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Buying a new boat can sometimes be overwhelming with the number of choices in the decision-making process. What Sea Chaser has done is provide some standard features so the boat comes from the factory water-ready for fishing with the addition of an outboard engine and a few other things. Serious anglers and those wanting to spend more time on protected and coastal waters with family and friends will want to add a number of options.
The name of this boat’s game is to keep the base price low so that each consumer can outfit the vessel for a specific purpose, without wasting money on needless equipment and frills. This can make a boat affordable to a greater number of people, and get new owners into boats at an affordable price.
This is a boat mainly designed for coastal and protected water, but on good days she can go offshore if conditions permit. She is primarily a fishing boat, but she can also be used by a small family for traveling in the Intercoastal Waterway and other protected locations for a day’s outing on the water.
Bow Casting Deck
The deep recess in the bow casting deck gives an angler the feel of standing in the boat, rather than just on it -- very reassuring when fishing in sloppy conditions. The built-in handrails have a dual purpose of a place to hang onto going forward and to help control the boat dockside.
Stern Casting Deck
The stern casting deck is recessed and can be used for additional seating when not in use for fishing.
Our test boat was equipped with an upgraded center console that offers maximum access to the interior of the console. The entire face lifts up and is held open with a pair of gas shocks.
The max horsepower rating for the Sea Chaser 23 LX is 250-hp -- but does she need that much muscle? We don’t think so, nor did the owner of this boat. Our test boat was powered with a 175 Evinrude E-TEC G2, which has a gear ratio of 2.17:1, a 25” shaft, and was propped with a 15 1/8” diameter by 20” pitch Rebel 3-blade stainless steel propeller. This setup provided plenty of performance and had no issues powering the boat.
Top Speed. Our test boat had an estimated test weight of 3,170 lbs. We hit a top speed of 47.5 mph at 5840 rpm. For the mission of this boat, and given its size, we think 47.5 mph is fast enough. Too much seep in a vessel this size and classic calm water is asking for trouble. And if it is rough, conditions will dictate slower speeds that the human body can tolerate.
Best cruise was 32.6 mph with a fuel burn of 4.3 mpg. The boat was on plane in 3.3 seconds.
Ride and Handling
The 23 LX rode surprisingly well across a choppy Biscayne Bay on test day. The hull was solid with no rattles or T-top shutter. The boat responded quickly to the rotation of the steering wheel and the turns were predictable without any slide. We experienced no chine waking or ventilation of the prop in hard over turns. By no means is this boat underpowered with the 175-hp outboard.
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This boat can accommodate a variety of activities on the water. Large open lakes, inshore bays, and even some light offshore duty when conditions permit -- all would be possible. The feel of the boat is slightly larger than many traditional bay boats in the same size range because of the large fore and aft casting decks. The boat carries a USCG capacity rating for 8 people, which is based on a volume formula and not on the number of appropriate seats -- which is 5.
Test Result Highlights
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Price as Tested: $28,551.00 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.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.