Starcraft’s SVX 211 OB couldn’t have a more passenger-friendly layout. Nearly the entire perimeter of this boat is filled with seating, with room for up to 14 passengers to hang out and have fun. There are twin 4-foot couches in the roomy, squared-off bow. Add a filler cushion and the pair quickly transforms into a wraparound, U-shaped bench that maximizes nearly every inch of the forward cockpit. Another 6 feet of space awaits down the portside couch before it doglegs into another 4 feet across the beam. Add a pivoting seat for the captain and it’s socializing heaven.
Interruptions are decidedly practical. There’s a sink and twin cup holders in a portside galley. Option it up to the pump sink with freshwater tank to truly get the most out of the feature. The starboard transom walk-through might sacrifice a fraction of seat space, but it keeps passengers from tromping on the cushions when boarding or gearing up for tubing or other watersports.
In addition to its focus on passengers, the SVX line also strives for affordability, targeting the budget family buyer or first-time boater. As such, Starcraft offers fewer standards and more options to allow buyers to keep costs in check and outfit boats as they see fit. What Starcraft deems necessities—a fiberglass helm, upgraded steering wheel, telescoping ladders bow and stern, stereo, bucket helm seat with flip-up bolster, Bimini top, stainless-steel grab rails, and even Marine Mat EVA flooring on bow and stern platforms—is standard equipment. Options include a fishing package with pedestal seat and bow livewell; ski tow pole; additional gelcoat hull striping; and even snap-in Marine Mat throughout the entire cockpit.
The SVX rides on a new hull design for Starcraft—a dihedral V with a stern pad that the manufacturer notes offers superior performance and fuel economy, in part by delivering water to the prop with less resistance.
The Suzuki 200 on our test boat delivered a solid overall performance. On test day our top speed peaked at nearly 47 mph. Time to plane measured in at 4.3 seconds; 30 mph was reached in 7.6.
⋅In-floor ski locker is huge, offers a wide access hatch to accommodate larger items.
⋅Generous bow and deck platforms work for boarding, watersports, fishing or just hanging out on the hook.
⋅Jensen stereo with Bluetooth, four speakers.
Draft (max): 2′11″
Dry Weight: 2,685 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 14/1,900 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 45 gal.
Price: $38,170 (with 115 hp)
How We Tested
Engine: Suzuki 200
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Suzuki 16″ x 21.5″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.50:1
Fuel Load: 34 gal.
Crew Weight: 340 lb.
Starcraft Marine – New Paris, Indiana; 574-831-2950; starcraftmarine.com