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Old 07-30-2012, 05:14 PM
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Default 2003 25 seacraft

Just curious about what others think about the ride of a 2003 25 seacraft with 200 opti's. Thinking about selling a seacat for a bit more speed, but dont have any knowledge about the ride and quality of this boat. Motors have 900 hours, only trouble I know of was with the injectors while running ethanol fuel

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Old 07-30-2012, 05:30 PM
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Hey FatCat,
All I can tell you is I owned a 75 23' Sceptre with a single 250. Best riding boat I have ever been on let alone owned. Hands Down. I kick myself for ever selling it. From what I understand Tracker Marine brought in Mr Potter to certify the molds beforre they ever went into production, so this 2003 hull will have the same ride characteristics that my original Potter built 75 had. My $0.02 Good Luck!
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repower your seacat nothing rides better than a cat, im seriously considering it for my next boat and no optimax fan or here merc for that matter they sound like chainsaws on idle
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:58 PM
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There are pros and cons to that boat.

That is a Tracker built SeaCraft. Fit finish and quality is fair. Wiring and plumbing is sloppy.
There are some transom stress issues with the 4 stroke power models, so check the aft stringers where they join the transom.

It is small for a 25 IMO. It is basically a 23 with a molded in transom.

Classic SeaCraft ride. Smooth stable and dry.
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Not sure what they are asking but I would be looking at a Contender or Bluewater in a 23 or 25. I say this due to being a tracker built boat... JMO boat probably rides great but if it were my cash unless you are getting a steal, I would be looking at one of the above instead. Check with classic seacraft or do a search on here, there were a couple with transom problems with the 25's.
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I have a 1999 23' SeaCraft bult in miami by tracker and have had no structural issues with it, yes the wiring was a birds nest but its good quality tinned marine grade wiring and I cleaned it up in one weekend. Overall the finishing on my boat is great.

I've been looking at moving up to a 25' to get a bit bigger boat and a console with a head. The issues described with the transom cracking are true. I've looked at about 5 1998-2002 25 SeaCrafts and all have had either cracked transoms or evidence or repairs in the transoms. However, in 2002 sometime the way the transom was made changed, they strengthened it and added small about 12-18" triangles or knees that ran from the stringers and attached to the top of the tramsom. I've looked at 4 25' SeaCrafts, a 2003, 2006 and 2 2007's those had the "knees" at the transom and no evidence of cracking or repairs (all with heavy 4 strokes or 200hp DFi 2 strokes). Check the threads on here about these boats and get a survey. Overall, they seem to be built very inconsistently built. Some I've looked at have clean wiring and are well finished, others have crappy rigging/wiring and are poorly finished, but the ride is consistently great and the 200 opti's make it a 50mph boat.

the first photo is a 2003 i looked at with the knees and the last two are a 1999 with twin 150 Mercury EFI's that didn't have the knees and strengthened transom.
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I have been on THT - FS - and Classic SeaCraft from way back then, to my knowledge there was only 1 boat that had issues and it was one of the first. Another person whined for awhile but never posted any pic's, other than that those are the only 2 boats - ever - to have mentioned structural issues. The pics posted may have been from that boat and yes they apparently added the knee's. The boats built in the 70's were built like Ferrari's and priced appropriately - I sold them, tough sell.

The new boats are mid-tier and built and priced as such but are the same boats less Marinium hardware and such. Frankly I have seen more Contender hull issue threads than SC in the last 10 yrs, granted they haven't had many either.

Most whine about wiring, I can rewire the whole boat in a day or so for god's sake - how many bait/bilge pumps can one man have?

BTW - make the seller throw in some goggles you may need them, it was one of most successful outboard racing hulls ever made.

note - for any project guys there is a 26 real racing hull, not the VDH for sale on CSC, not bad at all but needs some floor and gunnel work apparently. There are pics of it ( airborne) being run in the Bahamas 500 - had been rigged with a 250 Yam
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The pics posted of the cracked transom are from a 1999 25' SeaCraft for sale in Rockaway, New York I took them when I looked at the boat. I don't want to hurt the guy selling it but here is a pic of the for sale sign that I took while looking at it. They are not of the boat mentioned in the THT threads. The picture of the stringer knees are of a 2003 that had them installed from the factory.
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My closest friend has a 2003 25 Seacraft with twin 200 hpdi's. I personally enjoy going out on the boat. Fished on it many times. I believe it rides exceptionally well. I doubt you will be disappointed in the ride. My friends boat has close to 800hrs or so on the motors. It has a few stressed out areas on the boat. There is some spider cracking at the transom but nothing that appears to be structural. Another area of spider cracking is the foot of the t-top mounted to the deck. One issue I do take exception with is the water on deck drains into the bilge. I just prefer a self bailing deck. Assuming your bilge pump is functioning, the bilge drains just fine. In the end, if you like the way the boat looks and you like the motors on the back, I say go for it. The bilge comment wouldn't preclude me from buying a boat like that. You can always install a second bilge pump. Hope this was helpful. If you have a particular question regarding the boat, ask away. I should be able to get you an answer.
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thanks for all of the insight. I'll probably get out there this week and take some pics. The is always well taken care of and the price seems fair. He wants around 30k. As for the goggles, the first thing to be done is put on some curtains.
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thanks for all of the insight. I'll probably get out there this week and take some pics. The is always well taken care of and the price seems fair. He wants around 30k. As for the goggles, the first thing to be done is put on some curtains.
30K is a good price for that boat. Good luck.
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