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October 25, 2001

Logic 210 Center Console

I run a great many boats, many of which would be indistinguishable from one another without a name on the side. This Logic 210 center console represents the single greatest departure from business as usual to come along in many years.

I run a great many boats, many of which would be indistinguishable from one another without a name on the side. This Logic 210 center console represents the single greatest departure from "business as usual" to come along in many years.
Performance
The front that came through overnight in Key Largo, Florida, boosted winds to 25 to 30 mph and dropped the temperature into the mid-50s. Florida Bay in all its shallow glory kicked up a nasty chop that truly tested the Logic's mettle. The most interesting aspect of this new center console is its "feel." Construction and materials combine to provide much more "give" than stiff fiberglass construction: There's a dampening effect in a chop that's quite pleasant.
Our Johnson 150-hp carbureted engine lifted the Logic onto plane in four seconds with a top speed of 46 mph at 5,150 rpm and the chop didn't adversely affect performance. Predictable turns provided just enough slip at the stern to prevent anyone from being thrown across the boat. Logic allows a fairly wide range of power options for the 210. I found the 150-hp engine to have a perfectly acceptable top-end, but speed demons can choose as much as a single 200-hp engine that will scream along at 63 mph.
Fishing
The fact that we caught no fish when I ran the Logic 210 can't be attributed to the boat. The cold front that came through the night before shut the bite down throughout the Florida Keys. But the 210 made the act of fishing a pleasure.
Gunwales at the right height and a large open-bow cockpit make casting and fighting fish a breeze. In fact, if you choose to put a T-top on your Logic 210, chances are you'll want to fight fish from the bow anyway as the overhang takes up a fair bit of overhead space in the cockpit. Likewise, the optional leaning post has rod holders that angle rods aft, cutting off more cockpit space.
Standard pedestal seats eliminate this problem. Two rod holders under the gunwales and one in each gunwale can be augmented by aftermarket holders mounted vertically on each side of the console and maybe two more canted outboard on the back of the transom in lieu of outriggers. Of course, adding a T-top with rocket launchers resolves that problem, too.
Obviously, Logic fully intends for its owners to catch fish, as the fish boxes aboard the 210 can hold more fish than most bag limits will allow. Drifting and trolling proved typical of a 21-footer, though wave noise against the hull was less than it would be on a fiberglass boat thanks to Logic's unique plastic construction.
Design and Construction
The Logic 210 offers a remarkable amount of storage throughout. Additionally all the boxes drain out the bottom rather than into the bilge. But ruggedness must be the most significant aspect of the Logic 210. Witness the world's first indestructible boat. The most impressive and telling marketing tool Logic has is the salesperson smashing the side of the hull with a big hammer. The boat responds like a steel girder pummeled with a feather.
What makes the Logic line of boats so unique (and inexpensive)? The company builds them of polyethylene plastic (instead of fiberglass and resin) using a roto-molding process.
The Logic 210 qualifies as a truly one-piece hull and deck. Picture big male and female molds clamped together. Technicians pour 1,100 pounds of plastic powder into the closed mold which then goes into a giant oven where it rotates as it bakes. To build up thickness in certain areas such as the bottom and transom, the rotation stalls at certain points so the material flows to those areas. After a programmed number of hours, the mold comes out of the oven and goes into a cooling room where it's later opened, and out pops the hull.
It remains to be seen how large a vessel this construction method can support, however. Unlike the company's smaller models, Logic has molded stainless steel and aluminum frames into the hull to distribute the stresses that more powerful outboard engines and larger seas can inflict on a 21-footer.
This process has everything going for it. Polyethylene plastic is the same material as Saran Wrap - which you can take out of your freezer and put straight into your oven. And while you can put your finger through a single ply of Saran Wrap (though not easily), wrap two or three layers of it around yourself and try to escape; it's much stronger than you think. Battery acid gets shipped in polyethylene bags, so you know you won't be able to harm this hull. That's why Logic feels confident offering a lifetime warranty.
So what's the downside? Some people will likely still prefer a fiberglass boat in this size range because polyethylene doesn't shine like high-gloss gelcoat. Did you ever leave a hook on deck to find, a week or two later, a permanent rust mark in the fiberglass? With Logic, you can simply lightly sand the area and such a stain disappears. Bounce the boat off a dock and you'll never see a dent. Let your kids take the boat out with impunity. What the Logic 210 really offers is peace of mind at a very affordable price.