If you've been into boats for any length of time, you might know about 2-foot fever. Maybe not. Or, even if you have been into boats for a while, you might have succumbed to this illness and not even known it.
Two-foot fever is an ailment every boat owner gets when he wants a new boat. Usually a bigger boat. Usually by about 2 feet.
It can stem from any number of things. Your buddy gets a new boat. Bigger, of course. You have a larger circle of friends you would like to bring with you on day trips. Most often, however, it comes from something no more complex than not buying enough boat to begin with.
Lots of first- and second-time boat buyers hover in the 16- to 19-foot range, looking at models longer than 20 feet, but not going any further than dipping a toe in to test the water. Sea Ray's 210 Select is a great excuse for looking at something just over the 20 foot mark. It's also a boat that likely will stave off 2-foot fever for longer than most small runabouts.
For starters, the boat has classic runabout design cues such as broad down swept lines from bow to stern, solid hullside colors and tasteful accenting graphics. The boat looks fresh from the artist's sketch pad, yet has that timeless look that will still look good a few years down the road.
"Our designers have done a fantastic job of listening to our customers needs," said Robin Brendle, Sea Ray's vice president of sport boat sales. "The boat is packed with one new innovation after another."
Once such innovation is the rear seating area. The standard configuration offers two individual jump seats set a bit farther aft, flanking the engine "dog house." That makes for a little more interior floor space. The optional bench seat setup also has a nifty flip-up backrest, which converts the flat sun pad to a two-person lounger. Very cool.
Up front, the bow area features two forward-facing lounge seats with gently angled backrests, cupholders and stainless grab rails. There's a bona fide anchor locker up front and a pull-up cleat to either side. Interior color combinations are wood and cream or chrome and silver.
At the helm, Sea Ray kept things clean and simple, with a four-in-one gauge at the center, a speedo to the left and a tachometer to the right. Stainless aircraft-look toggle switches control the accessories, and a tilt helm and a flip up thigh bolster make finding a comfortable driving position that much easier.
The 210 Select measures 21 feet long with its standard extended swim platform, 8 feet 6 inches abeam and draws just 37 inches of water with the drive down. It weighs 4,080 pounds, holds 40 gallons of fuel and can carry up to eight people. Here's the best part: the standard engine is MerCruiser's 5.0-liter V-8. No puny four-bangers or inadequate V-6's here. That means not only is the Sea Ray 210 Select a boat you want right now, but something you'll still be happy with five or 10 years down the road.
Base retail price is $45,077, which includes a trailer. For more information, visit www.searay.com.