Lund 1625 Rebel - A Fishing Boat for a Couple - 05/26/2010
There are three versions of the Rebel 1625 XL: Tiller, SS and Sport. The Tiller version steers, as its name implies, with a tiller, using Mercury’s hydraulic assist. It’s fine for rivers or sheltered waters, and has the most fishing space of any of the three. Many anglers would rather have a wheel, which the SS version seen above. The Sport model has two consoles. Both the SS and Sport have more standard equipment, and can handle a larger motor, 75 hp vs. 60 for the Tiller.
They say if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. How touching … but we have a different version: Give a woman a fish, and she’ll make you clean it; teach her to fish, and maybe she’ll let you buy a new boat. Sounds like a deal to us.
We tested the 1625 Rebel XL SS powered by a 50-hp 4-stroke Mercury engine. At WOT, which is 6000 rpm, the boat went 33.6 mph with two people aboard, 1/3rd fuel load, in calm water with a 5-10 knot breeze and 60-degress F ambient temperature. We found best cruise to be at 4000 rpm where the boat goes 20.1 mph and gets 7.90 miles per gallon, giving the boat at that rpm a range of 117 statute miles.
At trolling speeds the range of the 1625 Rebel XL SS was only slightly reduced. At 2000 rpm during out test she went 5.6 mph, getting 6.79 mpg, giving her a range of 116 statue miles. Slow her down to 1500 rpm, and the boat goes 4.3 mph, getting 6.72 mpg, and has a range of 115 miles. At that speed you can troll for 26 hours and still have a 10% fuel reserve left.
The 1625 Rebel XL SS get on plane in 4.6 seconds, which we think is relatively quick given her 50-hp outboard. Her 0-to-30 performance is another matter, as it took 26 seconds for the boat to hit 30 mph. If 0-to-30 times are important to you, then we would recommend you get the larger engine option.
Fishing demands lots of gear, and even more when women do it: If your wife is like ours, she travels with lots of stuff. But the Rebel XL has lots of stowage, with lockers under almost every surface. There’s lockable rod stowage in the gunwales, boxes under the foredeck and a glove box for small stuff in the port console of the Sport. Rod holders are optional, and handy for anglers who troll.
How is a Lund Built?
Each Lund is built from marine-grade 5052 H34 alloy, the individual parts double-riveted, which the company says is stronger than welding. Next time you’re on an airplane, look at the wing: It’s riveted, not welded, so maybe the Lund folks know whereof they speak. Other joints are single-riveted or, in some areas, welded. The XLs are double-plated in the bottom, from the bow to amidships, where the stresses are highest.
The Bottom Line
So what’s your new Lund 1625 Rebel XL going to cost? With so many models and so many options, the only sure way to tell is to visit a dealer. But, according to the Lund website (www.lundboats.com), the company is currently running a special deal on the SS models, starting at $12,995. That’s a pretty good price for a Lund, which tend to be at the higher end of the financial scale.
The special package includes a Mercury 50-hp 2-stroke engine, a Humminbird Piranha Max160 fish locator, a MotorGuide bow-mounted trolling motor and a Shoreland'r bunk trailer with swing tongue. Naturally, “this pricing is for a limited time so contact your nearest Lund dealer and get into a Lund today!”
That’s a price that any woman would like.
The Back Story
Where did Lund come from? After World War II, G. Howard Lund was living in New York Mills, a community in central Minnesota with a strong Scandinavian and German heritage. Even today it’s a small town of about 1,200 people, its economy based on agriculture and the Lund Boat Company. There are also more than a thousand lakes nearby; lakes mean fishing, and fishing means boats.
In 1948, Lund built himself a small duck boat – not out of wood, but riveted aluminum. It was light and easy to put on top of the car, and that’s where the boat was when a salesman from Inland Marine Corporation saw it. He found Lund’s address, visited him at home and asked where he could get a boat like it. Lund said he would build him one; the man asked if he would build him 50, and the Lund Boat Company was born.
Lund built the first boats in his garage, soon moving to a new building and hiring 15 employees. Today Lund Boat Company has over 500 workers on a 29-acre facility. Yes, they still build duck boats – check out their Jon Boat Series – but also a wide variety of fishing and sport boats; there’s even a line of fiberglass Lunds. But when most of us think “Lund,” we think “aluminum.”