Captain's ReportThe 2875 is Bennington's queen of the fleet, and is probably best suited for those who already know and love the pontoon-boat experience, though there's no reason a first-timer can't handle this cruiser.Our test boat featured the option of sterndrive power--specifically, a 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi turning a pair of stainless steel Duoprops. First, note the horsepower...320. That tells you this is not a boat for people who like to putt around the lake doing 15 mph. No, this is a performance pontoon boat, capable of hitting speeds above 40 mph.That opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Our test showed the 2875 jumps on plane in just 3.2 seconds--lightning fast for a boat this big. That means she's easily capable of towing skiers, wakeboarders, and tubers at a high rate of speed. Because we're now talking about sterndrive instead of outboard power, you would think you'd be giving up a lot of space aft to accommodate the engine. Actually, the reverse is true. Bennington has come up with a rather ingenious way to tuck the engine beneath a cavernous changing area for two. The aft sunpad pops up to reveal the changing area. But then, when you need to check the powerplant, you tilt the aft lounge forward slightly, and lift the entire changing-area floor up and aft. The result--clear access to the sterndrive and fluid fills. While this is not exactly a breeze to do, it can be done by one person.The other thing about the 2875 that impresses is its sheer size. When you're standing on the fiberglass swim platform looking forward, it's a Loooong way to the bow gate. In fact, you could have two separate parties going on simultaneously...one up in the huge U-shaped lounge forward, and another one aft in the L-shaped lounge next to the helm. The two areas are separated by an athwarships walkways that leads to gates on either side, so you can board the 2875 from port or starboard. In a pinch, you can also board using the forward bow gate, which will require you to remove the centerline seat, which is relatively easy to do.Options I'd recommend on the 2875 include the wet bar and definitely a capatin's seat with flip-up bolster. This makes stand-up driving easy as it gives you a place to rest your bottom while also freeing up valuable leg room.Given the 2875's surprising performance, easy handling thanks to power steering, and ultra-smooth ride in choppy water, you can see why this boat may be the very definition of luxurious pontoon-boat cruisers.--Capt. Chris Kelly
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Bennington 2875 RLX I/O is 41.0 mph (66 kph), burning 23.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 89.7 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Bennington 2875 RLX I/O is 26.0 mph (41.8 kph), and the boat gets 2.84 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.21 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 133 miles (214.04 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7GXi gasoline sterndrive.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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