Deckboats evolved as the spacious and functional middle ground between conventional runabouts and the matronly pontoon boat. Runabouts carve tight turns and are fun to drive, but they don’t often have enough space for large families with lots of friends. Pontoon boats, on the other hand, have room for everyone but in most iterations they’re lethargic and slow, and offer little in the way of thrills. That’s where a deck boat like the Hurricane SunDeck SD 187 I/O comes in. It’s got the deck space and amenities big families need, while still offering a little something for the driver.

hurricane 187

At 18’ 10”, the hurricane 187 is a bit smaller than most deck boats on the market, sized at about the range you’d expect in an entry level runabout. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s one of the things that makes the SunDeck so appealing.

Compared to the stern drive runabouts with which it competes for customers, the SunDeck 187 has the floor space, amenities and wide-open bow design that attracts buyers to the breed. But because it’s not a 25-footer, it’s a lot more manageable to own and drive. Fun, even. The bow features lounges that are wide and spacious, with gently angled backrests for comfort. It could use some added grab handles, but there is a generous amount of room up front for multiple passengers. The bow also is notable for its standard features, which include a live well with pump, a three-step telescoping swim ladder, and a wet locker. An optional fishing seat mounts to the bulkhead between the bow lounge area and the forward platform, which is more spacious than you’d expect on an 18-foot boat. You can also get the optional fishing package, which includes the fishing seat and a trolling motor harness with a plug.

hurricane 187

The bow is surprisingly roomy considering the compact LOA of the Hurricane 187.

Inside, the 187 delivers what people look for in a deck boat: lots of deck space and comfortable seating. There’s a stowage locker in the sole in the bow area, a 25-quart cooler, and additional stowage under the windshield cowl on each side. There’s also a simple and straightforward helm seat, with full analog instrumentation and a tilt steering column. You can look forward to driving, and with some features you likely won’t find in a pontoon boat.

aft swim platform

You'll want the aft swim platform, especially for swimming and watersports.

The aft swim platform is also optional, and you really kind of need it, so much so that it should be included as a standard feature; it includes a swim ladder, a ski tow eye, eyelets that provide access to the lifting rings on the transom, and a wet locker on the port side. Other popular options packages include a wakeboard tower (with a Bimini top and board racks if you like), removable dinette tables, snap-in carpeting and various electronics. Nicely equipped, the Hurricane SunDeck SD 187 I/O has an MSRP around $32,000. Similar outboard models (the 188 OB) and slightly larger versions (the 196) are also available. For more information visit Hurricane. See listings for Hurricane deckboats under 20’.
Draft (hull)1'1"
Deadrise17 degrees
Displacement3,005 lbs
Fuel capacity36 gal.

Written by: Brett Becker
Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for, he regularly writes and shoots for Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.