Hurricane SunDeck 2400 OB

The SunDeck 2400 OB offers sporty handling and spacious accommodations.

We Say: Deck boats are increasingly popular along the coast, but the drawbacks to saltwater deck-boat use have always been flat bottoms and sterndrive power. Neither is an issue on the Hurricane SunDeck 2400 OB.

Hurricane has traditionally built boats with wide running surfaces and a shallow deadrise of 12.5 degrees at the transom, attributes that make for easy planing, efficient running and great at-rest stability. But for the 2400, Hurricane steepened the deadrise to 16 degrees for sportier handling and better choppy-water ability. The trimmable outboard ends corrosion concerns.

The 8-foot-6-inch beam carries bow to stern for a lot of usable real estate. The bow cockpit’s commodious square footage features vinyl seats, forward-facing backrests on the consoles and a hardy wraparound stainless-steel grab rail that helps ensure passenger safety.

With our Yamaha F300 test power, this boat proved worthy of tow-sports duty, with a quick 3.8-second hole shot and a top speed above 52 mph. The deeper V helps it carve graceful turns — the trade-off is less bite than you’d have with the sterndrive version. Our tester also had the optional ($4,820) wake tower for enhanced board-­sport capability.

Who'd Want One: A coastal or big-lake family boater looking to carry a crew.

Another Choice: The Starcraft Coastal 2410 OB ($54,879 with a Yamaha F200) is another salty deck.

Bottom Line: $62,417 with test power;