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Boat Reviews By Owners

1981 -- 22' 6" STARCRAFT

Model: Islander

Cockpit: Love the deep and wide dash, room for two sonars,flasher,gps,cd player and there is still room for a 15" tv if you wanted to. Great visibility when standing, good to fair when in captians chair. With factory bimini top up you must sit.

Cabin: Large and roomy for overnighters but small for a weekend outing. Has a built in hiding area for the porta poty. Wish the side windows opened, has front hatch for ventilation along with the screened main door to the cabin.

Construction: Built like a aluminum battle ship. Mine is 26 years old and has never leaked a drop of water at all. Replaced the plywood floor in mine last year, got to see her ribcage and guts. It has a well constructed rib grid work and two massive aluminum beams running on both sides of the keel. Its all held together with thousands of rivits.

Handling: Very sea worthy for a boat this size made of aluminum. It can get tossed around a little bit in rough water due to its light weight,shallow draft and high gunnels. The wind likes the cabin and tall windshield, kind of like a sail. This is how it acts in eastern Lake Erie with small boat warnings in effect. It is stable and true tracking in normal water conditions (light chop to 4 foot rollers with mild white caping}. It tracks well while trolling at 1.8 mph all day long even in medium cross winds and headwinds, it goes where you point it. High speed handeling, well 32 mph wot and 24 mph cruising at 3k rpm all recorded on gps. For its size you can lay it on its side and bank and yank in turns but why would you want to in a fishing boat.

Engine Room: 1981 vintage mercruiser 470 inline 4 cylinder with a mercruiser two barrel carb producing 190 hp. This motor was produced for salt water use so it was equipted with a bronze heat exchanger{no lake or ocean water ever enters the engine block at all}. The engine block is filled with antifreeze that is pumped through the heat exchanger regulated by a thermistat. This is no speed machine but produces lots of torque and turns a larger than normal prop for the engine hp, great for climbing waves or slow trolling. Changing the oil looks easy but it is not. Thoes two massive aluminum beams that make the hull look like it was built for ice breaking are right in the way. If I were smarter I would instaul a remote drain plug for $15.

General Comments: I use this boat for fishing and swimming with the kids. I run it mostly on Canadagua Lake, Lake Erie and sometimes visit Lake Ontario for kings in the spring and fall.


Date Submitted: 2007-04-08

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