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Boat Reviews By Owners

1997 -- 23' 0" MAYCRAFT

Model: Center console

Cockpit: PLenty of fishing room for up to 4. 8 foot beam, although I wish it was a 8'6" beam sometimes. 10 degree dead- rise makes for shallow water capability. Super high bow makes big /rough water a breeze

Cabin: N/A

Construction: Commercially built with no frills appearance, quality construction, although wood is still used. When done right it's not a problem. Boat is heavy, but not over heavy. floats with fuel and engine down in 14". Mine is used for near-coastal and river charters. I couldn't ask for more of a well built boat that can take 1500 non-boater feet stomping around a year! High console with loads of storage.

Handling: The Maycraft 23 center console isn't a deep V boat. But fishes at anchor very stable,which is what I love. High sides makes me and my passengers feel secure. Not super fast with a 200 Yamaha, but great on fuel. Can run with the pack and can handle big seas. Up on plane quickly. Stays on plane at 2800 RPM, with two passengers and gear, with 30 gals or so in the 90 gallon tank. Which is a nice feature. Nice styling and bow flare makes this boat comfy and dry. Wide gunnels, and overall fishing appeal including initial price makes MayCraft a great choice. Compare to any 23' foot fishing boat. You can pay more for frills, if that's what you want. I didn't.

Engine Room: Rated for a max of a 225 HP out board. I have a Yamaha 200 HPDI on mine and the economy on fuel and oil is outrageous!

General Comments: Semi-V bottom boats (all outboard and inboard fishing type boats) can make great useage from Trim Tabs. I put on 12X18" Lenco tabs on mine and it feels as if the boats longer. Always overdue the size of your tabs, you won't regret it! Pushing the big bow of the Maycraft down was needed, cause she rides high anyhow. This also will make her ride alot better, since the boat isn't a deep-V. In mine a 1997 there is no hatches in the floor. No casting decks or BS. Just a one piece floor with self bailing deck. So my huge console is storage, plus two boxes in the rear of the boat, adjecent the transom. Good anchor storage up front, another feature I love cause I use alot of rode and big grapnel style anchors. No tiny little anchor slot here!

Email Address: charters@captdaves.com


Date Submitted: 2004-02-11

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