Boat Test Monday: Starcraft 220 Starstep

May 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay

Our First Impression

Talk about inviting. There is just something about this low-profile, sporty deck boat that really draws you in. Maybe it's the red and white exterior colors or the large swimdeck in the stern that make it so appealing. We weren't sure, but we were excited to find out.

Consumer Test

The only option on this model is what Starcraft refers to as its LS Package. This is a smart idea at a time when consumers are budget-conscience. Basically this package includes the most popular features that add comfort and style, yet wouldn't necessarily be considered "must-have" if you were looking for a specific price point. But from our standpoint, the premium upholstery, console upgrade, stainless steel bimini top, flip-up sundeck bolster, snap-in carpet, stainless steel rub rail and depth finder are nice features to have.

There is a large in-floor ski locker that is easily accessible and plenty big to hold all of your water toys. And with the ski/tow eye in the stern, this deck boat is set up for all kinds of fun. Also in the stern is a large swimdeck that includes a telescopic ladder as well as a washdown to help keep sand out of your boat. The unique sundeck pad can be tilted up for added comfort, which really helps utilize the design in this area.

Also for comfort there is a removable back rest that converts the bench seat opposite of the helm into a nice lounge seat.

Forward of the helm is a sink with a second sprayer, which is always a welcome amenity on any boat. It's probably just a preference thing, but the mostly black helm console didn't seem to flow with the white and red interior of the boat. Yeah, we're just being picky since the console itself is beautiful with large easy-to-read gauges with a truly sporty look and feel to it. It's just the black dash color didn't seem to match up with the rest of the boat.

As for the vinyl, a lot of extra effort went into making the seats very attractive. The textured look really gives the boat a nice high-end feel to it. Other key features include the four-step telescopic ladder in the bow that doubles as an anchor locker, as well as the flip-up bolster on the bucket helm chair that give the captain some added comfort.   

Inspection Test

Below deck the reverse chine Starstep fiberglass hull uses composite stringers, and the color consistency for the gel coat work is excellent. This unique ventilated hull design is something that Starcraft perfected years go to help with the responsiveness and control on the water.

There is nearly 10 feet of space inside the cockpit of the boat and we found no dangerous or sharp edges up top, earning it a high craftsmanship rating.

Performance Test

Paired up with the MerCruiser 4.3 MPI engine, this might just be the perfect package for this Starcraft. We reached a top speed near the 50-mile-per-hour mark and she banks beautifully in the sharp turns. With the Starstep hull the boat tracks well and overall this was a fun, low-profile boat that is fun to drive. You feel safe as you cruise across the water and the helm station is a great windbreak for the driver.

Who Should Buy It

You can throw out any crazy ideas that this is just a price-conscious model. What you get is a sporty and fun deck boat that is built well that just happens to fall around the $30K mark and that even includes the MerCruiser 4.3 MPI engine! Plus if you're willing to lose a few options you could really drive down the price on this beauty if necessary.

Number of Occupants             12

Price As Tested With Power   $31K

Maximum Speed:                    47.3 mph

Wild Ponies:                            220hp

No. of Gates                           1

0-20 MPH                               7 seconds               

Ladder Measurement:             2' 6" deep      

Why we love this boat.We love the low-profile, sporty and attractive-looking deck boat that looks like it's going 30 miles per hour when standing still.

Just being picky.In a boat that is dominated by red and white colors, the all-black helm stands out a little. The console itself is beautiful and fully functional, it's just the dark color that feels off.  


Full fiberglass liner w/large in-floor storage, premium upgraded stereo system w/auxiliary port for MP3 player and extended multi-tow sport platform.


LS Package (premium upholstery, console upgrade, stainless steel bimini top, flip-up bolster, snap-in carpet, stainless steel rub rail, depth finder).



LOA                            21' 11"

Beam                           8' 6"

Hull Design                 Deep V, flat chine

Dry Weight                 2,325 lbs.

Fuel Capacity              51 Gallons



Engine                         MerCruiser 4.3 MPI

Cylinder Type             V6

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           262ci/220hp   

Lower Unit Gear Ratio           1.62:1

Propeller                      14 X 18 aluminum


RPM      vs.     SPEED     vs. D-A    

600                  3.3 mph           87                   

1000                5.5 mph           92       

1500                7.4 mph           95

2000                8.9 mph           94                               

2500                15.2 mph         99       

3000                31.5 mph         108.5  

3500                35.5 mph         111                             

4000                39.3 mph         113.5  

4500                45.2 mph         114     

4900                47.3 mph         113.5.

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