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Stuart Boatworks 23 (2016-)

1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 300

Brief Summary

The Stuart Boatworks 23 is a boutique-level center console with an unusual bottom design concept -- the company says that their slightly rounded keel on a 17-degree deadrise bottom, with a very sharp forward entry, allows the boat to stay on plane at lower speeds than deep Vs, yet still deliver an exceptionally soft ride under all sea conditions. The hulls are resin-infused for an ideal ratio of resin to fiberglass. Our test boat was powered by an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300.

Key Features

  • Maximum outboard horsepower of 300-hp
  • 100 gallon fuel capacity and 20 gallon water capacity
  • 17-degree deadrise, rounded bilge design

Test Results

500 2.8 2.4 0.3 9.17 7.97 825 717 73
1000 5.5 4.8 0.65 8.46 7.36 762 662 74
1500 7.7 6.7 1.6 4.78 4.16 430 374 75
2000 9.3 8 3.8 2.43 2.12 219 191 82
2500 12.7 11 5.5 2.31 2.01 208 181 85
3000 19.3 16.8 6.65 2.9 2.52 261 227 84
3500 28.5 24.7 8.15 3.49 3.04 314 273 85
4000 34.7 30.2 10.85 3.2 2.78 288 250 85
4500 40.2 34.9 13.7 2.93 2.55 264 229 83
5000 44.4 38.6 17.4 2.55 2.22 230 200 87
5500 48.5 42.2 23.95 2.03 1.76 182 158 92


Length Overall 23' 3'' / 7.08 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 3,300 lbs.
1,497 kg
Tested Weight 4,245 lbs.
1,925 kg
Draft 18''
0.46 m
Deadrise/Transom 17-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 100 gal.
378 L
Water Capacity 20 gal.
76 L
Total Weight 4,245 lbs.
1,925 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.3 sec.
0 to 30 7.0 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props 19 Rebel 3-blade ss
Load 3 persons, 1/3 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 75 deg., 65 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: 1-2

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 300
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Stuart Boatworks 23 running shot

The Stuart Boatworks 23 measures 25’10” (7.87 m) and powered by a 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 we recorded a top speed of 48.5 mph (78 kph).


Stuart Boatworks is targeting the 23 at owners who want a center console with an exceptionally soft ride, contemporary resin-infusion construction, and the ability to customize to the buyer's desires.


The Bottom Shape.

Stuart Boatworks touts the 23’s bottom design as much as any individual feature so let’s start with that. Most competitive boats in this size range have a conventional deep-V bottom design with a pair of lifting strakes and a reverse chine.
The Stuart 23’s bottom starts with a sharp bow entry that rolls out into the rounded bottom that has a 17-degree deadrise at the stern and a subtle keel that improves tracking. There is a single strake on each side of the boat. The idea behind this design is to keep as much of the boat in the water and allow the rounded shape to flow through the waves rather than ride on top.

Stuart Boatworks 23 running shot

The 23’s bottom flares out from a rounded bilge design which provides the ultimate soft ride and ease of planing.


We ran the Stuart 23 in 1’ to 2’ seas and calm winds and found that the 23 rode smoothly with and against the waves. Because the boat is designed to have more of the running surface in contact with the water, she carved through turns with the chine adding grip and the bow cutting through waves and chop.

Stuart Boatworks 23 running shot

In turns or when running through waves, the chine deflects spray, keeping the boat’s interior dry.

Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 Engine

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 is probably the most technically advanced outboard engine on the market in class. In a nutshell, this 3.4 L engine provides 4-stroke fuel economy at cruising speeds with 2-stroke torque at the low and mid RPM ranges. Its strongest suit, however, is its low-maintenance design which integrates this steering and gear shifting into the body of the engine with no external rods or cylinders. Scheduled maintenance isn’t required for 5 years or 500 hours.
The E-TEC G2 has an internal oil reservoir, an 81-degree tilt range, and has auto-winterization. Its beltless magneto system is more reliable than the automobile-type alternators used on most other outboards. The engine was designed from the beginning to be saltwater-ready and carries a 5-year factory backed warranty which includes corrosion.

The Numbers.

We tested the Stuart 23 with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard turning a 19” Rebel three-blade stainless steel prop. With three people aboard and a third of a tank of fuel, the boat weighed in at 4,245 lbs. (1,925 kg). She has an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam. We hit a top speed of 48.5 mph at 5500 rpm.

