Hurricane’s newest 19-footer is its first deckboat to sport a center console, but it’s more than just a fishing boat.
Boaters want more out of their boat than the ability to handle just one task. In fact, they want to do more than one thing at a time. Normally, center console boats are all about fishing — usually to the exclusion of anything else. Hurricane’s new CC 19 OB (outboard) might be the smallest center console the builder makes, but its designers made sure it can handle fishing, watersports and entertaining.
One’s first glimpse of the CC 19 can lead to many questions. The first one has to do with the four seatbacks sitting shoulder to shoulder at the stern: How in the heck can a boat this short have room for four abreast at the stern? The answer: While it’s a couple of inches short of 19 feet, it’s only one inch shy of having the same 8-foot, 6-inch beam of Hurricane’s largest center console, the SS 231, which is more than four feet longer. My next question was Aren’t those backrests going to get in the way during fishing? Then I noticed they’re removable. So I asked, Where are you going to put ‘em all? They’ll eat up all the storage in the compartments. So many questions. Fortunately, Hurricane’s designers thought of all this and came up with a brilliant solution. When not in use, the seatbacks fit together, two-by-two, and hang under the gunwales, out of the way.
While the Hurricane CC 19 is rated for 200 hp, our test boat featured Suzuki’s DF150, an in-line, four-cylinder four-stroke with a whopping 2.9L of displacement (the Mercury 400R has a 2.6L block) and a huge 2.50:1 gear ratio that allows it to swing a prop with up to a 15-and-a-half-inch diameter, for more thrust. The result was snappy performance out of the hole; the CC 19 got on plane in 3.1 seconds. It reached 30 mph in 9 seconds and topped out at 43.3 mph. While such performance is acceptable, moving to a more powerful Suzuki, such as the DF175, doesn’t result in a weight penalty, since it has the same block as the 150 and both weigh 474 pounds. The DF200 is marginally larger in displacement and only weighs 24 pounds more, so that’s another good option, because who doesn’t want to go faster? And in the case of the Suzukis, going from 150 to 200 hp only costs about $3K. The standard engine is a 115, but I don’t feel like that’s enough to push this wide-beamed boat in an acceptable fashion. Hurricane can rig the CC 19 with any major outboard brand.
The Hurricane CC 19 hull has a cathedral/tri-hull configuration with 13 degrees of deadrise at the transom. The setup is a yin/yang proposition. The wide, relatively flat bottom offers exemplary side-to-side stability and quick planing. Most people picture center console boats as being seafaring vessels, but the aforementioned attributes make this Hurricane more suited to inshore waters such as lakes, bays and rivers. But for a deckboat, this model has an unusually high freeboard, so it offers a greater level of safety should a sudden blow materialize.
The flat bottom helped the Hurricane stay on plane at just 17 mph at 3300 rpm (so going slow and in control is an option), and at top speed there was no problem with directional control. It’sw an easy boat to drive. Wisely, Hurricane mandates the SeaStar hydraulic steering system ($1,140) on boats with 150 hp or more, to prevent anyone from trying to save a few bucks in the worst possible way. The builder also mandates at least the BayStar hydraulic system ($802) for anything up to 140 hp engines, but except for 115 hp outboards (don’t do it!), buyers should get the SeaStar. During hard turns, the CC 19 leaned in a little and hooked up pretty well, with a little more slip than on boats with a deeper V hull.
The CC 19 excels in its versatility but doesn’t shirk its fishing duties, which would cause it to have to relinquish its center console merit badge. Once all the backrests at the stern are removed and stowed, a roomy casting deck is revealed, and under the center two seats is a huge 30-gallon, lighted oval livewell with an acrylic top. One big rap on most deckboats — as fishing vessels — is low gunwale height, which tends to rub anglers’ knees raw on long days, but the cockpit on the CC 19 was solidly mid-thigh high on this six-foot-tall reviewer, so most folks will be able to really lock in when tied to a big one. Our test boat was equipped with a T-top ($3,780), which is highly recommended for hardcore anglers. It gives riders plenty to hang on to when the boat is running and includes three rocket-launcher holders, which augment the triple under-gunwale racks on both sides and the four holders on top of the gunwale.
At the helm is a flip-flop doublewide seatback on a leaning post that covers an Igloo marine cooler. The large dash would have plenty of real estate for up to 12-inch displays, but the accessory rocker switches are arranged in a long strip at the bottom, so by the time gauges and a stereo are installed, it’s Tokyo-tight. One work-around would be to use a gimbal mount for electronics at the top of the dash. Up front are Starboard planks ($214) that can be put in place to create a huge deck, and since this is a beamy deckboat, there’s room for more than one angler at a time. There are twin storage compartments in the stern and storage in the bow.
When it comes time to put away the rods and relax, optional filler cushions ($500 with Starboard planks included) turn the bow into a sunpad, or it can revert to a more standard bowrider configuration. Two removable backrests can convert to armrests if passengers are sitting with their feet on the deck. Another unusual feature is an optional changing room ($375) that makes use of the large center console and is accessed by lifting the bottom of the jump seat in front of the console. There’s plenty of room here for a Porta Potti ($199).
To expand the CC 19’s entertainment potential, a few options are called for, such as the wood-grain bow cockpit table ($368) and Infinity Bluetooth four-speaker stereo. For nighttime adventures, underwater lighting is available for $309. Watersports are definitely in the picture if the fixed ski tow bar ($750) is added. Buyers who want to anchor quickly in shallow water can get a Power Pole ($2,258) installed. And for a post-skiing or fish-handling rinse, it’s nice to have a freshwater hose ($236). Nine hull-color choices make the boat customizable.