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February 20, 2009

Sea Hunt BX 24

Sea Hunt's BX 24 keeps the options open.

Underneath the aft casting deck is a 28-gallon aerated livewell with a high-speed pickup. It kept two nice trout alive for several hours before they were released back at the dock. On either side of the well are flip-down jump seats. Not only are these thickly padded, they're actually big enough to be truly comfortable. This is the best version of any I've found.

Behind the jump seats outboard of the splash well are two storage compartments with cutouts for 5-gallon buckets. These are ideal spots to stow the cast net, dock lines, fenders or the day's trash. The convenient saltwater wash-down system, another standard feature, is located in the starboard corner.

During our foray through the tidal creeks and along the maze of docks fronting Hidden Dunes, we fished live shrimp and lures for redfish and trout. The three of us had more than enough room to cast without getting in each other's way. Moving around the boat was easy as well, due to the wide walkways around the console and the aggressive nonskid pattern on the deck. The boat hardly budged, even when we crowded to one side to release the small reds we had caught. The higher-than-average freeboard is a reassuring safety factor, especially when junior anglers are involved.

Since its humble beginnings back in 1995, Sea Hunt Boats has quietly earned a loyal following in the Southeast. If it keeps turning out models like the overbuilt - and affordable - BX 24, a lot more anglers will be making the switch.

SEA HUNT BX 24

LOA......24'  
BEAM......8'6"  
DRAFT......1'3"
DEADRISE......15°  
WEIGHT......2,700 lbs.
MAX HP......250  
FUEL......80 gals.  
PRICE......$41,495

w/ 250 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard

Sea Hunt Boats ? 803.755.6539 ? www.seahuntboats.com