Official unveiling of the Hurricane SunDeck 2690 OB

February 2013 News

Yesterday, February 14, 2013, was the official unveiling of the Hurricane SunDeck 2690 OB and presentation of the Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB and the Hurricane SunDeck 2200 DC OB at the Miami Boat Show.

The popularity of deck boats is really taking off these days, and for good reason. These versatile boats come in a wide variety of styles and layouts, which means it's easy to find one that will be a perfect, no matter how you spend your time on the water.

The first step, of course, is to think about how you and your family will use the boat. Today's deck boats, such as the industry-leading Hurricane brand, are built for all kinds of activities. Watersports, of course, are always among the favorite ways families use their boats, especially tubing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. For most families, a ski-tow bar at the rear of the boat will be plenty for towing. Some models, though, take it one step further and add a tower or arch for even more excitement. If it's fish you're after, consider a deck boat that features amenities especially designed for anglers. These can include pedestal seats that swivel, bait wells and even handy rod storage.


Next, consider how many people you'll likely be bringing along. The great thing about deck boats is that they are made to bring along a crowd, with plenty of seating and storage space for everything you'll need for a day on the water. The reason for all that extra room is that deck boat designs bring the beam (width) of the boat all the way to the bow instead of coming to a sharp point like most runabouts. That gives you more seating, and more seating gives you more storage options.

The bottom line is that deck boats are built to handle just about any activity you (and lots of friends and family) may want to try. The hull design means you'll get on plane quickly, and the stable, wide platform is a perfect choice for families. When you add it all up, you'll see why deck boats are quickly becoming the best value on the water.

Steve Tadd, marketing director of Nautic Global Group - maker of five different boat brands from 12 to 42 feet - said there's a major shift away from stern drives toward outboards because of cost. A recent federal mandate to install catalytic converters on stern drives has raised boat prices as much as $3,000 while outboards can produce the same power at lower cost with better fuel efficiency.

 Tadd said 25 of his Elkhart, Ind., company's 38 models of Hurricane deck boats in the 18- to 27-foot range are equipped with outboards. They also offer innovative seating options and creative ways to store gear.

"They're the right boat for the time," he said. "Before the recession, people bought more than one boat. Now people want a boat that's very versatile."

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