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Old 09-25-2003, 08:41 PM
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Anyone have any comments or experience with Sportcraft boats?
Looking at a 1999 23cc with a 225 Mercury saltwater series. Any comments/experiences would be helpful.
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Old 09-26-2003, 04:15 AM
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There are two Sportcrafts on my dock. The 24 has excellent headspace in the cabin compared to most in its class. The decks are soft in both though. I'm not sure where the moisture is comming from, but both boats are soft in the floatation compartments. Must be some poorly encapsulated core in those areas. I'd check the decks closely.

One also had rotten stringers (I/O). Check out the stringers real close. These were rotted right down to the hull. I was dissappointed with the manufacture when I inspected the damage.

Both boats run in seas respectfully.

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Old 09-26-2003, 07:59 AM
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I'd also like to add that Sportcraft went belly up so you can forget about any warranty on the hull. That's all I know.

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Old 09-26-2003, 08:47 AM
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I own a 1998 Sport-Craft 24CC and I have mixed reviews on it, but it’s an honest opinion.

<<<<< Good >>>>>>
Efficient use of space:
Excellent room for it’s size, and will provide you with almost as much storage as a Walkaround with the CC enclosed console providing room for a head, small sleeping birth, and lockable storage for 10 fishing rods plus a lot of gear.

Ride:
The hull design gives you a very good ride for a 18 degree modified V hull. It have a nice angle of entry to cut through 1’-2’ chop with ease and keep you dry. But I’ve been on many other boats and while it’s definitely not the best as I think Seacraft is the the best... I definitely feel it’s better than most. Due the layout with the large enclosed console the fuel tank and it’s weight if aft of the console, instead of being more evenly distributed throughout the boat... so with the light bow (like a Walk Around) it tends to drop and plow more easily into the next wave in a following sea. It’s not dangerous but just something to be aware off

Fishability:
This Center Console is extremely fishable and I really like having a closed transom with it’s livewell for easy access. I primarily do a lot of jigging and it’s a pretty stable platform. But also it has higher sides than most other boat so in the wind you will drift a little faster than other boat around you.


<<<<< Average >>>>>>
Hardware:
The fitting and deck hardware they used is just OK, and you will eventually start replacing latches, hinges, etc.

Quality of Construction:
Definitely have a Marine Survey done on it to look for all the little stuff that may no be apparent. Sometimes you’ll get a good boat, sometimes not... it really seemed to be what day of the week the boat was made on. But this problem is not unique to Sport-Craft and many other manufactures have similar quality control problems... just something to look for.

I had a minor hull deck separation on the port bow, with the deck screws pulling out. A lot of Mid-Tier boats (ex: Proline) don’t thru-bolt their decks. But when I had the guy fix this I also had him pull the rub rail and go around the entire boat and thru-bolt the entire boat, plus install an extra stringer up front in the anchor locker for even more support.... I didn’t want this problem to come up again in the future. I had a Marine Surveyor look at my boat and he said it was now probably the strongest Sport-Craft on the market and did not see any other problems with it such as bad stringers, weak transom, soft floor, etc.


<<<<< Bad >>>>>>
Company is out of business so there is no longer any warranties and future replacement parts MIGHT be hard to get. I had a warranty issue last year, with the hull deck separation mentioned above, and finally had to pay for it myself after the bank foreclosed on them.

<<<<< Overall >>>>>>
I am happy with my boat and have no plans to buy another. I would only recommend another Sport-Craft to someone who well was aware of the potential problems of the quality of construction, plus the company being out of business. But you could potentially get a good boat at a very good price with the resale now lower that Sport-Craft is out of business.
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Old 09-26-2003, 08:24 PM
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Thanks, for the info everbody. Definitely an eye opener! I did not realize that the company had gone bust.

Fishin,
Would you say that the overall quality would be comprable to a Proline?
I was not planning on a marine survey, but am starting to think it would be worth the money. How much does a survey go for on a 24ft vessel?
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Old 09-27-2003, 04:21 AM
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While Sport-Craft was in business they were generally considered a good mid-tier boat. Only in their last year of 2002 did they really start to cut corners on their product. I know 2 other owners of 1999 24 CC boats who have had no problems with thier boats so far, but I would definitely get a marine survey done (avg $300-400). In fact I think most loan companies require them on any boats older than 2 years, so maybe the person selling the boat will split the cost with you.

I don't want to scare you away from Sport-Craft boats as I really like the ride and features of my boat, I just want any potential buyer to be aware of both the good and potential bad points.... take it for a seatrail and determine for yourself!!!!!!!

Thanks, Fishing-Rod
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Old 09-27-2003, 04:59 AM
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RUN DON'T WALK AWAY,RUN!!!!
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Old 09-28-2003, 06:34 AM
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i have 2001 261 wac with 250 merc efi. for a midrange priced boat everything has held up pretty well. we have had no problems and are very satisfied with the overall performance and quality of the boat.
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I CURRENTLY OWN A 1984 SPORTCRAFT 22'2 OFFSHORE WALKAROUND. I THINK IT IS GREAT. I HAVE A 170 FWC 1/O IN IT. THE BOAT IS A TANK,IT RIDES BETTER THAN ANY BOAT I HAVE EVER BEEN IN FOR IT'S SIZE. IT HAS A COUPLE OF STRESS CRACKS BUT, IT HAS OVER 2000 HOURS ON IT. SHE CRUISES A MODERATE 25 MPH. WHICH IS FINE FOR OFFSHORE AND THE BAY IN JERSEY BECAUSE IT'S USALLY SO CHOPPY. MY CABIN IS HUGE,THERE IS SO MUCH HEAD SPACE. YOU CAN SLEEP 2 ADULTS OVER 6FOOT AND A CHILD COMFORTLY.
IHAVE BEEN IN THE GRADY WHITE SEAFARER AND FOUND THAT THE CABIN IS VERY SMALL AND THAT IT IS WET AND RIDES ROUGHER THAN MINE AT THE SAME SPEED. MY BOAT ALSO IS WELL LAYED OUT. THE COCK PIT IS SO ROOMY UNLIKE MOST BOATS. THERE IS HIGH WALLS AROUND THAT KEEP YOU NICE AND DRY IN THE COLD STRIPER DAYS. ALSO THE TEAK WOOD LOOKS VERY NICE WHEN ALL FINISHED. I WILL HAVE MY BOAT FOR AS LONG AS SHE WILL LAST.
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