At nearly three feet wide, the bow platform of StarCraft's Star Step 215 is big enough to be functional. Too many deck boats suffer from bowrider envy, sporting pointier bows and tiny platforms. And deck boats are all about bow and stern platforms, which makes them the ideal boats for cruising to the sandbar, a mission at which the Star Step 215 excels. The bow ladder is extra long, so you can nose-up and disembark dry-shod. Anchoring? Starcraft incorporated a capacious rode locker into the bow too. Aft, I admired the extended platform for its recessed swim ladder. This doesn't trip bathers when stowed and, at four rungs long, you won't have to put your knees to your chest to board. I also discovered a pair of drink holders, a well for stowing tow lines, and the stereo remote within reach.