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I own a 1998 Sport-Craft 24CC and I have mixed reviews on it, but itâ€™s an honest opinion.
<<<<< Good >>>>>>
Efficient use of space:
Excellent room for itâ€™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.
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 1â€™-2â€™ chop with ease and keep you dry. But Iâ€™ve been on many other boats and while itâ€™s definitely not the best as I think Seacraft is the the best... I definitely feel itâ€™s better than most. Due the layout with the large enclosed console the fuel tank and itâ€™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. Itâ€™s not dangerous but just something to be aware off
This Center Console is extremely fishable and I really like having a closed transom with itâ€™s livewell for easy access. I primarily do a lot of jigging and itâ€™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 >>>>>>
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 youâ€™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) donâ€™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 didnâ€™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.