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.
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The base price with no options is $25,071.
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.
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
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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