Captain's ReportWhen It Comes To The Outlaw Series Don't Let Size Fool YouNew for 2003 is a revised entry to the affordable performance boat market. Providing speed, comfort and gobs of fun is Baja’s 25 Outlaw. This single engine go-fast machine gives you all the thrill of a big offshore boat at a fraction of the cost. The looks and appeal of Baja’s bigger Outlaw series of boats is carried right down to this little brother.Everything on this boat shouts performance, from the classic lines of the flat deck and transom to the optional, tubular aluminum swim platform. A racing inspired bow rail runs down the centerline of the bow and is flanked by large Bomar hatches that provide light and ventilation into the cabin below. A small, but helpful, clear Plexiglas dash fairing deflects some of the wind during those wide-open speed runs.The cockpit and helm designs are also carried over from the larger Outlaws. This includes the “big number” Gaffrig gauges, and the zero-effort controls. The trim and tab switches are in easy reach of the controls, especially the thumb activated trim switch built into the throttle lever. Comfortable drop bottom bolster seats are standard on this boat, and really help keep you supported when the water gets rough. The high freeboard will help keep you and your friends dry when blasting through the water. Our test boat came equipped with the optional racing inspired aft bench seat with polished “hang on” handles for added security for your speed loving guests. Unfortunately this upgrade will soak up what little space you have in the 25’s cockpit, but once you try it you'll have to have it!Access to the cabin is through a sliding Plexiglas door, and what you’ll find below deck will surprise you. Two couches flank a small V-berth and there is decent headroom in the cabin, even for us tall folks. Below the V-berth cushion, is a large stowage area that also houses a porta-potti, should you need to take care of business. The cabin décor is minimal but comfortable, and should be easy to keep clean.As with all the Baja’s, a traditional, non-stepped V-bottom design is used. This setup gives the 25 a sure-footed ride and nimble handling when carving turns and soaking up the bumps. While blasting around on the 25 Outlaw, the hull also felt very solid, with no squeaks or annoying rattles. She popped out of the hole and got on plane quickly. Our test boat came equipped with the optional, single MerCruiser 496 HO Mag. and was coupled to a Bravo one drive turning a 15-½ in., three-blade stainless steel prop. We recorded a respectable top speed of 65 miles per hour and found acceleration and throttle response to be good for a 5,000-pound boat. I did feel that she could handle a bit more horsepower on the top end. Good thing Baja offers you several engine and drive packages for this boat, so don’t let your wallet slow you down.Fuel economy is good with the 425-horse power, 496 HO Mag. We found optimal cruise speed to be around 3500 rpm. This gave us around 41 mph while consuming a gallon of gas every two and a half miles. At this speed, you can go over 230 miles before refueling the 25 Outlaw's 95-gallon fuel tank.Once you’ve decided on which boat and what engine package you want, the next step is deciding on the graphics scheme. Baja offers a variety of wild ways to personalize your Outlaw including the Baja Custom Shop. The custom shop allows you to customize your speed machine with an almost endless choice of upgrades to make your boat as individual as you are. So grab your checkbook and go have some fun!By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Baja 25 Outlaw (Not in Production) is 65.6 mph (105.6 kph), burning 31.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 119.98 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Baja 25 Outlaw (Not in Production) is 41.1 mph (66.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.69 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.14 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 230 miles (370.15 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Optional Clarion Performance Stereo|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|