Note: boat profiled in the following review is not a new model, yet one that deserves attention of boaters in New England.
May-Craft founder Kenneth May has a long history of building Carolina-style fiberglass outboard workboats with moderate transom deadrise for shallow draft and running efficiency, combined with a sharp bow entry for cleaving choppy seas. His boats also have graceful sheerlines, generous “Carolina flare” in the bow, and self-bailing cockpits. Meanwhile, they are nicely finished “3-part” boats, with hull, inside liner, and deck cap bonded together with sophisticated modern adhesives. The company’s 1900CC exemplifies the May-Craft level of quality and design.
Two friends of mine and their daughter have owned a 1900CC with a Yamaha F115 4-stroke for several years, and have towed it all over upper Chesapeake Bay. In addition, the boat has made at least one round trip on her own bottom from Annapolis to Tangier, and it has caught her share of fish along the way. The boat is simple inside, with a flip-back cooler helm seat, a bow casting deck with storage under, plenty of storage in the console, plus more storage and a live well in the stern quarters.
The F115 provides cruising speeds of 20 to 30 mph, with a top of about 40, but the boat will also plane at lower speeds in the teens. For the roughest conditions, my friends are considering installing trim tabs to get the absolute most out of the hull, but for most purposes, tabs are not necessary.
All in all, if you are looking for a well-built, versatile inshore platform, you could do a lot worse that the 1900CC.
- LOA: 18’ 10”
- Beam: 7’ 9”
- Draft: 11”/27”
- Weight: 1,900 lbs.
- Transom Deadrise: 12˚
- Fuel: 58 gals.
- Max power: 140 hp
- Base price w/ Yamaha F115 and a trailer: $28,061
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