In the 115 years Starcraft has been building boats, its designers have learned that value, luxury and sportiness don’t have to be mutually exclusive terms. The builder’s EX 22 R, when powered by Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 150 hp, delivers all three in a near 24-foot package for as low as $37,307. Our test boat featured one of the hottest pontoon styling trends going: a silver-and-black color scheme on the fencing. But buyers can put their personal stamp on it by choosing one of seven other colors.
Starcraft EX 22 R – Boat Test Video
The GLS package gave our boat two-tone gray interior upholstery on the chaise lounges in all four corners — it’s a recliner’s paradise. Starcraft made sure the lounges are comfortable for passengers facing fore or aft, and gave them a high-backed design for extra support and security. Add twin captain’s chairs that feature flip-down armrests, and there’s plenty of seating for up to 12 passengers. Rotocast furniture bases have integrated drains that make sure water is channeled off, and there’s a flip-up changing room set into the back of the portside bow lounger.
The off-the-rack EX 22 R comes well equipped with standard features such as a Bluetooth stereo, courtesy lighting and a Bimini top with a color-coordinated boot, but Starcraft offers plenty of customization options, including Sea Weave vinyl flooring ($1,035) and a moveable cooler ottoman ($825). For bumping up the jams, buyers can add a Polk stereo with a subwoofer and some rear-firing speakers with a remote control. An extended rear deck gives skiers a great place to boot up, and a ski tow ($816) facilitates the action.
Our test boat was rigged for going fast thanks to the PTS Performance Package, which delivers a PTX center tube and Performance Shield aluminum underskin, for $3,255, and cranks the maximum power up to a 250 hp outboard. But we found it ran well with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 hp, which employs the latest direct-injected two-stroke technology. Owners can change out the outboard’s top and side panels and create an all-new look whenever they want. It had some guts out of the hole, pushing the 2,100-pound EX 22 R to plane in 2.3 seconds and to 30 mph in 10.5 seconds. Speed peaked at 36.2 mph.
Time to Plane: 2.3 sec.
0-30 mph: 10.5 sec.
Peak: 36.2 mph/5600 rpm/ 94 dBA
Cruise: 22.2 mph/4000 rpm/ 81 dBA