LOWE SS 210 CL

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Most prom­i­nent among the SS se­ries of Lowe pon­toons is the stain­less-steel aft-rail­ing sys­tem, which adds dura­bil­ity, good looks and a bet­ter view over the tran­som thanks to the open rails. That view will be par­tic­u­larly rel­ished from the con­ver­sion-lounge seat­ing ar­range­ment at the tran­som that gives this boat its “CL” ini­tials. Flip both seat­backs for­ward and for­ward-fac­ing benches be­come aft-fac­ing lounges. Flip just one and two can re­cline fac­ing each other—a ro­man­tic touch for a sunset cruise.

That view will be even more ex­cit­ing thanks to the added speed and buoy­ance pro­vided by the third (mid­dle) tube. All three tubes are 25 inches in di­am­e­ter and stoutly made from .080-gauge alu­minum. Lift­ing strakes on each tube aid in buoy­ancy, lift­ing them to a plan­ing at­ti­tude to in­crease speed. The strakes also as­sist in con­trol, help­ing the boat heel into turns in­stead of awk­wardly out­ward.

The con­trol helm is acrylic, durable and sleek, sport­ing ana­log gauges, 12-volt and USB ports, a smooth throt­tle and hy­draulic steer­ing with a tilt wheel.

A large swim plat­form al­lows easy pas­sage from port to stern and a pow­der­coated board­ing lad­der al­lows easy re­board­ing after towed wa­ter­sports us­ing the stain­less-steel tow py­lon.

Aside from the stain­less-steel aft rails, pow­der-coated side and bow rails are an op­tion, as are two-tone side pan­els. An­odized alu­minum and a sin­gle color are stan­dard.00 Added com­fort for the cap­tain comes from the helm seat up­grade, a liv­ing-room-qual­ity re­cliner with self-ad­just­ing arm rests. Bow seat­ing has thickly padded cush­ions with am­ple stowage un­der­neath and the back­rests fold out eas­ily, of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent stowage ac­cess for fend­ers or other gear.

There was a vinyl sea-weave matt on the deck of our tester that is op­tional, but after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it, we don’t know how you could go back to car­pet—it’s soft on the feet, non­skid and easy to clean. It re­mained cool to bare feet in the hot sun, but a large stow­away Bi­mini top of­fers plenty of shade to the cock­pit.

Lowe’s ex­per­tise in cre­at­ing lux­ury and per­for­mance is clear in the SS 210 CL.

SPECS: LOA: 21'4" BEAM: 8'6" DRAFT (MAX): 1'0" DRY WEIGHT: 2,230 lb. (plus en­gine) SEAT/WEIGHT CA­PAC­ITY: 11/1,318 lb. FUEL CA­PAC­ITY: 30 gal. HOW WE TESTED: EN­GINE: Mer­cury FourStroke 150 DRIVE/PROP: En­er­tia 15" pitch 3-blade stain­less steel GEAR RA­TIO: 1.92:1 FUEL LOAD: 15 gal. CREW WEIGHT: 250 lb. Price: $32,094

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