NORTHCOAST

24 CC

Boating - - FEATURES - — John Page Wil­liams

24 CC

WE SAY Our NorthCoast 24 CC tester proved it­self a fish­boat ca­pa­ble of off­shore trips and one that will ac­com­mo­date a fam­ily for day boat­ing. Check out the 6 feet 2 inches of head­room in the con­sole for chang­ing clothes along with us­ing the china head and com­fort­able dou­ble berth. Its 22-de­gree tran­som dead­rise sliced through nasty chop, but the grace­ful bow flare and re­versed chines kept the wind­shield dry. The chines kept us rock-steady as we hov­ered over a deep ledge, look­ing for stripers on the con­sole’s big screen.

The lean­ing post/tackle cen­ter is wide enough for three peo­ple at the helm. It also boasts tackle stowage, rocket launch­ers, cup hold­ers, a cut­ting board, a 35-gal­lon baitwell and a sink. A sturdy tran­som door leads to the in­te­gral tran­som bracket and twin 200 hp Suzukis.

In ad­di­tion to the lean­ing post, a 72-gal­lon com­part­ment in front of the con­sole pro­vides com­fort­able seat­ing for two, and a sturdy fold­away seat at the tran­som ac­com­mo­dates two more. And NorthCoast places well-formed grab han­dles strate­gi­cally wher­ever any­one nat­u­rally reaches for them. Coam­ing bol­sters ring­ing the cock­pit add com­fort.

Twin Suzuki DF 200s pro­vided per­for­mance and re­dun­dant safety, but for in­shore work, a sin­gle 250 to 300 hp en­gine would prove able.

One more point about builder C&C Marine: It is a semi­cus­tom builder. Chances are, if you can think of it, the com­pany can build it for you.

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