Monterey 258SS

Smiles are not an option.

by Craig Ritchie
Some boats are built for racing, others for taking an extended cruise.


  • LOA: 25'1"
  • Beam: 8'6"
  • Draft: 37"/24"
  • Weight: 5,100 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 65 gals.
  • Water Capacity:
  • Power: 430 hp
  • Price: $80,258

Monterey’s 258 Super Sport Series (SS), on the other hand, is all about fun in the sun.

“The Monterey 258SS is one of the most versatile and comfortable boats in its class,” says Matt Mrozinski, general manager/sales at Lake Michigan Yacht Sales. “Aft and portside loungers that face either forward or aft provide seating galore, while [the boat’s] ideal size and weight make it easily manageable on smaller inland waters, yet still able to handle a choppy day on the Great Lakes.”

That versatility and comfort is immediately evident as you board via the extended rear swim platform and note the double-wide stern seat that offers forward-or aft-facing seating as desired, or folds flat to create an inviting sunpad. Enjoy watersports? A cavernous storage locker on the port side of the swim platform stows boards, skis and other gear with room to spare.

A transom pass-through to starboard leads to the cockpit. The wide stern seat continues forward up the port side of the boat, terminating just before the passenger console. A dedicated nook located beneath this seat provides a secure storage spot for a 48-quart removable cooler. Directly opposite, another aft-facing seat on the starboard side of the cockpit sits directly behind the driver’s swiveling sport bucket seat with its flip-up bolster. 

Passing between the consoles reveals further seating options in the bow. Wraparound upholstered coaming here creates a particularly inviting space to enjoy the sun, especially when the removable cockpit table is added.

Opening a wide door in the passenger console reveals a spacious head compartment, complete with a standard porta-potti and a vanity with solid-surface counter and sink. A China toilet with holding tank is available as a popular upgrade. 

The helm itself is beautifully designed, complete with an upholstered brow and a flush-mounted Raymarine MFD. Engine choices include Mercury and Volvo Penta options up to 350 hp, giving the 258SS performance to match its sporty look. With planing times of less than four seconds and a top speed of more than 45 mph, this is one boat where smiles are not an option. 


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