By Jeanne Craig
Sea Fox 180 XT Pro: Angling for Value
This bay boat provides an affordable package deal, without cutting away those fishing features you need to be a first-class angler.
In this challenging economy, many anglers watch the bottom line as tenaciously as they tend their fishing lines, so it comes as good news that the Sea Fox 180 XT Pro is priced to thrill. The suggested retail cost of $26,995 represents a good value for a bay boat with 90 powerful Yamaha ponies on the transom, a good number of standard features, plus a limited lifetime warranty that could enhance the resale value of the boat when the economy powers forward and you’re ready to trade up.
Yes, there are a lot of competitively-priced boats out there, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a bare bones rig with a spackle-finished cockpit. With the Sea Fox 180—the latest model in the builder’s line of popular bay boats ranging up to 24 feet—you pay a reasonable price for a turnkey boat that’s rugged enough for a fisherman to get the job done and attractive enough to double as a day-boat for the family.
The retail price includes a nice package of standard equipment. There’s a pair of aerated livewells, two insulated fish boxes, four rodholders, and a removable cooler seat, along with a proven foam-cored hull and deck, the plugs for which were designed by the reputable firm of Donald L. Blount and Associates.
To keep the price eyebrow-raising, Sea Fox had to cut corners somewhere. That explains while you’ll have to pay extra for options like the Bimini top, raw-water washdown and trim tabs. If you can make the numbers work, think about also adding the swim platform with ladder, and the bow cruising package. With those comforts, maybe the rest of the family will chip in on the monthly payments.
For more information, visit Sea Fox Boats.
- Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.