Party barge. That’s what most people say when they see the Godfrey Hurricane 240. But little do they know!
Party, yes. But “barge?” No way! The Godfrey Hurricane 240 was voted hands-down the most unique boat at the MotorBoat test rally. But she also impressed us with her speed and handling. Top speed was over 40 mph, courtesy of 200-hp Mercury outboard and 14½x21 Quicksilver propeller. Easy handling and smooth riding can be credited to her wide, stable design and standard hydraulic steering.
Up forward, there’s room for five adults to sit around a big, very sturdy table. Seating is provided by heavy-duty cushions covered with UV-protected, easy-care vinyl. Under the benchseat, double-acting hinges allow ample access to the abundant stowage compartments.
The whole forward area is lined with a one-piece stainless steel rail and courtesy lights at every step-down and place of activity, adding to the secure feeling. At the forepeak, a pair of attractive docking lights in the covered, integral anchor locker give the 214’s otherwise gentle looks a touch of sportiness.
One interesting option replaces the standard icebox with a compartment that holds a portable cooler behind a self-sealing door. For boats equipped with a 110 volt (a.c.) shore power option, a refrigerator is also available. Above the outdoor galley area, two large cabinets are concealed by doors with heavy-duty, positive handles.
The forward party area is separated from the helm by a large “cabin.” Inside is a portable head and full 6’1″ double berth. Granted it is a bunk, but with the optional “sleep sac” (a sort of heavily padded, color-coordinated custom sleeping bag), two people can actually enjoy a good night’s rest. A high-intensity lamp provides light when there’s not enough sun to penetrate the screened, opening porthole to starboard.
The bridge maximizes space, thanks to Godfrey’s experience in building pontoon boats. The high helm station is equipped with an array of Faria instruments and provides a great view of all corners of the motor boat. In fact, the view immidiately in front was never lost during planing.
To sum up, the Godfrey Hurricane 240 powerboat was one of my favorites: a party just waiting to happen and performance, too.
Technical Specification of Godfrey Hurricane 240
- Base Price: N/A
- Standard Power: outboard up to 300 hp
- Optional Power: MerCruiser: 454 Magnum, 502 Magnum, or HP 465
- Notable Standard Equipment: hydraulic steering, stainless railing and hardware, self-bailing deck. Ski locker, galley w/sink and icebox, five stowage lockers, docking lights. Chart table w/cover, instrument panel w/tachometer. Speedometer and fuel gauge, rear-entry boarding ladder.
- Construction: hand-laid woven-roving; Coremat for reinforcement; sandwich construction
- Deadrise at Transom: 24°
- Warranty: 2-year hull, 3-year upholstery
- Measurments: Loa: 24’0″ Beam: 8’6″ Draft: 15″
- Approx. Weight: 3,010 lbs.
- Freeboard:Fwd/Aft: 2’8″/3’2″
- Fuel/Water Capacity: 74 gal./2.5 gal.
- Options: S.S. canopy, bow table, compass, digital depthfinder. L-shaped stern seat, 100-gal. fuel tank, 14-gal. water tank
- Propeller: 14½x17 stainless steel