Captain's Report by Capt. Steve--
Hurricane focuses all their attention on deckboats, and now they’ve created the FunDeck 226 OB to combine the characteristics of a planing hull with the roominess of a pontoon boat. Most of the amenities that apply to toons are also available on this version as well. She even makes an excellent fishing platform with fishing options available.
Pontoon style fencing
– There are no real topsides to speak of on the FD 226, but protection is provided by pontoon style fences which keep the center of gravity low to the water. •
Fiberglass cathedral hull.
- With a relatively flat hull that presents a 12.5-degree deadrise at the transom, stability seems to be the main attribute. •
-the "F" in the model designator means that she's got fishing features, and that makes sense as it so easy to get all around this boat. More to the point, however, the forward fences on this boat are moved back nearly 4’(1.22 m).•
Standard dock lights
-this was a bit of a surprise to see in the standard list, but there they sit.•
Standard stern table
-with an optional table for the bow available.
Performance and Handling
The Hurricane FD 226F OB has a LOA of 22'2" (2.3 m), a beam of 7'6" (2.3 m) and a draft of only 10” (25.4 cm). With an empty weight of 2,300 lbs (1,043 kg) 30 gallons (113.6 L) of fuel and two people on board, we had a test weight of 3,318 lbs (1505 kg).With an Evinrude E-TEC 150 powering our test boat we reached a top speed of 5500 rpm and 43.6 mph. At that speed fuel burn was only 15.2 gph giving us a range of 157 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 20.6 mph. That reduced the fuel burn to only 4.2 gph which the FD 226 could keep up for just over 13 hours and 269 miles.
Fast out of the blocks
Her relatively flat hull gave us a quick time to plane of only 2.6 seconds with little to no bow rise. We accelerated to 20 mph in 3.8 seconds and 30 mph in 5.9 seconds. Although this particularly model is designated for fishing, it also has a ski tow bar in the stern. It is obvious that this hull will be ideal for beginning skiers or wakeboarders. Clearly the Evinrude E-TEC 150 two-stroke has the low-end torque to get this hull up and on her way in a hurry.With winds gusting to 20 mph across our test lake we had choppy conditions which the 226 seem to handle well. Because she is so adept at throwing water to the sides, in beam seas the wind would pick that water up and throw it back at the boat. She provided a bumpy ride at high-speed, but cruise was much more sedate. While she was easily handling this sort of chop it quickly became apparent that she's much more comfortable in calm protected waters. Because she's so quick to respond to the helm, she would make an excellent watersports platform and her roominess certainly lends herself nicely to entertaining.
As we step aboard the bow we're greeted with a large foredeck is clearly designed as a casting platform. With low 7” (17.8 cm) rails this is clearly not a place to be while the boat is underway but the two pedestal seats are definitely made for fishing, possibly while controlling an optional trolling motor, which the 226 is pre-rigged for. The foredeck measures 4'6" (1.37 m) x 7'1" (2.2 m) and an optional live well lies between the seats.
The first of three boarding gates is at the bow allowing access to the main deck. The gates all lift to open and when closed remain secure even as I apply a force to them. The bow opening measures 2'1" (5.28 cm) and there is a 3” (7.62 cm) step down to the deck. Recessed into the step is a courtesy light and a pre-rigged plug for a trolling motor.
Immediately to port is a double wide seat measuring 3'4" (1 m). It's heavily padded with weather resistant vinyl and a rotocast molded shell. There are three tones of vinyl and the seat has two densities of foam with thicker padding being immediately under your legs. The seat itself is held in place with two 6” (15.24 cm) hinges allowing access to the storage underneath.Just 2'7" (.79 m) across to the starboard side is a second seat laid out in more of a chaise lounge fashion. This time the seat measures 4'1" (1.24 m) and storage underneath is compartmentalized with access to the first section under the seat cushion, and the second being accessed from a hinged door on the side of the seat.
Directly in the center of the port-hand side is a second boarding gate with additional seating and a helm console just behind. I measured 1'10" (.57 m) between the seat and the helm console. There are three storage options right in close proximity to each other, first under the helm. This is also home to a 25 quart (23.6 L) carry-on cooler. To port is storage on the side of the aft facing seat.
And then there’s sole storage, and this is an area that I think could use a little more thought. It's definitely among the largest sole storage compartments I've ever seen, running from bow to stern, but because it is so large items are definitely going to get lost inside. I feel it would be in Hurricane’s best interest to put two, possibly three access hatches in the deck so that the full size of this compartment can be accessed more easily.
Hurricane really got the helm ergonomics down on the 226. The helm seat has flip-down armrests that leave my fingertips falling right at the wheel and the engine control. A plastic faux wood panel lies against a white dash, and I'd like to see the entire console colored gray to knock down the glare effect on sunny days. Cable steering is standard, our test boat was fitted with the optional SeaStar hydraulic steering with the wheel mounted to a tilt base.
An optional marine grade stereo was in a recessed and covered compartment to the left. Waterproof rocker switches were below and to both sides of the helm. A 12 V power supply was to the right of the wheel in a bit of an awkward position as there’s nowhere to place anything you're going to plug in the that charger. I like to see a drink holder down low against the starboard bulwarks, possibly two, with a 12 V power supply located next to them. Currently, the only drink holders anywhere near the helm are forward of the windshield and in the stern cockpit table.
L-shaped seating takes up most of the stern area and it wraps around a standard cocktail table. The helm seat swivels around to join the crowd around this table which makes the stern a second intimate gathering area. The aft faced seating is chaise lounge style and there's storage underneath all the seats.
The third boarding gate is to the stern and the opening is 1'9" (.53 m). As with the foredeck, the aft deck is a 3” (7.6 cm) step up from the cockpit. A heavy duty ski tow rail lies ahead of the engine well with the tubular steel measuring 1 ½” (3.8 cm) in diameter. To port is a small sunpad that lifts to reveal either an optional changing room or optional head. To the starboard side is a three-step reboarding ladder lying atop an access hatch leading to the battery compartment. A Preferred Option Group puts together some popular must-haves that include a dual battery switch, snap in carpet, an iPod holder, and a changing room with curtain.
It’s easy to see the appeal of a hybrid design such as we see here. Pontoon boats with only two tubes tend to do a lot of flexing as they encounter chop that this Hurricane FD 226 remained stable throughout our test. Of course the roomy and open layout has advantages that are self-evident. This is not the only deckboat-toon on the market. But when we compared the Hurricane with several others we find that she is lighter, a bit narrower and at the low end when it comes to draft, drawing only 10’’ (25.2 cm). These attributes mean that she will be easier to trailer and require less fuel going down I-80. Because of her draft she will be ideal for people who have docks in thin water. With a top speed of 46 mph and her remarkable time to place for such a large boat, the Evinrude 150 seems to be a good choice for this hull.It is important to keep in mind that this is not a rough water boat, but more people don’t want to go out in those conditions anyway. What she is designed for is entertaining, fishing, and watersports in protected water, and for those purposes the Hurricane FunDeck 226 should fit the bill.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Hurricane FunDeck 226F OB (2013-) is 43.6 mph (70.2 kph), burning 15.21 gallons per hour (gph) or 57.57 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Hurricane FunDeck 226F OB (2013-) is 20.6 mph (33.2 kph), and the boat gets 4.91 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.09 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 269 miles (432.91 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC 150.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|