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Boat Reviews By Owners

1976 -- 18' 0" STARCRAFT

Model: American

Cockpit: Roomy cockpit. Closed foredeck with storage underneath for lifejackets, etc. Lots of space in the cockpit side panel cut-outs. Seating for six with the back-to-back seats and two jump seats in the stern.

Cabin: No cabin - closed deck runabout.

Construction: The boat is now well built. Original structure was deteriorated pretty badly when I bought the boat. We replaced the transom, floor and stringers, as well as all the interior vinyl trim. We used West System epoxy throughout.

Handling: Handles beautifully! We already had a 15-foot version of the same hull and wanted a larger boat. Handles moderate chop and wakes nicely. Very stable at speed.

Engine Room: Engine is a 1984 Johnson 90hp that was rebuilt in 2005. Now has about 40 hours on it without any major issues. Uses less gas than I thought it would, although I tend to keep it at a moderate cruising speed. I'm sure it would swallow a 6-gallon tank in no time if I kept the throttle to the stops.

General Comments: We use the boat primarily for general cruising, freshwater only on the St. Lawrence River. I added a small swim ladder off to the side of the motor to aid in entry/exit from the water. The boat is rated for 150hp but the 90 does surprisingly well. We love the boat! If you're looking for a family runabout, these are good ones! BUT, check the transom and floor for rot, as it will probably be in need of attention if the boat has been stored outdoors or left uncovered. Same hull was used in the Medalist series in the 1980s. Well designed hull - by Waltman B. Walters in the late 1960s.

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Date Submitted: 2007-10-16

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