Seaway Boats 24 Offshore
(w/ 1 x 150-hp Honda Four-Stroke)


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This new model from an up and coming designer means you should keep an eye on this builder. They are doing things with some smarts like offering an Armstrong Bracket mount to allow you to regain the use of the full cockpit. An optional aft bench box with teak backrest expands the room for entertaining aboard, yet can easily be left home when you plan to just fish. Twin 37 gallon fuel tanks give you extended range and the hardtop even has a camper enclosure option for the cool months. Inside, I was especially impressed with the cabin temperature. The cored deck really helps prevent much of the searing heat from making it into the cabin.

Key Features

  • Hardtop with stainless steel handrails
  • Rocket launcher
  • Stainless steel hardware throughout
  • Bow pulpit with roller/deck pipe
  • V-berths with toast cushions
  • Teak trim cabin shelves
  • Opening port lights with screens
  • Lockable bi-fold cabin door
  • L-shaped lounge with storage

Specifications

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Specifications
Length Overall 24' 0'' Dry Weight 3,700 lbs.
Beam 8'6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 14'' Fuel Cap 74 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 15 gal.
Max Headroom Open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 1 x 150-hp Honda Four-Stroke
Opt. Power 1 x 150-hp Honda Outboard

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Photo Gallery

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Riding the waves.

A view of the bowrail.

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Banquette seating here in the cockpit.

The Seaway 24 Offshore with outboard engine.

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Captain's Report

Seaway 24 Offshore

By Capt. Rob Smith

The Seaway 24 is another Downeast-style boat to watch out for. The new company launched its first boat for the recreational industry at the Miami Boat Show with the Offshore 24. With a Honda 150-hp on the stern, she showed she was able to go out into the fray with the other bigger boats and hold her own, which should translate into being able to handle some of the kinds of weather you might encounter when you take her into the bay around Maine or just about any lake or near shore area you enjoy boating.

This is a semi-custom builder new to the business, yet they have brought years of boat building experience to the project. A classic Downeast design lobster boat design, she has a plumb bow and hard chines for stability and matching quarter guards at the stern to protect her as she is alongside a dock. The hull is 100% hand laid.

From the stern

This model had the optional Armstrong Bracket mount for the outboard engine. This is nice as it opens up the stern for more practical use, in effect lengthening the usable space aboard. The representatives from the factory had some samples on board of the stern and the cabin top to show some of the composites they use. In the transom, they have 100% composite core with Penske composites. This helps keep the durability while protecting a sensitive area from moisture infusion and resulting damage.

An option on this model was the aft bench seat with teak folding back rest. This takes advantage of the added space with the outboard on a bracket. The nice thing about this added bench seat is that you can leave it in the garage if you are going out for a day of fishing and want to use the extra space for working lines and nets or pots. Within the cockpit, the space is open in the stern, like most fishing rigs. There are rod holders in the gunwales and room for two rods under the starboard gunwale while my test rig had a dive ladder mounted under the port gunwale.

Moving forward

Over the forward cockpit, the Offshore has a hard top for protection from the sun and rain. Side curtains and an aft curtain with a door can be added to extend your enjoyment into the colder months. To port is a L-shaped lounger for several to relax on. The aft section facing aft has a cockpit sink, single burner butane stove and room inside for an optional generator in case you plan to stay out and want some additional comforts.

Across the back of the hardtop, this model had the optional rocket launcher rod holders for the more serious anglers. The helm seat was mounted on top of a deck box with a pedestal seat, hydraulic steering and stainless steel sport steering wheel. When you want to add electronics, you will be happy to note the dash has two knobs to remove and it will tilt back to the helm seat while you do your magic.

At first glance, I was concerned with the visibility at the helm, but as they pointed out, this boat is designed to be driven seated or with the bolster up, leaning into the seat. Once I did this, visibility was quite reasonable.

Going up front

Stepping up to the front, you have narrow sidedecks and grab rails across the top of the hardtop. Up front is a standard bow pulpit with roller and deck pipe for the anchor line and chain. An optional windlass and chain system, which I recommend, is available.

Going inside

Inside, the thing that struck me first was the fact I wasn’t sweating like crazy, and it wasn’t because Miami was having a freak cold spell. The resin infused honeycomb composite material they use in the cabin top helps prevent the transfer of all the heat from outside to the inside.

The cabin is Spartan, but you don’t expect to really spend a lot of time in here. The overhead hatch is large enough to scramble out if you had to and plenty large to allow lots of natural light and a cool breeze in. Over to port is a manual toilet with a pull around privacy curtain.

To starboard is room for the optional microwave and space for some dinnerware and dry goods. Forward is a V-berth where you can add a filler cushion if you plan to spend some nights aboard.

Specifications

The new Seaway 24 Offshore measures 24’ length overall with a beam width of 8’6”. She weighs about 3700 lbs dry without engine and carries 74 gallons of fuel for her outboard in twin 37 gallon tanks. She is rated for up to 175-hp outboard power.

Test results

Testing conditions were challenging since everyone seemed to be trying to take joy rides on the big speed boats when we were on Biscayne Bay. What it did show was she was a dry ride, even when the waves are quite choppy. With four people on board, I was on plane in 7 seconds and up to 30 mph in 16.3 seconds using a Honda 150-hp Four-Stroke outboard. Her best cruise was at 24.8 mph for a total range of 226 miles on a full tank. Maximum speed was 34.6 mph at 6100 rpm.

Conclusion

This new Downeast builder is one you should keep your eye on. They have done a lot of things right and already have found room to add some new features and improve on what they already have done. One thing they certainly seem to have hit right is price. With all the options you can see in the video, they still came in at $106,000.



Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Seaway Boats 24 Offshore is 34.6 mph (55.7 kph), burning 14.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 55.64 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Seaway Boats 24 Offshore is 24.8 mph (39.9 kph), and the boat gets 3.39 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.44 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 226 miles (363.71 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Honda Four-Stroke.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Optional
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Galley
Refrigerator Optional
Exterior Features
Hardtop Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Warranty

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Warranty Information
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Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Price

Seaway Boats 24 Offshore Price
Pricing Range $79,251.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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