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July 14, 2005

Century 2400 CC

Although the company experienced a few bumpy years before Yamaha bought it, Century now makes boats you can be prouder than ever to own.

The white lapstrake hull and high-gloss varnished mahogany gleamed in the brilliant sun. I had just finished a complete refit of the 1953 Century Raven, including replacing every bottom fastener with a stainless thru-bolt. Even the marinized 210-hp Chevy 327 block had been rebuilt by my neighbor, the mechanic. At 15, I couldn't have been prouder of my own "first boat." That kind of experience always leaves its mark, and to this day, I have a soft spot in my heart for Century boats. Although the company experienced a few bumpy years before Yamaha bought it, Century now makes boats you can be prouder than ever to own.

Performance

It never fails to blow like stink during the Miami Boat Show in February. But that presents an all-encompassing challenge for a boat since we can run in flat water on the waterway and then test the boat's mettle in offshore seas. The Century 2400's twin 150-hp Yamaha four-strokes idling at 1,000 rpm carried us underneath the bridges at 4.5 mph with nary a trace of turbulence in the wake. At this slow-trolling speed, the engines didn't even use enough fuel to register on the Yamaha fuel management gauges.

We hit a top speed of 47 mph at 6,000 rpm using a total of 29.5 gph. The most efficient cruising speed gave us an impressive range of almost 400 miles at 26.5 mph (figuring 90 percent usable fuel). That represents a whopping 2.53 mpg.

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA 24 ft. 6 in.
BEAM 8 ft. 6 in.
MAX HP (2) 150-hp OB
DEADRISE 20 deg.
DRAFT 1 ft. 3 in.
FUEL 175 gal.
WEIGHT 4,300 lb. (w/o power)
MSRP $68,194
 (w/T150-hp four-strokes)

Century Boats
Panama City, Florida
850-769-0311
www.centuryboats.com

Unfortunately, the 14 1/4-by-18 props wouldn't let us plane on one engine. However, on my boats, I make it a habit to carry a spare prop with a 2-inch difference for single-engine running that will surely get it up on plane.

Turning the wheel hard over at cruising speed commands a sharp turn at first, while the boat bleeds off speed. After a point, the inside bow dips and the prop ventilates - keeping everyone aboard safely in their seats.

If you prefer drift fishing, you'll particularly appreciate how the 2400 drifts directly beam-to the wind and sea with an incredibly comfortable

Yamaha 150-hp Four-stroke

TYPE Inline 4
DISPL 163 cid
MAX RPM 6,000
HP/LB RATIO 0.32
FUEL SYSTEM Electronic fuel injection
GEAR RATIO 1.85:1
WEIGHT 466 lb.
ALT. OUTPUT 35 amps
MSRP $13,140

roll moment.  It's very short with supergentle transitions in the 3- to 4-foot seas at a period of about three seconds that we experienced when we ran the boat.

Coming back through Government Cut with the wind against the tide is a challenge for any boat.  Down-sea, the broad shoulders at the bow provide loads of buoyancy. So when you 

NOTABLE STANDARD
EQUIPMENT
? Leaning post w/livewell
? Lockable rod boxes
? Waterproof electrical connectors
? LED cockpit lighting
? Coaming pads
? Hydraulic tilt steering

overtake the back of a wave, the nose lifts up and over rather than carving into it, blowing out spray and risking a swerving turn.

IMPRESSIONS
A shiny, stylish boat that performs very well both
running and fishing. It's hard to argue with those kinds of credentials.