It’s a bit unusual that they didn’t bill the 2017 Ocean Master 336 center console as a “new” boat, when we showed up to run it and shoot a First Look Video at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Most manufacturers will add a cupholder and move a grab-rail, then claim a boat is a “new” model. But not in this case. Ocean Master is quite happy with their hull, thank you very much, and don’t see any need to change things around for marketing purposes. There is, however, one very new aspect to the 2017 336. Take a gander at what’s hanging off the transom.
Those Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP outboards have only been around for a couple of seasons now (get the full scoop by reading The Outboard Expert: New Evinrude E-TEC G2 Outboards, and by watching Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP Outboard: On Water Test Run. So for Ocean Master to employ them on their traditional-as-can-be center console is quite a surprise. Then again, maybe it shouldn’t be. By all reports the G2 is an excellent powerplant, and in our real-world testing we’ve recorded fuel economy numbers between 10- and 15- percent better than the competition. Recently, it should be noted, Evinrude rolled out a newer, smaller generation in the form of its 2.7 liter E-TEC G2.
But enough about the powerplants—you need to know more about the Ocean Master, right? And there was plenty we didn’t have time to cover in the video, starting with the fact that this is a semi-custom boat. They’re built for specific customers, so each one is a bit different and you can have the manufacturer make modifications to your taste. One we’d suggest is to the leaning post, which was thoroughly solid but also quite angular, and would benefit from some modern flip-down bolster seats. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we’d say any angler would have to be crazy to mess with the deck layout. This boat is as open as it gets, without a bunch of fu-fu bow seats or transom folding seats eating into the fish-fighting territory. And while that may give the Ocean Master 336 something of a Spartan look, it also means you don’t pay for all that other stuff. In fact, you can put a rig just like the one we tested in your own slip for right around $200,000. A top-shelf competitor with all the bells and whistles, like a Boston Whaler 330 Outrage or a Scout 320 LXF, is going to cost you something like $50,000 to $100,000 more.
If you’re in the market for a no-nonsense center console and you like the idea of tried-and-true construction and design matched up with the latest in outboard engine technology, the Ocean Master 336 belongs on your short list.
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