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Brief Summary

The Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner should be quick on plane with a deadrise of just 16 degrees, and this shallow vee will also make her effective in easing across the flats for redfish or other inshore species. But with a horsepower rating of 200 and plenty of freeboard, she can function off the beach to chase tarpon, kings or other nearshore species, and she comes equipped with all the fishing necessities.

Key Features

  • Swim platform
  • Gunwale mounted rod storage with coming pads
  • 5 gallon bait bucket storage compartment
  • 2 forward locking rod storage
  • 12/24 trolling motor panel with trim tilt switch, power source 12v
  • Quick disconnect windshield
  • Sea Star hydraulic steering and tilt helm
  • Stainless steel cooler frame with 70 qt. cooler and storage mess bag
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 22' 11.5''
    7.0 m
    Beam 8' 7''
    2.62 m
    Dry Weight 2,450 lbs.
    1,111 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 16-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 52 gal.
    197 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    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.

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    Captain's Report

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner
    The Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner is shown here with the optional LX T-top and leaning post with a backrest.

    The Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner is a solidly built, minimal-frills boat designed to deliver versatility at a reasonable price. With her 8’7” (2.62 m) beam (over 1" greater than most boats in class) and adequate cockpit depth, she’s enough boat to be a stable fishing platform and she comes adequately equipped for the task. The Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner is built by Carolina Skiff company and this line is intended to provide more family-friendly (read: cruising and towing) features than the more basic Carolina Skiff line.

    Major Features

    • Locking rod storage in the forward casting deck.


    • Locking storage in the stern quarters.


    • Insulated fore and aft bait wells with Max Air aerator.


    • Pre-rigged for trolling motor with 12/24 control panel with trim tilt switch


    • Rubrail-mounted LED navigation lights


    • LED stern lights


    • Blue/white LED courtesy lights


    • 6 stainless steel cupholders with blue LED lights


    • Blue LED bait well lights


    • Stainless steel cooler frame with 70-quart cooler


    • Console bait well with maximum air and LED light
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner
    Note the hinges above the console seat backrest. Part of the upgrade to a flip-up console, the entire front of the unit raises on gas struts to access a portable head and changing area.

    Power

    Maximum power for this model is a single 250-hp outboard. Suzuki uses a two-stage gear reduction so owners might have more propping options with their motors. But power is not limited to Suzuki and this Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner can be pre-rigged for any outboard brand desired.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Running Shot
    With a single outboard and sharp bow entry, the Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner powers through chop.

    Construction

    The Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner is laminated with a 22-mil thick gelcoat (the ideal industry standard) backed up by alternating layers of two-ounce fiberglass mat, 3 mils of Coremat and 3400 Tri-directional fiberglass mat in high-stress areas. Fiberglass stringers and bulkheads are cored with closed-cell foam that is injected into the grid to fill all voids. The boat is built with no wood. Pre-cast blocks of foam are used to reinforce the deck and then the butt-fit-style hull-to-deck joint is capped with a plastic rubrail with a stainless-steel insert.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Foam
    The Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner is manufacturered with pre-cut foam to use as forms for fiberglass as well as for added flotation and sound absorption.

    Bottom Design

    With a 16-degree deadrise at the transom, the 23 LX Bay Runner has what we call a modified V-bottom. It’s got enough of a V-shape to soften the ride a bit in light coastal and bay chop, but it will pound more than a boat with an 18 or 20-degree transom deadrise when waves get to more than a foot or so. The shallower deadrise helps the boat plane more easily and hit a faster top speed than a deeper design. It is also easier to push than a deeper V so should also be more fuel-efficient at cruising speeds.

    For fishing

    , the modified-V is a good choice because it draws less water than a deeper V and provides a more stable casting platform. The flared Carolina-style bow should keep the foredeck fairly dry when the boat is running in wind-whipped chop.

    Instrument Console

    The straightforward helm design includes a quick-release windshield that will be a welcome accessory during a rough return trip to the docks. With most outboard manufacturers offering a single multi-function gauge, there’s plenty of space left in the dash for owners to add aftermarket electronics and the open space within the console should make it pretty easy to rig extra components.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Accessory Switch
    A 12-volt power plug and cup holder at the starboard end of the accessory switch row provide an easy spot for cell phone charging. We like seeing the horn toggle in red.

