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We sometimes wonder if Hurricane doesn’t employee magicians instead of engineers because we’re always amazed by how much they’re able to pack in a 24-footer yet still have it feeling spacious and roomy.
With adequate deck space on each end, you can easily board from either side of the boat on the designated platforms before stepping down into the cockpit. And with telescopic boarding ladders on each end, this includes boarding from the water.
It’s unbelievable how open the bow is; there’ll be no knee-knocking for your passengers going on here like you’d find on a ski boat. We also like the dual chaise lounges with grab rails easily within reach. For the 2017 model year, the upholstery has been redesigned and it provides a sportier look with unique patterns that can be found throughout the interior on all the seats.
Below the full wrap-around windshield is a folding divider door that allows you to block out the wind on those spring and fall days when you’re wanting to extend your boating season. At the helm console there is a large open area between the multi-function gauges for a GPS map or FishFinder. It’s left open so dealers or customers can choose what they prefer, but it really need something.
The identical bucket helm chairs with bolsters for the captain and first mate add to the sporty look and directly across from the helm is an enclosed head. You won’t find too many enclosures like this one on other 24-foot deck boats, especially considering inside you have a porcelain toilet, faucet and sink, plus a touch light and vented window. These are those added touches that Hurricane is so good at including.
Directly behind the helm chair is an entertainment center that includes a freshwater sink and faucet, 12-volt outlet and a portable Igloo cooler below.
Other key features include a built-in livewell hidden in the bow step, snap-in flooring, a Marine Audio stereo system and a massive double-door-access in-floor ski locker that will allow you to store just about every water toy you own.
Below deck the long strakes provide truer tracking and you can really feel this in the tight turns. The fiberglass V-hull is well-constructed and overall we consider this to be a safe, family-friendly design.
Inside the cockpit near the helm, the sides measure a family-friendly height of nearly 40 inches tall, which also helped contribute to its high safety rating.
With the SeaStar hydraulic steering, the V-hull easily dives into sharp turns for a fun and exhilarating thrill ride. With the Yamaha 250hp four-stroke you can truly feel the power when you put the throttle down and we were able to reach speeds near the 50 mph mark. There’s really no better way to say it: this deck boat drives like a dream as she beautifully carves up the water. It’s a proven hull design that we never get tired of testing.
Based on how well this Hurricane performs and everything else this boat is loaded with as far as options as well as standard features, it really should come with a ski/tow bar or at the very least a ski/tow eye. It of course is available as an option, but it’s just too much fun to drive not to have a standard way to pull skiers, tubers or wakeboarders.
Again, we’re very impressed by this Hurricane from bow to stern and all that the engineers were able to pack in without it feeling overcrowded. Rated for up 12 passengers, there are plenty of great seats for everyone to share the fun.
Number of Occupants 12
Maximum Speed 47.7 mph
Wild Ponies 250 hp
No. of Gates 2
0-20 MPH 5.40 seconds
Ladder Measurement 3’ 8” deep
Why we love this boat…It would be a challenge not to smile while driving this boat; it performs that well. It’s an exhilarating thrill ride and worthy of being praised.
Just being picky… Without the optional GPS Map included, the dash console appears to be missing something on this otherwise completely loaded deck boat; a ski/tow bar is also a must for this powerful boat.
Stainless steel canopy frame, entertainment center w/ sink, pressurized water system, Bluetooth/app-ready/AUX/USB stereo, 4 Silver Sport grille speakers, anchor locker, telescoping bow and stern ladders, fog-resistant gauges, full wraparound windshield, stainless steel cupholders, enclosed head w/ sink, and hydraulic SeaStar steering w/ tilt wheel.
OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT
Coastal Edition, boat cover, stern washdown, dual battery switch, tan/neutral interior, bi-fold door for center walk-through, pull-up cleats, compass, Merlot deck tape, snap-in head mat, snap-in carpet, top band Merlot hull, LED docking lights, livewell pump, woodgrain stern table, pump-out electric flush toilet, and 25-quart cooler.
Beam 8’ 6”
Hull Design Deep V
Dry Weight 3,735 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 66 gallons
Engine Yamaha F250XB
Cylinder Type V6
Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower 254ci/250hp
Lower Unit Gear Ratio 1.75:1
Propeller 15 1/2 X 17
RPM vs. SPEED vs. DB-A
1000 5.3 80
1500 7.5 88
2000 9.9 87
2500 12.9 96
3000 18.6 95
3500 27.2 99
4000 33.2 99
4500 38.1 101
5000 41.8 102
5500 47.7 107