Powered by a single 260 hp MerCruiser SeaCore-equipped 5.0-liter MPI V-8 with a Bravo Three drive, Splendor’s 220 Odyssey I/O ran fast, smooth and as agile as, well, a cat. You should know that the 5.0-liter test engine has been replaced by the fiesty 250 hp 4.5-liter SeaCore for 2016, which should deliver comparable speeds.
This twin-hull boat doesn’t slam like a V-hull when crossing wakes and waves. It “mushes” into the water where other boats fetch up hard. Besides delivering the smooth ride that catamarans are known for, Splendor’s center pod allows this boat to bank inboard during turns just like a V-hull.
At rest, you and your crew benefit from the stability of the twin-cat hull. Because it’s not tapered, the catamaran design also creates more interior space. Check out the bow where we discovered an expansive area with twin convertible lounges that can be arranged as U-shaped seating or, with the addition of the optional filler cushion, as a sun lounge.
Beach much? You’ll also find a telescoping boarding ladder concealed under the spacious bow platform. Hatches under the backrests forward of each console conceal massive stowage areas for all the gear a boating family needs.
The 220 Odyssey’s twin swiveling bucket helm seats provide comfort and deliver great visibility for the captain. The helm features contoured chrome-bezel instrumentation, a Livorsi chrome steering wheel with padded vinyl grips, a tilt wheel and a conveniently placed row of rocker switches. Our test boat also featured the optional snap-in aqua mat for the deck.
A motorized hatch conceals the engine. Open it and you’ll find gobs of room for maintenance, repair and systems’ checks. To port of the engine hatch, a forward-facing lounger lets you stretch out, and there’s a comfy bench-style seat for two forward of the engine hatch. A walk-through door leads to the large swim platform and ladder.
*Catamaran has a center pod so a single sterndrive can be utilized.
*Roomy bow and cockpit areas offer plenty of room to entertain on the water.
*Illumination includes LED docking lights and LED interior accent lights.
*Optional water-level extended swim platform
How We Tested
Engine: 260 hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI SeaCore V-8
Drive/Prop: Bravo Three/22″ Bravo Three stainless-steel propset
Gear Ratio: 2.20:1
Fuel Load: 25 gal.
Crew Weight: 375 lb.
$47,300 (with 250 hp 4.5L)
Splendor Boats Silver Lake, Indiana; 800-359-7915; splendorboats.com