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2018 Starcraft 211 SCX Surf

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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With well over one hundred years of boat building history, Starcraft Marine in 2018 offers literally dozens of models of both fibreglass and aluminum boats including fibreglass runabouts, deck boats, surf boats, and crossovers and aluminum pontoon boats, fishing boats, utility and Jon boats.

In fibreglass boats alone, for 2018 Starcraft offers nine different series comprising thirty-eight models from seventeen to twenty-five feet. These boats ride on one of Starcraft’s four distinct hull contour designs. The 211 SCX Surf is one of seven models in the Surf series from twenty-one to twenty three feet, four of which comprise the SCX Surf sub-series.

The SCX Surf sub-series, introduced in 2017, incorporates Starcraft’s Modified Dihedral Cat Hull which, in Starcraft’s words, “features a deep V-hull with side sponsons that slice through the water, increase stability when anchored and provide for a larger bow area.” Starcraft describes its SCX Surf sub-series as “surfable crossover deckboats.”

The 211 SCX Surf is brand new for 2018 and comes loaded with extra standard equipment that is often optional on other boats of this size. This boat is a true deckboat with lots and lots of interior accommodation on one level that is rated to carry twelve persons. In fact Starcraft claims that theirs are the first surfable deckboats. And with its 250 horsepower Volvo Penta Forward Drive with the propeller tucked safely under the hull of the boat, it has the power to move it all.

As a true deckboat, it has a single driver’s side console, the only side console surf boat on the market, and the balance of the interior is all seating with lots of flexibility. The starboard side transom walk-through from the molded-in swim platform with recessed boarding ladder is adjacent to a convertible rear and forward facing lounge seat.

Once in the cockpit, the forward-facing portion of that stern convertible lounge becomes L-shaped and extends along the entire port side up into the bow area where two facing bow lounge seats plus a forward-facing seat ahead of the driver’s console literally fill the entire cockpit with seating. Even the bow lounge filler cushion is standard as is a removable circular bow table. The driver gets a form-fitting adjustable bucket seat with forward flip-up bolster standard.

A centre bow step-up leads to a forward bow platform complete with boarding ladder. Storage is found beneath all seat cushions and an in-floor storage compartment is ideal for all your watersports accessories. All upholstery has self-draining foam and is covered with a heavier than normal 35 ounce UV stable vinyl. And the available colours for your 211 SCX Surf are sure to please. The base Tan or Gray upholstery colour may be accented with Orange, Red, Lime, or Electric Blue while ten choices of hull colours including those to match those interior upholstery accent colours are available to individualize your boat.

The thoroughly modern custom driver’s console with tinted windscreen provides standard tilt steering with tachometer, speedometer, trim, fuel, and volt gauges plus a standard Kicker® KMC10 stereo with Bluetooth® capability and six speakers. A water and air temperature gauge is standard as is a GPS Zero Off Speed Control, adjustable surf tabs, and a ballast system with three bags which are all controlled by a single pump to ensure proper boat balance. Pull-up cleats and a ski tow eye are also standard as is a bimini top, docking lights, courtesy lighting, plus eVA Soft Touch Traction Mat covering on the swim platform.

Individual factory options include an extended swim platform, a wake tower with or without bimini, tower speakers, racks, mirror, rear facing speakers, an upgraded stereo, plus satellite radio. You may also choose a transom stereo remote, bow and/or transom showers, snap-in Sea Weave or Marine Mat, plus blue lighted cupholders and/or underwater lighting. You can bring your driver’s dash plus your surfing experience alive by adding a digital depth sounder, in-dash GPS, rear camera system, and a Murphy touch screen surf control system.

An LX Package will get you LED colour-changing speakers, cupholders, underwater lights, and courtesy lights.

The Tow Package gets you the wake tower plus bimini and wakeboard holders while the Tow, Stereo, and Speaker Package gets you the Tow Package plus the upgraded stereo plus an amplifier.

The Starcraft 211 SCX Surf truly is a “surfable crossover deckboat” with flexibility plus loads of standard equipment and room and ready to option up to suit your particular boating lifestyle.

Length: 20'6" 6.25 m
Beam: 8'6" 2.59 m
Dry weight: 2,715 Boat Only lbs 1,232 Boat Only kg
Fuel Capacity: 51 US gals 193 L
Base Engine / Drive: Volvo Penta Forward Drive
Engine HP: 250
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 17
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