|Length Overall||27' 11''||Dry Weight||3,225 lbs.|
|Beam||8' 6''||Tested Weight||N/A|
|Draft||N/A||Fuel Cap||26 gal.|
|Max Headroom||Open boat||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7GXi gasoline sterndrive|
2875 RLX I/O
With a 320-hp Volvo Penta sterndrive, the luxurious 2875 RLX I/O topped out at 41 mph.
Full Bow Seating
The 2875 comes with a removable centerline bow seat, creating an enormous U-shaped sectional soft forward.
Optional helm bolster seat
This is a natural choice for all drivers who like to run the boat while standing (highly recommended).
Removable bow table
This unique bow table contains its own cooler to keep refreshments handy up forward.
Extra-large changing room
The extra-large double-hoop design of this changing curtain is big enough for two. It flips up effortlessly thanks to twin gas-assist struts. (Note: This photo is of the outboard version).
The 2875 is Bennington's queen of the fleet, and is probably best suited for those who already know and love the pontoon-boat experience, though there's no reason a first-timer can't handle this cruiser.
Our test boat featured the option of sterndrive power--specifically, a 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi turning a pair of stainless steel Duoprops. First, note the horsepower...320. That tells you this is not a boat for people who like to putt around the lake doing 15 mph. No, this is a performance pontoon boat, capable of hitting speeds above 40 mph.
That opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Our test showed the 2875 jumps on plane in just 3.2 seconds--lightning fast for a boat this big. That means she's easily capable of towing skiers, wakeboarders, and tubers at a high rate of speed.
Because we're now talking about sterndrive instead of outboard power, you would think you'd be giving up a lot of space aft to accommodate the engine. Actually, the reverse is true. Bennington has come up with a rather ingenious way to tuck the engine beneath a cavernous changing area for two. The aft sunpad pops up to reveal the changing area. But then, when you need to check the powerplant, you tilt the aft lounge forward slightly, and lift the entire changing-area floor up and aft. The result--clear access to the sterndrive and fluid fills. While this is not exactly a breeze to do, it can be done by one person.
The other thing about the 2875 that impresses is its sheer size. When you're standing on the fiberglass swim platform looking forward, it's a Loooong way to the bow gate. In fact, you could have two separate parties going on simultaneously...one up in the huge U-shaped lounge forward, and another one aft in the L-shaped lounge next to the helm. The two areas are separated by an athwarships walkways that leads to gates on either side, so you can board the 2875 from port or starboard. In a pinch, you can also board using the forward bow gate, which will require you to remove the centerline seat, which is relatively easy to do.
Options I'd recommend on the 2875 include the wet bar and definitely a capatin's seat with flip-up bolster. This makes stand-up driving easy as it gives you a place to rest your bottom while also freeing up valuable leg room.
Given the 2875's surprising performance, easy handling thanks to power steering, and ultra-smooth ride in choppy water, you can see why this boat may be the very definition of luxurious pontoon-boat cruisers.--Capt. Chris Kelly
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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