2018 Starcraft MDX 231 OB / Evinrude E-TEC G2 200

Boat Review by: Rick Layzell


The popularity of deck boats has been consistently on the rise over the last few seasons and the Starcraft 231 demonstrates many of the reasons why. This boat features an incredible layout with plenty of room for 12 friends and all the creature comforts to make memories on the water.

At 27’3” overall length this new model for 2018 is perfect for big water and her 17 degree deadrise makes for a great hole shot and a smooth dry ride. I loved the 36” of freeboard which exudes a great comfortable sense of safety for the kids. With both a bow and stern boarding ladder and an innovative pop up ski tow she screams to be enjoyed for all sorts of water sports. A 36-quart cooler is nicely stowed under the rear cockpit seat and our test boat was equipped with an entertainment package that gave us a sink and cutting board set up with additional storage underneath.

Certainly a highlight of this design was the rear family fun seat on the transom. It is quite simply a huge playpen for afternoons spent rafting with friends, hanging out at a sandbar or just floating on the open water. Be sure to equip your MDX 231 OB with the remote transom stereo feature.

The E-TEC 200 gave this package plenty of power and we nicely found our way to a 48.4 MPH top speed at 5,670 RPM. Boats designed for friends need to have the ability to cruise and both 23 & 28 MPH offer very comfortable handling and cruising speeds.

If you aren’t ready for a minivan and would still rather an SUV then look away from typical pontoon boats and take a long look at the Starcraft MDX 231 OB. You just might find yourself the perfect partner for your next ride.

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Length: 23' 7 m
Beam: 8'6" 2.6 m
Dry weight: - lbs - kg
Fuel Capacity: 44 US gals 166 L
Base Engine / Drive: Evinrude E-tec G2
Engine HP: 200
Fuel Type: Gas
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