If you boat in a cooler climate, the dual consoles and full windshield of this new Starcraft deck boat can greatly enhance passenger comfort and extend the season. Both consoles are part of a one-piece fiberglass liner that also forms bench seat bases and is designed to maximize interior room. Inwales are thin and smooth, with no stowage, but there is stowage space in the port and helm consoles, plus a ski locker in the cockpit sole and in the ample underseat stowage compartments.
Interior and Accessories
Seating aboard this new Starcraft consists of loungers in the bow, with backrests at the consoles that provide great comfort and visibility for reclining occupants. A pair of bucket seats with flip-up bottom bolsters at the helm and a portside companion seat allow sitting low, more protected by the windshield, or higher up for increased visibility. An L-shaped lounge stretches from amidships to the stern. We like the long stainless-steel grab rails around the bow seating area, and the covered bow boarding ladder will make it easier to disembark and reboard at the beach. You can dress up this boat with optional LED-lighted drink holders and docking lights, and add bow filler cushions to expand the lounging space, and a soft-touch EVA snap-in mat to cover the cockpit deck. There is also an available fishing package that adds two fishing seats and a livewell. The aft platform is a generous 3 feet, 10 inches deep, with plenty of room to mount an optional ski tow and for another handy wet-gear locker.
The helm features tilt steering and analog instruments with snazzy chrome bezels. Starcraft offers a Simrad multifunction display as an option. The standard JL Audio system features four speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. This outboard-powered model is equipped with hydraulic steering. With 14 degrees of deadrise at the transom, this boat can skim smartly over flat water, and a Yamaha F200 pushed us to an invigorating 47.6 mph. The boat was stable and steady in a stiff lake chop on a day we were happy to tuck in behind a tall windshield.
How We Tested
- Engine: Yamaha F200
- Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Reliance 17″ x 14.25″ 3-blade stainless steel
- Gear Ratio: 1.86:1 Fuel Load: 45 gal. Crew Weight: 190 lb.
- Tall windshield keeps passengers from becoming windblown.
- Stowage hatches have soft gaskets that resist water and eliminate rattling.
- Soft EVA traction mat covers the bow and stern platforms.
- No cover over the positive battery terminal.
- Poor access to the fuel-tank sending unit and hose connections.
- Sharp windshield frame corners look a little threatening.
The 20-foot-1-inch Four Winns HD 2 (starting at $47,373 with a Yamaha F200 outboard) has more of a sleek runabout profile, with a wraparound windshield and finished inwales, but it has smaller platforms at the bow and stern, and a 40-gallon fuel capacity.
Pricing and Specs
|Transom Deadrise:||14 degrees|
|Fuel Capacity:||60 gal.|
|Available Power:||Single outboard|