Boat Reviews By Owners
1999 -- 21' 0" CENTURY
Cockpit: I have written several reviews on this website and people are either going to love me for sharing my knowledge or hate me for bashing their boats. This was a friend's boat that he purchased new. I went for one fishing trip and it was also the last, atleast on this boat. Nothing fancy here..simple center console with T-top and usual fishing ammenities. Like most these boats the owners finish them off with low-budget electronics and other accessories.
Construction: The fun part....in a nutshell..shiny gelcoat but poor foundation. Thin, weak hullsides that echo horribly when you hit the side of the hull with your fist. Was watching the deck flex around the legs of the T-top when the T-top was shaking underway. All T-tops shake to some degree and this one wasn't all bad just the deck was thin. After some months nice cracks started to develop in the area and in other places...wonder why?...All these boats look great at the boat show but you need to look at them when they are 4 or 5 years old and see how they weather with time.
Handling: By far the worst small boat I have ever ridden on. And wet...we trolled fir a couple of hours in maybe a foot and a half of light chop and I was getting soaked from the constant spray this boat produced. It just went up and over the sides every other wave and was, well annoying. Good thing it was summer time and not winter. Average deadrise equates to the average ride...don't plan on jumping wakes at speed.
Engine Room: This boat was powered by a 2-stroke Yamaha 150 Saltwater Series that I like very much. These have been around for years and are pretty much bulletproof engines. HPDI and Optimax are nice and more efficent but I hear more horror stories about them than I do these engines.
General Comments: Like all these type boats they cater to the first time, family boaters and the dealers offer all these type of add-ons and "packages" that usually snow-ball the client and they get suckered in to buying a el cheapo boat with a low monthly payment. This boat was no different. Many first-time buyers are afraid to buy a name brand used boat and also sometimes can't get financing. So in the end they buy these thinking they have done well then after a few months and a few warranty claims they learn the real truth. Bottom line...buy quality you'll be happy you did.
Date Submitted: 2004-12-18
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