Our First Impression
We can always count on Avalon to go the extra mile with its
high-end models, and this Paradise Elite is no exception. The loaded 24-footer
is all about luxurious features, and when it comes to bells and whistles,
nothing seems to be missing.
The real eye-catcher on this particular boat is the Admiral’s
fiberglass and Corian helm station that is like nothing else on the market.
Forward of the helm is a deep sink with a stainless faucet and beautiful
stainless drawers that are as solid as they look. And with the simple press of
a button, the electric wine rack raises up for easy access. Plus, on top of all
of this, there is even a refrigerator below so you truly do have all the tools
needed to entertain while out on the water.
Below each of the three chaise lounges is unique storage,
including a second wine rack as well as a full garbage can below the portside
lounge in the bow. The Matrix 50 vinyl used on the beautifully textured seats
is as durable as it is comfortable. Speaking of comfy seats, the fully
adjustable helm chair is easy-to-operate and might just be the best seat
At the helm, the standard Garmin GPS with color maps is
centered perfectly into the console and the gauges are all easy to read. Besides
the Jensen stereo, the console is equipped with an MP3 jack as well as a memory
stick input and even the four speakers have stainless covers.
Other key features worth noting include the deep and long
in-floor storage locker, easy-to-use pop-up changing room enclosure below the
double-wide sundeck, removable fiberglass table top, ski/tow bar and synthetic
teak flooring in the swim deck area. The list just goes on and on. It’s the
little added touches like the polished aluminum bimini frame, stainless
hardware used throughout and the high-quality craftsmanship that make the
difference on this Paradise Elite.
Avalon calls its hull design the 5X7 performance package and
it includes two 25-inch diameter pontoons and a 27-inch diameter center tube.
Each is chambered with a keel, and there are lifting strakes on both sides of
all three pontoons. The square cross-members are on 24-inch centers in the bow
and 16-inch centers near the transom for added strength, and these are all
bolted to the plywood deck. From the welding quality to the protected wires,
the undercarriage earned high marks for craftsmanship.
From inside the bow gate to the rear bench seat there is over
16 feet of usable deck space. One unique feature with the aluminum-framed seat
bases is the vents on the inside that allow fresh air to circulate from the
outside. All the hidden areas are well-finished and the craftsmanship
throughout the boat is outstanding.
With the SeaStar power-assist steering you truly get
finger-tip control, which of course makes this Avalon a fun boat to drive.
Sharp turns were not a problem for this 24-footer and because the boat is so
responsive we felt very safe and in control at all times. With the Evinrude
E-TEC 250 HO outboard we nearly reached the 50 mile per hour mark, which only
helped increase our appreciation for the overall performance of this boat.
Who Should Buy It
For those looking for the “wow” factor, this boat is worthy
of a closer look. Of course a couple who love to do some serious entertaining
would love this boat, but with the performance capabilities don’t forget about
the stainless steel ski/tow bar in the stern.