Boat Test: 2024 Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC

Boat Test: 2024 Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC

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We’ve tested many variations of Starcraft’s SVX series. Now, the SVX’s stable, reverse-chine hull and deep cockpit adds a family-friendly center-console to its fleet. Our SVX 231 OB CC handled chop and wakes, while offering angling amenities—such as 360-degree fishability—with family-boat comfort and versatility.

Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC running
The SVX 321 OB CC offers an agile ride.
Bill Doster

Interior and Accessories

The double-wide leaning post stands ready for captain and mate. A U-shaped bench forward takes advantage of the great cockpit depth to offer secure comfort. A solo crewmember can sit in front of the console. Aft, a transom bench seats two more. Stow drinks and food in the handy cooler below the leaning post. Should nature call, take advantage of the head compartment within the console. It also doubles as a great spot to stow gear.

Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC bow seating
A U-shaped bench wraps the spacious, rectangular bow cockpit.
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Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC helm
Visibility from the helm is great.
Bill Doster

All of the above quickly morphs when fishing takes center stage. That transom seat folds up to clear the aft cockpit. Remove and stow the forward cushions to reveal elevated MarineMat-covered platforms that can be used as mini casting decks. An optional livewell can be added below the step onto the raised bow platform. Aft, the standard livewell in the port corner features a clear acrylic lid anchored with friction hinges. There are also pull-out Plano tackle boxes behind a hatch amidship, undergunwale rod storage on both port and starboard sides, and options to add a trolling motor, pedestal fishing seats, or even a fiberglass T-top. A feature that does double duty? Check out the recessed trays atop both gunwales. They’re a handy spot to temporarily set down everything from drinks and phones to tools and lures. 

Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC aft seating
A transom seat carries two passengers in comfort.
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At the helm, generous real estate houses your choice of electronics, including our test boat’s dual Simrad GO9 touchscreen MFD displays. As to power, a wide-ranging selection includes choices from ­Yamaha, Mercury, Honda and Suzuki, as well as options to switch to optional Dometic SeaStar ­hydraulic steering, ­Yamaha Digital Electronic Controls or Mercury Power Assist. Our test boat’s 300 hp Yamaha powered the hull onto plane in a brief 3 seconds, reached 30 mph in 5.9 seconds, and posted a 50 mph top speed. Handling was what we expect from the SVX hull—agile and ­comfortable in a ­variety of water conditions.

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Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC aft deck
An optional pop-in ski pylon is ready to pull family members on their choice of towables.
Bill Doster

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: 335 lb.

High Points

  • Stainless-steel bow rails and MarineMat flooring on the bow and stern platforms.  
  • Storage compartments finished with Gatorshield for durability.
  • Privacy curtain with a portable toilet, and JL stereo upgrade are options.

Low Points

  • Bilge hatch is placed directly behind transom bench, making access difficult.
  • Likewise, two-part door/two-latch closure to access interior of center-console proves awkward in use.
  • Combination bow anchor/ladder locker needs a tie-off for anchor rode’s bitter end.

Toughest Competitor

Hurricane’s 23-foot-2-inch Center Console 231 OB (starting at $85,420 with a Yamaha 300) pairs family and fishing features. The Hurricane opts for twin pedestal seats at the helm rather than a leaning post at its console, and has an enclosed head and built-in sink with a pressurized water system.

Pricing and Specs

MSRP: $83,291 (with Yamaha F300)
LOA: 22’8″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft (max): 3’0″
Displacement: 3,263 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 17 degrees
Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.
Max Horsepower: 300
Available Power: Yamaha, Mercury, Honda, Suzuki outboards to 300 hp

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC performance data
Starcraft SVX 231 OB CC Certified Test Results
Boating Magazine

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