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Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Starcraft's MDX 211 E OB combines a user-friendly layout with a nice running hull and the exciting power of an outboard engine.

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

LOA: 21"10" | Beam: 8'6" | Dry Weight: 2,715 lb. | Seating/Weight Capacity: 12/1,700 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 44 gal. | More Information: starcraftmarine.com

Bill Doster

The appeal of a deck boat, such as the Starcraft MDX 211 E OB we tested, resides in the unfettered space provided by a minimalist helm, a broad bow and clever seating, combined with unparalleled boarding and water access that fore ’n’ aft swim platforms with ladders provide. Combine this most user-friendly layout with a nice running hull and the exciting power of an outboard engine, like the 150 hp Evinrude E-Tec G2 that powered our test boat, and you’ve got a combination that’s tough to beat. It should come as no surprise that the MDX 211 E OB graces the cover of this edition of our Boat Buyers Guide. Deck boats embody the best of boating. The MDX 211 E OB provides many examples of why that statement is true.

With that new G2 sporting aesthetics color-matched to our test boat’s gleaming gelcoat, the boat looked as great as it ran during our day on the lake. The MDX 211 E OB shot to 45 mph, planed in 4.3 seconds and netted nearly 5 mpg efficiency at 31.1 mph. Just some more reasons to smile.

Details in the bow included pop-up cleats and U-shaped seating for six in the bow with a handy cooler underneath, as well as carpeted stowage compartments. A removable table is standard. Amidships, we admired the sink, set in a stone top, along with the drink holders with LED lighting ringing their rims. More stowage resides under the sink.

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Bill Doster

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Bill Doster

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Bill Doster

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Bill Doster

At the helm, the Bluetooth stereo by Infinity allowed us to listen to music from our phones. Here, we found a tilt wheel and illuminated rocker switches to control accessories, a GPS and the Evinrude Icon multifunction gauge. The analog tach and speedo provides a nice touch. Control the color of the LED courtesy lighting via a knurled, stainless-steel knob. There’s a ski locker in the cockpit sole. The Bimini top is standard.

The MDX 211 E OB is constructed with an integrated, interlocking stringer system. It comes with a lifetime hull warranty and a six-year warranty against blistering.

High Points
* Modified dihedral V-hull is intended for big water. It runs fast, tracks arrow-straight and provides confident ­handling at speed.
* Options like the wake tower, board racks, tower speakers and more convert this to a watersports machine.
* Full fiberglass inner liner eases maintenance.

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB

Starcraft MDX 211 E OB Certified Test Results

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How We Tested
Engine: 150 hp Evinrude E-Tec G2
Drive/Prop: Outboard/13¾" x 17" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.17:1
Fuel Load: 22 gal.
Crew Weight: 420 lb.

Price
$34,999 (base)

Contact
Starcraft Marine New Paris, Indiana; 866-772-4538; starcraftmarine.com

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