A Working Layout
The first glance will tell you that this boat is made for salt water. Everywhere you look you see stainless steel, particularly in the through-hull fittings. The hardware is beefy enough to withstand the rigors of long term use, and the build is solid. The livewell is in the middle of the working area of the transom, right where it belongs. Capacity is 30 gallons (113.6 L), it is lit internally, macerated, and there are no hard corners to kill off the bait prematurely. The lid is held in place with stainless hardware but I was surprised to find that the underside of the lid is not finished off in gel coat. Go figure. Closing the lid reveals a cutting board mounted to the topside. I’d like to see some tool holders cut into the surface as well. The aft jump seats will serve as a nice place to sit for the ride out, but when it’s time to get down to business, they are easily removed to give full access to the transom. Bolsters surround the fighting zone, and they measure from 20” (50.8 cm) to 26” (66 cm) up from the deck. That puts them right at my mid thigh.
Below, there is under-gunwale storage for three rods on either side that runs 14’ (4.27 m) forward. Four more rods will reside in the flush mounted holders in the caprail. Two rocket launchers are included in the leaning post. It’s a rare boat indeed that gets a leaning post in the right position. Sometimes they work for fishing, sometimes for driving. I’m happy to report that on the 2105 CC they found the right combination for both. When fishing, you’re in just the right position to put your foot on the livewell, and when driving, 22.5” (57.15 cm) clearance ensures that there’s no squeezing behind the wheel to fit into position. Obviously, Striper does a mockup before drilling holes into the deck.
Not only is the leaning post comfortable to lean on, it’s also very functional for sitting on, with a flip-down footrest making it possible to use as a seat. One key ingredient that is missing is a raised deck platform for shorter captains to see over the very high console. There’s a good reason for the console being so high. The 2105 has to have a head with sitting headroom for a person 6'4" tall. Since it is a small boat there is no bilge to speak of, so most of the height has to manifest itself above the deck, which by its very nature, means the console is going to be very high. Adding a raised platform at the helm is a simple way to accommodate the height for a short skipper.
A single multi-function engine gauge comes standard and keeps the panel uncluttered and wide open for mounting display screens. You have 30" (76 cm) x 14” (35.6 cm) of open real estate on the panel so I could easily envision two 12” (30.48 cm) displays here. I’d also like to see grab rails mounted vertically at either end of the panel. There’s just nothing to hang onto right now. Hydraulic steering is standard, tilt steering is optional. An optional hard top comes with spreader lights, rocket launchers, PFD storage and is outrigger ready.
A Functional Layout
Part of what makes a workboat function is how easy it is to maintain it. On the 2105 CC, it’s “mission accomplished.” On either side of the transom are compartments that are easily accessed once the jump seats are removed. Both contain deep cycle batteries, and the starboard side also houses the battery switch that will be ready if one battery is drained, and then automatically kick into parallel mode for an extra burst of starting power. Also in the starboard side is an easily accessed fuel filter/water separator. The port side compartment houses the pump for the macerator and the standard raw water washdown. A freshwater washdown is an option. Part of what makes a sea boat work is its ability to drain water. The 2105 CC has dual 1.25” (3.25 cm) deck drains in both quarters. I’d always like to see them bigger though. I was pleased to see that Striper recognized the need for a midships cleat, in addition to a cleat abaft the anchor roller. For accessing the fuel fittings, a removable deck plate is installed abaft the leaning post.
Could Be Better
Every boat has its tradeoffs and the big one in the 2105 CC’s is in the bow. Just ahead of the console is a cooler that doubles as a seat, just like almost every CC on the planet, but in this case, it only allows for 7” (17.78 cm) of space from the bow seats to walk through. That’ll cause some bruised shins, but it will be the rare fisherman who will complain about it. I do like that the cooler is removable for loading at home, and it’s braced into position for stability offshore.
As we move forward, we see where the family features start to come into play. At the bow, the family will love the filler cushions that make a large sunpad. The fisherman will like that the cushions can be left ashore to expose the casting platform underneath. Both bow seats have 74 qts of storage beneath that is finished off and insulated. They can hold towels, beach toys, the day’s supplies, or iced down dead fish. Your call.
Inside the console is a very roomy head with standing room, if you’re 5’ 6" (1.68 m) or shorter. The Porta-Potti is standard, and there is an option for a pump-out head. The aft bulkhead is a snap curtain that allows easy access to the back of the helm panel for installations. The other bulkheads are sufficiently padded to avoid concussions in a seaway, a feature that most center consoles lack.
Performance and Handling
When turning, the 2105 handles very predictably and safely. There are no breakneck turns since the hull does not dig in and throw you to the sides. To the contrary, you’ll experience more of a gentle sliding turn with about a 5-degree bank that feels very comfortable. The best part about this is that you don’t have to slow down to make a hard turn. Both the boat and your passengers can handle whatever you try to dish out. Bow rise was about 14-degrees when hitting the throttle, and because of the high center console, I did lose visibility before getting up on plane. For that reason, you don’t want to be shy about adding power to get to planing speed. For handling the trim, I found that about 7-8 pulses of the trim switch got the 2105 where she needed to be for best performance. With the Suzuki 150 4-stroke mounted to the transom, we reached a top speed of 40.2 mph with a 15.5 gph fuel burn. Best cruise was found to be at 4000 rpm and 23.7 mph. At that speed we were burning only 5.2 gph and getting 4.6 mpg for a range of 434 miles with a 10% reserve. All said, we found the Striper 2105 CC to be an impressive handling boat. Her low center of gravity gave us good turns and she responded well to the 150 4-stroke. Certainly, the performance will be slowed a bit by the addition of a T-top, but we’re not running a race to the fishing grounds in this boat, so the penalty will be minimal.
The 2105 CC has a relatively high freeboard forward for this size and type boat. That means the cockpit is deeper and therefore the boat does a better job of keeping people inside, and water outside, than many other boats in her class. That aspect of the Striper 2105 CC together with her easy handling and comfortable motion makes her a good candidate for your family's short list of prospects, in our opinion.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Seaswirl Striper 2105 CC O/B (2011-) is 40.2 mph (64.7 kph), burning 15.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 58.67 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Seaswirl Striper 2105 CC O/B (2011-) is 23.7 mph (38.1 kph), and the boat gets 4.59 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.95 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 434 miles (698.46 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Suzuki four-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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