

  • Ritchie compass

  • Hydraulic trim tabs

  • Roomy enclosed head with shower

  • Sleeping for four in two cabins

  • Salon Headroom 75”

  • Roomy galley with fridge, two burner stove and double sink.

  • Hot water

  • Upholstery in excellent condition

  • Shore power with

  • Life jackets and plenty loose gear



Please contact us  with all your questions or to arrange to see the boat.

As a non-profit, our policy is to sell below market price so as to move donated boats quickly.  You can confirm this by looking at Yachtworld, Craigslist, and other online sources. 

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