We Say: Monterey's 217 Blackfin offers versatile, hybrid function from fishing to water sports to cruising. The interior's abundance of fiberglass surfaces means quick and easy cleanup.
The 217 Blackfin sports gunwale rod holders and plenty of stowage. An aft seat is hinged, concealing massive stowage within. A cooler stows under another seat, with access to the battery switch and stereo amp. We wish the compartment were also hinged for easier access.
The 217’s dash is handsome with shaded analog gauges, rocker switches, stereo controls, a cup holder and vinyl accents. Our test boat was equipped with an integrated Garmin GPS, which enhances fishing and navigating functionalities.
The 217 BF is sports-friendly as well, with an available removable ski pylon plus a huge ski locker in the belly. We found 150 horses capable for most behind-the-boat disciplines. Though not as precise as an inboard tow boat, the 217 holds a turn better than many outboard runabouts.
The 217 boasts a deep-seating configuration. This makes for a spray-free ride and keeps families feeling safe in big water. There are dual boarding ladders, and the unique “wraparound” swim platform is a really neat feature.
Who'd Want One: Boaters seeking an outboard-powered boat that meets the needs of family boating in fine style.
Another Choice:Glastron's GTSF 200 ($38,793 with a Yamaha F150).