I'll probably use my 2007 Lund for next season, but I'm thinking of moving up in size to a bigger aluminum boat with a cuddy for some weekend stays.
I've been searching around and I found that Starcraft still makes the Islander model. The only ones I've seen were 20 years old, so I thought they stopped making them years ago. But then I found they still make them!
This model has this motor bracket that allows the motor to sit off the transom and leave the deck nice and clear. I'd like to find the 06 version as that's the first year they started this design. I'd go for an 07 too. The 150 Merc looks like it gives it plenty of power, but it's also rated up to 200 hp.
They also make a 19.5 model, but I know if I went for that one I'd never be happy knowing there was a 21 too.
I like to trailer, so I'll have to get a third vehicle for towing probably a few years old like a V6 Jeep or similar. I want to stay with aluminum for it's lightness and trailer ability and to get away with towing it with a Jeep instead of a truck.
I think this 21 with the 150 Merc comes in around 2500 lbs.
I hate to leave the Lund line cause I like the exceptional quality and the way the hull handles any water I throw at it. It has a lifetime warranty which is sweet too, but they don't make an aluminum cuddy.
This Islander model 221 BRKT looks to be a nice fishing, cruising and some occasional close off shore kicking around when I trailer down to a shore.
They look to list new at around 28k new with the 150 Merc.
So some questions I have initially are: has anyone had any experience in the seaworthiness of this Starcraft model. I usually equate Starcraft with freshwater use (95% of my use will be in freshwater anyway).
What are your thoughts on how strong that bracket off the transom is going to be as the design is only 2 years old. It's available with an IO drive but I prefer outboards. That bracket looks to be a great idea to free up deck space but it makes me nervous thinking about hanging a 200 or a 150 off that bracket?
Anyone know of an upcoming boat show in the NY area where I could check this model out?
Do you think this cuddy is going to be too small and it's mostly to throw gear into?
Looks like the boat over all is about 24 feet (with the Bracket modeL) so it should be seaworthy enough like for cruising around in say Newport Sound?
So I'm most concerned with how some of you might have already experienced this model on the open water?
I'm really interested in hearing other opinions . . . Or should I start my search for another aluminum brand with a cuddy?
Here is a link to the specs: starcraftmarine.com/?page=seriesdetails&hullid=1&serid=6&tab=modeldeta ils&boatid=437§ion=specs
Here is a video on the model: starcraftmarine.com/video/Islander/Islander-221.html
Here is a pic of this model: