By Lenny Rudow
Starweld 1600 Pro SC Boat Test Notes
Detailed notes about a sturdy inexpensive fishing boat.
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Overview: A sturdy boat with plenty of fishing ability, and a low price tag.
Concept: Undersell competing boats, without selling a stripped-down hull.
-Welded hull, with a limited lifetime warranty on welded seams.
-Pressure-treated ply decks with a rubberized, textured coating that wasn’t slippery, even when skimmed with ice on a chilly morning.
-Windscreen is easily removable, but not the most rugged in the world.
-Rigged with a 50-hp ETEC outboard fuel efficiency is great, with a 7.5 mile to the gallon cruise.
-The boat can take another 25-hp on the transom and if performance is important to you, you’ll want to get them; with test power cruising speed is in the upper teens.
-This hull is a bit heavier than some of its size, which helps it brush aside small waves.
-Two-stroke power gives it kick-in-the-pants acceleration.
-Gauge cluster is slick and looks great, though there’s no room to add electronics.
-May be the first boat of this size and type which actually has sufficient legroom at the helm, with plenty of room to stretch.
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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