Old but still alive in our waters – Mariah boats are still breathtaking
The 240Z we tested is a new cuddy version of Mariah boat’s existing 2350Z open-bow model. Starting with the helm station, she offers a power-assisted fiberglass-reinforced bucket helm seat with enough legroom for an NBA center. The starboard-side helm panel also holds the control for the electrically raised engine hatch, alongside the well-placed throttle control with built-in engine trim. Trim tab controls are also here and within easy reach.
The MerCruiser 454 Magnum powered our 240Z to 57 mph in our tests. Standard power-assisted steering permited one-finger control even at the top end, and she cut a turn in about a boat lenght even at mid-speed.
Hats off to Mariah 240Z
Space constraints barely let us scratch the surface of the near-unreal list of standard features, but here are a few highlights. Forward, the Mariah boasts a full double V-berth that provides a cozy place to beat the rain. The cabin comes complete with a self-contained toilet, opening hatch, plus two fixed ports per side. Outside, how about a molded-in anchor locker, a set of docking lights, and even a windshield wiper plus defogger.
Wilt Chamberlain would be comfortable at this helm, in which the power-assisted bucket seat comes standard in these day cruisers.
The cockpit sole features a ski locker, dry locker, and ice chest with direct overboard drain, and there are more molded-in drink holders around than you’ll know what to do with. The custom fiberglass inwales even have built-in ashtrays! And what do you think about an integral swim platform with raw-water washdown and in-dash digital depth gauge with alarm? Mariah boat doesn’t miss a trick!
The Mariah’s price won’t appeal to everyone, but then this boat was never designed for everyone. With high quality construction and styling in an all-inclusive, ready-to-go package, the Mariah 240Z is a sportboat that really stands up and gets noticed.