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Hello. Was at the boat show today and looked at the Sport Craft 3010 boat. Seems like a very nice boat for fishing and cruising. Has a nice fishing area and a great interior with a table, and nice big bed. My wife and I are looking for a bigger boat about this size and just wanted to see if anyone had opinions on this brand of boat. Brand new they are $160000.00 with twin inboards, generator, heat and a/c but I am sure you could find one new for a lot less. Any info would be great. Thanks.
 

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I believe Sportcraft went out of business for a while and came back. A friend had a 22' Sportcraft and it was a good boat..........Gary
 

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Some down side things I noticed

I just spent 6 days fishing a 26 foot w/twin outboards and was able to experince just about every sea condition from dead calm to 7' seas. The key thing I found intolerable was the lack of flair on the bow. This produces a VERY WET ride when running a heads-up sea and just slightly off-center of dead-on heads-up. This allowed the wave when hit to push up the hull and straight back in to the cockpit area even when only running in a 3' heads-up sea.
The first step going down in to the cabin seemed to be much longer then normal and produced an awkward last step when stepping back on to the deck level. I frankly prefer a boat with higher gunwalls for safety especially in rough water. On this 26' boat, Mid-ship cleats were an "Option" --- Come on, that's a no-brainer and should be part of a normal set-up. The lack of the mid-ship cleat made tying-off at a slip very difficult since the only place for a spring line was the hardtop frame. I also found that the installation of the curtins left gaps in key places that allowed water to come through. On this particular set-up, the steering wheel was so close to the throttles that you could not turn the wheel without hitting the throttles and usually hitting the engine trim switches when crusing. I realize that some of these factors may not play on the 30 foot model. Just giving you the drawbacks I found on this model so you might have things to look for.
Good luck on whatever you buy.
 

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You may want to check out the used 30' Grady Tri-State has on their web site. I know the previous owner (they traded up to a 33) This boat is in top condition, was always well maintained and has all the right electronics. You can get a better boat for a whole lot less.
 

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I had a 20 footer CC years ago right about when they went out of business. I have no clue what their status is now but I would never buy a Sport-Craft again. I do realize that you are talking a whole different model number but Grady23 made a lot of good points that I would agree with. I have never had a wetter boat than that 20 footer. The hardware and nuts and bolts and stuff like that were terrible. No one was around to help me when I needed repairs. I believe that they were based out of Perry Florida at the time. Never again...........

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Wow 160k. I am not sure what they sell for now but for cruising and fishing I would look at Stamas 29 or 31 High quality, great combo layouts.

Also check out Albins. They recently were aquired by Shamrock (Palmer Marine). I think I saw a left over 28 with a single diesel for less than that. Again, a great combo layout (and good resale on these)
 

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Now is not a good time to buy a new boat. GREAT deals on used boats. Check TF classified or Craigs list. I'm not in the market for a boat now but I love to look at the great deals around....Gary
 

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Sport Craft hopefully changed there fitup because it was very sloppy before they went out of business, think it was 2002 or so. 160K could be spent on a better low hour boat
 

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I'd be careful buying a boat that is not well known - the resale value will be nil.

I looked at just about every boat out there before buying a Grady.In 11 seasons of hard fishin there has been almost zero troubles.Three lightbulbs/two wiper blades/two seat slides/one helm seal ($30.00) is about it.

You get what you pay for in boats.For $160,000.00 you can buy a brand new 27 foot Grady and have alot left over for fuel for many seasons.

If you want to fish on mine-send a B-mail.IMHO- she is one of the best fishing boats that can be trailered.She can fish side by side with the bigger boats and most days outrun them :thumbup:.Plenty of room for 4-5 people but still small enough to fish alone.

Resale value is great :yes:.
 

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I've got no experience with Sport Craft, but there is one at
labmarineinc.com

that is a repo'ed boat, is late model and is being sold for less than 70k.
make it contingent upon a surveyed if you do decide to move on it.
 

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I've got no experience with Sport Craft, but there is one at
labmarineinc.com

that is a repo'ed boat, is late model and is being sold for less than 70k.
make it contingent upon a surveyed if you do decide to move on it.
 

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30 marlin

I got a 30 ft. gradywhite marlin 2004 650 hrs. Loaded with everything plus a 05 tri axle trailer. bought with 10 hr for 165000 will sell for much lower. Call me if your interested.

Brian
443-336-3360
 

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I've got no experience with Sport Craft, but there is one at
labmarineinc.com

that is a repo'ed boat, is late model and is being sold for less than 70k.
make it contingent upon a surveyed if you do decide to move on it.
 

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I have an old 30' Sportcraft Sportfisherman and it is solid as a rock and is a great fishing boat. Unless you want a new boat, buy an old Sportcraft and put a new motor in it. I paid 9,500.00 for mine, on its 4th season and still going strong.
 
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