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Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-)
Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-)
It strikes us as funny that a boat built for relatively sheltered waters would be called a Hurricane. Maybe it's because if you own one, you'll be having a blast? All punning aside, Hurricane is one of the best-selling deckboats, and this SunDeck 2000 OB is the newest model in the line. It comes with a lot of features, can step out smartly with only 150 horses on the transom, and buying one will relieve you of less than $40,000. If you're into having lots of fun on the water, and want room for a bunch of friends to come along, it's a boat we think you should check out.

Specifications

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Specifications
Length Overall 20' 3''
6.16 m
Dry Weight 3,116 lbs.
1,415 kg
Beam 102''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 14''
0.36 m (up)
Fuel Cap 51 gal.
193 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Captain's Report

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

Hit the gas and the SD 2000 OB will move. Yamaha says a 150-hp outboard will push the boat to 44 mph. We like the swoopy sheerline, the protective windshield and the cool graphics. Who says a deckboat has to be frumpy and plain-looking?

What's This Boat About?

Deckboats are a close relative of bowriders, but with more squared-off decklines to create extra room forward of the helm. The SunDeck 2000 OB has enough room in its bow lounge for two full-size adults to sprawl, with sufficient room between the seats that their knees won't be knocking. There's still enough foredeck for an anchor locker, and for sitting and dangling your toes in the water when said anchor is on the bottom. The aft cockpit is Seating Central, roomy enough for three, maybe four people plus the skipper in the plush bucket seat. It's a boat for the gregarious.

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

Sea Star hydraulic steering is standard, as is full instrumentation at the helm. With a single 150-hp Yamaha, Hurricane's MSRP is $39,175, including lots of standard equipment.

Below the deckline, the SD 2000 OB basically has a conventional deck boat hull. It's not an offshore boat, but intended for bays, lakes, rivers and similarly sheltered areas – the kinds of water where most people prefer to boat.

What About Construction?

Fiberglass laminates are very strong, so there's no need for Hurricane to employ esoteric technology to build the SD 2000 OB. Basic fabrics and resins will do the job. Hurricane, one of four boat companies owned by the Nautic Global Group of Elkhart, Indiana, which covers the hull with a 10-year limited warranty. Like all Hurricanes, the SD 2000 OB is NMMA-certified, meaning it meets the applicable standards of ABYC and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

A wide opening panel in the windshield makes for easy passage between forward and aft cockpits. When running, closing the lower door will block unwanted breezes. A canopy with protective boot is standard, too.

But some companies build adequate hulls and decks, but fall short in other areas – hardware, for example. Hurricane uses all stainless steel hardware, including the rubrail (often vinyl in this class), cleats and deck rails. Included as standard are telescoping ladders at both bow and stern, for swimming or debarking onto a beach. Upholstery is GX48 expanded vinyl over high-grade foam, and is covered by a five-year warranty. Even the carpet is warranted, for five years; all other components have a one-year warranty. (Contact Hurricane for full warranty details.)

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

Hurricane puts every square foot of cockpit area to good use. There's lots of stowage, too, including an under-deck locker for skis or boards. But where's the sunpad?

Any Accommodations?

Need you ask? This is a day boat. However, there is an enclosed head compartment with a portlight and sink; a Porta-Potti is optional. This will be fine for kids and emergencies, but we wouldn't want to spend much time there. The boat comes with a cockpit table and a 25-qt cooler, plenty of cupholders (even they are stainless) and lots of stowage. An under-deck locker is big enough for skis or wakeboards. Freshwater washdowns fore and aft can double as showers to rinse off after swimming or skiing. What more do you need on a boat like this?

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

The helm seat is a comfortable, well-padded bucket with a flip-up bolster for standing or leaning. There's no companion seat, but plenty of room on the adjacent wraparound lounge.

What Engine Should I Get?

Maximum rated horsepower is 225, but you don't need nearly that much. Most SD 2000 OBs leave the factory with a single 150-hp – the current offering is a Yamaha F150 TXR. We haven't tested the boat, but Yamaha ran some trials this past summer: With two people aboard, an F150-powered boat topped-out at 44 mph, cruised most economically at 27 mph, we're told. More passengers will bring down the speed, but anything around 40 mph is fast enough for a boat this size, we think, especially one intended for all-around water activities rather than high performance.

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

This isn't the SD 2000 OB – max hp for that boat is 225. But the ladder is the same, and comes standard. Stainless deck hardware is standard; pop-up cleats are optional.

But we like how Hurricane rigs the boat. Sea Star hydraulic steering is standard, with a tilt wheel. That's industry standard, top-line stuff. Full instrumentation includes volt- and hourmeter along with speedo, tach and fuel gauges. A horn is standard, as is a 12v. outlet at the helm for plugging-in a spotlight. Courtesy lighting makes moving around the cockpit safer at night, and adds the romantic touch. A compass is optional, though. What's that all about? Don't people get lost on lakes and rivers?

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

How many times have you risked breaking an ankle jumping off the bow onto a beach? No fear with a Hurricane: a bow ladder is also standard, and stows neatly when not in use.

How About Options?

You can customize your SD 2000 OB with options to suit your recreational tastes. If you like wakeboarding behind the boat, add the wakeboard tower – it comes with board racks and a Bimini top – and the telescoping ski-tow bar. If you like fishing, there's a raft of options, including fishing seats, a trolling motor and a livewell. (We think if you like fishing that much, you'll want a different boat, though. There are plenty of others better for angling, in our opinion.)

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

What's a boat like this without a couple of boards? A wakeboard tower with racks is optional; you can add high-decibel stereo speakers to it, too. The tower also includes a Bimini top. The round table is standard, and includes drinkholders.

Party animals can outfit their Hurricane with a stainless steel gas grill and a hopped-up stereo system ominously called the Thunder and Lightning upgrade: It has Polk Audio speakers and subwoofer and an 1800-Watt MTX amplifier. You can get speakers on the wakeboard tower, too, and Sirius sat radio. Our ears hurt already; a Sony CD/stereo that's good enough for most of us comes standard. For option prices, contact your Hurricane dealer.

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

No need for skis to clutter the cockpit, with this roomy under-deck locker. Hurricane builds the SD 2000 OB with a full fiberglass deck liner, so all surfaces are nicely finished. The carpet is covered by a five-year warranty.

What's BoatTEST's Recommendation?

With a Yamaha F150 TXR outboard, all standard equipment and a one-year membership in the Hurricane Owner's Club, MSRP of the SD 2000 OB is $39,175. Figure a few options and you'll be in for something under $45,000, probably less. We like that number, especially for a boat like the Hurricane. We would certainly put this boat on our short list.

As always, we strongly suggest you check out lots of similar boats before settling on one; our likes and dislikes may not agree with yours. And you can buy perfectly adequate boats for less money, too – maybe not as well-equipped as this one, but still OK. We think it's false economy to buy a boat that might not do the job as well as one that costs relatively just a bit more, but that's just us. Hurricane is the builder that pretty much invented the deckboat concept, so for that reason alone it must be on your list. It also builds sterndrive deckboats which have quite a different stern configuration which we suggest you check out, as well.

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB

Who says the SD 2000 OB isn't a cruising boat? We think this is an ideal setup, but you won't need an ultra-RV to tow the boat to faraway adventures. An SUV or pickup will do.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Fishfinder Optional
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Optional
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Warranty

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Price

Hurricane SunDeck 2000 OB (2011-) Price
Pricing Range $39,175.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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