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Brief Summary

It is no secret that most center consoles are essentially the same. By definition they all have a center console, livewell, fishboxes, rod holders, cutting boards, and the Sailfish 220CC is no different. What separates one CC from another are the details -- which is what specializes in describing and dissecting -- and the price. The Sailfish 220CC (and all other Sailfish models) have another difference -- her hull shape.

Key Features

  • Cockpit courtesy LED lights
  • Raw water washdown
  • High speed livewell pickup
  • 2 captain's chairs with removable cushions
  • Console seat
  • Swim platform and boarding ladder
  • Kevlar reinforced hull
  • Hydraulic steering with tilt wheel
  • 12 standard rod holders


Length Overall 21' 3'' / 6.48 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,450 lbs.
2,018 kg(w/ eng)
Draft 18''
45.72 cm
Deadrise/Transom 24-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 8' 4''
2.54 m (max)
Fuel Capacity 93 gal.
352 L


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Engine Options

Tested Engine Currently no test numbers
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power Three Yamaha engines from 150-hp to 200-hp
Three Mercury engines from 150-hp to 200-hp

Captain's Report

Sailfish 220CC running shot

The Sailfish 220CC has a LOA of 21’3” (6.48 m), a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m) and a variable deadrise in different planes. At the keel the deadrise is 24-degrees to maximize riding comfort in a chop, and outboard the deadrise is 22-degrees for improved efficiency, speed and stability.

Mission Statement

Sailfish created the 220CC to be a hardworking fishing rig able to get anglers out to the fish and back again while not having to worry about remaining within the confines of protected waters. She has high freeboard for an added safety factor and is offered with enough standard features to handle the task. It is in going offshore in a relatively small boat that we think the Sailfish 220CC shines because of her unique bottom design. In a word, it can both cushion the ride in sloppy conditions and stay relatively stable.

Sailfish 220CC layout

The layout of the Sailfish 220CC has many offerings for fishermen that can take them across many types of fishing in different sea conditions.

What Hull Shape is Best?

Typically we’d see a bottom with one plane as opposed to three, with a deadrise in center console boats anywhere from 11-degrees for a bay boat, 25-degrees for a large offshore CC. Sailfish has a different approach and it works well.

The 220CC's Most Distinguishing Feature

VDS Hull Design.

By molding-in three different deadrise angles from the stem to the transom Sailfish is able to give a smaller boat, such as the 220CC, both the ride and the stability that we might expect in a larger, heavier boat.

Sailfish 220CC varying deadrise

These arrows show the varying deadrise of the three steps in the 220CC’s hull. The lower is 24-degrees, the center is 23, and the outermost is leveled out to 22-degrees. This model also has the underwater lights ($345) and trim tabs ($1,020).

This design gives the hull more flexibility to handle varying conditions than a fixed deadrise hull may. The 24-degree component at the bottom gives better handling in heavy seas allowing the 220CC to carve better through waves, rather than launch over them. The lessening deadrise as we move outward towards the chines provides her with better stability, fuel efficiency and speed.

Sailfish 220CC vds hull

Conceptual drawing of the Sailfish Variable Deadrise Stepped (VDS) hull.

Sailfish 220CC v hulls

Here’s another view: All V-hulls are sharper forward, but most have straight sections – in other words, in any one area of the hull, the deadrise is essentially the same from keel to chine. The Sailfish 220CC has three different angles at all sections.

Major Features

Exclusive Raised Dot Matrix Non-skid.

Instead of the typical non-skid of small square depressions, or raised diamonds molded into the walking surfaces, Sailfish utilizes raised dots.

Choice of Color.

For a reasonable up-charge ($873) up to 6 colors can be selected for the topsides, and for a bit more ($1,262) another 3 are available. They can even do a two-tone color scheme ($1,262) for a white bottom and colored topsides.

12 Standard Rod Holders

. This permits a large spread to be displayed.

Flush-Mounted Hinges and Deck Plates.

Not only do these make the boat look better, but they also are easier on bare feet and unlikely to snag a line.

Carbon Fiber and Kevlar Reinforcement.

Sailfish is the only center console builder we know of that uses carbon fibers in its deck laminate. Carbon fiber is expensive and is not easy to handle but adds lots of strength with little weight. Kevlar is used in the keel of the 220CC, something that only a few builders of any type boat use. It is puncture resistant, strong and lightweight.

Composite Transom.

The transom on this size boat is probably the most stressed part of the hull to the weight, torque, and shock loadings when vessel catches air. Some builders use marine plywood in their transoms but Sailfish manages to build in strength with composite materials.

Sailfish 220CC non skid deck

The Sailfish exclusive raised dot-matrix non-skid deck is unique to sailfish the builder.

Things We’d Like to See

Lift and Lock Latches.

Most places on this boat there are the turn and lock latches. Often hatches need to be stepped on to allow the latches to turn, and more often than not these end up turned in the wrong direction allowing hatches to bounce open once the boat starts running.

No Distortion Windshield.

