Mission of the Bennington 2575 QCW
Bennington’s 2575 QCW strives to meet high expectations of luxury and quality in every aspect, from material choices and features through construction and performance. But above all, this is a pontoon boat designed with practical features needed for a day on the lake in comfort and luxury. Numerous options further tailor the 2575 QCW to specific needs, from family watersports to fishing, to evening entertaining.
As noted in the caption above, the design of this Bennington model is distinctive and very different. People will probably either love it or hate it. For those who think they may not like it, we recommend coming back to look at it several times. We suspect it will grow on people. And for those who are tired of the same old, same old, it is a breath of fresh air.
Upscale Upholstery and Seat Foam.
Seating throughout the boat, shown above in ivory with a diamond pattern and pillow-top seats, includes 5 different densities of foam in the seat backs, lumbar region, seat bottoms, and front edge. Each foam is chosen for ideal support to maximize comfort.
Highest quality materials throughout
, such as the six ss cleats and integrated docking lights and navigation light structures on the bow. Stainless steel gates, railings and hardware all contribute to the upscale look.
Heavy-gauge aluminum framework beneath the deck is welded on all mating edges and then anodized, where many boats use pre-anodized aluminum welded only on top and bottom edges. Stainless through bolts with nylon lock nuts secure the deck to the framework.
A 10’ (3.05 m) Bimini top comes standard. The builder also offers several other sun protection options.
Under the deck there are spray deflectors. For those who have been on boats without them, their value will be understood immediately.
There is nothing more important than a privacy curtain on a boat used for watersports for changing out of a wet bathing suit. A Porta-Potti is optional.
New Features for 2015
The underlying 25’ (7.62 m) Q Series boat is offered in several slightly different models: 1) A full, three-sided wet bar across from the helm. 2) On the 2575 QCW model we tested, the standard layout has a companion seat identical to the helm seat. 3) A chaise lounge seat opposite the helm as seen in the drawing below.
The most important aspect of any pontoon boat is the seating. Here, the Bennington 2575 QCW has a lot to offer in terms of functionality, versatility and quality of the build.
The standard captain’s chair is Bennington’s top offering, although an optional upgrade is identical except that it makes this seat a bit wider. Either captain’s chair can also be installed across the boat, in place of the normal settee and small table.
Seat Covering Material.
Bennington seating features exclusive Icon Soft-Touch Upholstery. The Infinity Topcoat is engineered for UV stability, easy cleaning, has resistance to abrasions, mildew and stains, says the manufacturer. A satin texture weave backing allows for smooth, tailored, instant-recovery upholstery, according to the builder. We found it soft to the touch, as advertised.
The vessel has 2 stern-facing chaises with enhanced headrests. The diamond quilt stitching, proud headrest, fixed arm rests and inboard cup holder make this set-up one of the most luxurious we have seen in this premium class.
The two long couches forward have high, comfortable backs and the space is ideal for cocktail parties or just hanging out. There are chaise backs facing forward for those who would like to be sunning during the day.All of the hinges on the seats are powder coated, something we rarely see in class.
Helm and Companion Chairs.
An optional raised platform between the helm console and seat puts the captain a few inches higher than others aboard, which aids visibility on boats that often carry many guests.
Several galley options range from compact to expansive. We like this wide range of options as every owner uses a pontoon boat differently.
Extended Bow and Stern Decks.
Both bow and stern decks are extended, providing plenty of room beyond the enclosed seating areas of the boat. The bow platform is an important feature for anchoring, boarding, casting, and line handling and is something that some pontoon boats simply don’t have. The utility of the aft deck is obvious.
Like all pontoon boats there is storage under all of the seating. However, unlike many toons in class the 2575 QCW has custom-fitted plastic bins inside that keep stowed items dry and make cleaning easy. A hatch on the inside of the fiberglass helm console accesses a large space there which is appropriate for inflatable tubes and air-pump gear.
Add Storage in the Center Toon.
Most boaters would benefit from the added storage compartment beneath the deck. It makes sense that this is optional, acknowledging that some boaters might not need the storage and might prefer a clean deck. We would recommend it for those wanting to water ski as it is an ideal place for the boards.
Optional Bow Storage.
It’s hard to find a downside to having the optional doors to access the two storage compartments in the bow, between the seating and the fiberglass curved front panel. Honestly, it seems these should be standard, not a $750 option, given the upscale nature of the Q-Series boats and the otherwise inclusive standard features list. Further, one of the compartments is a must for ground tackle storage – something that most toons do not have.
Watersports Tower or Fixed or Folding Top.
