Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Captain's Report
Tested by Capt. Brandon DeNatale
Rampage has always been known for its hardcore offshore fishing capabilities and sea-kindly handling. This is the company’s 30 Express model, which is available in both gas and diesel applications. She’s a seriously rigged fishing boat that boasts creature comforts that the whole family can enjoy.
Behind the Wheel
Newly redesigned for this year is the helm area, which provides plenty of room for all of your electronics and gauges. And the large windshield and hardtop provide the protection you need when running offshore. At the helm the clutches, wheel, and throttles are well placed, and all the needed breaker switches are low and out of the way. The rocker switches are also convenient to access, and over to starboard there is a drink holder and storage compartment for personal items. The helm seat is also comfortable and can swivel to face the rear when needed. And with the tilt wheel and footrest you’re comfortable driving in any condition.
The companion bench seat can fit two and also provides footrests. There are two drink holders here and room for storing personal items. On the dash there is a built-in chart table and over on the windshield there are vents that allow for fresh air. In the center of the walkway there is an engine room hatch that allows ventilation and access to the tops of the engines. Directly behind the helm seat is a bench that conceals an insulated cooler. And over to port is the bait prep station with sink, rigging board, and tackle storage below.
The aft cockpit on the 30 Express is the perfect spot for taking on your catch. Besides the wide open layout there are several features that really make this boat stand out. There’s the removable 5 ½ foot fish box with built-in macerator pump, nice wide side decks with rod holders, hawse pipes and solid cleats, under the gunnels for rod storage, and a large 38 gallon custom baitwell with light. The cockpit floor is already reinforced for adding a fighting chair if you want and this heavy-duty transom door with self-locking latch will let you pull in that prize winning catch.
The helm deck raises to provide access to the engines below. You do need to be flexible to get to the backs of the engines as I found it to be a tight fit, but there is good ventilation and room for getting to the major points.
From the stern platform or cockpit, these molded steps provide good, safe footing when going forward. The side decks are adequate, and the handrails high and stout. All the way forward the anchor roller and windlass make dropping the hook a snap, and the large double lockers make stowing your lines easy.
The cabin is a great spot to get out of the elements and warm up. You can also comfortably overnight down here with accommodations for four. Over to starboard is a long bench seat that serves as two single bunks when the upper section is pulled out. There is also plenty of storage beneath and above for rods and gear, and this dinette provides a comfortable place to eat. The ships electrical system panel, CD stereo radio, and controls for the air and heat are also within reach. Over to port is the generous head compartment with custom vanity, electric head, and built-in shower with sump pump. Forward of the head is the galley with single burner cooktop, sink, microwave, and coffee maker. Above there is good storage for your provisions and below is even more storage, the refrigerator/freezer, and drawers. All the way forward is the large berth with custom mattress, TV/VCR and plenty of lights for reading in bed. And this hanging locker ensures plenty of stowage for your gear.
We tested both the gas and diesel models and both were good performers. Our tests concluded that with the diesel application you will gain in both range and fuel costs over the long run. Equipped with a pair of 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI engines we reached a top speed of 34.7mph at 4850 rpms. We found her most economical cruise speed at 4000 rpms, moving along at just under 30 mph for a range of 232 miles. The 30 handled well in rough conditions and provided a comfortable ride at all speeds. I found her to be a little wet in the waves, but the large windshield kept everyone dry.
Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) is 34.7 mph (55.8 kph), burning 43 gallons per hour (gph) or 162.76 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) is 29.2 mph (47 kph), and the boat gets 1.03 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.44 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 232 miles (373.37 kilometers).
Tested power is 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 Horizon MAG MPI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Standard and Optional Equipment
Dripless Shaft Seals
Washdown: Fresh Water
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
= Standard = Optional
Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Warranty
Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Warranty Information
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Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Price
Rampage 30 Express - Gas (2003- ) Price
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