Boat Test Monday: Monsoon Storm Twenty

Published online: Feb 11, 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay
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Our First Impression

With the wide and roomy interior, the boat feels a little larger than it really is. Priced just right to help get first-time buyers into the industry, this Storm Twenty has a lot going for it as far as value is concerned.

Consumer Test

We tested other boats that had more bells and whistles, but you've got to appreciate the well-built design and overall craftsmanship that is offered on this nearly 22-foot boat. Some new changes have been incorporated for the 2011 model year, including the powder-coated rails and outside skins. Available in a variety of colors, we love the look of the black exterior panels that really flow well with the tan interior of the boat.

Other changes include the soft-touch vinyl on the three-tone tan seats, which provide a firm and comfortable ride for your passengers. On the portside in the bow is a true chaise lounge that is great for stretching out. A pad has been added just forward of the helm station, so technically there are two reclining seats onboard.

The Rotocast helm is basic, but it does include full instrumentation, including a SeaWorthy CD stereo that has an MP3 input as well as AM/FM capabilities. The burl wood inserts for the dash console don't really flow with the off-white console, but this is still a very functional design.

New this year is a FlexSteel helm seat that slides and swivels and is arguably the most comfortable seat onboard, which is what we like to see. Included with this rear-entry design is a three-step boarding ladder that has good handholds at the top for easy access, with just enough room to towel off before coming inside the gate.

There are three lift-and-lock gates with pinch protection for the hinges, and another family-friendly aspect of the design is the bolster around the three-quarter length sundeck that is plenty big enough for one person.

One other touch that we particularly liked about this model is the Monsoon logo etched into the aluminum corner castings. Yes, it's a simple thing, but we like to see a little added creativity from the manufacturers.

Inspection Test

Below deck, two 25-inch diameter pontoons are the base of this pontoon. Both round pontoons are chambered with a keel, and the weld quality is average. There is no splash skin for the undercarriage, and the cross members are on 24-inch centers in the bow and at 14 inches in the stern near the transom. Wiring below is excellent with good chafe protection and we found no dangerous or sharp edges during our inspection.

Above deck there is over 14 feet of usable deck space from inside the bow gate to the rear bench. The seat bases, helm console and the helm chair are all through-bolted to the floor for added strength. And like the undercarriage, we found no dangerous or sharp edges anywhere throughout the boat, and overall this Monsoon earned high marks for its fit and finish work.

Performance Test

With the Mercury 115 four-stroke we were able to reach a top speed near the 30-mile-per-hour mark. She leans a little in the turns in both directions and is actually quite responsive. Even though it's designed for cruising you could add the optional ski/tow bar for skiers and tubers since this boat did perform quite well for a `toon at this price point.

Who Should Buy It

This is a well-built pontoon that has a nice and inviting layout to it. Ideal for couples interested in cruising or even first-time buyers who don't want to spend a ton of money to get out on the water. 

Number of Occupants             10

Price As Tested With Power   $21K

Maximum Speed:                    28.6 mph

Wild Ponies:                            115hp

No. of Gates                           3

0-20 MPH                               5.7 seconds               

Ladder Measurement:             3' deep      

Why we love this boat.The eye-catching exterior really helps give this boat a beautiful look, and as far as comfort, the helm chair is the place you'll want to be.

Just being picky.Even for a value-driven model, the helm console might be too basic. It's not as inviting when compared to the rest of the boat, yet with full instrumentation it's still quite functional.

 NOTABLE STANDARDS

25-inch tubes, AM/FM/MP3 stereo, FlexSteel helm chair, chaise lounge, full instrumentation, soft-touch interior, powder-coated rails and skins and boarding ladder.

OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT

None

VITAL STATS

LOA                            21' 10"

Beam                           8' 5"

Hull Design                 Two Pontoons

Dry Weight                 1,700 lbs.

Fuel Capacity              26 Gallons

TEST DRIVE

Engine                         Mercury 115

Cylinder Type             4 (in-line)

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           105.7ci/115hp

Lower Unit Gear Ratio           2.33:1

Propeller                      14 X 15

 

RPM      vs.     SPEED     vs. DB-A 

800                  2.4 mph           78                               

1000                3.3 mph           75       

1500                5.0 mph           92

2000                6.2 mph           86                               

2500                8.2 mph           94       

3000                11.5 mph         94       

3500                14.9 mph         98                               

4000                18.2 mph         92       

4500                20.8 mph         93       

5000                23.5 mph         96

5500                25.7 mph         97

6000                28.6 mph         98.5


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Phone: 330-452-3866

Website: www.monsoonmarine.com

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