Either a 3-piece or a no distortion for better visibility where it curves around the bend.

Move the Ignition Up Out of the “Knee Strike” Zone.

There’s plenty of room on the panel for the ignition, so why not move it up there?

Sailfish 220CC chines

The chines on the 220CC are as wide as the support surface of the jack stand. This provides stability against heavy rolling by adding more buoyancy to the sides.

Features Inspection


Clearly, as with nearly every center console on the planet, this is primarily a fishing boat, and she’s well suited to the task. Let’s step aboard on a typical fishing trip and see how she handles the day for us on a mock fishing trip.
Today’s simulated trip… bottom fishing on Nantucket Sound.

Step 1 – Boarding

Our three guys step aboard the 220CC from two different directions. Two step over the caprail while the captain steps through the aft gate. For the guys stepping over the rails, there’s a little inconvenience as the cockpit depth is 25” (64 cm) at the stern, increasing to 27” (39 cm) next to the helm, and fully forward it is 32” (81 cm) deep. Clearly this was built with safety in mind. The captain came in through the gate because the battery switch is right inside the gate. First order of business, turn the switch to “both” to activate both the house and engine start batteries. The task is confirmed with a subtle “beep” as the VHF powers on.

Sailfish 220CC boarding gate

The battery switch is just inside the boarding gate. A tackle storage compartment is just below.

Sailfish 220CC caprails

Caprails are 10" (2.4 cm) wide making it easy to step onto for boarding.

Step 2 – Load the Gear.

Stuff is sitting on the dock and we start loading up. Our captain grabs the frozen bait, squid and clams in this case, and drops it into the 25-gallon (94.6 L) aerated livewell molded into the starboard transom. Sure it’s for keeping live bait fresh but the constant stream of water thaws the frozen bait out in short order. Plus it’s a convenient place to put it.

We’ve got 6 rods total

coming aboard and the boat swallows them up just by using the transom rod holders. There’s plenty more around the boat but these will do for now.
Meanwhile, the captain checks in on the VHF with the commercial fleet already working the middle grounds. The boat didn’t come with a VHF but our guy installed this one himself, thanks to the easy access hatch inside the console that provides access to the back of the panel. It’s the same way the Garmin 4208 was installed


Sailfish 220CC access panel

Inside the console there’s an access panel for getting to the backside of the helm panel. Notice the drink holders have drain tubes leading into the bilge.

At any rate, they report that the winds are 20 gusting to 30 out of the southwest running against a fair tide. Seas have 2’ to 3’ of chop. Perfect. Just the sort of snotty conditions that keep the weekend warriors back at the dock and out of our way. And with our high topsides and wide flared bow, it’s just the sort of conditions that this boat eats for breakfast.

Step 3 – Getting Underway.

The captain starts the engine, in this case a 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke turning a 17 x 14-¼ prop. Base power is a 150-hp and options go up to 200, either from Yamaha or Mercury, but this mid-range horsepower offering keeps the price right ($57,098) and works quite well, even in these conditions.

Sailfish 220CC t top

The optional T-top provides some much needed shade. Two rod holders are angled way out to the sides.

Sailfish 220CC rod holders

At the back side of the T-top we have four more rod holders, a spreader light, and a canvas life jacket bag.

We pull the inflatable life jackets out of the storage canvas under the optional T-top ($4,329) and put them on. Cast off the lines and push off. Once away from the dock, one guy walks the length of the boat and pushes the three cleats down flush to prevent snags. The three on the other side are already down.

Sailfish 220CC cleats

Optional pull up cleats and grab rails are all made from high-grade stainless steel.

We power through the channel

and already the wind feels stiff. It’s not uncomfortable as the single-piece windshield is high enough to offer protection. Being one piece though creates a heavy distortion at the point where it curves around to the sides. Once clear of the no-wake zone the captain adds power and she easily carves through the first of the rollers as we clear the breakwater. We add a little shot from the trim tabs ($993) and the rest is made easy from the power assist steering


Sailfish 220CC wide flare

The wide flare to her bows keeps spray down low and off to the sides for a drier ride. Freeboard runs from 27” (68.6 cm) at the stern to 31” (78.7 cm) at the bow.

Sailfish 220CC keel hull

The deadrise of the boat's keel hull section is quite deep allowing the 220CC to slice through waves instead of launching over them.

Step 4 – At the Fishing Grounds

Once we arrive onsite the bottom looks promising. We see plenty of marks around the rocks. We split the difference between the wind and the tide and pull ahead just a bit, pull the anchor from the forward anchor locker and lower it to the bottom. We secure it to one of the cleats just off the side and note that we’d rather see a cleat in the centerline.

Sailfish 220CC anchor locker

An anchor locker at the bow has flush mounted cleats securing the hatch. A notch at the forward side allows the rode to run through.

Sailfish 220CC anchor keeper

An anchor keeper is inside the locker. Notice how the hinges allow the hatch to lay flat against the deck.

Sailfish 220CC navigation light

The optional bow navigation light folds flush when not in use. This not only eliminates a snag point for fishing lines, but the anchor line as well.

