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Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-)
Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-)
Two decades ago Hurricane started the whole notion of a "deckboat," something that caught on quickly because it was big inside and affordable. Now most every sportboat builder has its own version of a deckboat, but few brands have as many different models as Hurricane -- 38 models ranging from 18' to 26' (5.48 to 7.92 m) with most having a 8'6" (2.59 m) beam. There are single consoles, dual consoles, wide consoles, narrow consoles, and now -- center consoles. Mom and the kids can go tubing on Saturday and Dad and his buddies can go fishing on Sunday. What will they think of next?

Key Features

  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Entertainment center
  • Anchor locker
  • Wide color band
  • Bow telescoping and stern telescoping ladders
  • Stern livewell recirculating with pump
  • Instrument panel featuring fog resistant gauges
  • Quick release windscreen
  • 25 quart cooler
  • Enclosed head compartment

Specifications

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) Specifications
Length Overall 23' 2''
7.07 m
Dry Weight 3200 lbs.
1453 kg.
Beam 102''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 14'
356 m
Fuel Cap 55 gal.
208 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 4228 lbs.
1920 kg
Max Headroom N/A 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 SS 231 OB (2013-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Various engines: BRP, Honda, Mercury and Yamaha up to 300-hp

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) Captain's Report

Snapshot Review--

The Mission of the Hurricane SS 231 OB

Over the years Hurricane deckboats have gained a reputation for maximizing seating capacity, but the SS 231 OB actually reduces seating. In order to fit in a center console and have wide side aisles so anglers, or guests, can pass fore and aft, Hurricane has blown out the midships seating. By creating the two wide "side decks" the builder has opened up the boat making it far easier to move back and forth. Several fishing amenities have been put aboard to entice casual anglers and to create a multi-use boat, but our guess is that most people will be attracted to this model because of all of its deck space. It has a rated capacity for 12 people.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

These two anglers are heading out in a blustery day to wet their lines in a large freshwater lake. Note the bottom shape and low deadrise aft for speed and stability.

Distinguishing Features

Center Console in a Deckboat. There are two seats behind the console and wide side decks.

More Head Room. An optional portable head can be put in the console and because it is higher than the overhead in the dual consoles, there is more head room.

Fishing Features in a Deckboat. Standard items includes rod holders, tackle drawers and trays, and a recirculating livewell in the stern.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

These two eager anglers catch some air as the SS 231 OB returns from a trip. She has some fishing amenities and a long option list of fishy equipment.

Description of the SS 231 OB

Locus of Operation. This model is the same hull as the SS 232 OB but is different from the other 26 models of Hurricane, although it may look similar at first glance. Like many of the Hurricane deck boats the SS 231 OB has a low freeboard and wide bow that is roughly squared off in order to seat more people. The bottom has a low deadrise aft which makes the boat more stable and faster than a deep-V. This design saves weight, keeps the gunwales low to the water for watersports and is appropriate for rivers and lakes.

Maxing Seating Capacity. Seating capacity is rated at 12, and 12 people will certainly fit if everyone is sitting up straight. Keep in mind that most Hurricanes are rated from 10 people to 12 no matter how large or small they are and no matter how many linear feet of seating they may have.

USCG Formula. The fact is most of the larger Hurricanes can seat more people than they are rated for. The reason for that is that rated seating capacity is a USCG formula that has nothing to do with seats and everything to do with the volume of the boat to its gunwales. No boat, no matter how many seats should be loaded beyond its rating.

No Loss in Capacity. So, in fact, despite the fact that the SS 231 OB has lost some seating due to the center console, it has not lost any passenger capacity, which is rated at 12. In fact, by the very nature of the way people use the boat and sit on the forward seats that are made for lounging, it is more likely that seven or eight people will sit on the boat, and quite comfortably at that.

Pricing

Pricing depends on the engines selected. Hurricane offers rigging for 32 different engine models from four major outboard manufacturers -- Evinrude, Honda Mercury and Yamaha.

Powered by a Evinrude E-TEC 150 DBX the MSRP is $36,045; with a Mercury 150 XL Optimax it is $36,007. Pricing with 225-hp engines ranges from a low of $42,557 for the Evinrude E-TEC to a high of $47,481 for the Yamaha F225 XCA.

Max horsepower rating on this 3,200 lbs. (1,454 kgs.) boat, dry, is 300. Here the lowest price is with the Evinrude 300 DPX at $40,268 to a high of $44,864 for the Mercury XL Verado Pro 45.

Snapshot Look--

Hurricane SS 231 OB

Layout plan for the SS 231 OB. "A" = Bow and stern insulated self-draining boxes that can be converted to optional livewells. "B" = Storage. "C" = Molded-in sinks with covers. The starboard sink has a sprayer. "D" = Anchor locker. "E" = Head compartment. "F" = Access to battery and bilge pumps. The arrow indicates the placement of an optional casting seat for fishing.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

This rod rack for four rods is an option and fits into the bulwarks on the starboard side.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

To port of the center console is a standard 25 quart cooler and a dedicated space for it.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

In the cockpit sole is a large insulated box with drain. This can be converted into a livewell. Note the gasket on the rim and the scupper to the right of the lid. The snap-in Berber carpet is optional.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

The optional ski tow pylon is a nod to the watersports genesis of this boat.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

This is the optional deluxe fish seat with pedestal with cup holders on either side of the base.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

This is a self-draining cooler in the bow which can be converted into an optional livewell. It is on the seat platform on the centerline and doubles as a step to the bow.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

Here is part of what sets this boat apart from most other deckboats -- the compartment in the console. An optional portable head will fit into the compartment. It is lockable.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

This image gives a fairly good idea of the view from the helm. Note the cooler to port. Forward of it is a cabinet for tackle drawers that is standard.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

The two-place center console has a clean and simple instrument panel. The steering wheel tilts and we like the angle of the throttle.

Hurricane SS 231 OB

As is obvious from the pictures on this page the SS 231 OB powered by 225-hp outboard can get up and go.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Fishfinder Optional
GPS/Chart Optional
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Portable Optional
Power Steering Optional
Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Optional
Tower: Watersports Optional
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) Warranty

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) 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.
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) Price

Hurricane SS 231 OB (2013-) Price
Pricing Range $36,840.00
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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