Boat Test: 2014 Hurricane SunDeck 2690 OB

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Boat Tested2014 Hurricane SunDeck 2690 OB
Price As Tested$96,334 USD
Category Deck Boat
Manufacturer Hurricane
Length26ft 4in / 8.03 m
Beam9ft / 2.74 m
Weight3842
HullFiberglass
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeYamaha Outboards
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity96
By Matt SpencerHurricane has been a leader in deck boats for some time now. And they've proven themselves and their boats the best way possible, through impressive sales, remarkable market share and satisfied customers. 
Not being ones to rest on their laurels, Hurricane recentlymade a turn down the path that they believe to be the future of deck boats with the introduction of their new flagship, the SunDeck 2690 OB.

This truly is a new boat, from the hull up. The company enlisted the services of legendary designers C. Raymond Hunt and Associates to design a brand new running surface for this model. I put it to the test and they have certainly built a winner.

Measuring 26 feet, 4 inches with a nine-foot beam, the 2690 is a substantial boat. But the numbers lie, because it performs like a much smaller boat. First, bow rise is minimal when getting on plane. The boat more or less just "rises" to plane. It holds speed well and
offers a very quiet ride. And the turns -- WOW! It corners better than anything I've seen in a while.

At the dock, this new model has some Hurricane hallmarks, notably the beam is carried as far forward as possible, creating an incredible bow lounge area. There is a fun area with boarding ladder forward -- almost like a second swim platform. It's worth noting this forward beam design doesn't interfere with the running surface though.

Inside the cockpit there's twin, bolstered captain's chairs along with a U-shaped lounge that's broken up by a centre transom walk-through. An optional fold-out seat from the portside coaming rounds out the seating arrangements.

A portside refreshment centre features a standard electric grill with an optional fridge below.

The wakeboard tower will be a popular option for this model since the spacious swim platform is so great for watersports.

The new SunDeck 2690may be a step towards the future of deck boats, but I still see a lot of what makes Hurricanes so popular. It's this perfect blend of sticking with what you know and not being afraid to try something new that has made them so successful.
TEST BOAT ENGINEYamaha F300, 4.2-litre, V-6, 300-hp outboard
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)0-20 / 3.3 ; 0-30 / 4.7 sec
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)6000 / 43
CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
3500/ 24.7 ; 4000 / 29 ; 4500 / 31.5 ; 5000 / 36.1
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