The Sailfish 220CC is designed and built to primarily provide a solid fishing platform that can handle most reasonable coastal conditions. The model’s standard features and layout delivers fishing capabilities that extend from in-shore bait-casting to light offshore trolling.
- • Well Organized Cockpit. The Sailfish 220CC cockpit offers serious anglers a highly functional space.
- • Center Console Compartment Finished with Fiberglass.
- • Flexible Forward Seating. Options make this boat more family-friendly.
- • Sound Helm Ergonomics. The helm appears to have been designed by experienced boaters.
- • Carbon Fiber and Kevlar® Reinforced Deck and Hull.
The Sailfish 220CC has a length overall of 21’3” (6.48 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m) and a draft of 18” (45.72 cm). With an empty weight of 4,450 lbs. (2,018 kg), 64.5% fuel (60 gallons / 227 L), no freshwater onboard, two people and test gear there was an estimated test weight of 5,230 lbs. (2,372 kg).
The test was conducted with an ambient temperature of 96-degrees F at sea level, which is not optimal for the engine’s best performance.
Top Speed. With a single Yamaha F200, the Sailfish 220CC reached a top speed at 5900 rpm of 46.2 mph.
Best cruise came at 3500 rpm and 22.9 mph. That speed produced a fuel burn of 4.8 gph which the Sailfish 220CC could maintain theoretically for 17 hours and 20 minutes and 396 statute miles with 10% fuel reserve.
The boat displayed poise and instilled confidence in the operator with a solid, dry ride, and smooth handling. With the calm sea conditions, the boat was tested using the wake of the camera boat to simulate chop. Crossing the wake, the Sailfish 220CC maintained course and did not create undue spray.
The cockpit of the Sailfish 220CC is arranged for both fishing and comfort. On the starboard side built-into the transom there is a 25-gallon (95 L) livewell with bait-calming blue gelcoat and LED lighting.
Also built-into the transom is the battery and systems compartment. Access to these vital components is through a large panel mounted on the forward transom bulkhead.
On the port side of the transom is a door that leads aft to the swim platform and three step boarding ladder. The exterior mounted battery switch is opposite the battery monitor mounted on the port side of the coaming.
A freshwater shower is housed next to the transom door, which is convenient for rising off after a watersports session that utilizes the optional pop-up tow bar, mounted in the center of the transom.
The cockpit coaming is 25.5” (.65 m) from the deck aft and raises to 34” (.86 m) forward, both of which are deep for a 22’ (6.71 m) boat. The standard coaming pads provide a firm cushion when fish fighting.
Below the transom door is built-in tackle storage.
The standard raw-water washdown system hose connection is inside the engine well that the connection is for. To operate, connect a hose with a shutoff nozzle, make sure the seacock is in the open position, and turn the switch on.
The freshwater shower is standard and the fill is located under the flip-up fishing tool holder and the tank holds 6-gallons (23 L).
The plastic polymer fishing tool holder is mounted on the transom cap rail. It can be stowed out of the way towards the outboard when operating. When needed, the tool holder flips forward and has slots for tools and knives as well as hook holders for rigging baits. It also provides a surface for cutting.
The standard compass at the top of the console is in direct line-of-site for the operator, as it should be. Note: the optional trim control switches are at the top of the throttle throw, just where they are needed.
The Sailfish 220CC comes standard with the convenience of a tilt wheel and power knob. The engine diagnostic and accessory switch panel are in easy reach. There are built-in cupholders handy for both the operator and a passenger along with a well-placed grab rail for the ride-along passenger. There is netted storage in the console and additional storage under the built-in footrest.
The Sailfish 220CC comes standard with side-by-side captain’s seats with removable cushions. The optional leaning post is replete with under-the-seat storage and four rod holders that double as supports for the leaning post backrest.
Sailfish got the leaning post placement right with the leaning post being set back from the console by 21” (.53 m). This is perfect for standing while operating or driving while sitting on the leaning post and the controls are still close-at-hand. This is an important detail that some builders don’t get right.
