Boat Test: 2017 Starcraft Star Step 221 E I/O

Boat Tested2017 Starcraft Star Step 221 E I/O
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Deck Boat
Manufacturer Starcraft
Length21ft 10in / 6.65 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Weight2940
HullFiberglass
Max HP250
Drive TypeI/o
Engine Make1626
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity44
By Steven Bull

Some people automatically skip over the deck boat category when looking for their next riderdquo;and that’s a shame. If fun on water with friends and family is the name of your game, something like the Star Step could be the ideal choice.

There’s an amplified bow lounge, thanks to the wider hull, and a massive swim platform at the front of the boat with a deep reaching swim ladder should you beach it or want to swim off the front.

There is storage under all the seats that wrap around the boat, punctuated by the refreshment station with sink on the portsiderdquo;somethingyou don’t often see on boats this size.

Opposite is the low-rise, but fully stocked helm console, including storage compartment within, and steering wheel that colour matches the seats and hull. With a fully array of rocker switches and gauges, our green machine was also kitted out with a Humminbird Helix 5 GPS/sonar unit.

At the stern, under the centre bench seat in front of the giant sunpad, is room for a full-size cooler that locks itself into place with cut outs for the handles. Loading the cooler at home and putting it on the boat is so much easier than unloading into a built-in compartment.

The walkthrough to the transom has a deep storage compartment built in to otherwise deadspace. Here, too, you’ll find the long reaching shower for wash-down, which will be especially handy after a day at the beach.

The stern swim platform illustrates why deck boats are so great. There’s just so much room!

Underway, while not as tight as traditional V-bottoms because ofthe wider hull, turns were still crisp.

With quick acceleration this is a capable tow boat and it has the chops of a fun runabout. Where this outshines the others is the footprint of fun you have on the water. Should you consider something like this? Deck, yes!

TEST BOAT ENGINE
MerCruiser 4.5 L, 250 hp, V6, 2-valve/cylinder pushrod, computer controlled Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection (MPI) with Alpha 4 propeller

ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20/5.5; 0-30/8.3
TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)
46.1/4,800
CRUISING SPEED (mph/rpm)
32/2,500; 37/3,500

DETAILS
Length: 21ft 10 in/6.65m
Beam: 8 ft 6 in/2.59m
Weight: 2,940lbs/1,334kg
Fuel Capacity: 44gals/166L
Price: $39,899 USD (base model with 4.5L 200 Alpha MerCruiser)

Speed Testing by Humminbird GPS
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