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2022 Charger 210 Elite

The 210 Elite combines crisp handling with fishability.

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The Dorris family’s many decades of experience and commitment building Chargers shines in boats such as the 210 Elite. This rig gives stable and predictable 70-plus mph performance with Mercury’s 250 Pro XS on the transom, spinning a 24-pitch Mercury Fury propeller at 6,000 rpm. The Merc was still in break-in mode; expect a few more miles per hour after it loosens up. The Charger hull, with its Champion lineage, provided tight, smooth and crisp handling, with excellent rough-water performance. It’s no lightweight flyer; at 1,800 pounds of bare hull weight, the 210 is constructed to last and provide a comfortable ride doing so. Our best mileage was achieved at an unusually high rate of speed. (Typically, best cruise is around 3,000 rpm.) We saw 3.6 mpg at a best cruise speed of nearly 46 mph at 4,500 rpm, showing the hull’s excellent efficiency. At that speed, the Charger has a 168-mile range for big-water competition.

210 Elite running
This rig gives stable and predictable 70-plus mph performance. Garrett Cortese

Charger’s comfort-padded casting decks are wide and accommodating. Handy touches abound. Special bow designs allow for easy positioning of gimbal-mounted electronics, and a recessed trolling-motor pedal pocket reduces back strain. Tool holders at the console keep rulers, pliers and a knife at the ready.

210 Elite helm
The helm is outfitted nicely. Garrett Cortese

An optional removable passenger console offers comfort for a teammate or more streamlined passage from bow to stern. It’s a mirror image of the driver’s unit and bolts in place in minutes.

210 Elite bow
Charger’s comfort-padded casting decks are wide and accommodating. Garrett Cortese

The Charger is 100 percent hand-laid fiberglass, with a 4-inch-thick transom bonded to composite stringers. Charger’s deck lids fit flush, with no latches to hinder access; a locker bar bolts firmly in place to secure the compartments’ contents during storage. Heated seats are standard—a nice touch for colder fishing days. 

While a 10-inch-offset manual jack plate and steering-column-mounted Pro Trim switch are standard, we’d go for the optional hydraulic jack plate and foot throttle for the ultimate in performance. 

210 Elite aft platform
Charger’s deck lids fit flush. Garrett Cortese

This 210 Elite redux is like updating a 1970s muscle car with 2022 technology where it counts: power, speed, handling and, of course, interior amenities, controls and electronics.

210 Elite rod storage
Rod storage is plentiful. Garrett Cortese

High Points

  • One of the best adaptations of the legacy Champion hull on the market today.
  • Composite hand-laid construction gives solid, rattle-free performance even in tough conditions.
  • Independent power bus for electronics ensures clarity.
210 Elite performance data
Charger 210 Elite Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Mercury 250 Pro XS FourStroke 250 hp
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Fury 14 5/8″ x 24″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 52 gal. Crew Weight: 500 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $73,995
LOA: 20’10”
Beam: 7’11”
Draft: NA
Dry Weight: 1,800 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 6/900 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 52 gal.

Charger Boats – Richland, Missouri; 573-765-3265; chargerboats.com

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