Captain's Report by Capt. Steve
Sea Fox created the 216 Traveler to be a combination fishboat and family runabout. She has a relatively high freeboard to handle sloppy seas and that design also translates into a deep cockpit (which is self-draining) giving the extra measure of security that families are looking for.
* Basic building philosophy
. Probably the boat's most distinguishing feature is Sea Fox's philosophy of offering the boating public "fisherman friendly-cockpit with a family-friendly bow". But what exactly does that mean? It means that the owners of Sea Fox want to build a boat that is designed for offshore fishing and as strong as any boat on the market in its category -- for a very competitive price. In order to do that, Sea Fox designs all of its boats to utilize standard components so it can buy in volume to maximize savings. So what does Sea Fox leave out? It leaves out some costly cosmetic items. For example, Sea Fox does not put in a full fiberglass liner in the head compartment. Instead, the bulkheads and overhead of the interior of the compartment is covered in a synthetic material. This solution covers the raw fiberglass, weighs less than a fiberglass liner, and helps keep the cost down both in terms of tooling, labor and materials.
Finally, Sea Fox is generous with what it builds in as standard such as pop-up cleats, stereo with 4 speakers, hydraulic steering, dual 1100 GPH bilge pumps and a lifetime hull warranty. Items such as a Bimini top, and pedestal companion seating are all optional items.
*The Owners all fish.
Sea Fox is owned by four men and they all fish and use Sea Fox boats off the Carolina coast. They are all keen on making sure all of the needed fishing amenities are aboard and that the boats are seaworthy. This translates into their desire to have the boats designed for real conditions and the company uses some of the best design talent in the industry. In some of the Sea Fox's newest boats the Carolina bow flare and tumble home are molded into the hull. All four these men take pride in the boats they produce.
Sea Fox uses a composite coring material in the topsides of its hulls and in its decks. Below the waterline the builder uses 6 layers of 36 oz hand laid fiberglass.
*Curved back seat.
The transom seat on the 216 Traveler is one of its distinguishing features because it's seat base is bowed out at the center and the seat backs are recessed port and starboard. This is a pleasing design to our eye, and one that sets the boat apart from most others in class.
Another aspect of the "balanced alternative" is the installation as standard of numerous items of equipment such as a fuel/water separator, a raw water washdown system and recessed trim tabs. All hardware on the boat is stainless steel, including the rub rail and thru-hulls.
Part of what makes the 216 Traveler fish-ready are her standard fishing features. These include a 19 gallon (71.9 L) aerated livewell, a 12-volt power point for attaching a trolling motor, eight stainless steel rod holders, and a tackle center with three trays and a cutting board. Options to the fishing package include a pedestal fishing chair, a freshwater washdown, and either a Garmin 300C fishfinder or 441S fishfinder/GPS.
It's easy to see that the 216 Traveler is just as capable of fishing as she is for spending the day on the water with the family. One feature that makes this blatantly apparent is that there is no snap-in carpet, and none on the options list. This is a characteristic of a boat designed to get dirty and then quickly be cleaned with little more than a hose-down at the dock.Standard seating calls for a pedestal seat at the helm, a back-to-back lounge seat to port with four across bench seating at the stern. As an option, you can swap out the back-to-back seating for a second pedestal seat.
Her family features include the back-to-back lounge seating which makes a great place for an observer to watch the end of the towline, the curved walk-through windshield leading to the bow seating that converts into a sunpad with an optional filler cushion. Certainly a must-have option would be the ski tow bar.
The bow seating
is clearly not designed for people to sit while facing each other, but since that is rarely what happens we don't have a problem with this design. However, in the usual lounging while facing forward position she's well-suited, and lengthy stainless grab handles are welcome. Stainless drink holders are located outside the seating at the caprail and a filler cushion turns the area into a sunpad.
An anchor locker is fully forward and a single cleat at the bow will secure the rode. A combined navigation light is located forward of, and directly in line with, that single cleat which may be problematic as the anchor line will need to run along one side or the other. If sweeping the light off the foredeck is a concern, Sea Fox does offer an optional pull-up bow light which will eliminate the problem.
While we haven't tested this 216 Traveler the folks at Sea Fox reports that she has a top speed of 42.3 mph with a 15.9 gph fuel burn giving her a range of 144 miles when powered with a Yamaha F150TXR. Best cruise with that same engine comes in at 4000 rpm and 27.3 mph. That turned in a fuel burn of 6.7 gph which she can continue for 8.1 hours giving a range of 220 miles with a 10% reserve.
Overall it appears that the Sea Fox 216 Traveler is a capable dual console for fishermen and their families. We like the high freeboard which helps keep occupants dry and which gives good cockpit depth providing safety for the kids as well. The freeboard also gives the boat the ability to handle the waves that are typically found in coastal conditions. With her single outboard power she's also very economical to operate and we think 150-hp is enough for most applications.Sea Fox's owner/management team has tasked top-notch naval architects to design their boats and they tell us that they use laminate schedules in their hulls which are the industry standard. Because the management team are anglers, they have gotten fishing and basic safety features right. The 216 Traveler's styling speaks for itself. We think the 216 Traveler is a good value.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Limited Lifetime Hull