    Accessory switches

    are in a single row just ahead of the stainless steel steering wheel with a 12-volt power plug on the starboard end and stainless-steel drink holders on each side. For added comfort, the console base includes a molded footrest. The leaning post is wide enough for an adult and a child, but could be tight for two adults.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Helm
    The 23 LX Bay Runner comes standard with a tilt helm and hydraulic steering and the hatch in the port side of the console provides easy access to all of the helm equipment wiring.
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Molded Footrest
    Drivers will appreciate the added comfort of a molded footrest in the helm console base.
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Lifestyle
    A small family should be comfortable fishing or cruising with the Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner.

    Fishability

    First and foremost, the 23 LX Bay Runner is a fishing boat and it’s equipped for the task. There are rod racks in the gunwales and beneath locking hatches in the forward casting deck to ensure that gear is secure. Because the hatches for the rod lockers are so long, Sea Chaser was smart to equip them with gas struts for stability and to hold them open so both hands can be used to insert or remove gear.

    Angling highlights

    include fold-down cleats and handrails recessed in the gunwales ensure that fishing lines won’t get snagged. The forward raised casting area has enough space for fighting a fish and the boat is pre-rigged for a trolling motor with a control panel. Fishermen can transition easily from bow to stern and the aft jump seats fold down to provide a continuous walking surface in this area as well. There are bait wells in the bow, console and stern and the aft unit has a clear lid, which is better for the health of the bait. All baitwells have blue LED lights, which also reduces stress on the bait. We would like to see the manufacturer include the optional rod holders as standard equipment on a boat that will see some serious time fishing.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Bow Casting Deck
    Carolina Skiff provided storage for the anchor and lines in the lockers in the center of the bow casting area. Note the step that makes it easier to transition to and from the platform.
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Rod Compartment
    Three long rods can be secured both port and starboard forward. The cup holders are in a smart location down low and out of the way so anglers won’t catch a rod tip or line on a bottle while fighting a fish.
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Stern Casting Deck
    In the stern with the jump seats folded down, there’s more space for casting and an easily accessed bait well to port.

    Cruisability

    When the time comes to put away the fishing gear and take the family out for a day at the sandbar, the 23 LX Bay Runner should be up for the task. The most comfortable seats in the boat are those on the forward side of the helm and console and leaning post. A 70-quart cooler fits into a dedicated space beneath the leaning post and LED courtesy lights illuminate the cockpit for evening cruises.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Jump Seats
    Open up those jump seats and the kids will have a comfortable ride during a cruise.
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner LED Lights
    LED courtesy lights add an upscale modern look. Note counter-sung screw heads on the hand rail and the proud, white-painted screw heads on the lighting strip.
    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Blue LED Lights
    Blue LED lights under the gunwales reduce eyestrain when fishermen are retrieving their gear at night. The stereo and speakers are an option.

    Options to Consider

    As mentioned above, four stainless steel rod holders are among the worthwhile options that serious anglers will consider adding to the Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner. So are the raw-water washdown and Ultra leaning post with a fold-down backrest, dedicated space for a cooler and four more rod holders. An Atlas hydraulic jackplate will be as much of a benefit to fishermen who want to get into shallow water as it would be as a performance enhancement. For those who like to fish from a seated position, the forward deck-mounted swivel seat is worth considering.

    Price

    The base price with no options is $25,071.

    Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner Running Shot
    Of the many options available on the Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner, buyers can choose between a T-top or a fiberglass hardtop.

    Warranty

    The hull is warranted against delaminating or separation for five years providing that the integrity of the hull and floor has not been damaged by improper rigging user damage or neglect. The manufacturer does not warrant gel coat imperfections, stress cracks, optional accessories, rubrails, logos, decals or bow eyes.

    Observations

    Carolina Skiff is trying to position the Sea Chaser Series as a more versatile line and the Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner has much of what many families are looking for in a do-everything boat. The modified V bottom design should deliver a solid, stable ride in her intended conditions. With a 150-hp to 250-hp outboard the boat should be fine for towing sports. Anglers should find the boat well equipped for fishing and the cockpit has plenty of space for a family and their gear.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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