Century 24 Resorter

Century's 24 Resorter is a versatile boat that merges comfort and technology.

Century 24 Resorter
LOA: 23'9" (without engines) | Beam: 8'6" | Draft: 1'3" (motors up) | Displacement: 4,800 lb. (dry) | Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 5'3" (with top) | Max Cabin Headroom: 4'1" | Fuel Capacity: 162 gal. | Max Horsepower: 400 | Available Power: Twin Yamaha outboards to 400 hp total | More Information: centuryboats.comCentury Boats

The Century Resorter name harkens as far back as the 1950s, a time when wooden boats with straight inboards ruled the recreational boating market and Boating magazine was just getting underway.

The new 24 Resorter from Florida-based Century Boats looks a lot different than those models of yesteryear. Its deep-V fiberglass hull, outboard power and dual-console interior design offer boating families the versatility to enjoy a range of watersports, offshore fishing, diving and day cruising in comfort.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

Our test boat also reflected the latest in technological conveniences, including Uflex power steering, electronic throttle and shift, and digital switching via a Raymarine eS127 HybridTouch 12-inch multifunction display that also replaces conventional engine gauges. It serves as a fish finder and navigational chart plotter as well.

Century 24 Resorter
The smooth-riding 24 Resorter offers a foldout transom seat and a beach ladder on the bow. The optional hardtop doubles as a wakeboard tower.Century Boats

It’s easy to relax aboard the 24 Resorter, especially with the optional hardtop ($7,052) with a beefy powder-coated aluminum frame that provides abundant shade from the midday sun, as well as a ski-tow eye for wakeboarding or water skiing, six overhead rod holders, and four built-in stereo speakers. You can also order a misting system ($963) to help keep everyone cool on sultry days.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats
Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

Seating aboard the 24 Resorter includes twin loungers in the open bow, each with angled backrests, fold-down armrests to the inside, and permanent armrests to the outside. Spradling’s Silvertex vinyl used for upholstery on the 24 Resorter is engineered to resist stains, UV light, mildew and discoloration.

An optional, removable clear acrylic table between the loungers lets you enjoy snacks and beverages, and it can be relocated to the cockpit. Under the bow seating is beaucoup stowage, including a pair of lockers that doubles as insulated fish boxes.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

A forward compartment on our test boat concealed a Lewmar windlass, which deploys and retrieves the anchor through an in-stem chute with a roller. Low-profile, stainless-steel grab rails bracket the bow for an extra measure of safety when going forward. Century designers have also cleverly integrated a telescoping, beach-boarding ladder under the boat deck for those days when you want to nose up to a quiet, remote shoreline and let the kids hop off to go exploring.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

You might want to stay aboard and relax in the portside passenger seat, which is one of the most versatile we’ve seen. It offers four different seating positions, ranging from a traditional back-to-back seat to a forward-facing lounge. It also becomes an aft-facing lounger with extended leg support, or you can lay the backrest flat to get completely horizontal and take a nap. Underneath it all, you’ll find an insulated 35-quart cooler to keep your drinks ice cold.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

A cavernous insole ski locker resides between the two consoles. It’s a great place for stashing skis, towropes and other watersports gear. A concealed head compartment in the port console features 49 inches of headroom and a permanent porcelain marine toilet with a holding tank. It’s also a great place to stow additional gear.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

Across the transom, you’ll discover a 30-gallon livewell, 55-quart insulated fish box, and tackle prep/mini snack station. Use the tackle storage in the port inwale to carry a selection of hooks, lures, sinkers and other tackle items.

Four gunwale rod holders let you set up to troll, and you can order a pair of optional Taco Grand Slam outriggers to mount on the hardtop to create a wide spread of lures when trolling offshore.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats
Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

A flip-up stern bench creates additional seating while entertaining or moving between fishing spots. A raw-water washdown spigot lets you clean up after filleting tasty mahimahi or tracking in dirt when guests step aboard.

You’ll appreciate the swim platform and transom door in the starboard quarter when you want to go snorkeling, wakeboarding, or just take a dip to cool off. A telescoping boarding ladder and stainless-steel grab rail let you easily climb back in. Rinse off with the pullout freshwater transom shower once you’re on board.

Century 24 Resorter
Two fuel fills — one on each side of the boat — for the single 162-gallon tank give you the option of putting either side to the fuel pump, be it at a filling station or fuel dock.Century Boats

This 23-foot-9-inch Resorter rides with exceptional smoothness and comfort, even in choppy conditions, owing partly to the deep-V hull with 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom, and partly to the relative heft of the hull; it displaces 4,800 pounds with power.

Propelled by a Yamaha F300 outboard and turning a 17-inch-pitch propeller, the 24 Resorter required 12 seconds to reach 30 mph from a standing start. If you want a faster hole shot for water skiing, think about less prop pitch or upgrading to twin 200 engines. Top speed was 44.4 mph at 5,800 rpm. Handling proved superb as the 24 Resorter carved turns with grace and confidence at speed.

Century 24 Resorter
Century 24 ResorterCentury Boats

Few boats offer capabilities and features focusing on both offshore fishing and watersports, as well as day cruising. Another one that does is the Grady-White Freedom 235 ($101,980 base price with a single Yamaha F300 outboard). This dual console also offers offshore fishing features, but it has a ski pylon in the transom for watersports (versus a ski-tow eye on the hardtop).

The Resorter name may be steeped in boating history, but this boat has evolved far beyond the original. It emerges as one of the most versatile, comfortable and technologically advanced models on the market today.

Comparable Model: Grady-White Freedom 235

Century 24 Resorter Certified Test Results
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