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Hurricane SunDeck 217 O/B (2012-)
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Brief Summary

The Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB is built by the company that started the deckboat concept 20 years ago or so. It has continued to build boats that are a variation on the theme and now has 36 models in three different product lines. They all have a few things in common: broad bows, lots of seating, low freeboard, and a port-side helm in all but one model. We've chosen the SunDeck 217 OB to review because it is typical of the Hurricane breed, yet because she has an outboard, she is a little different.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel color coordinated canopy with protective boot
  • Entertainment center with sink; pressurized water system and storage
  • Sony CD stereo XM10 with MP3 input & 2 speakers
  • Anchor locker
  • Ladders: bow telescoping & stern telescoping
  • Hydraulic Sea Star steering with tilt wheel
  • Trim gauge with engine package
  • Enclosed head with sink
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 20' 10''
    6.35 m
    Beam 102''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 3,200 lbs.
    1,453 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 14''
    0.36 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 50 gal.
    195 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    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

    Std. Power 1 x 150-hp Yamaha F150TXR
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    The Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB can hold 10 people in comfort. Kids will love jumping off both its bow and stern to enjoy the water.

    Mission of the Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB

    Like all Hurricane models the 217 OB is intended to seat as many people as possible and to be used as an affordable watersports platform on small lakes and rivers. Like all Hurricane deckboats the 217 can be used as a swim platform both at the bow and at the stern, making her deck a great place for kids. Mom and dad will love all of the room for socializing. Its major difference from most of the other Hurricane deckboats is that it is powered by an outboard engine.

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    The SunDeck 217 OB layout makes it clear that max seating is its primary mission in life.

    Distinguishing Features

    • Designed for protected water.

    When other builders began copying the deckboat concept many, of course, had to try to improve on the concept. The trouble is Hurricane got the basics right in the beginning. Kids use her as a swimming float, diving off both the bow and the stern. Her low freeboard makes it easy to re-board.

    • Max, wrap-around seating.

    By drawing the beam out to the bow Hurricane is able to have a U-shaped lounge that can easily seat five people with remarkable knee room. By having a port-side L-settee in the stern, the boat seats another four or five people around a café table.

    • Seating capacity equals person capacity.

    We are often amused that the USCG formula for calculating "passenger capacity" is usually greater than the number of seats for the average adult. Not so on the 217 OB which has a rated capacity of 10 people and can easily seat that many adults.

    • No-frills base boat.

    Over the years many builders have added amenities to their base boat which has naturally raised the price. Besides the obvious downside of higher pricing some buyers don't use the equipment or features built in. Hurricane has resisted that urge, has kept its price down, and allows the consumer to pick and choose the options wanted aboard from an a la carte menu.

    • Changing room/head compartment.

    Many boats in this size range do not have a changing room/head. The SunDeck 217 OB does and it is on the port side. Naturally, the Porta-Potti is an option.

    • Outboard powered.

    Perhaps as high as 95% of the sportboats built today are sterndrive powered. But that is slowly changing as the SunDeck 217 OB demonstrates.

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    The SunDeck 217 OB has plenty of space forward for stretching out or seating around and optional café table. The snap-in carpet is optional.

    Major Features

    Helm.

    The pedestal-mounted bucket helm seat is wide and has a bolster. The steering system is hydraulic and the wheel tilts. Instruments have fog-resistant gauges and are simple. There is an hour meter, which is a bit unusual and welcome. As usual there is storage under most of the seats so there are plenty of places to put PFDs, water toys, towels, and food. There is a 25-quart cooler and a sink on the starboard side abaft the helm. There are several aspects of the boat that are important from a safety standpoint. One of the them is the dedicated anchor locker in the bow, something we think no boat should be without. A Bimini top with boot comes as standard equipment and that is important for UV protection. All cleats and hand-holds are stainless steel.

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    A sink just abaft the helm seat provides an amenity and the optional presser-water nozzle can be used in the sink or as a shower.

    Options

    When we look over the options list we see a number of things we would order. Fishing folks will want to go one way, and watersports dudes will go another.

    Watersports.

    We would add the optional iPod or MP3, a battery switch, and dual trays for dual batteries -- we never like to be with just one battery. Stainless steel rub rails will pay for themselves over a couple of years, particularly if kids are driving the boat.

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    Skiers will want a ski-tow bar and wakeboarders might want a wakeboard tower. Both are available as options.

    Some people like snap-in carpet, but we could live without it in a boat like this that is designed for lots of activity. The café table that goes in the stern is optional, as is the pedestal base for another one in the bow. We'd go for two for those evening when it is nice to take a sundown cruise with friends around the lake. And, of course, we'd put in the Porta-Potti.

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    Anglers will like the optional live well with pump in the bow. Note the pedestal mount for a casting seat.

    Fishing.

    Anglers will want the optional live well with pump, a depth sounder, trolling motor harness and plug and rod storage clips. We'd go for the deluxe fish seat and mount it in the bow for comfortable casting.

    Basic Specs

    Please keep in mind that Hurricane is constantly upgrading and changing its models so the specs of the 2012 217 SD may not be the same as what you have seen in the past on a similar model. The 2012 SunDeck 217 OB has an LOA of 20'10" (6.35 m) and an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam. With the drive up she draws 14" (0.36 m) and has a fuel capacity of 50gallons (195 L). As noted, she has a rated person capacity of 10.

    Pricing

    According to Hurricane the boat has an MSRP as low as $33,999 when powered by the Yamaha F150TXR mentioned above. That does not include shipping, dealer prep, tax, or a trailer.

    Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB
    Hurricane uses stainless steel cleats, hand-holds and fixtures on the 217 OB. The docking light is an option.

    Observations

    We do not believe that consumers should look at buying boats as a commodity. Buying a boat is not like ordering a load of gravel, filling up the tank with gas, or buying a pound of grapes. Most boat builders have their "sweet spot" to entice consumers and obviously some use price. But there is more to a boat than that.

    Look at utility.

    We'd suggest the buyers first look at the boat's "utility" for their purpose. For example, if there are ten people in a family or group of friends then a boat that holds ten people no matter how much it costs should be considered. If you have several young kids who love to jump off the boat into the water and paddle around, then a boat that can act like a swim float will provide hours of fun for them and joy for the adults. Finally, there are many boaters who prefer outboard power to sterndrives. Since outboard-powered sportboats are in the minority you may find it easier to sell one on the used boat market.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional
    Head: Fixed 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
    Full Canvas Optional

    Warranty

    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Yes
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