The great thing about deckboats is their roominess, especially up front, thanks to the
beam being carried all the way forward. And models such as Splendor’s 239 SunStar take this attribute to the max. Its huge foredeck can be customized with features such as fi shing chairs or even a wheelchair ramp, and it is a great spot for sunning with the
optional pads in place. A boarding ladder up front facilitates dry beach landings or acts as a second place for swimmers to reboard. While deckboats aren’t normally esteemed for their seakeeping ability, Splendor’s unique catamaran hull makes it one of the most seaworthy boats in its class. At cruising speeds, air is trapped and compressed between the twin hulls, giving it lift and helping it ride high over the water. And unlike most
catamaran designs, which use twin engines and have a pronounced outward lean, the 239 has one outboard that helps it lean inward like a monohull and hook up really well in hard turns.
As evidenced by the hull design, the folks at Splendor do things a little differently, such as selling direct to the consumer, but it goes further than that. Instead of offering a base boat with few features, they give buyers a fully loaded turnkey package that has carefully chosen, quality components such as a standard Polk Ultramarine Bluetooth stereo, a Livorsisteering wheel, a Sunbrella fabric Bimini top and a galvanized TrailMaster dualaxle trailer, for $52,400. There’s even a head compartment with a portable toilet.
The forward section of the cockpit ishome to two really long forward-facing recliners that have well-placed stainless steel grabrails. Storage is abundant underneath in compartments that are really deep, thanks to being set into the cat sponsons, and long enough to hold any type of waterski.
The rear deck is raised, so the stern passengers in the L-lounge and the driver,
who sits on a helm chair with a standard adjustable-height pedestal seat, have a great view. Following the theme, the tall stainless steel ski tow is part of the package. Powering our test boat was the Suzuki DF250 four-stroke outboard, which pushed the 239 SunStar really well. With the throttle jammed, there was very little bowrise as the boat got on plane in only 2.1 seconds. Its time to 30 mph was 8.1 seconds, and the 24-footlong Splendor reached a top speed of 45.3 mph.