2011 Starcraft Bay Series 170
From our 2011 Test issue
By Matt Spencer
Bay boats are huge in the Caribbean. With their shallow drafts and gunwales, they’re great for the flats and chasing some of the most exciting game fish around. That doesn’t mean they don’t have practical applications for Canadian waters as well. And when the 170 Bay Series comes with the incredible value Starcraft puts into every boat, you can justify the purchase that much more.
If you’re unfamiliar with a bay boat, picture a sleek low profile, not unlike a bass boat. Then picture that boat with a centre console and a bow that flares up and out. If you visualize this boat around 17 feet you’re now looking at a bay boat, more specifically the Bay Series 170.
The bow casting deck on this thing is massive and underneath there’s just as much storage. The surface is non-skid, along with the wide gunwales that you can use as leverage during the big fight.
All the cleats on all Bay Series are through bolted and the seat forward of the centre console doubles as a cooler. Speaking of the console, it’s very well equipped with drink holders, a wind screen, stainless hand rail and all the gauges you’d need. Rod holders are abundant and to aft is the spacious, aerated livewell.
Even though bay boats are big in the Caribbean, that doesn’t mean you can’t go chasing northern pike in the shallows with one… Or hunting that big mouth bass in the reeds… Or that school of crappie near the docks… Or that – I think you get the idea. This boat is as versatile as you make it. Would I take it out on Lake Ontario? Probably not. But it will take you where deep-Vs won’t.
So bring a touch of the Caribbean north with the Bay Series 170 by Starcraft. And by doing so you’ll also be bringing along great value as well.
Full performance data and specs: Available at BoatTest.ca.