Watch the Starcraft Starfish 176 Video Boat Review

Overview: An aluminum dual-console fishing machine that can handle big water.


  • Versatility and reliability are the two key words Starcraft likes to keep in mind, with this boat.

Starcraft Starfish 176 Performance Data

  • A .10 aluminum hull bottom supports a pressure-treated plywood deck (which has a lifetime guarantee).

  • Sturdy, tall windshield provides lots of protection and won’t wiggle when you shake it.

  • Rubbery non-skid deck is extremely grippy.

  • Seams and transom corners are double-rivited, for extra strength.


  • With a 90-hp. ETEC outboard, this boat cruises at around 30-mph and approaches 40 at top-end.

  • Hole shot is excellent.


  • Four-keel hull design grabs the water in sharp turns, but prop tends to blow out if you make them too tight.

  • Takes waves well for its size.

Starcraft Starfish 176 specifications
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  • Deep foredeck gives a real feeling of security.

  • Beam is carried far forward, making for lots of fishing room.

  • Rodbox in the foredeck is HUGE- it holds 11 rigs.

  • Seats are surprisingly comfy for a boat of this size and nature.

  • * The Starcraft Starfish 176 has been named one of the Top 10 Fishing Boats of 2012.