Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Dan ArmitageThis top-of-the-line fish-and-ski model from Bennington is one plush performance boat. From the reclining fishing pedestals on the bow to the full-featured fishing station at the stern, the 2575 RFS offers every angling amenity a fisherman could ask for. Boaters seeking optimal performance underway will appreciate the optional third pontoon package and accessories for enjoying watersports from a 25-foot-long pontoon boat that is rated to handle outboards up to 225 horsepower. We tested the tri-toon model powered by a new 200 hp Yamaha Four Stroke outboard.Starting at the Bennington’s bow, an extra wide gate offers easy entry to the ample deck of the 2575, as well as space for placement of an optional bow-mounted electric trolling motor. At each corner on the bow is a fishing station complete with vertical rod storage racks, courtesy lights for after-dark angling, tackle trays and storage space, backed by plush, portable fishing seats that recline and feature head- and arm-rests. Steps away from each fishing position is a large, aerated livewell built into the bench seat forward of the steering console. The livewell doubles as a baitwell, complete with a custom-fit minnow bucket.In the center of the forward deck, flush with the carpeted floor, is a large hatch that opens to the center pontoon. This area offers an enormous storage compartment capable of accommodating an armload of the longest fishing rods or a weekend’s worth of water skis, wakeboards and other water toys. The steering console is well appointed and looks great, with burlwood accents and full instrumentation on a dash that is easy to see from the comfortable captain’s chair. The console houses a marine-grade Sony stereo system that feeds four speakers for on-deck entertainment, and a 12-volt receptacle is handy to power inflators and other portable accessories. There is plenty of legroom behind the console, where the operator has the best seat in the house, on a fully adjustable throne complete with built-in cup holders and an optional bolster for added seating height. Adjacent to the cushy captain’s chair is a floor mount for a portable cockpit table that is positioned to accommodate both the helmsman and guests in the L-shaped seating area at the aft end of the cockpit. Plenty of storage space can be found beneath those seats, as can the boat’s freshwater reservoir for the standard washdown system. Behind the seating area on the boat’s port side is an elevated, padded sun lounge that hides the compartment that holds a pop-up privacy curtain. The unit’s spring-loaded frame is very simple to raise and lower and there is room within for a porta-potti. Aft of the lounge compartment is deck space with room for another fishing pedestal to port. The 2575 RFS model we tested included the optional aft fishing station, which anglers are sure to appreciate. The until offers vertical rod storage racks as well as a pair of angled, flush-mounted rod holders for trolling, built atop a base that houses an aerated baitwell, racks of flush-mounted tackle trays, plenty of storage space and bait prep areas that are self draining. An optional tow pylon can be mounted over the motor well, and a folding swim ladder that comes standard offers easy access to a small swim platform on the starboard side of the Bennington’s transom. Access to the outboard, primer bulb and starting battery is equally easy.We tested the 2575 RFS with a brand new Yamaha 200 hp Four Stroke outboard and were very impressed with the handling and the speed of the rig. With the triple pontoon configuration the boat turned very precisely and evenly, tracking well even when we put it into extra-tight turns at speed. We reached a top speed of more than 40 mph at 5800 rpm, and cruised at a comfortable 18 mph at 3500 rpm, burning under 5 gph to do so. With the optional 35 gallon fuel tank (standard is 26 gallons) the rig tested has a range of 117 miles at that cruising speed. The Bennington 2575 RFS is the ultimate fish and ski pontoon, offering great performance, luxurious amenities and features for fishermen and watersport fanatics alike.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Bennington 2575 RFS is 40.2 mph (64.7 kph), burning 14.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 53.75 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Bennington 2575 RFS is 18.1 mph (29.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.72 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.58 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 117 miles (188.29 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Yamaha F200 four-stroke outboard.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Optional Sony w/4 speakers|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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