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Caravelle 230 Seahawk

Hooking up.

March 31, 2009

They Say: The ergonomic cockpit space provided by a stern drive makes the 230 Seahawk unique in the walkaround market.

We Say: Outboards may rule, but stern drives cost less. Plus, check out the view they provide aft. The transom is uncluttered, allowing anglers to work their lines without a long reach. A 20-gallon aerated livewell with a glass lid occupies two-thirds of the transom, with a sink and freshwater spray alongside. That livewell has LED lighting and a splashguard to keep water contained in choppy seas. A 40-gallon fishbox is underfoot. Nearby, tackle drawers slide out on stainless-steel rollers. A pullout 36-quart Igloo cooler tucks away under the port seat. Rodracks stow four outfits under the fixed coaming port and starboard. Add a hardtop ($8,790) and you’ll get four rocket launchers, not to mention valuable shade and style points. Forward, a 2’2″ bow rail offers thigh-high security. The anchor locker’s splatter finish is low maintenance, but watch out you don’t snag the exposed speaker wires within. The cabin features 5’7″ of headroom, a 7’4″-long berth, and a fiberglass headliner. Two portholes provide ventilation. Caravelle wisely chose a fiberglass headliner. A portable MSD is tucked under to starboard, and an alcohol stove and sink are located to port. Underway, the 230 Seahawk’s 24-degree deadrise and reverse chines allow it to carve exceptional turns.

Another Choice: Trophy’s 2352 Walkaround ($49,671, powered like my tester).

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MSRP: As tested – $49,750

Contact: 800.642.2628 www.caravelleboats.com

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