Seaway’s 24 Seafarer follows the traditional look of the New England “bass boat”, with a cuddy cabin, a large protective windshield, and a canvas “Navy top” all built on a seaworthy, efficient workboat hull with a proud bow, low sides aft, and a self-bailing cockpit. The bass boats were originally built for guides carrying anglers to fish the legendary tide rips around Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cuttyhunk for striped bass, but people soon realized how useful their layout is for day-cruising and overnight trips.
The 24 Seafarer comes standard with several valuable day-boat features. The most important is an L-shaped lounge on the port side opposite the helm. It includes a sink with 13-gallon fresh water system. A 12-volt refrigerator is optional if paired with also-optional shore power and battery charger (which serves the standard twin-battery system). A microwave oven cabinet with cup and dish storage is optional for the cuddy. Other useful options include side curtains, a bow thruster, an anchor windlass, a teak-backed transom seat with cushions that complements an outboard bracket for the outboard, a macerator head with holding tank in place of the standard portable toilet with pumpout, and a teak varnish package that sets off the 24 Seafarer’s lovely lines.
Traditional bass boats had to make their living by performing, and the 24 Seafarer does that well too, with an efficient but powerful 150-hp outboard, offering easy cruising speeds of 18-25 mph with a top speed in the low 30s. That’s enough to tow a tube or skis, so the optional half swim-step with ladder is useful. And this bass boat can fish if asked, with under-gunwale rod holders standard and gunwale-mounted vertical holders optional. Another virtue of the 24 Seafarer is trailerability. Her 8’6” beam fits the regulations for all states, without necessitating wide-load permits. Thus if there’s a tidal river/sound system that begs for exploring, just hitch up, pull her out, and go. She’s a versatile, able package.