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Brief Summary

The 2015 NauticStar 203 DC is a deckboat that merges traditional space and design with the ride and handling of a deep-V runabout hull. The builder achieves this through a modified-V at the stern with a deadrise angle of 11-degrees that gradually increases to a 34-degree deep V at the bow. The design lets the 203 DC cut through chop with ease, while still allowing her access to shallow bodies of water. Wood-free construction paired with NauticStar’s one-piece foam stringer system results in a strong hull with a limited lifetime warranty. Her interior features a U-shaped bench seat that accommodates six adults, and an additional four in the bow. With a self-bailing cockpit and eight storage compartments, the end product is a spacious, well-designed boat that has the potential to last an owner for several generations.

Key Features

  • Vee hull ride
  • Panoramic walkthrough windshield
  • 11 drink holders
  • Leather Touch upholstery
  • 8 storage compartments
  • Ski tow bar
  • 25 quart Igloo cooler
  • In-console cooler storage
  • Color-matched Sunbrella Bimini top
  • Infinity stereo with Bluetooth, preset capability and 4 speakers
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 20' 4''
    6.20 m
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 2,175 lbs.
    987 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 10''
    0.25 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 11-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 47 gal.
    178 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

    NauticStar 203 DC running shot
    The NauticStar 203 DC has a hull that starts with a shallow V aft, and progressively gets deeper as one moves forward. Such characteristics suggest a smoother ride in chop, and increased stability off plane. The builder also incorporated planing pods and an air intake in the chine geared toward a faster time to plane.

    Overview

    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.

    Major Features

    • Shallow draft of 10” (25.4 cm)
    • Wood-free construction
    • One-piece foam stringer system
    • Galley with sink and acrylic countertop
    • Forward and aft non-skid platform for easy boarding

    Features Inspection

    NauticStar 203 DC running shot
    The NauticStar 203 DC has a LOA of 20’4” (6.21 m), a beam of 102” (259 cm), and a draft of 10” (25.4 cm).

    Bow

    Boarding Platform.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC bow
    The 203 DC’s bow features a built-in ladder and anchor locker, both concealed by fiberglass hatches and stainless steel hardware. Note the indentation at the center of the deck for easy boarding. Stainless steel pull-up cleats (pictured above), are an option.
    NauticStar 203 DC anchor locker
    A recessed anchor locker, with anchor keeper holds a Danforth securely in place. Note the molded-in notches for the rode to run through when the hatch is closed.

    Bow Seating.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC cooler
    The built-in cooler’s hatch acts as a step down into the cockpit when closed and latched. It can be swapped out for the aerated livewell included in the optional fishing package.
    NauticStar 203 DC dual chaise seating
    Dual chaise seating with leather touch upholstery add an upscale touch to the spacious bow. Note that the seats are slightly recessed, creating a wider passageway.
    NauticStar 203 DC grab rails
    Standard stainless steel grab rails are within easy reach of guests in the bow. We also like how the builder chose two-tone fabrics to enhance the interior style.
    NauticStar 203 DC chaise storage
    Both chaise benches lift to reveal finished storage compartments. Also notice how the bases are finished with vent holes to keep the seat foam from saturating.

    Cockpit

    Ski Locker.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC ski locker
    The ski locker contains a rubber mesh mat to protect gear. The hatch is equipped with a gasket to neutralize rattling and a gas strut lets passengers retrieve gear with both hands.

    U-shaped Seating.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC cockpit
    Two-tone bench seating welcomes guests into the main cockpit area where numerous hinged storage compartments are found underneath. The optional removable pedestal table adds functionality. Also note the location of the dual deck drains that provide a self-draining cockpit.
    NauticStar 203 DC port side seating
    A freshwater sink lies just above a carry-on cooler. The port side seating accommodates an aft facing chaise or side-to seating.

    Galley.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC sink
    A freshwater sink features a pull-out nozzle for ease of use. Notice the acrylic counter and dual stainless steel cup holders.
    NauticStar 203 DC cooler
    A 25-quart (23.66 L) Igloo cooler has a dedicated spot directly below the counter top and the contents are accessible from the stowed position.

    Bimini Top.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC running shot
    Notice how the upgraded Bimini is tied into the stern through a single ball and socket joint on the port side, adding support. Because the arm is only on the port side, it keeps the aft entrance on the starboard side open.

    Helm

    Dash Panel.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC gauges
    We like that the primary gauges stand out and that the hour meter is discretely placed in the center of the dash panel.

    Electrical.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC accessory plugs
    On the right, the builder included a 12-volt accessory plug. Directly beneath the panel is an MP3 port for the Infinity stereo system.

    Stereo.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC stereo
    We like how the Infinity head unit is simple in style and easy to navigate. The few buttons on the unit are easy to read and adjust quickly while underway. Below, the ignition panel includes temperature and oil alarms.

    Wheel.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC helm
    Notice how NauticStar’s footrest adds ergonomic support for the helmsman especially in heavier conditions.

    Bolster Seat.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC captains seat
    We like how the bolster function is standard on the captain’s chair, as it offers added visibility and functionality for the operator.

    Trash Receptacle.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC trash receptacle
    A convenient plastic lid keeps odors intact, while a wire frame base supports bags and keeps them from breaking. Aside from the trash receptacle, there’s additional space underneath the helm station for emergency gear, and a potential toolbox.

    Stern

    Ski Pylon.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC ski pylon
    Notice how the ski pylon slides into a stainless steel mount and is easily removable when not in use.

    Aft Entrance.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC walk through
    Notice how there is additional storage beneath the walkthrough into the cockpit.

    Swim Platform.

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC grab handle
    A convenient stainless steel grab handle on the gunwale assists riders up and out of the water.

    Additional Options to Consider

    • Fishing Package (Includes: One fishing seat, trolling motor harness, aerated livewell and one battery tray)
    • Minn Kota Edge 55 lb. thrust 24V- 45” with foot control
    • Single/dual battery switch
    • Lowrance X-4 Sonar
    • Lowrance Elite 4 color/GPS combo

    Power/Price

    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.

    Observations

    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.

    NauticStar 203 DC running shot
    The reverse chine deflects spray out and away from guests, keeping everyone dry on board.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

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