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Boat Reviews By Owners

1976 -- 18' 0" STARCRAFT

Model: Runabout

Cockpit: This boat was used on the Delaware River as a ski boat, great visibility, this has to be the biggest 18 foot boat ever made on a mass production line. It has tremendously deep sides, and it is a very wide boat.

Cabin: As it is a runabout, there is no cabin, however the fore deck is very wide and affords a bit of space to lay out if the need or desire to do so should arise ... did I mention the boat is wide? That makes for very good stability should on board antics get out of hand ... or if the slammer blues have the rods busy, plenty of room for bringing them on board and there is a huge cockpit so they wont be underfoot while the bite is on

Construction: The hull is great, the flooring apparently not so good, however in light of its age and the fact that it spent a lot of its life un covered (lots of oxidation on rubber parts, UV damage by the looks of it) its overall a great boat, and I look forward to many more years of pleasure from her

Handling: With the 125 horsepower Johnson on the transom she really flies, takes large waves well due to her width and depth, but chop gets a bit rough due to the low weight ... That low weight works to an advantage on calm days, this baby will show her anchor light to 175 horse fiberglass boats, and in fact ran right with a 225 horse OptiMax on a 19 footer ... the StarCraft has more room to boot

Engine Room: She is powered by a 71 Johnson SeaHorse 125, great motor when it runs well, but has an appetite for ignition boxes ... which are hard to find anymore. It is on plane at the touch of the throttle, which has me thinking that dropping down in horses to a more sensible 50 horsepower unit in the 80's or so, possibly early 90's - considering trading the Crestliner for a motor

General Comments: I like to power tube and fish, and this boat does both with ease, it is a fantastic boat for the bay angler that also likes to lake fish ... this is a big boat that does well on the ocean if you like to go off the beach, but it is light enough that a 36 pound thrust trolling motor will get you out on the lake on opening day, and its windshield gives you a place to be shielded from those april morning winds

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Date Submitted: 2003-03-07

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