We Say: SouthWind launched the outboard 212 SD and scored a direct hit in deck boat fun.
It’s built light using durable Nida-Core panels in the sole and rugged hardware throughout. Stainless-steel grab rails are affixed at all logical points. Sturdy pull-up cleats are a nice style touch too. Navigation lights are low-power, high-output LEDs. The bow lights are recessed to protect them from bumps and scrapes.
SouthWind has a softer side too. The company calls the sole covering “soft teak,” and it gives a smart look. The lounge seats feature tough hinges and allow easy access to the stowage within by holding the seat bottoms at attention. Nice touch. When maintenance is required, recessed access plates make it easy and won’t stub toes.
A nice hull-and-power relationship delivers good cornering, and a hydraulic helm provides easy control.
Outboard deck boats are becoming favorites of coastal boaters who also like to fish, and SouthWind offers rod holders and a livewell too. The SouthWind 212 SD is new — and smart.
Who'd Want One: Any boater who recognizes the advantages of easy-to-maintain outboard power on a performer that can cross over from fresh to salt water.
Another Choice: Hurricane’s SD 217 OB ($51,860 with test power) is a dual-console deck boat that also offers a fishing package with a livewell and rod holders.
Bottom Line: $49,263; southwindboats.com