Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
The Hurricane lineup from Godfrey delivers exceptional customer value for any family seeking a watercraft capable of carrying multiple passengers, delivering gear to the camp, tubing or skiing the kids, or simply taking a relaxing afternoon cruise. The all-new 2050 SD is truly an SUV on the water and with great looks and the right power, she’s a dream to own and a blast to drive.
She rests in the water at 20’5” length overall and carries a very trailerable beam of 8’6”. Her standard 45 US gallon / 170 L fuel capacity gives her extensive range and she can carry up to (US Coast Guard max) of up to 14 passengers. There’s a full range of power options allowing you to meet your specific needs and wants - the 2050 SunDeck Sport can handle your choice of engines ranging from 115 to 200 HP.
On first glance at dockside, she looks very much like a runabout or bowrider. Her stout windshield is adorned in black anodized rails that played beautifully with black gelcoat in the deck and the black gel design embedded in the Hyper Blue hull colour. We had the pleasure of enjoying the optional wakeboard tower with bimini on our test boat. For me, the 2050 scored 10 out of 10 on curb appeal.
The interior is a drivers dream and a parent’s delight thanks to deep freeboard and an expansive layout. The bow section features a full U-shaped wraparound seating configuration, multiple recessed cupholders, the seats and backrests are luxurious and comfortable, and there’s a bow reboarding ladder that nests nicely into a locker that also houses the bow anchor. Under seat storage compartments are expansive and nicely trimmed to safely stow your gear.
Moving into the cockpit, you’re welcomed by additional expansive seating with captain and co-captain seats that feature moveable backrests. Once safely anchored, simply flip the backrest forward to create and even larger entertainment space. The full beam U-shaped lounger offers passenger comfort and luxury with plush backrests and the use of multiple foam thicknesses providing exceptional seat and leg support.
The helm station has been fully re-engineered with high position (very visible thank you) gauges and the flip-up seat bolster gives the captain an option of seating positions. Something unique about this boat is the co-captain helm. As soon as I boarded, I noticed the steep angle of the fiberglass sloping from the helm down to the floor. While chatting with the Hurricane engineers I learned this was intentionally shaped to allow storage of a cooler on the floor. Great idea. The slope under the helm allowed the cooler lid to be opened without having to move said cooler – now that’s what I call listening to the customer! Brilliant.
We were blessed to test this package featuring a number of unique and user-friendly options. Here are my favourites – the wakeboard tower, full spectrum lighting package with RGB (red, green & blue) underwater and stern courtesy lights, RGB speakers and cupholders, an electrical upgrade with multiple wireless phone chargers, 2 bow, 2 stern and 1 port console USB-C chargers, and cooled cupholders. We were also treated to a stainless-steel upgrade package with SS rub rail, cupholders, pull-up cleats, grab handles, and fuel cap. Our sound system was a JL Audio premium package with the RGB lit tower speakers, and the helm featured a Simrad chart plotter and fish finder. We were also fortunate to have our test boat equipped with a Mercury 200XL with DTS – Digital Throttle and Shift.
After a couple of hours of dockside detail work, the crew finally said yes to my begging for a drive time. We headed out on Lake Wawasea to put the Hurricane to work and found our safe testing grounds with calm waters and warm 25 C (80 F) temperatures. With a near full tank of fuel and one passenger joining me, we went to work to see what she could do. After easing the throttle to experience her capabilities and willingness to get on plane, as well as off plane, I was very pleased. You don’t need more than 1/3 throttle to comfortably get her on step, and when she comes off plane she has a very soft and subtle landing – nice to know this hull was engineered with big water mind.
We then moved into testing cruising capabilities and the range here is seemingly endless. She cruised comfortably at a lowest speed of 18 mph and she was happiest at 26 to 30 mph. I intentionally stuffed her into multiple turns at varying speeds and with trim down she held fast and true and cornered exceptionally well. Hole shots were very respectful at 5.3 seconds (she’s not a race car nor is she positioned as a race car) and of course all performance will vary based on your scenario of crew, gear, weather conditions, and more.
What did surprise me was her top speed. I had anticipated 45 mph at the very most and walked away very pleased after finding 47.2 at 5,720 RPM. Is a little more possible? I will leave that for you to find out on your own Hurricane.
There’s a long history of exceptional engineering at Godfrey Marine, and while much of their focus is on the massive pontoon market the brand has never lost sight of the deck boat segment. I walked away from the 2050 with admiration for a boat that feels more like a bowrider than a deck boat, performed better than expected, and offered up tons of safe comfortable seating for family and friends.
|45 US gal
|Base Engine / Drive: