Sundance B20CC- Great Stability, Good Performance, & A Proven Hull Design
By Captain John B. Wenz
Growing up fishing, my buddies and I spent a lot of time in the saltwater flats. We often got frustrated because we couldn’t get into the real shallow stuff; we were fishing from a cuddy runabout. When we got a little older, we realized how the “old-timers”, the local baymen, did it. They used flat-bottomed Garvy-type skiffs. This hull type has been around for generations and has proved its worth for both stability and for minimal draft requirements. Sundance Boats has followed up on that tradition, realizing the value of something that has been proven over time.
Sundance Boats was put together in 1993 with their goal to “build the best shallow-draft fishing skiffs available and to do it for the best price around.” One look and you’ll agree; they’re no-nonsense, rugged fishing boats. Their hulls are unique in that they’ve added more stringers, each one consisting of a laminate structure around an internal foam pre-form. The result is a stronger, stiffer, lighter hull that’s virtually unsinkable. In addition, their lighter hulls, using a smaller engine, can provide the same performance as their competitors’ using larger outboards. On top of that, the flat-bottom hull reduces draft and increases planing efficiency. I recently traveled to Georgia to take the B20CC for a ride.
At the Bow
The deck surface up forward is what Sundance calls their “Yacht Finish.” It’s a very aggressive, molded-in non-skid pattern. It looks good and functions just as well. Whether you’re getting on board from the dock or casting a line, you won’t have to think about losing your footing. You’ll find a pop-up mooring cleat on the bow, which stows nearly flush with the deck when you don’t need. There’s also a socket for the removable navigation lights, so they can be stowed out of the way during daytime navigation. There’s a nice amount of cubic storage space forward- under the foredeck and in a pair of cushioned jumpseats outboard on both sides. In addition, there are rod holders built-in under the gunnels on both sides.
The center console is a functional, no-frills unit with plenty of space on top to mount any electronic equipment you might need. It’s got a large lexan windshield and a stainless steel handrail. Underneath is the 33 gallon gasoline tank and custom-built rod racks are fitted on port and starboard sides.
Along with a four switch electric panel and circuit breakers, the additional instrumentation package includes a fuel gauge, a voltmeter, and a tachometer with a digital hour meter. Space is provided for an OEM engine monitor readout, and they’ve added a stainless steel 12 volt outlet for your electronic gear like a cell phone or portable GPS. The 15 inch stainless steel wheel uses a planetary gear system, so there’s no engine torque transmitted back to the wheel. The helm seat is a 76-quart insulated cooler with a seat cushion. It’s got a swinging backrest so that you can sit facing forward or astern.
Back on the aft deck you’ll find more Yacht Finish non-skid with lift-up hatches accessing the battery and bilge pump. In addition, there’s an 18 gallon livewell with a high-speed pickup for when you’re running without the aerator motor.
How does she measure up? The Sundance model B20CC is 19’10” in length overall. She’s got a 94” beam and a 6” draft. You can have her rigged with an outboard motor of up to 135 horsepower. She’ll carry up to 11 persons totaling 1500 pounds, or a maximum payload of 2275 and the average weight when rigged is 1695 pounds.
Aside from superior construction, Sundance lays claim to a couple of other design features worth mentioning. They’ve moved the outer chines inward and added multiple turning rails on the bottom. This allows the boat to “lean into” a turn. They call this their “Posi-Grip, No-Trip” hull design. In addition, they’ve come up with what they refer to as the “SRV”, or Side Relief Vee bow. This feature vents water spray down and away from the boat resulting in a dry ride. They’ve done some considerable testing with high speed video equipment to figure this out.
Our Sundance B20 test boat was powered by Honda’s four stroke BF90 outboard which has 4-4 Induction for fuel efficiency. The design gives air a shorter path in the combustion chamber resulting in a very smooth, quiet running engine and excellent throttle response. It also has Single Overhead Cam 3 valve design for maximum torque and a full 90 horsepower. The BF 90 has a freshwater flush port to simplify preventative maintenance and “4-Front” corrosion protection. Critical engine electronic components are top-mounted for maximum protection from moisture.
I didn’t have any way of measuring, but I’d say that the hull design meets the builder’s claims. The surface conditions were settled, for the most part, but when the breeze came up I saw no spray on deck and turning was indeed precise with little skidding.
Sundance B220CC Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Sundance B220CC is 36.9 mph (59.4 kph), burning 9.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 34.06 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Sundance B220CC is 23.1 mph (37.2 kph), and the boat gets 7.33 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.12 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 218 miles (350.84 kilometers).
Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Honda 4-Stroke.
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Standard and Optional Equipment
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Sundance B220CC Warranty
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