In addition to the watersports tower, Bennington offers several options for sunshades, ranging from an ordinary Bimini top or double Bimini top to more rigid canopies. Speakers and accent lighting can be included in some.
Bennington offers many options for accent lighting, ranging from “blue ice” accent lights surrounding cup holders and within stereo speakers, to below deck lighting, to underwater lighting.
Wide Color Options.
A variety of hull side graphics and trim colors, upholstery and trim color, and canvas color allow quite a variety of looks, allowing individual tastes to be reflected in distinctive boats.
Performance and Propulsion
A number of performance and propulsion options further tailor the 2575 QCW to individual owners’ desires.
Several pontoon configurations offered by Bennington aid specific situations, like providing more lift to the bow to better handle chop on larger lakes.Saltwater packages are also available, adding sacrificial anodes, solid aluminum keels and sealed lifting strakes.Note, though, that higher horsepower choices, particularly over 200-hp, require specific hull options.
Optional SeaStar power hydraulic steering provides fingertip control for most outboard brands, our Evinrude-powered test power includes its own built-in power steering. Evinrude’s electric helm shift controls and hydraulic power steering within the engine, can be tuned specifically for the steering characteristics that best suits the boat.
With the new 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O., fuel, gear, and four people aboard rather than the regular two, the tested weight was 4928 lbs. (2,235 kgs.). This is somewhat heavier than most tri-toons in class which makes the following numbers even more impressive.In 5 to 10 mph winds and 1- to 2’ seas in fresh water, powered by the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 250-hp High Output engine at wide open throttle, the 2575 QCW averaged 45.6 mph at 5850 rpm in two-direction speed trials.
was found to be at 3000 rpm where the boat went 16.9 mph, traveling 2.72 mpg. A faster cruise, at 4500 rpm, had the new Evinrude E-TEC pushing the boat 27.1 mph, getting 2.17 mpg.These fuel consumption numbers are big news because it shows that the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 2-stroke fuel-efficiency is remarkably competitive with most 4-strokes on the market.
Out of the Hole.
Hole shots showed the Evinrude E-TEC 250-hp G2’s inherent torque. Time from standing still past 20 mph averaged 6.2 seconds.When running at upper rpms, throttle response continued to be immediate and impressive, quickly accelerating the boat from fast to faster on command.
Following are our test captain’s notes on the handling of the 2575 QCW--
Evinrude’s digital engine controls felt substantial, with a rubbery coating providing a positive grip on wet days. Shifting was fluid yet positive, with good tactile feedback indicating when the engine went into or out of gear. Notice we said "tactile" feed back -- not audio feedback. Gear shifting on this engine is “by wire” which makes it as smooth and as quiet as we've experienced.
Twin toon boats from any builder will usually only go from 20 to 23 mph no matter how much power is put behind it. For those who want to go faster, a tri-toon is indicated and the results of our test with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. is indicative of what one can expect, speed-wise at top end. Keep in mind, however, that at WOT, the engine we tested is actually putting out more like 275-hp because it is the H.O. version. That is probably worth 2 to 3 mph at the high end. And it explains why this boat goes as fast as much lighter toons with 250-hp engines.
Outboard or Sterndrive.
The 2575 QCW is offered with either sterndrive or outboard power. Each is capable and appropriate for the boat, and each has its advantages. Given Bennington’s upscale materials and attention to fit-and-finish, there is a lot to be said – in our opinion -- for keeping all engine maintenance out over the stern of the boat, and not inside a tight engine compartment as is the case with I/O power.
Choice of Outboard Power.
We like builders that offer a choice of outboard power, and Bennington will rig the boat to suite with virtually any of the large outboard engine brands.
Optional 50-gallon Fuel Tank within the Center Pontoon.
This is definitely an option to consider, as it more than doubles the boat’s standard fuel capacity. Our tested Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. comes with a fuel/water separator, but some other brands may need an external filter.
There are several things Bennington does differently from most pontoon boat builders, even the best ones, which deserve being pointed out. Like virtually all builders Bennington uses 7-play pressure-treated marine plywood that is warranted for life against rot for its decking. The deck covering, usually a vinyl material, is stapled on and the staples are covered with trim molding.
The athwartship deck beams on the Bennington 2575 QCW are 3” high and placed on 16” centers. The fasteners that go through the marine plywood deck are stainless steel, flanged bolts with nylon-coated washers. This is one of the best fasteners we have seen used in toons, where self-tapping crews are usually the fastener of choice.
M-Bracket Design is Critical.
