Polar 2100 Dual Console
JUNE 2005
Length overall  21'4"
Beam  8'6"
Draft  18"
Displacement  2,680 lb
Fuel Capacity  97 gals
Base Price  $37,473

The cabin is quite roomy, thanks in part to the lack of an inboard engine room, and the designers have used the space well.

I've been a big fan of Polar center-console fishing boats for years now, impressed by their lively perfor-mance and list of amenities at a relatively modest price. Polar has recently expanded their fleet with the introduction of a new, versatile, family-friendly dual-console model. This 21-foot trailerable bow rider has a large portside storage locker that can be rigged as a snug head with an optional portable toilet. There's more storage inside the helm console.

It's well equipped for fishing, with a 48-gallon lighted bait/livewell, a 34-gallon fishbox under one of the bow seats, thirteen vertical rod holders, rod storage under the gunwales, a large lockable starboard-side rod storage compartment and a bait station with freshwater wash-down. For towing toys and water skiers, there's a small optional swim platform on the starboard side of the single outboard, ski storage under the cockpit sole and an optional ski/tow bar. There's plenty of other storage for more toys and safety gear.

The hull is all composite construction comprising a one-piece fiberglass stringer system with integrated rigging tubes and closed-cell foam flotation. It's protected by a 10-year warranty.

The twin swiveling pilot seats are comfortably adjustable, and the passenger seat has a large insulated cooler stowed underneath. I found the helm easy to man either standing or sitting. The standard Sunbrella canvas Bimini protects this area quite nicely. The center panel of the raked windshield opens to provide access to the bow seating.

I grabbed the chance to take a ride courtesy of Riverside Marine, the dealership based near Annapolis on the South River. Riverside's newest sales rep Tim Miller was kind enough to take time out from a frantic spring prep schedule to set me up for a solo run one recent spring afternoon, the first of a number of squally days following a week of 80-degree sunshine. But rainy as it was, I was able to get a good feel for the boat in a variety of relatively challenging conditions.

The nearly silent Yamaha 150-hp four-stroke outboard provided plenty of power, though the boat's rated for up to 250-hp. As the showers blew through with 10-knot winds out of the northeast, I headed downriver, underneath the high-rise bridge and into the relatively calm water of the open river. The hull came up onto plane swiftly and gracefully, and accelerated just as swiftly and gracefully to 31.3 knots at 4400 rpm, wide open throttle. The 21-degree variable deadrise hull clung to the water, providing sure, agile turns. The optional hydraulic tilt steering was smooth and responsive. At 3800 rpm, I clocked 25.6 knots on my handheld GPS. As the rain picked up, I headed out of the river's mouth and onto the wide-open expanse of the Chesapeake. There were three-foot waves building up by the Thomas Point Light, but the boat took the waves in stride, providing a surprisingly soft ride for such a small boat in such conditions. Despite the waves, the hull tracked well in all directions. In short, this was the ride I had come to expect from Polar. They've done a great job of combining a well behaved ride with a lot of family amenities in a compact package.