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.
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.
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.)
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?
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!