Starcraft’s SCX 210 is a cool family craft with an aggressive look and a nice turn of speed. Our tester, fitted with Yamaha’s lightweight, four-cylinder F200 XB four-stroke outboard and 14.5-inch-by-17-inch stainless-steel Yamaha propeller, turned in a 48 mph top speed and a most economical cruising speed of 22.4 mph at 3,500 rpm, where we achieved 4.8 mpg. Since that’s the speed where a lot of cruising would be done, it’s a good measure of range as well; at this speed, its 44-gallon fuel tank allows the SCX 210 OB EXT to roam for 190 miles, with a 10 percent fuel reserve. That’s efficient performance from a near-22-footer that weighs in at 2,785 pounds dry. For those interested in more speed, the horsepower rating is 250, so for a few more bucks, you can opt for an engine with more horsepower and attain speeds in the low- to mid-50 mph range.
Families won’t be on top of each other in this boat. It has plenty of room for everyone in the forward section with wraparound loungers, fitted with removable center cushions and plenty of backlit cup holders and USB ports. In the bow section, there’s extra storage for the swim ladder (standard) and a locker for the optional anchor. The cockpit features a secure but comfortable bucket seat for the pilot and an L-shaped seating arrangement for passengers. The driver will be plenty occupied at the helm, with full dashboard instrumentation; for more, upgrade to a touchscreen display from Yamaha. In addition to a comfy helm seat with flip-up bolster, slide and swivel adjustments, the portside console houses a convenience center with sink and lighted cup holders.
The cockpit also features a large in-floor storage locker as well as storage compartments under driver and passenger consoles. The stern area is large and watersports-friendly, with SeaDek padded flooring and a rear seat that quickly converts to a sun lounger. A lifetime hull warranty with six-year blister warranty gives an owner peace of mind.
* Pickle-fork bow gives a unique look an more room.
* Outboard power sets this boat apart, delivering speed, plus deck and stowage space.
* Owners need not fret about the outboard’s mounting; standard Armstrong bracket is super tough and securely bolted into the boat’s beefy transom superstructure.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F200 XB hp four-stroke
Drive/Prop: Outboard/14¼" x 17" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.86:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
$49,999 (as tested)
Starcraft Marine New Paris, Indiana; 866-772-4538; starcraftmarine.com