By Mike Gridley
The Bryant family started in the boat business in 1960, but didn’t launch the Bryant brand until 1990. While they sold the company a few years ago, the new team continues to refine and expand their lines. One of their newest models is the Speranza, a 21-foot bowrider with all of the right stuff.
Starting with wood-free construction, quality is the goal and is reflected in the appointments, finishes and details inside and out. The optional metallic gel coat is flawless and the use of stainless steel, both functionally and as accents, sets the boat apart from many competitors.
The integrated swim platform on our test model sported the optional stainless grab handle and synthetic teak underfoot. While the sun pad is quite sizeable, there is still a generous walkway to port to access the cockpit.
While only 21 feet, the interior is accommodating with room for 11 people. The cockpit seats form an ‘L’ to starboard. Lifting the transom base cushion, attached by articulating hinges, reveals a standard cooler. The starboard cushion is supported by a gas strut.
and sun pad lift to provide access to the engine compartment. There is also storage here for the filler cushions, windbreak panel and cockpit table.
Space under the companion seats extends right into the console. Bow seating is generous with excellent backrests and upholstered coamings. Lifting the starboard back cushion reveals the helm console’s storage. You will also find a draining locker forward and a large in-floor locker.
The helm reflects the overall quality and refinement of the Speranza, starting with the bolstered fully adjustable seat. Wrapped in double French-stitched vinyl, sporting chrome bezelled instruments and a leather wrapped Gussi Italia sport wheel, the layout is pleasing, functional and luxurious.
Delivering 250 horsepower and solid torque, Mercury’s all new MerCruiser 4.5 L V-6 engine popped the Speranza onto plane in just three-point-eight seconds.
Test Boat Engine
Mercury MerCruiser 4.5 ECT, 250 hp 4.5 L (275 ci) V-6, two-valve per cylinder, MPI, Alpha One drive
0-20 / 4.9; 0-30 / 6.8
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
Length: 21 ft 4 in / 6.5 m
Beam: 8 ft 6 in / 2.5 m
Draft: 34 in / 86.4 cm
Weight: 3,657 lbs / 1,658 kg
Fuel Capacity: 39 gals / 148 L
Price: $58,700 USD
SPEED TESTING by Raymarine GPS
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