Seaway Boats 24 Offshore (2012-)
When Eastern Boats of Milton, New Hampshire, purchased its competitor to the north, Seaway Boats of Oxford, Maine, they immediately merged the strong suits of both traditional-style boat builders to produce a line of vessels worthy of carrying both company’s names. The Seaway 24 Offshore from Eastern Boats is an example of a skillfully crafted boat that maintains the lines and handling merits of the classic Downeast style while keeping the boat simple and affordable.
- SS chocks and cleats
- Navigation lights
- Under gunnel rod racks
- 4 opening ports with screens
- Cabin hatch with screen
- Lockable bi-fold cabin door
- Hinged dash
- 64 gal. fuel capacity
- Hydraulic steering
- Composite safety glass windshields (opening)
- Ritchie compass
- Marine head with privacy curtain
- L-lounge with storage
Seaway Boats 24 Offshore (2012-) Specifications
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Seaway Boats 24 Offshore (2012-) Engine options
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Seaway Boats 24 Offshore (2012-) Captain's Report
Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage
Seaway 24 Mission
The Seaway 24 is intended as a versatile dayboat for fishing and cruising coastal waters that can turn nasty in a heartbeat. The Downeast-styled boat will appeal to traditional boaters who appreciate the nautical heritage of commercial lobster boats which have proven themselves over nearly a century in all conditions. By making the boat simple and Spartan the price can be made as low as possible. With an almost flat bottom and a single outboard motor cost of operation will be minimal.
As with the region’s commercial fishing boats that inspired the design, the Seaway’s hull displays a design that is built to get the most out of smaller engines.
Low freeboard aft. Based on the lines of a commercial lobster boat which has low freeboard to make it easier to haul pots aboard, the 24's low freeboard is a benefit to recreational anglers as well because it makes boating large fish easier.
Outboard power. Outboard power makes the boat more safely moved into skinny water and opens up the cockpit. By placing the outboard on a bracket off the stern, the aft end of the cockpit remains open from port to starboard so anglers can easily work feisty fish.
High, protective windshield. Compared to a conventional walkaround or small express fishboat in this size boat, the Seaway 24 has a high, protected helm thanks to its cabin and high windscreen. Even when the skipper is standing at the wheel, he is fully protected from spray and wind by the windshield. It also opens for a breeze on hot days.
An outboard bracket that sets the engine off from the transom also serves as a swim platform – with the optional ladder. We would make that ladder standard equipment to keep the boys at ABYC happy.
Large cabin. The Seaway 24 carries its beam well forward which helps make the cabin larger than on many comparable boats, particularly ones that are not a lobster boat style. There is a standard head with 20-gal. holding tank and a privacy curtain. There is also a single burner butane stove and V-berth with an optional filler cushion.
Standard hardtop. Few boats in this size range come with a standard hardtop, something that we find almost a necessity. Not only does it provide protection from the sun and rain, but it also permits the use of optional side and aft curtains which will turn the 24 into a three-season vessel.
Six-degree deadrise. Few boats have a six degree deadrise at the transom. This is almost flat and it has several attributes and among them are stability at anchor or when trolling, greater speed potential and added fuel efficiency.
Standard fishing features offered aboard the Offshore model include a pair of stainless steel, flush-mounted rod holders and under-gunwale rod storage racks.
As with the working boats that inspired it, the standard helm of the 24 footer is as Spartan as it is functional, offering only a Ritchie magnetic compass, tachometer and fuel gauge. We appreciate the “suicide knob” on the wheel, a feature that hails to the vessel's commercial heritage.
The Seaway 24 Offshore’s forward cabin benefits from light and breezes offered by four screened ports and a hatch overhead and a lockable bi-fold door. The solid teak trim is standard.
Other standard features not mentioned above include hydraulic steering and freshwater washdown among other things and a 150-hp Yamaha outboard engine. Options include an air conditioner, 12 volt refrigerator, microwave, and macerator pump.
Options that we would consider absolutely necessary include a boarding ladder, windshield wipers and ground tackle. We would also consider side curtains and an anchor windlass. Keen fishermen may want to have the optional livewell installed.
The Seaway 24 Offshore model’s sharp entry is evident from this angle. With the outboard up, and 14" (35.5 cm) of draft, why not beach the boat on this sandy shoreline?
The Seaway 24's 3,950-lb. (1,791 kg.) hull is rated to a conservative maximum of 150-hp. Eastern Boat’s spokesman Jake Bourdeau tells us the boat will top out at about 35 mph with that power, thanks to the hull’s sharp entry forward and six-degree deadrise at the transom.
We have not tested the boat so we can not verify it's performance. Nevertheless, Bourdeau tells us that the boat gets on plane at less than 10 mph with minimal bow rise, and will cruise at 20 mph, burning only five gallons per hour. Based on our experience with other Eastern boats, we find this claim believable.
Seaway’s 24 Offshore model features a nearly flat hull aft for a stable ride and carries an 8’6” beam for trailerability.
Anyone who appreciates the classic New England workboat design and “function over frill” attitude with which these boats are built should take a good look at the Seaway 24. It can be used for a variety of purposes and since it has a 8'6" (2.59 m) beam she can be trailered to a winter home in the south. In fact, you could take her on her own bottom and enjoy the ICW.
No matter where you take the Seaway 24 she will be in style and receive lots of admiring stares.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Seaway Boats 24 Offshore (2012-) Warranty
Seaway Boats 24 Offshore (2012-) Warranty Information
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