2016 Stanley 21 Islander DC

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder


Connor Industries of Parry Sound, Ontario, is home to the Stanley boat brand. Stanley currently offers approximately twenty-seven models in seven series of Recreational boats from fourteen to twenty-eight feet. Historically, Stanley has perhaps been best known and recognized for many years for its Commercial series of boats including fire & rescue, patrol, enforcement, landing craft, and barges plus a wide assortment of Custom boats including water taxis, car ferry’s, even a 38-foot houseboat, etc.

Connor Industries also custom fabricates from aluminum, steel, and stainless steel such diverse products as truck bodies including dumps and sanders, snow plows, docks, ramps, lifts, boat & utility trailers, even boat houses, plus custom structural and architectural engineered items such as stairs and safety railings, both residential and commercial.

The Stanley 21 Islander DC (Dual Console) is the middle of three sizes of its popular Islander series of Recreational boats. The Islander is also available in 19 and 23-feet and all lengths are available as Center Consoles or Dual Consoles. All are outboard powered except the 21 Islander DC is also available with sterndrive power.

Given its heritage in the commercial market, the 21 Islander is not designed to be pretty or sexy in the context of most of today’s recreational boats, but rather no-nonsense, task-oriented, and practical to tackle and accomplish those tasks for which it is intended for an extended period of time. And those tasks are transportation of people and goods with the added benefits of multi-purpose use for pleasure, cruising, fishing, and watersports.

The all-welded construction comprises unusually thick and strong (for a pleasure boat) one-quarter inch thick aluminum plate on the hull bottom and three-sixteenths on the hull sides. A keel guard further protects the deepest portion of the moderately deep-vee 16-degree deadrise planing hull with hard chines for stability at rest and lifting strakes for quick acceleration onto plane.

With the maximum horsepower rating of 200 and carrying capacity of eight to ten persons, the 21 Islander will get all of you quickly to your destination and let you enjoy whatever on-water recreational activities you so choose once you get there with lots of power to spare.

In addition, the commendably deep freeboard of 36-inches will help keep you safe and dry in all but the worst sea conditions. The diamond pattern non-skid flat cockpit floor which is also of tough three-sixteenth inch plate is self-draining to eliminate overboard any water that may splash aboard and easily facilitates hosing down and cleaning.

Flat, 6-inch wide diamond plate surfaced gunnels all around the perimeter of the 21 Islander assist easy entry into this bowrider from any location and the full surround inner lip on these gunnels further resist the entry of unwanted water into the cockpit. Of course these wide gunnels are also ideal for the mounting of rodholders or downriggers and as toeholds for diving into the water. A full-width swim platform aids all water-access activities.

Interior seating is accommodated with a full-width stern bench seat with storage within, a helm and passenger bucket-style swivel pedestal seat, plus facing bench seating on both sides of the bow area. On the foredeck is a dedicated anchor locker and within the passenger helm is an open glovebox-type storage compartment. Teleflex hydraulic steering is standard equipment at the functional helm of the 21 Islander and a 12-volt receptacle is provided. Instrumentation would be according to your choice of brand and horsepower of outboard motor chosen.

Befitting of this boat’s commercial origins, the custom aluminum windshield and side window frames are significant in size, strength, and height with an opening centre section for walk-thru to the bow area. Regardless of your intended purposes for the Stanley 21 Islander, there are most likely a number of factory options you will want to fulfill those purposes.

For example, you might want a pair of cushions for the two pedestal seats or bow or stern bench seat cushions. Other choices include a pair of fold-down sleeper seats, an extra pedestal seat, bow railings and/or a stern railing, telescoping boarding ladder, convertible top with curtains, bow cover, cockpit tonneau cover, a wind-protecting curtain for the walk-thru, and perhaps docking lights, anchor pulpit, ice package, extra windshield wiper, or even choose to have your boat painted inside and out.

As Stanley says, “The Islander is designed for both pleasure and sport.”

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Length: 21' 6.4 m
Beam: 8' 4" 2.54 m
Dry weight: 2,400 (boat only) lbs 1,089 kg
Fuel Capacity: 154 US gals Imp. 33 L
Base Engine / Drive: Any Brand of Outboard
Engine HP: Max 200
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 16
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