I guided out of a 24' CS from 1997 - 2008. Quite a few very reputable guides around here use the 24' CS, from back in the 1990's and currently.
The 24' CS is a great boat and is what a I call a 'fishing vessel' - draft is 6" up to 2800 lb.'s in the shallows and you can still go to the mid bay wells, ... or even off-shore Gulf of Mexico on calm days.
I could have 5 guy's 200+ lb.s each and me (222 lb.'s) and still get up in 1' of water.
I personally would not get a CS unless it was 21' or a 24' for bay fishing, unless its used for only flats fishing.
The 24' CS is as dry a ride as you will find when navigated correctly.
Great on gas, I 1st had a 70 HP Evinrude on it that pushed it 35 mph, then a 115 Mariner that would get in the mid 50 mph.
Plenty of room and very comfortable for people to fish, especially drifting the shallows or on a windy day at a mid bay reef or oil & gas platform.
Very safe boat for a family and kids, ... I have navigated to home port safely even when confronted with an unpredicted a 65 mph "gust front" in June that lasted over 5 hrs. Just kept her at a steady 3000 rpm and road those big waves home. Quite a few guides were stranded at their fishing location that day until the gust front finished blowing through 5 hrs later.
Good Luck with your search and your choice !!!
Edited by Grinder55 (09/21/15 04:36 PM)