Captain's ReportHurricane 217 SunDeck By Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainThe Godfrey line of deck boats continues to deliver versatile fiberglass boats that combine the utility and stability of a pontoon with the sporty ride and action of a fiberglass V-hull style boat. Hurricane has been building these quality deck boats for over thirty years and continues to listen to customer comments to improve their models. You will find the latest in technology on these fine boats as well as in the Honda powered outboards.At the BowUp front on the 217 SD is an aggressive grip surface on the forward boarding platform complete with a beach boarding ladder as well as cup holders for two beverages. To keep those beverages cool there is a built-in cooler in the bow step. Low safety rails are above the seats and nicely cushioned seat backs and bottoms conceal tons of storage below. Lounger backs face forward from the helm and companion station fronts. Over on the starboard side is a dock side entry. You don’t have to worry about finding room for your skis and wakeboards, there is a large compartment in the front floor. The companion side of the cockpit has a handy changing room with a vanity and faucet for cleaning up. The Porta-Potti is a convenient option, especially with small children on board. The windshield top rail is stainless steel and the remainder of the frame is powder-coated. The walk-thru is nice, but I would like to see a lower shield added for the times when needed to block the cold air while heading out or back home on a cool day.Helm FeaturesOver at the helm station is storage large enough for another carry-on cooler. Godfrey really shows its stripes when you check out the doors. They have gasketed the closer to prevent the fiberglass to fiberglass noises you usually hear on boats today. The helm seat is double-wide with a handy glove box below for your wallet and other papers. The gauges are laid out in logical order for easy view and use and the wood accents dress up the helm. Two cup holders are on the starboard wall for you and your helper. Steering on my test model was hydraulic and had a tilt wheel. A Clarion Satellite-ready system provides the tunes underway and while you are holed up in your favorite spot.Speaking of entertainment, there is a wet bar with faucet/shower head, a covered sink and storage aft the helm. The snack table locks into place with a twist making a very sturdy table. The L-bench seat brings all your guests together for the action at anchor with comfort. A swim shower is at the transom walk-thru. The transom swim platform has a three-step boarding ladder making for a quick and safe reboarding after a swim or turn at the skis.SpecsGodfrey’s Hurricane 217 Sun Deck is 20’10” length overall. The beam width on this model is 8.5 feet. She is rated for up to the 225-hp outboard we had on our test model. She weighs about 2630 lbs dry and has a draft requirement of 14 inches. Her fuel capacity is 52 gallons which should give you a great day for fun on the water. Out test boat had a optional wake board tower installed for even more fun on the water.Engine and PerformanceHonda’s BF 225-hp Four-Stroke is the flagship of this series of high performance, efficient workhorses. It is the same engine as Honda Automotive uses in the Odyssey and Pilot. Air induction on the BF225 is a two stage system, pulling fresh air from the top and running through long intakes to a butterfly that opens at 4000 rpm insuring the proper air for low speeds as well as high speed performance. A belt driven 90 amp alternator insures plenty of charge for the electronics aboard. It delivers a powerful jolt of 60 amps to the battery insuring a good charge with power left for everything else. The lower unit has a forward and reverse gear and oil pump. Above the gear case is the water pump impeller that will need periodic routine service. Lean burn feedback on the BF225 will save you about 20% on fuel cost over many of its competitive models.We tested this boat on an inland lake in Indiana. We found she cruised at 3000 rpm and 17.6 mph for a range of 158 miles on a full tank of fuel. She topped out at 5200 rpm and 46.7 mph. I found she was on plane in just 4.4 seconds and at 30 mph in 7.9 seconds. She handled very smoothly and cut turns great for skiing.If you are looking for a boat that delivers the stable ride of a pontoon boat yet has the versatility of a ski boat, then Godfrey has just the right boat waiting for you.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Hurricane SunDeck 217 O/B (2006-) is 46.7 mph (75.2 kph), burning 16.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 60.56 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Hurricane SunDeck 217 O/B (2006-) is 17.6 mph (28.3 kph), and the boat gets 3.38 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.44 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 158 miles (254.28 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 225-hp Honda 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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