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Brief Summary

We love deckboats. Few designs have the functionality that can compare because they are really more of a “watersports platform” than are conventional bow riders which evolved from the cuddy runabouts of the 1960s. The deck boat design just screams “family fun” while still being a competent sportboat and tow boat. There is just one deckboat in the Monterey line up, and it is the 220 EX seen above. Every boat is a tradeoff of pros and cons and the Monterey 20 EX is no exception. We asked our resident fault finder to see what he could find this time. While Capt. Steve liked this boat, there are always a few things he’d change, as expected.

Key Features

  • Air Assist Chine
  • AME Vinylester Resin
  • Boarding Ladder, Telescoping and Recessed, at Bow
  • Bow and Stern Eyes, Stainless Steel
  • Cleats, Stainless Steel (6)
  • Colored Hull Sides
  • Custom Hull Side Graphics
  • Door, Walk-Thru at Helm
  • Drain Plug, Brass Garboard
  • Horn, Electric, Flush Mount
  • Lifetime Limited Hull Warranty
  • Lights, Navigation
  • NMMA Certified
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21' 6''
    6.6 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.6 m
    Dry Weight 4,200 lbs.
    1,905 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 40''
    101.6 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 7''
    2.31 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 50 gal.
    189.3 L
    Water Capacity 10 gal.
    37.9 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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    Captain's Report

    Monterey 220 EX
    All it takes is a glance at this boat to know that it is Monterey 220 EX. We think that Monterey’s are among the prettiest sportboats on the water.

    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...

    Monterey 220 EX
    High marks on comfort level but low points for the grab rail being optional. We like the step between the two cup holders forward to get to the swim ladder.

    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.

    Monterey 220 EX
    There is a compartment in one of the consoles for an optional Porta-Potti, complete with reading material.

    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.

    Monterey 220 EX
    Quick, where’s the horn button? Good ergonomics but a holder for the iPod would be a plus. That’s where my Coke goes. The radio control is at the helm where it should be.

    The Cockpit...

    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.

    Monterey 220 EX
    This is a large compartment and can store most anything you’d want to bring aboard.

    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.

    Monterey 220 EX
    You gotta love that tower. It’s a “must have” option so add $3,167 to the bottom line.

    Engine options...

    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.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Lifetime Limited Hull Warranty

    NMMA Certification Yes
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