Best cruise

came at 3500 rpm where the boat ran 28.5 mph and used 8.15 gph (30.85 lph), boosting the range to 314 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s 100-gallon (378 L) fuel capacity in reserve.

In acceleration tests

, the boat planed in 3.3 seconds and continued to 20 mph in 4.7 seconds and to 30 mph in 7.0 seconds.

Stuart Boatworks 23 running shot

The Stuart 23 can be equipped with single or twin outboards. The 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 combines the high torque of a 2-stroke with the fuel-efficiency of the E-TEC G2 system.

Construction Details

While the 23 has a classic look, and Stuart Boatworks builds her with modern techniques. All the manufacturer’s boats are built with resin-infusion, which uses vacuum to saturate the laminate with the correct amount of resin for maximum strength.
Dry fiberglass and coring are laid into the mold in the correct sequence. Then a special material is laid over the laminates and secured to the mold flange. Flow media that consists of a series of hoses connected to a manifold is installed to distribute the resin.
When the manifold valves are opened, the resin flows into the laminate wetting the material without over-saturating it. The end result is a ratio of 40% resin and 60% fiberglass. Stuart Boatworks also cores its bottoms and hullsides for added strength and light weight.

Stuart Boatworks 23 resin infusion

Stuart Boatworks uses resin-infusion when building the 23. The process uses vacuum to draw resin evenly through the laminate, creating a stronger hull.

Features Inspection

Seating Options.

Stuart Boatworks builds the 23 on a custom basis so the manufacturer doesn’t have a standard equipment list for the boat. Our 23 had the Forward Seating ($3,995). That includes seat cushions on the front of the console and, in the bow.
There’s 40” (101.6 cm) of space between the bow seats at the aft end and 14” (35.6 cm) up front. Owners who want to add bolsters/backrests for the bow seats will pay an extra $1,295 and a coaming bolster for the entire cockpit adds $2,495. A folding stern seat with an aluminum frame and removable backrest adds seating for two people for $1,795.

Stuart Boatworks 23 bow seating

The optional forward seating configuration includes V-shaped bench seating in the bow and the aft cup holders.

Stuart Boatworks 23 forward facing seat

The forward-facing seat on the standard console has space for two people and the bottom cushion is removable.

Bow Storage.

Opting for the bow seating increases the boat’s storage capacity because there are lockers in all the seat bases. Outboard on each side in the bow, removable hatches pull aside and secure with twist and lock latches that we found throughout the boat. There’s a similar locker in the base of the console seat. A larger hatch in the bow sole opens a large, heavily insulated fishbox. In the foredeck, the anchor locker has a hanger for a Danforth-style unit and plenty of space for the rode beneath it.

Stuart Boatworks 23 seat bottoms

Seat bottom cushions in the bow are removable and the cushions snap down.

Stuart Boatworks 23 compartment

We’d like to see a recess here for fingers to make it easier to raise the bottom cushion.

Stuart Boatworks 23 anchor locker

The anchor locker hatch closes on these rubber pads so it won’t rattle.

Stuart Boatworks 23 locker

The locker in the bow has enough depth to accommodate a five-gallon (19 L) bucket or other gear.

The Helm

Working aft, the Stuart Boatworks 23 has plenty of room to pass by the console on each side. This particular helm has the steering wheel centrally positioned with the Evinrude digital controls to starboard. Being a semi-custom builder, many other layouts are available. The Edson wheel with a power knob is a $495 upgrade.

The Evinrude ICON digital gauge

comes with the engine and it’s in view directly ahead of the steering wheel. To the right of the ICON gauge, our test boat had a chartplotter and to the left were a VHF radio and the Fusion stereo head.
Down low, a glovebox-style hatch provides access to the large compartment in the console base, which is raised high enough that a foot can fit underneath.

Stuart Boatworks 23 helm

The helm has plenty of space for the single ICON gauge in the center and a larger chartplotter to starboard.

Stuart Boatworks 23 switches

The switches for the optional Lenco trim tabs include illuminated indicators.

Stuart Boatworks 23 switch panel

We liked the flush switch panel and two 12-volt power plugs, but where is the horn button?

Stuart Boatworks 23 hatch

This hatch provides access to the large storage compartment in the console.