A 12-Rod Spread.

Last week we were trolling. The 220CC has 4 rod holders across the transom. This, plus the 4 at the back of the T-top, plus the 2 angled out the sides of the top, plus 2 more angled out the sides of the midships caprails allowed a remarkable 12 rod spread to the stern of the boat. If we really wanted to get crazy we could put another 4 in the holders at the backside of the optional leaning post ($1,534).

Sailfish 220CC helm

The helm has plenty of room for the optional 8” (20.3 cm) navigation display. Digital engine readouts are in the center. The compass is mounted in the direct line with the helm. The engine control is a model 704 and the ignition is down below that.

Sailfish 220CC switches

Switches at the helm are all chromed and lighted. The horn is to the left, closest to the helm.

Sailfish 220CC storage

Storage is at the footrest under the helm.

Sailfish 220CC tackle organizer

At the top of the console is an optional storage tackle organizer ($800).

Today, We’re Bottom Fishing.

We remove the two optional aft jump seats ($572) to give us more room to play. There’s a small cutting surface to work on at the transom so we pull out some clams and start cutting. Once baited up we let the lines down and in short order we get a bite. Haul up and a Black Sea Bass is on the line.
There’s a hinged measuring stick with tool holders to the sides that is attached to the transom, but this guy is clearly over the 14” (36 cm) minimum so it’s “over the rail and into the pail” for him. Actually, it’s more like into one of the two 224 quart (211 L) fishboxes at the bow. After catching our limit we move offshore, further into the building conditions, and ply the shoals for porgies. Slammers are coming over the rails and we load up the boxes within an hour. Time to head back.

Sailfish 220CC

Across the transom there are rod and drink holders. Just behind, lining the motor well, is a hinged tool holder/measuring stick.

Sailfish 220CC cutting surface

With the tool holder flipped open, we have a cutting surface. Notice the hook holders along the edge. Access to the water fill is just behind.

Sailfish 220CC

The starboard side mounted livewell features the usual characteristics of being blue and having rounded corners to reduce the shock effect on live bait.

Sailfish 220CC leaning post

The leaning post comes with a removable backrest that fits into the rod holders.

Step 5 – Back At the Dock

Once we get the gear off the boat we break out the hose and clean off the mess. Thanks to the exclusive dot-matrix non-skid decking we only have to scrub at the dried up bait chunks we left on the deck. Everything else rinses right off and out the large 2” (5.1 cm) deck drains and over the side. We load up the cooler and gear into the truck. We drive the 220CC onto the trailer and head for the bait shop for ice and to ensure that everyone knows about the ones that we lost just before making it over the rail.

Sailfish 220CC deck

There’s plenty of room for working the deck with 23” (58.4 cm) of space at the side of the console. It narrows to 15” (38.1 cm) between the bolster and hardtop support.

The Next Day

Family Time.

The boat is launched and this time we snap on the optional bow cushions ($1,167). These, along with the optional bow bolsters ($954) make comfortable seating at the bow. We might also bring along the bow filler cushion ($683) to make a large sun pad when we start relaxing.
It’s a skiing day for the kids so we raise the telescoping ski-two pylon ($779) and spend the day dragging them all over the bay. By the time we stop for lunch they’re starved. They shower off as they come back aboard. While dining at the bow table ($439) we listen to music on the optional Fusion stereo ($873) while the kids control it from the remote at the transom ($308). After lunch the family makes use of the optional Porta-Potti ($176) and then we head to the beach for some exploring.

Sailfish 220CC ski tow pylon

The optional ski-tow pylon provides a raised towpoint well above the outboard shroud.

Sailfish 220CC stereo remote

An optional stereo remote at the transom allows controlling the stereo, even from in the water.

Sailfish 220CC transom shower

A transom shower is standard on the 220CC.

Sailfish 220CC bow cushions

Bow cushions and bolsters create a comfortable seating arrangement when the twin insulated fishboxes are not in use. A filler cushion makes the area into a large sun pad.

Sailfish 220CC seat

The seat ahead of the console adds to the comfort level and will be in close proximity to the optional bow table. This seat measures 27” (68.6 cm) wide and comes out 13” (33 cm).

Pricing and Observations

The 220CC has a base price of $52,129 with a Mercury 150 on the transom. A Yamaha 150 will put her at $52,756. A 200-hp ($57,098 for Yamaha, $60,849 for a Mercury Verado) is an option.

Sailfish 220CC engine choices

Engine choices include this 150-hp Yamaha outboard. Choose from 150-200 from either Yamaha or Mercury.


Clearly the functionality of the Sailfish 220CC is well suited to fishing, whether the discipline calls for bottom fishing, trolling, or drifting. She offers room to move about, plenty of space for holding the catch, ample storage for rods and plenty of places to place active poles for putting out an adequate spread.
We are impressed with the execution of details on the boat, particularly ones to do with safety. While most center consoles are essentially the same on deck and inside, as can be seen above, the Sailfish 220CC acquits herself well.