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Old 06-08-2011, 05:18 AM
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Anybody know anything, possitive, negative about the brand sport craft. Looking at a 2007 25ft with a yamaha four stroke 250.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:22 AM
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Try using the search feature...I remember some older posts about this brand, the good vs bad years etc.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:57 AM
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they where built in Perry Fla if I remember right,a buddy of mine bought one of the last ones built,29ft with a yanmar,wiring is terrrible and it cost him a motor
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:02 AM
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They were sold as a price point boat and had the quality (or lack threof) to back it up...

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Old 06-08-2011, 08:28 PM
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SUCH HATE!!!!!!! it has a 4 stroke yamaha with only 30 hrs, lenco trim tabs, to lemar windless, and all the quality between! its a toss between a steiger and this. $80,000 steiger or $40,000 sport craft. can they be that bad????? sportcraft has been around since 1980, according to my research. this boat is beautiful and i am only riding in the long island sound. 3ft chop max. how much do i need?
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I looked at one when I was boat shopping, I was not impressed. A dealer had it, everything in the cabin was wet, there was caulk slobbered all around the cabin windows. The dealers response: "All boat windows leak"
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dock neighbor I once had about 12 years ago had a 30 footer with the pilot house and center inboard. It was old at the time and he originally bought it new. used it a couple of times a week and put many hours on it mostly fishing nearshore and block Island off our coast. It never broke in half or sank. he liked it enough to buy another one.

Another dockmate had basically the same boat and ran a tuna/shark charter with it. had an upper station and, IMO, seemed bow heavy. Still made it out 40+ miles regularly.

are they great boats-no. Do they float and are they put together well enough so they will not fall apart-yes.

Can't comment on the ride as I have never ridden one.

I'm not sure $40k for a sportcraft going on its 5'th season with a single is a stellar deal.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:26 AM
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You see a ton of them on Lake Erie. I'd say 70% of the charter boats are Sport Crafts. Inexpensive and no frills but lots of open cockpit space. here are a few links you can check out-

http://www.greatlakesscuttlebutt.com...ter-than-ever/

http://www.sportcraftboats.com/New/P...sPage=main.asp
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:44 AM
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here is a link of what i am looking at. couldn't get a picture to post for some reason. Note: the boat i am looking at has a yamaha 250hp 4 stroke outboard with no time on it. thanks to all who chimed in. i appreciate the help.

http://www.happydaysboating.com/new_...50986&CatDesc=
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Originally Posted by cunningham View Post
SUCH HATE!!!!!!! it has a 4 stroke yamaha with only 30 hrs, lenco trim tabs, to lemar windless, and all the quality between! its a toss between a steiger and this. $80,000 steiger or $40,000 sport craft. can they be that bad????? sportcraft has been around since 1980, according to my research. this boat is beautiful and i am only riding in the long island sound. 3ft chop max. how much do i need?
"SUCH HATE?" Hey, you came to the right place to ask the question, and the answer is that there is a reason it is only $40,000.

Re-read ABoaters reply.

The engine cost $15,000 - so this 4 year old 25 ft boat is only worth $25,000?

In the boating world you get what you pay for. "Cheap items are not good, and good items are not cheap: Forrest Gump
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:52 PM
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Tastes better or less filling!

There are snobs who only want the absolute best, highest quality and highest cost boat. It is like with cars, a BMW 7 series auto is higher quality than your kia's and hyundas and drives nicer. It also costs three time as much.

Find some people if you can who have owned one to get an opinion that you can use.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:08 PM
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I have always thought they were ok, and really considered a WA 24, it had very big cabin, much larger than all the others, even visted where they were made in Perry. They were a basic boat, with some frills that I liked, with a good deal of fishing room behind the cabin. Any way my ladie fell in love with a Grady, it's fit and finishbover whelmed her LOL so that is what we ended up with.
One note, on the models I looked at. Replacing the gas tank, you had to find a place to lift and pop the cap then reseal and re screw, if memory serves me, they thought this was a good idea, of course easily done if you live near the plant.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:11 PM
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Nice looking boat.
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Originally Posted by cunningham View Post
SUCH HATE!!!!!!! it has a 4 stroke yamaha with only 30 hrs, lenco trim tabs, to lemar windless, and all the quality between! its a toss between a steiger and this. $80,000 steiger or $40,000 sport craft. can they be that bad????? sportcraft has been around since 1980, according to my research. this boat is beautiful and i am only riding in the long island sound. 3ft chop max. how much do i need?
Why did you ask? Sounds like your mind is made up
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The boat was never used. No bottom paint, plastic still on the cousins, under 35 hours. Just looking for the pros and cons. I know it is a cheap boat, but it has a good motor with a warranty until 2013 with an extension option. The motor may be worth $15000, but all the yamaha rigging, and the Armstrong out bracket bring the package closer to $25000. Add the hull at another $25000, and the number gets right to $50000. I just want to know if there are any major problem with the make, and then yes, my mind is made up!
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I have a 2001 241 walkaround with a bracketed Yammy outboard and kicker up here in Michigan. I bought it used in 2005. Mine was a pre-bankruptcy model, and has had held up really well, though it is stored indoors and trailered. Over time, I've replaced/upgraded most of the hardware like latches, cup holders, etc. Wiring is average, at least on mine, and I've updated it as I've needed to. I've had no major issues, and fish mine hard on the Great Lakes from April to Nov, generally 75-100 trips per year in addition to family cruising, etc. Around here, they are generally considered a no frills, solid fishing boat, which is what I wanted. I'd buy another, no problem. They have a very strong following on the Great Lakes. Oh, I've never done business with them personally, but Happy Days Boating (posted in your link) generally has a good reputation in this area in the fishing community (southern Michigan, northern Indiana/Ohio). Good luck. Tim.
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Originally Posted by cunningham View Post
SUCH HATE!!!!!!! it has a 4 stroke yamaha with only 30 hrs, lenco trim tabs, to lemar windless, and all the quality between! its a toss between a steiger and this. $80,000 steiger or $40,000 sport craft. can they be that bad????? sportcraft has been around since 1980, according to my research. this boat is beautiful and i am only riding in the long island sound. 3ft chop max. how much do i need?
They both can not be the same year, size and condition at those prices. Steiger is not a "high priced" boat. (Great value though IMO). Sportcraft has gone belly up and been reborn at least twice in the last few years. I have no idea if they are currently alive or dead.
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I think Sport craft is gone again. Bought a 2002 272 sport new in 2001. Replaced most all the hinges and thru hulls.

Cuddy is always wet gave up trying to fix it. Happy Days is great to deal with they have a super fiberglass shop. All the boats I have been on Lake Erie in ruff weather Sport craft was the one I felt safe in.

Not top of line but for the money not bad..
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:18 AM
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The sport craft was unimpressive. The dealer has an 09 steiger craft 26 Miami with twin suzuki 250's. Much nicer boat. I have the money! Thoughts?
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The sport craft was unimpressive. The dealer has an 09 steiger craft 26 Miami with twin suzuki 250's. Much nicer boat. I have the money! Thoughts?
So you are comparing the single motor Sportcraft to a 2 yr newer, 1 ft longer Steiger with twins
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