Walk up to the boat, grab the port side of the sunpad, and flip it up to reveal a nonslip walkway and boarding step that makes descending to the cockpit more sure-footed than walking across a cushioned pad. Just be sure to keep it flipped up before you check the oil. Flipped down, it causes the electric engine hatch's lifting ram to stutter and stall. Indeed, this fit needs to be tweaked. The cockpit seats eight. Drinkholders abound. The wetbar's top is fiddled and features a sturdy stainless-steel rail that didn't budge when I grabbed on and leaned back while underway. Bow access is good, thanks to the helm steps and a split windshield.
Belowdecks, the cabin's vinyl lining can be cleaned with a wipe. The shelving ringing the V-berth is a bit flimsy, but a few strategically placed L-brackets would firm it up. Shopping? Crownline's 266 ($63,214 powered as our test boat) competes directly.
LAST WORD. Good times and fast fun without the sound of a starting gun.
Displacement (lbs., approx.) ..........5,000
Minimum cockpit depth....3'3"
Max. cabin headroom....4'7"
Fuel capacity (gal.)..97
Water capacity (gal.)..15
Price (w/standard power) ..........$51,180
Price (w/test power).$65,500
STANDARD POWER: Single 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI Bravo One V-8 gasoline stern drive.
OPTIONAL POWER: Single MerCruiser or Volvo Penta gasoline stern drive to 425 hp.
TEST BOAT POWER: Single 415-hp MerCruiser 502 MAG MPI Bravo One gasoline V-8 stern drive with 502 cid, 4.47" bore x 4.00" stroke, swinging a 14 3/4" x 21" three-bladed ss prop through a 1.5:1 reduction.
STANDARD EQUPMENT (major items): Helm and companion bucket seats; ss pull-up cleats; power-opening engine hatch; recessed, 3-step retractable swim ladder; ski-tow-eye; coaming pads; snap-in cockpit carpet; convertible canvas top; compass; power steering; tilt wheel; aluminum prop; Clarion AM/FM/CD with 4 speakers and remote control