2023 Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH

A responsive ride at a nice price.

Starcraft’s SLS 3 Q DH evinces high quality for a moderate price. Our test boat featured Yamaha’s 250 SHO four-stroke, a high-performance outboard that delivered a 47 mph top speed and shot us from zero to 30 mph in a leopard-quick 5.3 seconds. As expected from a boat featuring triple 25-inch tubes and the Xtreme Performance Package (XPS) with its lifting strakes on all three tubes, the SLS 3 Q DH easily handled wakes and windblown chop. It turned with aplomb, even in the tight, decreasing-radius arcs we engage in as part of our test regimen.

Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH running
The SLS 3 Q DH easily handled wakes and windblown chop. Bill Doster

The Starcraft’s middle-of-the-market price belies its top-drawer equipment. Check these notable highlights: A power Bimini top provides shade. Black powder-coated exterior railings make for a cool look. Optional black painted ’toons complete the stealth appearance. A stainless-steel stern enclosure keeps riders safe when lounging on the standard extended aft deck. The aft lounger seat for two features a reversible multiposition backrest to accommodate facing forward or aft, and sitting up or lying down. 

Amidships, twin high-back plush reclining captain’s chairs slide and swivel, and feature deep cushions. The extensive helm features a tilt wheel, hydraulic steering, a JL Audio system, and a full complement of engine instruments and accessory switches. Center-tube in-floor storage is optional and well worth the extra cash. The flooring is woven teak vinyl for a contemporary look with easy maintenance and cleanup. Our boat featured a tan floor and upholstery, which looked great; an attractive gray theme is also available. 

Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH helm
The extensive helm features a tilt wheel, hydraulic steering, a JL Audio system, and a full complement of engine instruments and accessory switches. Bill Doster
Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH bow seating
The twin curved loungers fit two or three people comfortably per side. Bill Doster

The twin curved loungers fit two or three people comfortably per side in the bow area in front, making for a great conversation pit. Conveniently, a pop-up privacy changing room stores within the portside seat for a quick change to go swimming. Starcraft installs USB chargers at every seat location, a necessity these days. Experienced boat owners will appreciate the roto-cast seat bases for their durability and long-term good looks. Their internal drains also keep stowed geared dry.

Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH sunpad
The aft lounger seat for two features a reversible multiposition backrest. Bill Doster

High Points

  • Seat-base-mounted JL Audio system speakers are protected with covers to keep stowed gear from damaging them.  
  • Extended aft deck with stainless-steel railing makes a perfect sandbar lounge. 
Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH performance data
Starcraft SLS 3 Q DH Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Yamaha SHO four-stroke 250 hp
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 15 3/4” x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 45 gal. Crew Weight: 250 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$85,216 (as tested)
LOA:24’8″
Beam:8’6″
Draft:NA
Dry Weight:2,750 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:12/1,695 lb.
Fuel Capacity:60 gal.

Starcraft Marine – New Paris, Indiana; 574-831-2103; starcraftmarine.com

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