Boat Review by: Matt Spencer
One ride behind a wake surf boat and you can see what all the hype is about. The sport is slow, chill, low impact and virtually for everyone. So it’s no wonder that one of the best selling boat builders, Monterey, introduced their own surf boat for 2016 - the 218SS Surf.
Adding a little extra punch to this boat is the Roswell Surf Edition which gives you metal flake paint, a large Roswell decal on the side of the boat, Roswell graphics imprinted in the swim platform, cockpit sole and of course the black, stylish wakeboard tower on the 218SS Surf.
Looking over the large list of standard features on the 218SS, this boat really is a true water sports machine. Everything from the flip up cleats, to the tilt steering, the stereo, painted windshield, board racks thru-hulls are all standard features on this boat.
At 21 feet 8 inches it’s not the largest of the surf boats out there but it does still have a full 8 foot 6 inch beam which will help you get that great wave you are looking for. What will also help is the almost 2000 pounds of built in ballast that will help weigh down the boat to push up that wall of water. To dial it in more and clean up the wave, the 218SS Surf has standard surf tabs along with Zero Off Speed control. In my mind these are all absolute musts if you want to be competitive in the wake sports world, not just surfing
To keep surfing safe the 218SS uses the brand new Volvo Forward-Facing drive which puts the propellers on the “front” of the outdrive. This tucks them farther up under the boat making it safe for wake surfing. And since it still exhausts down through the water there isn’t an issue with emissions either.
The swim platform on the 218SS is of ample size for either putting on a board or chilling out at the sandbar. The sunpad over the Volvo engine hatch is a great size to lay out and catch some rays, but when you want to sit up, there is a seat that easily folds up to face the rear. You may think this is a great spot to watch the surfing, but that should always be done from inside the boat.
On that note a great spot to watch the surfing action is from the rear facing lounge on the port side. This 3 position backrest and be neutral, forward facing or rear facing depending on what’s happening. It’s an L shaped lounge with filler cushions available for the walk through. There’s plenty of cupholders, grab handles and stylish blue accents to compliment the white vinyl interior.
The helm has a clean layout with a row of rocker switches on each side of the tilt steering wheel, your surf tab and ballast controls are right at hand and your zero off gauge is front and center flanked by a tach and a multi gauge. Subtle styling is included with some double stitched leather accents.
In the competitive surf boat world it’s important to stand out. While graphics and metal flake paint is one way to grab attention, it’s going to be the wake making abilities and Monterey styling that will hold the attention of future shredders.
|Dry weight:||3,650 lbs||1,655 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||36 US gals||136 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Volvo Penta Forward Drive|
|Engine HP:||300HP max|