Boat Test: 2013 Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB

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Boat Tested2013 Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Deck Boat
Manufacturer Hurricane
Length20ft 9in / 6.32 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Weight2600
HullFiberglass
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeYamaha Outboards
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity49
A deckboat is a class of boats that you either love or you hate. They certainly aren’t for everyone with their unique design that strays from the normal bowrider. But I think Hurricane is on a mission to change that. Year after year they introduce new models that are both nice to look at and nice to boat in, much like the all-new SunDeck Sport 203 OB. Dare I say, Hurricane is bringing sexy to deckboats with its smooth lines, flared bow and raised sheer line.
The bow was a major focus on this boat. Because no one likes to sit on hinges, the front boarding ladder and line storage hatches are split to port and starboard at the front. And if you do choose to sit up there, a small lip gives you a sense of added security. If you get the fishing package, there’s a spot for your casting chair.
The bow is what I call a scoop design, with spacious lounges on either side following the slight curve of the bow. A refreshment centre to port of the helm console briefly interrupts the portside seating, which continues the length of the boat and across the aft. Our test boat also had the optional bamboo carpet that is completely water resistant, exactly what every boater likes to hear.
The performance with the 115-hp Yamaha was very respectable with the SunDeck Sport 203 cruising in the 20s and 30s and topping out at 34.3mph. The model I tested is a price point boat, so you can certainly get more motor if you wish to as it is rated for up to 200 hp.
The SunDeck Sport 203 is a big water boat, with high side decks and a deep cockpit. Although geared towards coastal waters, this would also be a great big lake boat.
No matter what the size of waterway or whether you’re moving or sitting still, you will have lots of room to entertain with flowing conversation areas and a stern walk-thru. And while you’re out on the water, everyone will stay cool on the carbon fibre style vinyl upholstery.
Even though you may not have in the past, the Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB will have you thinking deckboat.
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