Entertainment is obviously on the agenda for the Starcraft Majestic 256 Starliner. Already part of Starcraft’s flagship Majestic series, the Starliner ups the ante by adding a stylish aft bar to the overall layout. Joined by a smaller area behind the helm, the setup trades lounges for bar stools, and offers an expansive granitelike countertop for entertaining. An optional motorized lift will even pop up a variety of accessories from below. Go for wine glasses, or like our test boat, a flatscreen. While not on the official options list, the lift is capable of holding a television. Add the optional Retractable Top to provide 15-feet of shade at the touch of a button.
Seating on the Starliner is plush, featuring a quilted inlay on the supple vinyl. Parallel bow lounges offer roto-molded stowage below, and feature cushions hanging on two-part hinges, so they can be pivoted neatly out of the way to access the interior. The helm is raised 4 inches to give the captain a better view forward. To port, twin highback chairs surrounding a cooler make sure someone’s there to socialize.
Our test boat was optioned to include performance strakes ($621) on the 25-inch-diameter outer tubes, as well as a third round center tube. The combo gave the boat moderately sharp handling, with a hint of old-school outside lean in the corners. With a Yamaha F225 outboard, the boat jumped almost immediately onto plane and reached 30 mph in 10.15 seconds. We recorded a two-way average top speed of 37.4 mph.