We say simple, but that doesn’t mean uncomfortable. We found plenty of room to move about, even with her modest 20’ (6.10 m) LOA and 8'6" (2.6 m) beam. There are three entrances to the main deck: a door forward, aft, and on the port side. Up forward, two removable pedestal seats keep you comfortable while fishing or just enjoying the scenery. Under seat lure trays are an interesting option to consider. In the port bow, a storage compartment houses the trolling motor battery, and mounted into the side of the box is tackle storage. This box comes pre-rigged to plug in the optional W55 wireless MotorGuide trolling motor. Just behind the starboard pedestal seat is the 13 gallon (49.2 L) aerated livewell.
The helm is a basic layout with a small windscreen on top that merely adds to the good looks. The captain’s seat is a barrel style that adjusts fore and aft and pivots. The pivoting helm seat is actually convenient as it allows for access to the kidney-shaped table just to port. Like every other pontoon on the planet, the engine controls are mounted at a 45-degree angle instead of horizontally. Don’t ask why, no one knows.Just abaft of the helm seat is a lockable rod holder compartment. To port is an L-shaped settee with ample storage underneath. The table pivots to allow access to the seating and when pivoted back, it provides just enough space to relax while still being able to enjoy lunch and a drink.
Abaft the settee is a sunpad that rests at about 3’ (.9m) high. The reason it is so high is that underneath it houses the collapsible changing area. This is a convenient feature when wanting to change out of a wet swimsuit and back into a pair of shorts.All the way at the stern are two more pedestal seats and a fishing station that consists of three rod holders, two drink holders and hook holders. The aft gate leads to the heavy duty swim ladder.
It was hard not to like the SS214. I hate to overuse a word but comfortable best describes it, both the feeling onboard and the handling characteristics. While the company driver was onboard I got to feel how things were from different seats while underway and again, comfortable is the best description. I like that the speed is kept relatively low, for there are a large number of lakes that have heavy restrictions on speed, and this boat will be right at home on any of them. For a family looking to get on the water and play, as well as do a little fishing, this is an ideal platform, and a cost effective one as well. The gate in the bow is fairly wide and is probably wide enough to get a wheel chair aboard. Check out the measurements.If you want a pontoon boat to pull skiers and to go lickety-split around the lake, this is not the model for you, as you will need a tri-toon with a big engine. On the other hand, if you want comfortable, safe transportation around the lake and a good price, the Lowe SS210 could be the right boat for you.
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