Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The outboard-powered 215 SS is Monterey’s newest model and a worthy sister-ship to the sterndrive powered 218 SS of the same size. The SS (Super Sport) series of thirteen models from this almost twenty-two footer up to the thirty-seven foot 385 SS is half outboard and half sterndrive powered and is the largest series in Monterey’s lineup.
The 215 SS is intended as an upscale all-round family runabout and it excels in all respects. The 215 SS is sporty looking and yet its high freeboard hullsides make it extremely safe inside for the entire family. Eight choices of hullside colours plus all-white adds to the sporty appearance as does your choice of custom hullside graphics.
Ahead of the onyx-framed, five-piece tinted and sportily-raked centre walk-through windshield with extended side wings is the bow seating area, which is most comfortably laid out for two but could accommodate three or more. Padded bolsters on the front of each console promote forward-facing stretch-out lounging. Lift up these hinged padded bolsters for access to dry storage areas within each helm console.
Topside full length grab rails aid in bow passenger safety while full surrounding padded and upholstered side bolsters make the bow area a comfortable place to be. Storage is provided within these bolsters as are stereo speakers and drink holders. More storage is found beneath the side seat cushions and a molded-in cooler is beneath the very forward seat cushion. A foredeck anchor locker with hinged fiberglass cover is provided.
Between the driver and passenger helms is a large in-floor storage compartment with gas strut-assist lid that is ideal for watersports accessories. Its flat floor and rubber mats to promote drying as well. The passenger helm with an upholstered protective eyebrow features a lockable glovebox and the head unit for the standard Fusion AM/FM Bluetooth compatible satellite-ready stereo with iPod dock, and four JL Audio speakers with LED lighting. A flat lid in front of the glovebox provides access to a built-in cooler and doubles as a mini-table.
Both the captain and front seat passenger get to enjoy form-fitting adjustable swivel bucket seats with forward flip-up bolsters. The driver faces a black tilt steering wheel with silver insert which may be optionally upgraded to a sporty leather-wrapped wheel with chromed stainless steel spokes. Steering is standard hydraulic.
The dash has a matching upholstered protective eyebrow like the passenger console, below which are three large round recessed fog-resistant digital gauges. An MP3 adapter as well as 12-volt and USB outlets are provided. A digital in-dash depth sounder is available as is a Medallion digital helm display and a Simrad GO7XSE GPS/Chartplotter and Sonar.
Aft of both bucket seats is a stern bench seat with rounded port corner and a starboard side transom walk-through to the swim platform. Beneath the port side bench seat, which is connected to its backrest and has gas strut assist, is a massive storage compartment that stretches all the way aft to the swim platform. Beneath the centre seat cushion of the stern bench seat is dedicated storage for the standard 48-quart carry-on cooler. The centre seatback is attached to the large aft sunpad and when lifted with gas strut assist, reveals a massive storage compartment where the sterndrive motor would have been.
Walking across the transom access to the swim platform reveals a recessed four-step telescoping boarding ladder to starboard. There is lots of room to walk across to the port side where another flush cover reveals another built-in cooler with drain. Centred on the platform transom is your choice of a 200 or 225 horsepower Mercury outboard motor in black or optional white. The aforementioned cockpit portside storage compartment is also accessible from the swim platform and a double-wide cushion in the transom sunpad raises to provide an aft-facing lounge seat.
Other notable standard equipment includes a bimini top with boot, blue/white LED cockpit courtesy lighting, hull bottom vinylester barrier coat, embossed pull-up cleats, and your choice of Anthracite or Havana upholstery accenting. Notable additional options include bow and cockpit covers, a removable bow wind block-off door, woven cockpit flooring or brown or gray SeaDek flooring and swim platform inlay, and both bow and cockpit side mounts with a pedestal table.
You may also choose a stereo upgrade with amplifier, helm and stern stereo remotes, black or white wakeboard tower with bimini and with or without extra speakers, removable ski-tow pylon, RGB LED underwater lights, docking lights, a stainless steel package which includes a bow boarding ladder, bow filler cushions, transom shower, second battery with switch, battery charger with deck plug, a coloured hull bottom, and a passenger side forward and aft-facing lounge seat to replace the bucket seat.
The Monterey 215 SS certainly lives up to its Super Sport name as an upscale all-round family runabout.
|Dry weight:||3,500 lbs||1,588 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||136 US gal||36 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|