The mission of the NauticStar 203 DC focuses on the integration of the deckboat’s open interior concept and the ride of the V-hull runabout. She requires a modest draft of 10” (25.4 cm) highlighting shallow water fishing, watersports, and added access to bay areas. Acceleration and towing capability should be impressive for her hull design, which features a 10-degree aft deadrise, air assist chine, and planing pods. Looking inward, a ten-person/ 1,450 lbs. (657.7 kg) capacity creates a large platform for families and guests, featuring dual boarding ladders, eleven drink holders, eight storage compartments, and a self-bailing cockpit.
The 2015 NauticStar 203 DC features a spacious boarding platform forward, finished with nonskid and a built-in indentation leading to a step into the cockpit. The platform contains a built-in stainless steel boarding ladder that allows access from the water and it’s home to a built-in anchor locker with a standard anchor included. When both components are closed the bow platform is flush for easy on and off access. Additional standard features on the forward platform include dual stainless steel cup holders, and recessed halogen docking lights.
At the bow there are two spacious chaise-style benches with backrests on both sides. Dual cup holders are within easy reach and there’s a built-in self-draining bow cooler. Underneath each bow lounge the builder engineered built-in storage compartments that are finished in smooth gelcoat.
Moving slightly aft we find a spacious ski locker with stainless steel hardware and fittings. This locker should accommodate two pairs of skis and gear. The sizeable ski locker is a result of the deeper V angle at the bow. The deck is finished in nonskid and the builder offers an optional snap-in carpet.
In the cockpit, a horseshoe-shaped two-tone bench seat provides seating for up to six adults. Built-in stainless steel grab rails wrap around the seating for added safety. NauticStar engineered multiple storage compartments beneath the seats. An optional pedestal table is available.
On the port side a refreshment center has an acrylic sink and countertop. The countertop and built-in 25-quart (23.66 L) Igloo cooler directly below add functionality for preparing and serving food.
A standard color-matched Sunbrella Bimini top offers protection from the elements. An optional changing enclosure provides privacy for folks who need it. The buyer also has the option of up-grading the Sunbrella frame to a stainless steel structure, including the ball and socket fittings aft.
The dash panel is simple and well organized with four gauges directly in the helmsman’s sight line. The retro looking cluster contains a trim, RPM, tachometer, and fuel gauge. Directly in the center, NauticStar built in a simple digital hour meter that’s almost invisible to the eye, but still recessed in the dash. An item the builder should consider in the future is a compass. While the boat is advertised as a “bay boat”, a simple tool like a compass is invaluable to any seasoned boater. Thankfully, that could be an easy aftermarket install if the buyer was set on having one.
On the starboard side of the dash panel, we find several water-resistant backlit toggle switches, with a master switch to the very right. All of these switches are wired through an automotive style fuse box. A standard automatic bilge pump is also included, and an essential safety feature for any boat owner. Behind the dash, NauticStar used all Deutsch connectors for added resistance of water and corrosion.
A standard four speaker Infinity stereo system with Bluetooth preset capability adds functionality and convenience for entertaining and cruising on the water. We like that the head unit is built into the helm within easy reach of the operator. It’s also nice to see Bluetooth technology being used as nearly everyone keeps their music on electronic devices. NauticStar also added an MP3 port directly below the 12-volt connector on the switch panel. An upgraded sound package with additional speakers throughout the cockpit is also available as an option.
A stainless steel leather wrapped wheel adds to an already retro-style dash panel. With Teleflex non-feedback steering, maneuvering should be a breeze even with a 150-hp outboard at the stern. The throttle control is also well placed next to a lipped gunwale, allowing the operator a hard surface to stabilize his/her hand on in choppy conditions.
The two-tone captain’s chair wraps around the operator’s body for added support and stability. When approaching a dock, the builder conveniently added a bolster seat for extra height and increased depth perception in tight quarters.
A clever feature unique to the NauticStar 203 DC is a trash receptacle mounted on the helm’s side hatch. Such a feature keeps garbage off the floor and out of the water. Because it’s mounted on the helm’s side hatch it’s also easy to hide and secure while underway.
A standard stainless steel removable ski pylon is located directly behind the aft bench seat. The ski pylon is mounted high enough so it’s away from guest’s faces, and above the engine cover reducing the chances of abrasion marks when in use. We also like how NauticStar separates the cockpit from the splash well with a solid bulkhead.
In addition to the convenient bow platform, the builder also added a convenient walkthrough from the swim platform into the cockpit. A lift up cushion allows users to step from the non-skid swim platform to another non-skid surface before stepping down into the boat. Besides the added safety feature, this also keeps guests from dragging dirt and mud into the boat and potentially staining the two-tone seats.
The swim platform is wrapped around the outboard, and there is a tight walkthrough between the splash well. With that being said, the builder left plenty of room on either side for riders to sit or stand on the aft platform. On the starboard side, a foldaway stainless steel ladder with larger treads allows easy access on and off the 203 DC. When not in use, the ladder folds flat and stores under a flush non-skid hatch.
Additional Options to Consider
The NauticStar comes standard with a 150-hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboard. The company encourages the buyer to see their local dealer for pricing and additional power possibilities.
NauticStar’s 203 DC is an excellent bay boat for families or individuals looking to entertain. Her unique hull design allows her to travel into shallower waters as well as heavier conditions, depending on the buyer’s mission. The overall structure and hardware used on the 203 DC suggests a strong product that will last a buyer for several generations. The company also stands behind their product offering a limited lifetime hull warranty. While the boat seems to be geared more toward families and entertainment, the builder also offers a variety of options for customization, including features for fishing fanatics and those interested in a multi-purpose boat.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
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