Talk about greatest hits; not only are Hurricane’s 187 and sister hull the 188 the best-selling deckboats in the world, they are better sellers than any other deckboat company’s full line combined. Hurricane’s designers aren’t going to scrap this model anytime soon, but for 2017 they brought forth a new version called the Sport. It’s a new trim line that features a sportier lower-profile windshield with a frameless lower section and new, bolder graphics. Inside, a new upholstery scheme takes the color from the hull’s Sport graphics and uses it as part of the insert accents. Designers also make use of black panels, which are normally a horrible idea, but the material is a fabric-like vinyl that diffuses direct sunlight and keeps it cool enough to avoid searing bare skin.
You would be hard pressed to find a roomier sub-19-foot boat than the 187 IO, and that’s the beauty of a deckboat. Its 8-foot, 5-inch beam is carried all the way forward, so the bow seating area is huge. Five people can actually sit with their feet on the deck. And an optional filler cushion ($454) turns the whole area into a sunning platform. Another plus is the roomy foredeck that has a boarding ladder and an anchor locker, both hidden by hatches. The Fishing Package ($234) includes a pedestal seat, fishing rod clips and trolling motor rigging that can plug and play with any brand. The livewell is standard. In the cockpit is an L-lounge that helps give the 187 IO a passenger capacity of 10. Our boat also had the extended swim platform ($794), which created a huge back porch.
The compact helm still contains plenty of utility thanks to the use of multifunction gauges that preserve enough space in between for dealer-installed, flush-mounted electronics of the buyer’s choice. Our sterndrive 187 IO was powered by MerCruiser’s new-gen 4.5L V-6 that puts out 250 hp, giving it plenty of guts. It reached plane in 3.6 seconds, hit 30 mph in 9.8 seconds and topped out at 49.2 mph. The hull is a relatively flat 13 degrees, which when combined with its wide beam creates a very stable platform for guests when they walk around. It also keeps the boat from heeling far over in hard turns.