Leaning Post Choices.

Our test boat had a leaning post fabricated by Birdsall Marine Design of West Palm Beach, Florida. It has space for two people, a fold-down footrest and storage under the bottom seat cushion. On the aft side there were four rod holders and two cup hoders. An owner can upgrade to a 40-gallon (151 L) leaning post livewell for $3,995 or a leaning post with tackle compartments for $3,295. Both of the upgrades have the footrest, and rod and cup holders.

Stuart Boatworks 23 leaning post

The base leaning post has storage in the base and this strap to secure a cooler.

Stuart Boatworks 23 leaning post

Regardless of which leaning post an owner orders, they all have four rod holders and two cup holders. The leaning post was built by Birdsall Marine Design.

T-top Options.

Stuart Boatworks sells many of its boats with full fiberglass hardtops, but our 23 test boat had an aluminum T-top with a Stamoid canvas-like material that prices out at $5,195. It had four rocket-launcher style rod holders, an aft spreader light and an LED anchor light.

The least expensive

top is a removable Bimini for $2,195. Upgrading to a fiberglass hardtop with two LED spreader lights, an LED anchor light and LED overhead lights will cost an owner $10,995. Rocket launcher rod holders for the hardtop add another $595.

Stuart Boatworks 23 t top

The T-top frame comes with mounting plates for optional outriggers.

The Aft Cockpit

Abaft the leaning post, the cockpit measures 2’9” (83.8 cm) fore to aft and 7’ (2.1 m) across, so there’s plenty of space for anglers. We measured cockpit depth at 26” (66 cm), which should be a comfortable height for an angler to lean up against the inwale when fighting a fish.
Four rod holders ($125 each) were embedded in the 7 ½” (19.1 cm)-wide cap rail on each side. In deck, twin outboard lockers can be used for dry storage and a central hatch opens to provide access to the fuel-water separator and other rigging items.

Stuart Boatworks 23 deck

Abaft the leaning post there’s good space for fighting a fish and since this is a semi-custom boat the in-deck lockers can serve any purpose desired. Also, a unique design feature is that all hatch gutters drain into a common below deck hoseless drain system that directs all water overboard -- not into the bilge.

Stuart Boatworks 23 in deck hatch

The center in-deck hatch in the aft cockpit opens to access service items such as the fuel-water separator and bilge pump.

Stuart Boatworks 23 swim platform

The swim platform measures 25” (.64 m) fore and aft and 6’6” (1.98 m) across.


• $84,990 with a single Evinrude E-TEC G2 250-hp outboard, ICON multifunction instrument and hydraulic steering.

• $86,990 with a single Evrinude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard, ICON multifunction instrument and hydraulic steering.

• $85,990 with twin Evrinude E-TEC 115-hp outboards, ICON multifunction instrument and hydraulic steering.

• $89,990 with twin Evrinude E-TEC 150-hp outboards, ICON multifunction instrument and hydraulic steering.

Available Options and Price

• Mercury, Yamaha, and Suzuki motors

• Marine-grade powder-coating on top frames ($1,495)

• Hull color including hull bottom using ISO gelcoat ($995)

• Hull color with a different color hull bottom using ISO gelcoat ($1,495)

• Console with head compartment ($2,495)

• Freshwater marine toilet with holding tank base ($695)

• 20 gallons freshwater system with faucet in splashwell ($1,295)

• 30-Amp battery charger ($895)

• LED under-gunwale lighting ($595)

• Plumbing for optional forward livewell in console ($1,495)

• Saltwater washdown pump w/high-speed through-hull pickup, seacock, strainer and high-pressure pump ($1,295)

• Four-drawer tackle center in side of center console ($595)

• Four rod holders on each side of console ($1,295)

• Rupp 15’ aluminum telescopic outriggers ($2,595)


Perhaps the most appealing thing about the Stuart Boatworks 23 is that the manufacturer is refreshingly unapologetic that this boat is rugged center console fishing machine.
The fact that Stuart Boatworks offers her with a towing bracket tells us that the builder sees the 23 as a candidate for a tow-behind tender for a large motoryacht.
But most important, the Stuart Boatworks 23 can be easily customized to fit any buyer’s requirements at a relatively low cost.
Stuart Boatworks sells factory-direct.