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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.
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
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 >>>>>>
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.