Selling my 1999 Kencraft 206 with 150 Opti after 10 years of ownership. Downsizing to something lighter, shallower, simpler, and better suited to inshore/flats fishing--which is much more fun with my five-year-old than offshore fishing.
$13,900. Boat is located in northeastern Orlando. Sea trials available at Lake Monroe or Titusville for serious buyers.
As you?ll find if you do a little research on the forum, this manufacturer in general and this hull in particular enjoy very good reputations. It?s heavily built (yes, with wood) and has a solid, substantial feel you don?t find in a lot of smaller glass boats. Absolutely zero cracking after 14 years.
Ride is exceptional for a boat this size, particularly in a head-sea, provided you tab that big, sharp entry down (tabs are basically mandatory on this hull). Boat also floats nice and high. The transom is open, but I?ve never had any issue with water coming over it, even drifting stern-to in a wide variety of offshore conditions. Water on deck drains quickly and completely?no standing water in the cockpit, even with three adults aft of the console.
You?ll read that this is a better boat with a 200 hp, and I can?t disagree with that. I?ve run it with both a 200 and a 150, and I wish had the 200. That said, it performs just fine with the 150. This particular one tops out around 38 mph on flat water with two adults and a half-tank of fuel, give or take. She cruises very comfortably at 28 mph and 4,000 rpm--which is really about as fast as you want or need to go offshore in a 21-footer.
In terms of condition, the boat is 14 years old, and it doesn?t look new. The vinyl is discolored in places, there are a few scratches in the boot stripe, and the engine cowling is pretty badly faded because the cover doesn?t include it. That said, she?s in quite good shape for a 14-year-old boat that has seen her share of use, and all systems function well. Bottom-line, you?ll be hard-pressed to find this much offshore capability for the money.
1999 Kencraft Challenger 206
20?6? x 8?3?
Listed hull weight 2,400 lbs.
90 gallons fuel
Bennett sport tabs
SeaStar hydraulic steering
Two batteries with selector switch
1998 Mercury Optimax 150 Offshore
Lots of recent service, including new serpentine belt, new tensioner, new plugs, new high-pressure fuel pump, new TPI, new filters, complete 300-hour work-over, more details available
Fuel lines recently replaced, tank cleaned, fuel polished
Mirage Plus prop, minor dings
Under-gunwale racks for 6 rods
4 stainless flush-mount holders
6 launchers on T-top
2 clamp-on stainless rod holders
Built-in 4-tray locking tackle box in console
30-gallon round bait tank with 500 gph screw-in pump and high-speed thru-hull pickup
Raw water washdown with high-speed thru-hull pickup
Raymarine DS 600x color sounder (2004, I believe) with 1kW thru-hull transducer?outstanding power and resolution for a small boat
Garmin GPSmap 178, sounder function disconnected
2 garden-variety fixed-mount VHFs, one with 8-foot fiberglass antenna, one with 3-foot stainless whip
Kenwood CD player/receiver, two 6.5" Standard Horizon speakers
Fortress FX-7 aluminum anchor with 15? chain and 150? premium three-strand
Backup galvanized Danforth-style anchor with chain and line
Bow anchor roller
2 dock lines
Edson stainless power knob
Fore and aft flood lights on T-top
Rule 1500 GPH auto/manual bilge pump, plus spare
Swim platform with telescoping ladder
Custom Pacific Yacht Towers T-top, 2-inch crack in top frame, otherwise excellent
Three-sided console enclosure with roll-up aft wings
Full custom cover, tear on port side where rod holder wore through
Cushions on leaning post and seat in front of console, plus coaming bolsters all in decent condition?not pretty but not torn either
Fold-down aluminum footrest on leaning post
1999 Trail-Rite galvanized tandem
4 new tires in May 2013
2 spare tires with covers
Surge brakes non-functional, need to be replaced, although boat tows and stops fine with full-size pickup
All lights work