The 210 SCX OB’s bow cockpit is deeper and roomier than the norm. One way Starcraft creates such usable space is by mimicking the design of a pickle fork, keeping the hull lines extending forward into twin tines. But the manufacturer doesn’t just settle for a pickle’s squared-off roominess up front. Instead, it offers a twist on the conventional bow seating. Four separate seats are built into the cockpit’s four corners, allowing a pair of passengers to sit facing forward, or up to four can cluster around the pedestal table. Should you prefer the conventional approach, filler cushions create one continuous wraparound bench.
At the helm, we monitored the engine via chrome-accented gauges, admired the lighted LED toggle switches, and applauded the placement of the Infinity stereo.
Aft, find the results of similar clever thinking. Behind twin captain’s chairs (each featuring a flip-up bolster) sits an L-shaped lounge, interrupted only by a starboard transom walk-through. Directly behind, a sizable aft bench faces the swim platform. Use it to gear up for water sports or, better yet, as a great spot to relax when not underway, and keep tabs on swimmers — or just the sunset. The adjoining backrests can also be lowered to create a roomy and inviting sun pad. Plenty of stowage sits below the seats. Find additional room within the two consoles, as well as a cavernous in-floor ski locker.
Rather than mount the outboard in traditional fashion, Starcraft uses an Armstrong bracket, which is a positive-flotation aluminum mount that positions the engine far off the transom. The positioning makes it possible to have a full-length swim platform across the stern, rather than the small, flanking platforms typical of most outboards. The Armstrong bracket also promises greater efficiency. With a Yamaha F200, we noted a fuel burn of 5.4 gallons per hour at the most efficient cruising speed of 24.5 mph. As for performance, the 210 planed in five seconds and peaked at 47 mph. It also displayed a soft, confident ride in the chop and no-surprises agility in the corners.
*Pickle-fork-like bow creates added room for several seating combinations.
*Convertible aft seat offers multiple seating options without filler cushions.
*Full-width swim platform is perfect for enjoying water sports, admiring sunsets or just watching the kids swim.
Dry Weight: 2,715 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 12/1,890 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F200
Prop: Reliance 14¼" x 17" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.86:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 450 lb.
$48,165 (with test power)
New Paris, Indiana; 866-772-4538; starcraftmarine.com