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2014 Hurricane SunDeck SD 2000 OB

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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Hurricane Boats, part of the Nautic Global Group of Elkhart, Indiana which also includes such boat brands as Rinker, Polar Kraft, Godfrey, and Parti Kraft, specializes specifically in fibreglass deck boats and has done so for many years.

For 2014, Hurricane offers an incredible variety of thirty-eight models of deck boats from almost nineteen to almost twenty-seven feet in three series with both outboard and sterndrive power available. The three series include the top-of-the-line SunDeck series of fourteen models of dual-helm, walk-thru windshield designs; the SunDeck Sport series of eleven models of side and centre console designs; and the FunDeck series of thirteen models.

The SunDeck SD 2000 OB (outboard-powered), subject of this review, is not a new model for 2014, but next to “the best-selling deck boat of all time - the SunDeck 187,” has proven to be one of Hurricane’s most popular selling boats.

And it’s easy to see why this is so given the built-in flexibility and versatility of the basic deck boat design and couple that with the enormous choice of optional equipment available for the SD 2000 OB and you can build this boat with exactly what you need and want to satisfy almost all of your family’s on-water desires from cruising to watersports to fishing to relaxing and exploring.

One of the beauties of the Hurricane deck boat design is that the eight-foot, six-inch beam extends almost full width virtually the entire length of the hull thus providing so much more interior roominess. This interior space is divided almost in half by the helm and passenger consoles so that the bow area is almost as large and roomy as the cockpit area.

The cockpit is accessed from the starboard side half swim platform by a convenient walk-thru. This platform features a recessed and covered telescoping stainless steel boarding ladder. Once inside the cockpit, general seating is provided by a large L-shaped lounge that stretches all the way from the passenger console down the port side and across the transom as far as the walk-thru. A side-mount table for this lounge is standard equipment. Storage is provided under this lounge seating and cupholders abound where most needed. The side wings of the curved, walk-thru windshield extend well down the sides of the cockpit providing great wind and spray protection.

A large hinged door in the passenger console leads a step down into an enclosed head compartment or change room and is equipped with dedicated storage, a molded sink, and opening portlight. A porta-potti or electric flush toilet is optionally available. The driver’s console includes a large storage compartment accessed from the centre walk-thru. Also accessed from this area is an in-floor waterski/wakeboard storage compartment.

Up front in the bow section, you are pampered with fully cushioned and upholstered sides, ends and bottoms, almost U-shaped lounges on each side with recessed areas on each side for twin cupholders plus speakers. A molded-in 25-quart cooler doubles as a step up to the foredeck with its centre anchor locker plus a recessed and covered stainless steel telescoping bow boarding ladder.

Full filler cushions are optionally available to turn this bow area into one huge relaxing sunpad and you can add another table here too. Other notable standard equipment includes a colour coordinated canopy with storage boot and stainless steel supports and LED docking lights. The driver can relax in an adjustable, swivel contoured bucket seat with flip-up bolster and face a dash with tilt wheel with hydraulic steering and full fog resistant outboard instrumentation including speedometer, tachometer, fuel, trim, volt, and hour meters. Standard entertainment is provided by a Sony BT3100 stereo AM/FM with Bluetooth and a CD player with four speakers.

Choice of brand of outboard power is up to you up to a recommended maximum of 225 horsepower. Performance test results with normal loading and with a Yamaha 150 showed an optimum cruise speed of 27 mph at 4000 RPM while consuming 6.4 (US) gallons per hour. At a top speed of 44 mph at 5900 RPM with this engine, consumption was 15.4 gph. Acceleration zero to 30 mph took 7.8 seconds. This then should be quite adequate power for most applications, but you may want to go for even more. At least the choice is yours to make.

There are six main option packages from which to choose along with literally dozens of individual options including thirty-two “Styling” (hull colour combinations) options alone. Choose from fishing, entertainment, watersports, electronics, convenience, and luxury options either individually or within the various packages.

There is no doubt that you can build an SD 2000 OB precisely to your specific desires.

Length: 20' 3" 6.18 m
Beam: 8' 6" 2.59 m
Dry weight (boat only): 3,116 lbs 1,415 kg
Draft: 1' 2" 36 cm
Fuel Capacity: 47 US gals 178 L
Base Engine / Drive: Outboard
Engine HP: Max 225
Fuel Type: Gas
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