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NauticStar Launches its 249 XTS and 249 Bay models at the Houston Boat Show

NauticStar Boats is pleased to officially debut the latest vessels in its NauticBay and XTS Series lineups: the NauticStar 249 Bay and 249 XTS.


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“These boats represent what NauticStar is known for,” says Jay Povlin, President of NauticStar Boats. “NauticStar’s core value proposition is a smooth, dry ride with all the necessary fishing features. We ensure our boats run well in all kinds of water conditions, and the 249s are no exception. They provide an optimal platform for everybody on board to have an exceptional day, whether fishing, cruising, or navigating skinny waters.”

NauticStar, the best-selling bay boat manufacturer in North America, sees the 249 models as compelling offerings in the bay boat segment. Featuring versatile hull and deck designs, both XTS and Bay models are engineered for optimum performance and comfort, and come at a highly competitive price point. 

“NauticStar customers are looking for the highest-value option,” Povlin says. “And that’s what we deliver: great performance, great design, and great build quality at an affordable price.” 

The 249 XTS and Bay models will feature NauticStar’s STAR Performance System with air-assist chine and planning pod technology, a Limited Lifetime Hull Warranty, and a one-piece foam stringer system. The bows are designed with a much deeper deck to accommodate safe, ample seating. In addition, these models feature increased storage capacity and multiple console options. 

Other specs include:

  • 24 ft 3” LOA (not including motor) and 8’ 6” Beam.
  • 14” draft.
  • 16° deadrise and transom and 40° at entry.
  • 75 Gal. fuel capacity.
  • 2 – tournament livewell/baitwells – 1 in the console seat (13 Gal.) and 1 between the aft jumpseats (30 Gal.) with high-speed aerator pickups. (XTS also has recirculating pumps.)
  • Port and starboard lockable rod lockers in the bow with 8-rod capacity.
  • Insulated fish box in the bow with overboard drain – 28 Gal.
  • Insulated dry storage box that can also be used as a fish box or cooler – 39 Gal.
  • 3 styles of console:
    • Standard XTS elevated console (available with optional color match canvas T-top)
    • XTS with head console and integrated D-channel fiberglass T-top 
    • Sport-style console (not elevated).

About NauticStar Boats, LLC

NauticStar Boats, part of the MasterCraft Boat Holdings family since 2017, was founded in 2002 and is located on 17 acres in Amory Mississippi. With more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space, NauticStar is one of the top producers of high-quality bay boats, deck boats and offshore center console boats from 19 to 32 feet. Professional and sport fishermen, recreational and pleasure boating enthusiast appreciate the many standard and available features that are offered by NauticStar for a customized fit for their lifestyle. 100% wood-free construction and one-piece foam filled stringer system is the backbone of each boat that allows NauticStar to offer a limited lifetime warranty on their boats. For more information on NauticStar Boats’ full line of boats, visit or call 662-200-4664.  NauticStar USA is not associated with Nautic Star, the Australian builder of aluminum boats.

About MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Vonore, Tenn., MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCFT) is a leading innovator, designer, manufacturer and marketer of recreational powerboats through its four wholly-owned brands, MasterCraft, NauticStar, Crest and Aviara Boats. Through these four brands, MasterCraft Boat Holdings has leading market share positions in three of the fastest growing segments of the powerboat industry – performance sport boats, outboard saltwater fishing, pontoon boats – while entering the large, growing luxury day boat segment.