At 21 feet, 7 inches in length, the 220 is a small boat but is still larger than a typical entry-level boat.

At 21 feet, 7 inches in length, the 220 is a small boat but is still larger than a typical entry-level boat.



It's been a long time since we've seen a boat from Reinell covered in print and we're glad to bring you a review of its new 220 LSE bowrider. While it hits the water brimming with many of the modern new features found on today's upscale sportboats, what we noticed before the 220 even left the trailer was how striking it is. The red hull with white top deck and red stripe is accented by silver graphics and a stainless steel rubrail insert and windshield frame to create a boat that looks fast just sitting on the trailer.

While boat builders continually work to innovate with fresh and compelling features aimed at giving them a leg up on the competition, you still can't go wrong with good looks, speed and performance in the bowrider category, and it's obvious Reinell aims to hit a trifecta with the 220 LSE.

At 21 feet, 7 inches in length, the 220 is a small boat but is still larger than a typical entry-level boat. And it only takes a few minutes of looking inside to tell that the 220 is designed to deliver an upscale experience in terms of comfort and function.

Standard features like the large integrated swim platform with a nonskid diamond-groove deck and stainless steel folding telescopic boarding ladder and wide walk-through transom will go a long way to enhance watersports fun. There's also a huge gear trunk just forward of the swim platform with an expanded rubber mat to store boards, vests, ropes and other gear. A stainless steel tow ring comes standard, and you can up the watersports equation with an optional brushed-aluminum Skylon wakeboard tower.

The walk-through transom has a small gate for safety, and there's an integrated glassed-in cooler on the deck of the top step of the walk-through, which will allow you to keep beverages and snacks on ice without having to bring aboard a space-hogging cooler. There's also a large amount of dry storage everywhere you look.

You'll find large dry storage compartments under all the bow seats. And the port and starboard bow seats flip inboard on hinges, which is much better than having to lift the entire seat off every time you want to get in there. In the aft portion of the cockpit there is an L-shaped bench seat that runs along the transom and along the port side with more dry storage underneath. Again, the seats lift open on hinges, making it easy to quickly get to your gear. There's also a large ski locker in the sole of the boat with an expanded rubber mat to protect your expensive water toys. The bottom line is you'll have more than enough room for all your gear, even if you bring the 10 people the 220 is rated for.

Performance

We spend so much time testing different kinds of boats — cruisers, pontoons, fishing boats, deckboats, etc. — that it's always a pleasure to get back to the basics with a stylish bowrider built for having a good time just going for a ride.

For our test we had a very light load with one person aboard and just over a third tank of fuel (about 15 gallons or 94 pounds). For power we had a 270 hp 5.0 GXi Volvo Penta with an SX drive spinning a 19-inch three-blade propeller. With a 21-degree deadrise, we were expecting solid rough-water performance and true tracking.

Acceleration was peppy with a 3-second holeshot onto plane. Our 0- to 30-mph time was also quick at just over 7 seconds. With the throttle all the way forward we were able to post 56.5 mph on our GPS at 5,015 rpm, indicating that the 21-inch prop is well matched to the engine for top speed. Range at top speed calculated out to about 94 miles, and our sound meter picked up 97 dBa of noise.

Throttling back to find our most efficient cruising speed landed us at 31.5 mph at 3,000 rpm for a cruising range of 177 miles. The noise level at cruising speed was 85 dBa.

In terms of handling the 220 responded to hard-over turns without complaint. We had a slight amount of wind chop on the lake, but it wasn't enough to do anything more than be heard against the hull. While running behind the photo and dancing across its big wake as our photographer snapped away, however, we discovered just how responsive the 220 is. If you put it in a turn and commit with a blast of throttle, be ready to hold on and go exactly where the boat is pointed.

The sporty steering wheel had nice form-fitting grips at 10 and 2 o'clock, and the tilt-wheel feature was appreciated for driving while standing, sitting on the bolster or sitting in the chair with the bolster down. Our test boat had no-feedback steering, which was great for holding tight corners.

Overall

We think Reinell's new 220 LSE will attract the boater who wants bold looks and performance along with an upscale interior attitude. The base price with the 270 hp Volvo Penta stern drive is $29,995, which is right where it should be for a boat like this.

Even though we're glad to see so much diversity in the kinds of craft offered to boaters, it's good to see a company take the tried-and-true bowrider concept and keep it fresh with modern good looks and punchy performance.

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Manufactuer Contact Information

Kal Kustom Enterprises
4394 Enterprise Place
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 651-8400
www.reinell.com

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