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Old 09-16-2007, 02:12 PM
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Default Seacraft boats What years of production should you stay away from?

A friend asked me that question. He's looking at used 23' or 25' CC. I did a search and saw alot of issues with newer ones but I recall a post here that narrowed it down from what years were good and what ones were bad but I couldn't find it this time. I see that many of the older ones have issues with the transom and soft spots below the center console. I already looked at classicseacraftdotcom but the site is geared to the potter models and doesn't go into detail about newer ones.

Also what differences are there in production changes between model years? He's looking to use it for inshore and nearshore trolling and bottom fishing with a few offshore trips each year and an OBX run or two each year. I might actually go in as a partner but haven't decided yet. I've read to many threads about how friends become enemies with issues like this. I'd rather a albemarle or silverhawk but they aren't that much fun drifting for fluke.


Is the seacraft drift as good as people say it is? I rode in an older inboard powered one before and it had a great ride but he's looking at buying a outboard since it will be trailered. I saw that they come in many difference configurations with an inboard, I/O, and outboard.

Your response is greatly appreciated. Lastly not that he wants one, but his the hull the same on the sceptre as it is on the center console. I noticed that they were the same length.

Thanks again.

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Old 09-16-2007, 05:31 PM
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Default RE: Seacraft boats What years of production should you stay away from?

I have been making notes for a couple of months because I am going to look for a new/used boat. I have a word.doc titled “Good Boat/Bad Boat”. There is no in between category.
I made this note on SeaCraft. I don’t know who posted it or why, it is just a note for me, but I will gladly share.

Sea Craft is in the Good boat column.
”Sea Craft (pre 1985 and post 2003 are the best) good reviews (one owner found rustable weights in the stringer of his 80’s Sea Craft to counterbalance a perceived design flaw)”

I have never owned one, or ever been in one.
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:51 PM
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I have a '73 23' w/bracket w/250 Yam. 2s. I installed a thru-hull transducer and the hull at that point is 5/8" thick solid glass. I'll post a pic if you want. I've always had Whalers with the last being an older 22' OR. The SC rides a lot better, a 3 pc. boat, more room, etc. www.classicseacraft.com may help in your search. For the $$$$$ I think it's a great boat. They're all a trade-off for something. Do your reasearch. They did/do have their problems even if in the "Potter" years. Good luck!!
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:10 PM
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I have heard many things about Seacraft Boats on this site and being a owner of a 2002 25 open, I will have to disagree with most. I have had a number of friends out on the boat with me and no one has ever had the fist bad thing to say. The ride is great, dry, and solid. My only complaint I have had with my boat is that is it is underpowered. If looking for a 25' SC I would not go with anything other than twin 200's. I have twin Honda 130's and top out at about 38 knots, and cruise about 25. Love the boat so much I will be re-powering this coming spring.
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:03 PM
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A close friend of mine has the 32' Seacraft CC (2004) with 225hp Verados. I don't fish with him every time he goes out (almost) but often enough in the past 3 years to state my honest opinion. Of course this isn't the 23' or 25' you were inquiring about, it is about newer Seacrafts in general. The 32' hull shape is similar to the 23' and 25'. It's a solid hull and makes it's way through 3' to 5' chop and confused/sloppy seas comfortably. The fit and finish is of a higher tier than most boats of this size and price. It's an excellent fishing platform, comf. gunnel bolsters and has adequate storage for fish and fishing gear. The layout of plumbing and wiring are done right. It has an open transom and this adds to the noise factor from the motors but it's not overly loud with the verados. The disappointment i have with this boat is that it IS a wet ride. On any given day with winds greater than 10 knots you can bet you're going to get sprayed if your standing on the wrong side of the boat. Makes no dif. how it's trimmed or what speed... it's wet and that's the only bad thing i can say about this boat. Well, the placement of the speakers wasn't thought out very well either but that can be solved easy enough. You'd think a stereo in a 100k+ boat would rock out but not this one. I believe he's had enough grief over the spray that he's seriously considering installing strakes to cut the spray down. He's happy with his Seacraft and i'm happy he asks me to go fishing with him. It's a good boat. Hope this was informative enough for you.
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I've never seen a Verado with blue on the cowl before. Still pretty looking boat
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:22 PM
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Although I am a Classic owner and not really as familiar with the new ones as much I will try and answer since I still follow them. The Potter boats were excellent boats in most cases. The next sets of owners CSY and SeaCraft Idustries all built good boats into about 86/87, then Tracker bought them. The original boats built in Miami had some complaints from non owners as to quality control and just what seemed sloppy work. Keep in mind most of those comments came from guys going to boats shows but 2 clients did seem to have issues-a 25CC-an early one and another 23 but the 23 issues seemed kinda cosmetic but I think both were credible. Since the move to North Carolina nothing absolutely nothing bad mentioned on any forum and really quite a few really good reviews.
Its the same hull with better materials than in the 70's and they seem to be building a good clean boat in its class, not sure about the interior changes.

