Here at KenCraft Boats we have been working on a new KenCraft 25 design for the better part of 2 years and the finished product should be available soon as Hull #1 is out of the mold. This new model will replace the Challenger 240 which is no longer in production.
We have been working with Architect Dan Mielke from OneDesign to build what we feel is the perfect marriage of a true offshore fishing platform with a creature comfort family cruising boat that the entire family can enjoy out on the water. This attention to detail makes our boats different from every other builder because we sweat the small things that both a fisherman and a family want to see in today’s boats on the water. As with all of our boat lines, you really can have a fishing boat that will satisfy the family as a weekend cruiser.
The KenCraft 25 incorporates a sharp deadrise at the transom and the bow for those rides offshore in rough water, yet the family safety is not forgotten with our signature high freeboard at the amidships as well as the stern of the boat. Of course the traditional Carolina Bow Flair is there like all of our KenCraft boats. For additional safety, we will have a wraparound hand rail recessed inside the forward fish/storage boxes.
The drawings you see will show the general layout of the KenCraft 25 and how we designed the forward seating to not interfere with the fisherman, as it allows easy 360 degree walking around the interior while fighting that fish. There is a 5’ long fish box/storage box in the floor forward of the console which will hold either your large fish or your island chairs for the cruise. Forward seating boxes are fully foamed and drain overboard while also being able to store your very large fish. We have a livewell in the rear Euro transom that holds 32 gallons and for the fisherman that needs more, There will be a fold down bench seat in the rear as well. Fuel tank capacity on the KenCraft 25 is 160 gallons for a long cruising range to the canyons.
The walkdown console will have almost 6’ of headroom and will house the batteries on a built in shelf that is part of the console and not under your feet when you are inside the console. All water on the deck will drain via the transom door and not through in floor scuppers like most competitors. This means any water you might take in the boat from an unexpected wave, will quickly and safely escape out the back of the boat much faster than in floor drains; a true self bailing boat.
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