We Say: Starcraft’s Star Step 221 proves a deck boat can kick up tasty waves. Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive positions the prop forward of the gear case, keeping surfers safer. A combination of nearly 900 pounds of plumbed internal ballast and Wake Worx surf tabs build and shape a thigh-high wave with plenty of forward push. Loaded up with more crew weight, we watched the wave grow bigger and cleaner, and with a much longer pocket. Zero Off speed control locks in the speed, and a watersports tower provides an elevated tow point when wakeboarding.
The Star Step hull takes its name from the vented chines that Starcraft notes help the surf wave break but also introduce bubbles below the hull, reducing friction and improving performance. Time to plane clocked in at 4.3 seconds. The boat peaked at 44.8 mph and displayed quick and agile handling.
This boat also parties. The 12-person-capacity seating wraps around the cockpit perimeter. There’s stowage beneath nearly all seating and a 36-quart removable cooler. The entertainment center adds a sink with faucet, and cup holders throughout are lit for both style and visibility. Tired out after a day of chasing waves? Relax on the 3-by-4-foot sun pad.
Who’d Want One: Boaters seeking affordable wakesurfing and the sociability of a deck boat.
Another Choice: Chaparral’s 21 H2O Surf
Bottom Line: $64,199 (with test power); starcraftmarine.com
How We Tested
Engine: Volvo Penta V6-240-CE/FWD
Drive/Props: Volvo Penta Forward Drive/K4 propset
Gear Ratio: 1.95:1
Fuel Load: 44 gal.
Crew Weight: 320 lb.