All large pontoon boats have a propensity to rack and twist at speed in choppy conditions, particularly twin toon models. Bennington mitigates this annoying possibility by using larger, thicker M brackets, having them contact the tube and substructure at four points instead of three, and most importantly by placing them lower on the pontoon to more-firmly anchor the brackets in a wider stance. Further, the Bennington M brackets are extruded .125” thick aluminum rather then being sheet aluminum that has been bent.
Tubes on the Toon.
The standard pontoons themselves on the 2575 QCW are 25” in diameter and .100” thick, which is pretty standard in the industry. However, the tubes have a ridge keel on the centerline of the tube, which is unusual. For saltwater applications the builder recommends an optional solid keel.
Options to Consider
Bennington has an extremely long list of options available and we recommend that anyone seriously considering a boat in class to carefully look at this list on their website. Options make the boat more fun as well as providing equipment for specific applications. Nevertheless, here are some of our thoughts on the subject--
, as well as entertaining options that range from a small galley to a full bar, will largely come down to buyer preference.
will similarly be dictated by the top speed wanted, engine choice and locale, while the plethora of colors and trim to choose from help individualize each boat. For those who want to go fast or carry as many as 15 people, one of the tri-toon options will be required.
Faux Teak on the Swim Area or the Whole Boat.
Optional faux teak, offered with either black or ivory seams between “planks” as well as a few other choices, provides excellent slip resistance and durability as well as minimal maintenance.
Towing Arch or Pylon?
We think that the pylon will serve the needs of tubing and skiing. Those wanting to go wakeboarding will probably want the towing tower, but be advised that pontoon boats are not known for their high wakes.
Underdeck Wave Shield.
This aluminum sheeting deflects water from the bottom of the deck, which reduces "surging"/”braking” and makes the ride softer and a much quieter ride in rough water. (It’s called the “Wave Tamer” option for boats equipped with standard 25” pontoons.)
Our tested Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. outboard power requires the Elliptical Sports Package pontoons -- Bennington’s highest hull option which becomes necessary for any engine over 200-hp. The ESP package also automatically adds lifting strakes and Bennington’s rough water package, which includes solid aluminum keels and the under deck wave shield.A few options affecting the bottom line were dictated by other choices, such as lifting strakes and the rough water package mentioned above. Adding also the below deck storage compartment, bow storage doors, 50.1-gallon fuel tank and freshwater washdown brings the MSRP to about $79,840, plus shipping and prep.For those who already have an outboard engine for the boat, the pre-rigged version of the 2575 QCW has an MSRP of under $42,000.
Bennington hits all of the basic checkmarks for seating, sun protection, performance options and entertaining. Features like a collapsible changing room and a good swim ladder are to be expected, given the boat’s intended use, and price. Bennington also offers wide choices to tailor those basics to suit individuals for almost any requirementWe would classify the 2575 QSW at the very top of pontoon boats we have ever tested so consumers wanting the very best in class will not be making a mistake with this boat, in our opinion.
All Boats are a Compromise.
We are often accused by readers of not saying enough negative about the boats we review, so we usually try to make a list of negatives before we publish our reviews. In this case, the only thing that occurs to us is that the boat is a bit heavier than others in class and size. That is probably because of the fiberglass superstructure on the bow and the helm console, and perhaps to some degree the seating structures. But we would not give up any of these details to save a few pounds.Virtually all pontoon boats lack a proper anchoring set-up, and this one is no exception. As mentioned in the report, for $750 an optional locker can be installed in the bow cowling and that is where we would place the ground tackle. We would also have the dealer install a stout pull-up cleat on the centerline of the bow platform.
Very Good Warranty.
Bennington has one of the best warranties in the boating industry at five years, and for buyers who join their club (i.e. give up valid contact information) the builder will happily extent it to 7 years. That is 7 years on everything from stem to stern including the deck covering and the seat vinyl and even electronics. The engine is not covered and carries its own warranty. In the case of the Evinrude we tested, it is 5 years.The warranty is not pro-rated by time, and the builder also pays 100% of the servicing dealer’s published shop rate, two important details.
There is a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the structure, pontoons, gates, channels, motor mount and seat frames. If anything goes wrong, Bennington says they will fix it -- no matter when -- for the original owner. And that includes the marine plywood deck.Based on the informal feedback we get from BoatTEST.com members who own Benningtons, the boats and the company score as high as any in the industry for customer satisfaction. This is not a remark we often make.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Bennington 2575 QCW (2014-) is 45.6 mph (73.4 kph), burning 22.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 84.41 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Bennington 2575 QCW (2014-) is 22.5 mph (36.2 kph), and the boat gets 2.29 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.97 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 103 miles (165.76 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O..
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!