New Boat Review: Seaway 24 Sport CC

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Looking for a simple boat that doesn’t need much horsepower to run at a decent clip and doesn’t guzzle gas? Eastern Boats’ new Seaway 24 Sport center console deserves some attention.

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The Milton, New Hampshire, company builds boats from 18 to 35 feet across four brands: Eastern, Seaway, Rosborough and Sisu. All of the boats to 27 feet can run with a single engine.

LOA: 24 feet BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 1 foot DISPLACEMENT: 2,300 pounds (dry, no engine) FUEL CAPACITY: 60 gallons POWER: single 115- or 150-hp outboard SPEED: 32 mph top, 20-24 mph cruise (with 115); 40 mph top, 25-28 mph cruise (with 150) BASE PRICE: $46,500 (115), $49,800 (150) CONTACT: Seaway Boats, Milton, New Hampshire, (603) 652-9213. seawayboats.com

With a 115-hp 4-stroke, the 24 Sport tops out at about 32 mph and cruises at 20 to 24 mph. At 24 mph, the outboard will burn 3.5 gph, translating to about 7 mpg — an impressive number, even for a small boat. Equipped with with a 150-hp outboard, the Seaway will top out at about 40 mph and cruise at 25 to 30 mph. Mileage is about 7 mpg at 28 mph.

“I think this boat will really fit a niche — an affordable family and fishing center console that’s more economical to run,” says Bruce Perkins, Eastern’s director of sales and marketing. Eastern discontinued its previous 24-foot center console two years ago. “That boat never worked for us — too many bells and whistles and not enough room for crew,” says Perkins. “This boat is simpler, with plenty of room. One of the other issues [with the previous boat] was freeboard. This boat has 4 more inches of freeboard, which makes a big difference standing in the cockpit.”

The 24 Sport, which is built with no liner, has a portable head in the console. She’s outfitted with a storage box that doubles as a seat on the aft side of the leaning post. A coffin box with a removable padded top is in the center of the foredeck.

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The decks are built with Nida-Core closed-cell foam, and the hull is solid glass, says Perkins, and uses a foam-filled stringer grid — there is no wood in the boat.Its hard-chine modified-vee hull begins with a narrow forefoot and flattens out to 4 degrees of deadrise at the transom. The engine hangs from a cutout transom.

Base price with a Yamaha F115 is $46,500 ($50,000 fully equipped). Base price with a 150 is $49,800. Seaway also carries Mercury and Honda outboards.

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue.