Capt. Steve Says...
Monterey sure makes good looking boats, and you can spot them a mile away. Their lines are easy on the eyes. So it was with a optimistic attitude that I checked out the 220 EX. Being a family man, I can appreciate some of the amenities that can make or break a boat, at least with my family. Let’s go over some of them.
Take a Bow...
There’s a lot to like in this bow area. The seats are comfortable for an intimate gathering and I love the fold down armrests. Notice how everyone will be facing each other. Very functional, not crowded for four people, and works great with the pedestal round table. But...remove the table and get underway and facing forward there isn’t enough room to allow average length legs to stretch out. But there are comfortable positions without having to do that, so no points off. Everyone gets a drink holder… good. See those grab handles at the walkthrough? Good for facing in, but facing ahead, not so much. And only the aft seats have them.
So we go to the stainless “bow” rails along the side. They’re in a pretty good spot, and stretch right where your arms lay, so I like them... except they’re a $583 option. Without them, your choices for hanging on are limited. I’d rather see these on the standard list.High marks for the bow boarding ladder from the beach. Pop-up cleats are a good option to get and are worth the additional $293, in my book. I’m also a big fan of the shower to wash off when coming aboard. Even when swimming in fresh water, I just feel like I need a rinse. C’mon, you know what fish do in that water. Add $658 for both bow and stern showers.
There’s not a lot of cockpit space, but that’s not where the bulk of the action will be. The transom, however, has gobs of room. The sunpad makes a comfortable seat when preparing for entering the water, and there’s a flip out extension that really adds space for the sun worshippers. The swim platform is a bit high off the water, and it does not extend fully past the lower unit and props. But add points for having the swim ladder recessed and angled away from the outdrive.
Big points for the port side storage compartment. Big enough to swallow everything, which saves having to move people aside in the cockpit to put your skis away in a sole locker. Sorry, but we take points off for no gate at the transom walkthrough. There is a step but the kiddies won’t stop there, so that means attention is drawn from outside the boat to watch that no one goes tumbling out. Either that or keep them in the bow, or on your lap. If you have older kids that came with common sense, then it’s a non-issue.
There are a lot of choices, but since we’re loading up the boat and towing skiers and wakeboarders, hefty horsepower and dual props are the order of the day. A 260-hp Merc 5.0L MPI with a BIII drive will set you back another $5,924, and a 27-0hp Volvo 5.0L DP will be a smidge more. All these are added to a reasonable base price of $47,000. The engine room has been gelcoated, as has the whole bilge. This is a very nice touch, and once you have owned a boat with this easy-to-clean surface, you’ll never want to go back to raw, painted fiberglass.The Monterey 220 EX has a LOA of 21’6” / 6.6 m, a beam of 8’6” / 2.6 m, and a draft of 40” / 101.6 cm. Her dry weight is 4,200 lbs / 1,905.1 kg, and she’ll carry 50 gal / 189.3L of fuel, and another 10 gal / 37.9L of water. But for all its good looks and functionality, it’s still a boat you have to get onboard to really appreciate. Make an appointment with you local Monterey dealer and check out the 220 EX for yourself.
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