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June 22, 2009

Sundance NX 21

Sundance's NX 21 hybrid skiff puts the fun back in boating.

A closer inspection reveals still more attributes. For example, the windshield and console handrail are rigged with quick attachments so they can be removed or lowered, allowing boat and trailer to clear a standard garage door. In the cockpit, the four gunwale-mounted rod holders equipped with drainage tubes prevent water from ending up in the bilge. The neatly organized and accessible aft systems compartment makes servicing quick and easy.

The NX 21 console comes with LED lighting, a Yamaha controls and gauge package, and glove-box storage. A 12-volt power plug, stainless steel cup holders and a forward console seat also come standard. That seat holds an insulated, 32-quart compartment that can be plumbed as a second livewell. Vertical rod racks straddle the console. The combination cooler seat with reversible backrest comes standard as the helm seat, but there's also an optional leaning post with a rocket launcher and storage bin. A Bimini or T-top with electronics box, coaming pads, and rear deck pedestal chairs or folding jump seats top the rest of the add-on list.

Ice the day's catch down in the 100-quart insulated box on the port aft deck. Add aeration and this compartment doubles as a release well. A round, 66-quart well on the aft centerline will hold plenty of live bait. Stow safety equipment, foul-weather gear and tackle bags in the large forward deck compartment.

Want more examples of thoughtful design? The molded anchor locker can handle a real anchor, not a wimpy wannabe. Transitional steps make access to the foredeck fast and smooth, another welcome feature when fighting a hot fish or anchoring over the right spot.

Add it all up and I give the NX 21 high marks for its class. It's solidly built, performs well and has an attractive price tag. Plus, you'll feel comfortable letting the kids - the next generation of anglers - take it out for an afternoon of fun. And maybe they'll even let you tag along.

SUNDANCE NX 21

LOA......21'1"  
BEAM......8'1"  
DRAFT......9"
DEADRISE......5 degrees  
WEIGHT......1,850 lbs.  
MAX HP......115
FUEL......45 gals.  
PRICE......$21,900
With a single 115 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard

Sundance Boats ? 912-449-0033 ? www.sundanceboats.com