New Boat: Seaway 24 Sport Center Console
By Tom Richardson on October 29, 2015
Seaway Boats’ new 24 Sport Center Console was recently awarded Best New Powerboat Under 30′ at the Newport International Boat Show.
This versatile, trailerable open boat features the traditional Downeast sheerline developed over the past century by fishermen whose livelihoods—and lives—have depended on their boats. As such, it displays a proud bow with wave-cleaving forefoot that sweeps gracefully back to a self-bailing cockpit whose sides are low enough to net fish easily.
At 24′ overall and sporting an 8’ 6″ beam, it offers plenty of cockpit space, even with a center console that’s large enough for adults to use the portable toilet inside (plumbed head optional). A large “coffin” storage box forward of the console offers storage and cushioned seating. In nasty weather, it’s a great place to sit under the optional folding bow dodger. At the helm, choices are a reversible seat or a leaning post with live well. The rest of the interior is owner-adaptable for fishing, day cruising, race committee work, or even towing waterskiers and tubers.
Speaking of performance, the 24 Sport CC’s hard-chine, all-composite hull is plenty strong, yet light enough to perform well with modest power. An economical 115-hp 4-stroke outboard will yield a top speed of around 30 mph, but the hull’s greatest virtue is its ability to plane at speeds in the low ‘teens and run efficiently from that level on up. Veteran skippers will recognize the value of this highly desirable trait when conditions turn gnarly.
For owners who opt for a T-top and expect to carry crowds or loads, a 150-hp 4-stroke is the choice for top speeds up to 35 mph, but will also yield the same useful (and realistic) range of lower planing speeds. With the standard 64-gallon fuel tank, range is more than 250 miles, assuming a 10% reserve.
- LOA 24’
- Beam 8’ 6”
- Weight 2,850 lbs.
- Fuel 64 gals.
- Base price (w/o engine): $39,290