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Starcraft SCX 220 I/O Sport

This hybrid runabout is bringing sexy back.

December 16, 2011
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The SCX 220’s pickle-fork bow style pays big dividends when it comes to crew comfort. It allows the hull sides to stay wide nearly all the way forward, eliminating the cramped feeling of a more traditional V shape. Four individual seats in each corner are a clever way to position passengers, especially if they’re seated around the removable cockpit table. Add filler cushions, and those seats convert to more-conventional parallel lounges.

Generous boarding platforms are found both fore and aft. Forward, a boarding ladder allows great access when nosed in to the beach. Aft, tow enthusiasts and swimmers will find easy access, as well as a rear-facing seating area to help them gear up. Starcraft avoids the all-too-typical sun-pad/motor-box combo. The swim-platform bench backs up to a similar bench facing forward in the cockpit. Lower the shared backrest, and you’ve got a generous platform to lounge on.

Our test boat’s Sport package added a tow-sports tower, board racks, speakers and trendy graphics, giving the boat definite appeal to the active boarding crowd. Power did likewise. A 300 hp MerCruiser 350 MAG pushed the boat to a 50.5 mph average top speed and nimbly popped the boat on plane in 4.5 seconds.

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Key Features
-Passengers will appreciate the four-step, stainless-steel boarding ladders both fore and aft.
-Dual, back-to-back benches aft combine to form a large, low-profile sun pad.
-Pickle-fork bow style creates roomy, deep forward cockpit.

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