Boat Buyer's Guide 2014
Author: Alan Jones
The Starcraft 250 SCX is the newest member of its Crossover line, a 24-foot, 3-inch flagship that can handle multiple pleasure missions while looking good in the process. Designers used a pickle-fork bow section on the large bowrider/deckboat that carries its beam all the way forward to accommodate what Starcraft calls Quad Pod seating — an area that’s great to gather with family and friends with their feet on deck, two passengers facing forward and two backward. Add a circular cockpit table, and it becomes a prime spot on the dinner cruise. With the standard filler cushions in place, extra large recliner seats are formed for sunning and relaxing while cruising.
In the cockpit is an L-lounge for more seating capacity, and for the crew there’s a pair of high-end captain’s chairs that have flip-up bolsters. One thing that’s immediately noticeable when you sit down in any seat on the 250 SCX is the feeling of security you get because of its high freeboard. To starboard is an entertainment center that has a sink with a spigot and a working surface for constructing drinks and snacks, complete with a stainless steel fiddle rail for victual security. To port is an adult-sized head compartment/changing room that opens from the corner to provide easier access.
Our test boat is powered by Yamaha’s new-generation, big-bore 4.2L V-6 outboard, which cranks out 300 hp, the 250 SCX’s maximum. Combine that engine with Starcraft’s dihedral cat hull that has a moderate 17 degrees of deadrise and oversized reverse chine design, and the boat delivers incredible side-to-side stability and excellent performance out of the hole. Despite its 3,700-pound heft, it reached plane in 2.7 seconds with very little bowrise and hit 30 mph in a rapid 5.4 seconds. Top speed was a brisk 51 mph. The 250 SCX loves to turn, and it remains flatter than most as it carves impossibly tight circles.
There’s an option for a wakeboard tower that is not only functional but gives this Crossover some real attitude. A huge centerline locker can handle whatever skiing lumber you bring along. If your mission is fishin’, the 250 SCX comes standard with a stern cooler that can handle beverages or your prodigious catch, and you can add a transom livewell and a fishing chair on the roomy foredeck.