Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
The Hurricane brand has been crafting quality deck boats for decades. Their market presence in some US states is exceptionally high, while in Canada the perception of deck boats has not yielded the share the brand rightly deserves – at least not yet. In 2022 Hurricane brings an array of 32 models across multiple platforms and configurations – many of which, like our SunDeck 2200, I would call more of a bowrider/mutli-purpose craft than I would a deck boat.
First, a bit about structure and brand value. In 2018, Hurricane came under the ownership of Polaris as they exploded onto the marine market with a well-publicized series of acquisitions. After a short period of market adjustments and explosive market demands during the COVID era, Polaris has now squarely set their sights on growth of select brands, with Hurricane being one of their immediate priorities.
The SunDeck 2200 DC OB (safe to interpret DC as dual console and OB as outboard power) is a shining example of the quality that already exists within the Hurricane lineup. I’ll come back to the aesthetics in a bit, but first let’s talk about family features that make a difference.
The bow section is where the kids are going to spend the bulk of their time. If you’ve never heard the sounds of kid’s laughter while Mom & Dad safely guide a boat across the water, this craft is perfectly appointed to let you in on this wonderful experience. With what feels like endless freeboard (that’s the distance from your feet to the top of the gunnel) providing plenty of security for young passengers we can all feel safe that the kids are going to be just fine up there. The optional bow filler cushion set up turns the entire area into your choice of a giant sun pad or a playpen for the kids (or both).
You’ll also find the SunDeck 2200 bow section is equipped with a one-piece gunnel-mounted grab rail on both port and starboard sides, something for the kids to hang onto while the laughter prevails. If you’re spending an afternoon nosed onto a sandy beach your guests will all appreciate the bow ladder for egress on and off the boat, and if you dock to the starboard side there’s a nicely crafted cut away just forward of the windshield to allow passengers easy access.
Walking through the tall and durable windshield (adorned in your choice of black powder coat finish or long-lasting stainless) our test boat featured the optional centre walk thru bi-fold door – an affordable option that yields longer seasons in cold weather climates.
Under the passenger side helm is where Hurricane sets up a well-appointed enclosure with a porta potti (a couple of options for you to choose from), pressurized sink, light, and port side window. This is another important value of the SunDeck 2200 for extending your season.
Well finished storage compartments can be found throughout your 2200 and I sincerely appreciated the factory attention to detail on the trim in these compartments – there’s nothing worse than a fibreglass cut as you’re reaching for an anchor or a life jacket and there’s no concern on this package.
The captain enjoys what may be the best seat in the house with a flip-up bolster, perfectly positioned multi-function analog gauges. Lighted toggle switches are nested against a soft grey dash panel. There’s the usual array of charge ports and a low mounted beverage holder. I was a tad disappointed that the comfortable helm seat seemed to be mounted a little too close to the starboard gunnel to allow full swivel capabilities.
The standard sound system features an SRX400 Fusion Head Unit with 4 well placed Premium Fusion Speakers and an app controlled advanced LED light package with RGB lighting options. There’s lots of sound here for most music lovers and options for those who want even more.
An L-shaped lounger nestles in behind the co-captain helm seat (the co-captain also enjoys a flip-up bolster) and there’s a space saving wall mount bracket that sets up a dinette table for guests drinks and snacks. We were treated with the optional mat snap-in carpets in Panama Ice Grey colour – beautiful, functional and an absolute must in my opinion. Kids are going to spill and so are your guests. Snap-in carpets makes managing these moments a breeze.
The rear re-boarding ladder could stand for an upgrade as I found the steps to be narrow and the deck mounted handles the same. While this design is deemed as standard on many boats in the market today, I am of the opinion that these do not meet today’s consumer needs and this could be readily corrected.
With Yamaha’s 250 four stoke clipped on the transom I had little doubt that the SunDeck 2200 would be a very capable performer and she certainly did not disappoint. With only myself on board and a half tank of fuel in calm waters on a 20 degree C day, hole shots were a blistering 2.9 seconds consistently – there’s piles of energy back there in that Yammie. Every captain must learn to watch water, wind, and weather conditions as well as understanding their guests & gear as they find the right daily cruising speeds – the beauty of this package is that regardless of your load you’ll have plenty of options. I found 26 MPH @ 3,750 RPM to be my favourite and I also smiled at 23 MPH @ 3,400 RPM. Top speed trials were safely conducted and I consistently tracked (on my GPS as well as the SIMRAD) 47 MPH @ 6,000 RPM. I have little doubt that you could find 50 MPH in time but the reality is that cruising speeds are the key and the SunDeck 2200 checks all the right boxes in the cruising category.
It cannot be understated how well this craft performs. At multiple speeds I was constantly smiling and commented to our camera operator that I felt like I was driving a sports car. If there was a rapid train rail line in the water that day - I’m pretty sure I was on it, and it was a blast. Pokey deck boat performance perceptions completely smashed. This boat is a ton of fun in every way.
Finally, as promised, aesthetics. Wow. The SunDeck 2200 DC OB is drop dead gorgeous. Our boat exterior gel was the Shadow Grey pattern and it was stunning. In the water the colours played off the dock and the test waters and on the trailer this combo was simply dripping in style. Yup, I was totally sold.
Years ago and sometimes still today, deck boats suffer a perception not unlike pontoons of old – that they are not performers and they’re not fun to drive. Hurricane’s SunDeck 2200 DC OB absolutely shatters those perceptions. If you’re looking for a safe family day boat, a sporty entertainer or a sexy combination of both, then this boat is worth a very long look.
|Dry weight:||3,100 lbs||1,406 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||56 US gal||212 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha|