2024 Starcraft RX 23 R DC

2024 Starcraft RX 23 R DC

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Starcraft’s RX 23 is part of its new flagship pontoon series, pampering family buyers with plush furniture and performance. Rather than traditional aluminum panels or molded fiberglass, Starcraft debuts industry-first acrylic-capped ABS plastic panels over an aluminum framework that are durable, being UV- and impact-resistant. The system also features a high-gloss, mirrorlike finish. Another advantage? ABS is lighter than fiberglass, adding to the RX’s overall performance and fuel efficiency.

Starcraft RX 23 R DC on the water
The RX 23 offers spirited handling at speed.
Bill Doster

As promised, the interior indeed pairs plush seating and an equally eye-catching style. Plump couches line the port and starboard sides of the boat from bow to stern, with pillow-top uppers and generous thigh bolsters to cradle and secure passengers. Lumbar regions feature attractive diamond-pattern stitching, and each individual couch offers a recessed nook containing a pair of cup holders, and USB and USB-C charging ports. Roto-molded bases are wrapped in vinyl and offer plenty of low-maintenance storage potential below. Fiberglass helm and passenger consoles sit atop 3-inch-raised MarineMat-topped platforms that add a welcome increase in visibility forward. Check out their individual Taylor Made windshields. They’re rimmed in wide black frames and further enhance the boat’s individual character. Overhead, choose a standard power canopy or an optional cladded Sport Arch or Wake Tower, both with integrated ­Biminis, that offer shade and style. 

Starcraft RX 23 R DC bow seating
Each individual couch offers a recessed nook containing a pair of cup holders, and USB and USB-C charging ports.
Bill Doster

Starcraft RX 23 R DC helm
The Simrad NSS7 is standard.
Bill Doster

Belowdecks, Starcraft’s HMX PR25 Performance Package features a trio of 25-inch-diameter tubes with ­individual lifting strakes and belowdecks aluminum skirting. It also adds hydraulic steering, a heavy-duty understructure and a stainless-steel ski pylon. The pontoon configuration, available in an ­optional black paint for those all-­important style points, provided spirited handling at speed, with confident stability. Outboard motors are available from ­Yamaha, Mercury, Suzuki or Honda from 150 to 300 hp. Our Yamaha 300 pushed the RX onto plane in 4 seconds, reached over 30 mph in just over 8, and topped out at 46.5 mph.

Starcraft RX 23 R DC aft seating
Plump couches line the port and starboard sides.
Bill Doster

Starcraft RX 23 R DC engine
A stainless-steel ski pylon is found on the aft platform.
Bill Doster

High Points

  • Standard JL Audio MM50 Bluetooth stereo, Simrad NSS7, CZone digital switching and pop-up changing room.
  • Welded transom and ¾-inch marine plywood deck, with a limited lifetime warranty on the floor, deck, tubes and transom.
Starcraft RX 23 R DC performance data
Starcraft RX 23 R DC Certified Test Results
Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Yamaha F300 XCB
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 15 ¼” x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 52 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.

Pricing and Specs

MSRP: $114,668 (with Yamaha F300)
LOA: 25’8″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft (max): NA
Dry Weight: 3,150 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 13/NA
Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.

Starcraft Marine – New Paris, Indiana; 574-831-2950starcraftmarine.com

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