Boat Test Videos
Content courtesy ofThe Shallow Sport 25 X3 is a dedicated flats boat designed for pursuit of redfish and other inshore species typically found in shallow backwaters. It comes standard with a 6" (15.2 cm) jackplate to hike the Evinrude 300 E-TEC G2 to maximum height, allowing the boat to ease over the shallowest shoals. And, unlike most extreme flats boats, the tri-hull design allows for a 9' (2.74 m) beam, adding extra deck space both fore and aft.
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This boat combines the shoal draft of a flats boat with the choppy-water capability of a deeper-V bay boat. Multiple hulls make the boat extremely stable at rest and she can easily accommodate several anglers with all of their gear. One look at this boat and there’s no mistaking that this is a serious single-purpose fishing machine.
Unusual Hull Design
Bow Casting Deck
On a typical fishing boat, the majority of casting is done from the bow of the boat. Bow-mounted trolling motors make it easier to maneuver the boat and approach wary fish. If the bow deck is large enough for more than one angler to cast, more water can be covered in less time to pattern the fish.
Stern Casting Deck
A stern casting deck is equally important to accommodate more fishing buddies, and it’s the best place for livewells, so the bait can have the smoothest ride possible without getting beat up from sloshing water.
Navigating in shallow water, it’s imperative that the captain be able to see unmarked channels and underwater obstructions. A console riser gives a better vantage point for seeing down onto the water.
Console and T-Top
The max horsepower rating for this boat is 300, which was how our test boat was powered. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 had a 25-inch shaft and a gear ratio of 1.85:1. It was propped with a 15” diameter by 18” pitch R4, 4-blade stainless steel propeller.
Additional Performance Numbers
Top Speed. Our test boat had an estimated test weight of 3,901 lbs. (1,769 kg). We hit a top speed of 46.5 mph (40.4 knots) at 5700 rpm.
Best cruise was 26.5 mph (23 knots) with a fuel burn of 2.8 mpg. The boat hit 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 4.3 seconds and reached 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 7.5 seconds.
Ride and Handling
The triple sponsons cut through the heavy chop of the bay where we tested the boat and the tunnels never bottomed out. Turns were flat with just a slight lean inwards and there was no slide. From idle, the boat planed off with very little bow rise. At rest, the hull was incredibly stable. The transom pocket made backing into the slip a bit of a challenge, but the trade-off of what it does to enhance performance makes it well worth it.
We ran this boat across a heavy bay chop, and although every manufacturer says their boat has a “soft dry ride,” this one actually did. With three people aboard, the boat hardly reacted as we walked around the deck. The bow casting deck is one of the largest we’ve seen on a 25-foot bay boat.
The shallow draft would allow this boat to also be pressed into service as a flats boat, but we are not sure this boat would be easy to push across flats with a push pole. We’d opt for a bow-mounted trolling motor instead.
Test Result Highlights
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Pricing Range: $81,004.00Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.