The Sailfish 220CC comes standard without a T-top for the console. Sailfish offers two optional T-tops. A soft Weblon canvas top with PFD storage, six rod holders and LED lighting or a fiberglass hardtop with four rod holders, LED docking lights, courtesy lights, overhead lockable storage, LED spreader lights and speakers.
The bow area of the Sailfish 220CC is the social center for the boat as well as offering several important fishing features such as insulated twin 224-quart fishboxes with overboard drains. Of course, they can be used as a beverage cooler or just storage as well.
An outstanding optional feature is the bow backrest that can be positioned as additional coaming pads or positioned to convert the forward seats to forward facing lounge seating.
Another option in the bow area is the vertically mounted, removable bow table that converts the bow seating area, including the forward console seat, into an al fresco dining area.
The optional bow cushions and bolsters measure a good 58” going forward and span the 64” width of the forward V-shaped seating area. The foot well between the V-shaped seating is approximately 25” wide, leaving plenty of space for passengers facing each other, without knocking knees and feet.
Moving aft from the bow seating area there is 19.5” (.49 m) between the center console and the bulwarks. Plenty of room to move about when fighting fish or simply socializing.
The head features a bi-fold, lockable door that offers a strap that wraps the T-top upright and snaps to keep the door in the open position. The egress for the head compartment measures 16” (.41 m) wide by 36” (.91 m) high.
The interior of head is well-finished with a fiberglass inner liner.
Good Headroom. The headroom inside the compartment is 63”, which is remarkably high for this size boat. There is lighting, a mirror inside, and the head door is lockable. A slide-out Porta-Potti is optional.
All electrical breaker switches are located on the aft bulkhead.
Variable Stepped Deadrise Hull
By molding-in three different deadrise angles from the stem to the transom Sailfish is able to give a smaller boat, such as the 220CC, both the ride and the stability that we might expect in a larger, heavier boat.
This design gives the hull more flexibility to handle varying conditions than a fixed deadrise hull may. The 24-degree component at the bottom gives better handling in heavy seas, allowing the 220CC to carve better through waves, rather than launch over them. The lessening deadrise as we move outward towards the chines provides her with better stability, fuel efficiency, and speed.
Kevlar and Carbon Fiber Materials
Sailfish is the only center console builder we know of that uses carbon fibers in its deck laminate. Carbon fiber is expensive and is not easy to handle but adds lots of strength with little weight. Kevlar is used in the keel of the 220CC, something that only a few builders of any type boat use. It is puncture-resistant, strong and lightweight.
- 1. Freshwater fill and vent
- 2. Livewell fill pump
- 3. Deck drains
- 4. Transom washdown pump
- 5. Freshwater pump
- 6. Bilge pump drain
- Livewell drain
Options to Consider
- • Fiberglass T-top
- • Porta-Potti
- • Ski tow bar
- • Bow cushions and bolsters
- • Bow filler cushion
- • Forward facing bow backrests
- • LP2 leaning post with rod holders and removable backrest
- • Rear jumpseats with cushions
- • Removable bow table
- • Trim tabs with indicator switch and built-in retractor
- • Three transom rod holders
Although this is Sailfish’s smallest center console, the 220CC has a lot to offer for the offshore, nearshore, and inshore fishing enthusiasts. It is patently obvious that this is a boat designed by people who understand the form and function of a fish boat. However, it is also clear that Sailfish is trying to offer features that appeal to the whole family with lots of comfort and watersport options.
Sailfish has accomplished a fair balance of these two disparate goals without detracting from the overall intent of making a fishing platform that will appease the most ardent angler while also providing a platform that is enjoyable when “simply messing about in boats.”
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sailfish 220 CC (2018-) is 46.2 mph (74.4 kph), burning 19.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 72.67 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sailfish 220 CC (2018-) is 22.9 mph (36.9 kph), and the boat gets 4.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 396 miles (637.3 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Yamaha.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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