The Best Boats of 2020
Ten years ago, most cutting-edge boat designs were focused at the high end of the price spectrum. This year’s crop is proof of a paradigm shift, with an array of canoes, kayaks, and inflatables that are impressively user-friendly, for angling, whitewater, and everything in between.
Hobie MiragePro Angler 12 Kayak ($4,599) (Photo: Courtesy Hobie)
The new Hobie MiraPro Angler 12 kayak features one of the venerable brand’s coolest innovations: 360 Mirage Drive, a pedal system that now moves the boat in any direction, not just forward and back. You can parallel-park the Angler 12 in dock spots and back out of tight mangroves. Joints at the bases of the redesigned fins allow them to rest flat against the hull if they encounter major resistance, so you don’t have to worry about ruining them when entering and exiting the water.
Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman Canoe ($1,000) (Photo: Courtesy Old Town)