The 32 I rode in was wet too but we never saw another boat all day, it was that bad, I do think its a tad narrow for 32' and it will cut the waves but will throw spray-spray rails would help that hull alot I think. The 23 and 25 don't seem to have the same issue.
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:52 PM
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The only years and size I would be cautious of are around 2000 to 2002 25 foot models. I know several guys that could not wait to get rid of the boats. Sorry, I can't remember all the details of the problems.
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Old 09-17-2007, 02:05 PM
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I owned a 2004 25 CC with twin Opti 200's. The boat rode great in a sea and would cruise an honest 40 mph at 20 gph. The engines were flawless. The boat was not built well and had many cracks inside of 50 hours and I took an absolute bath on resale even after paying to fix the cracks. Something to consider as I found out the hard way the boat has a bad reputation among knowledgeable buyers. I am not bashing and hope the stories of recent improvements are true. This was just my experience and I would not buy another 25 Seacraft. PM me if you want more detailed information.
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Old 09-17-2007, 02:14 PM
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There were a few years in the 80's where 23's were built out of a bad mold . . . the boats came out of the mold with a bad hook in the hull. Do a search on CSC and you will find some info.
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Old 09-17-2007, 02:34 PM
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I understand that, at some point both Mak and SC were built in Miami at the same plant or facility. Oddly, or maybe not so oddly, I frequently rode on one of each and both suffered major structural failures. MAybe just a coincidence, but I found that a bit alarming. In time, both situations were handled under warranty, though.
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that 32 has Mercaha F225's.......not verados, just to clear things up
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Never heard the term Mercaha... but you are correct. Yamaha motors with a Merc cowling. I believe this was prior to or about the same time the Verado name was introduced. Knock on wood... they're still going strong.
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Liz will gladly share one side of the coin...I and many others will gladly share the other side. Be sure to ask what the factory did for Liz if you ask. There are plenty of reviews on here...most from people who knew a guy who's sister's husband's second cousin worked with a guy who knew a guy that once had a friend that had one. On the otherhand, there are plenty of VERY knowledgable owners here which will address and question you might have and when it comes to the history of the boat, EggSuckin Dog & BigShrimpin are two of the best. Ride, at drift, on the troll...doesn't matter...in it's class it is second to none. As for the years, I believe once the purchase by Tracker as a parent company took affect, there was a time period of "working things out"... I understand that any late model SC is better than ever.
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My 25' Seacraft is the best flyfishing platform I have been on. I love the boat.
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Thanks for the reply guys. I wish I could find a post that I recall reading that covered each year of build post potter boats
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:35 PM
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Potter was 68/70 to 80 - then CSY in Tampa then SeaCraft Indus - then in 86/87 Tracker, not sure what your looking for. I would look closely at 86-88 boats and don't remember exactly when they moved to NC, somebody will know.

Of the 2 boats I mentioned Liz pops up and certainly you will take a serious bath reselling a boat in a year or so, I don't care what brand. What year boat was this, I don't remember or much of the story.

itwonder saw one at a boat show once in the 80's, can't believe he hasn't found this thread, he never misses one either
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:50 AM
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I am not bashing Seacraft and I loved the way my boat ran and the layout. I am only relaying honestly my experience with my one 2004 25 Seacraft, nothing more.
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I've been fishing for over 15 years on a late 70's 23' Potter-Built Seacraft. Still running strong.
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Here's a self critiquing example of the fine fit and finish of the wiring found in a new $93K 2007 Sea Craft 25':



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