When it comes to family fun on the water, there’s nothing like having a deck boat to take out for the day. Now more than ever, people are looking for better ways to spend more quality time outdoors, and there’s really not much to compare with boating—and doing it with a combination of style and value. Boat manufacturer Starcraft Marine has been desigining and producing some of the industry’s best, and the 2020 Starcraft SVX 231 OB is easily one of our favorites this year. If you’ve never had a chance to see what this deck boat is all about, here are 10 things you should definitely know.
1. It has an open floor plan
Most deck boats offer more space than other types of boats, but this particular OB floor plan just happens to give more than the average. According to Starcraft’s specifications, you’ll get ample seating and floor room for the perfect get together on the water. With the package length at over 22 feet, you’ll get a deck boat that’s roomy enough without being too bulky and cumbersome.
2. You can have a party of 14
It may not sound like much, but 14 people on a boat is a decent party. The SVX 231 OB offers enough room for comfortable seating all around the edges of the boat, and there’s plenty of space for standing and walking around as well. This particular boat is designed for that max capacity of adults, so it’s also perfect for families of all sizes. It’s also a great boat to take out for some peace and quiet out on the lake—especially if a big crowd in a smaller space isn’t what you have in mind.
3. It’s got a solid hp
This particular Starcraft is designed with a number of activities in mind. Unlike other deck boats on Starcraft’s fleet, the SVX 231 OB boasts a max horsepower of 300 hp—an impressive number for a vehicle that size. This means that you can really push the power on this boat if you’re looking to go faster.
4. It’s made for a good time
Speaking of going faster, we have to admit that we love this deck boat particularly because of its capability for watersports. Given that the SVX 231 OB’s power is high enough for high-energy water activities, its value becomes even greater when compared to its cost. Of course, you can simply cruise on this boat if preferred or even just hang out your favorite spot on the lake. Whatever activity you have in mind, the SVX 231 OB can surely accommodate.
5. It has a decent fuel capacity
When it comes to fuel, everyone knows that boats guzzle like crazy. It also should be noted that not all boat fuel tanks are made the same. The average deck boat fuel capacity is more or less 30 gallons, but Starcraft sought to push this envelope quite a bit with this particular vehicle. The SVX 231 OB has a fuel capacity of 60 gallons. What this means for you is simply more time to enjoy on the water without having to worry about running out of fuel. If you’re like us and like to be prepared, we’ll pack on an extra 60 gallons just to double up the fun.
6. You can tack on a fishing package
Boating and fishing often go hand in hand, and Starcraft has definitely thought of how to incorporate the sport into their deck boat. As an optional feature, you can choose the fishing package for your SVX 231 OB. This particular package includes 2 fishing seats and a livewell. It’s some of the best convenience an angler could only ask for. With comfortable fishing seats, you can spend an entire day just casting and catching.
7. The upgrades are incredible
The SVX 231 OB offers additional and optional features that can’t be ignored. These miscellaneous features may be the little things, but you never realize how much you need these on your boat until you actually get on the water and go. Some of this deck boat’s optional features include a pressurized water system, an anchor kit, docking lights, a table, and even an extended swim platform. This platform will come in handy on days when the lake is calling you to jump into it to cool down.
8. The standard features are just as good
The baseline for the SVX 231 OB is one of the best in the market. The standard OB comes with a Bimini top, Bay Star hydraulic steering, tilt steering, and EvA soft touch traction mats. Of course per Starcraft Marine’s style, you can also customize your own SVX deck boat if that’s what you’d rather do. Most experienced boaters know exactly what they want on their vehicle, but newer boaters will have plenty enough to handle with a standard SVX 231 OB.
9. It has an impressive view
We talked about the boat having a nice open floor plan, but we need to mention that the SVX 231 OB also offers a nice view. Given the layout and arrangement of the Bimini, you’ll get a wide and unobstructed view of your guests and surroundings when compared to other models. There’s nothing like the nuisance of a poorly placed canopy, and that’s something you won’t have to worry about with this OB model.
10. It’s got the Starcraft warranty
One of the marks of a truly exceptional manufacturer is the warranty it offers. Starcraft Marine is ready to back their products up—every single one—with a Lifetime Hull Warranty and a 6-Year Blister Warranty. This includes the SVX 231 OB of course. It’s a true testament to the quality of Starcraft’s deck boats and the quality of this one in particular. Warranties like this come in handy when you least expect them to.