Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Bob SmithBennington claims the RL 211 has some of the largest amounts of seating for a boat in its class. They claim that it has at least five percent more seating than her leading competitor. The RL 211 has a 16-degree deadrise and a sharp bow entry of 37 degrees that delivers a smooth dry ride, even in the chop of an inland lake or bay like Tampa Bay. I found her to be sporty handling with easy turning radius and nimble backing into the slips at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg. Her shallow draft will make this model popular when you slide up to a favorite beach or shore. Divinicell is used in the flooring which decreases the noise, but more important, adds durability to the flooring. When you screw into the decking, or heaven forbid, cut or scratch into it, it will not absorb water and begin to deteriorate like balsa or other wood products will. Composite construction in the stern does the same thing. Stringers are foam filled fiberglass further strengthening the entire boat and again, reducing water logging. Electrical connectors are waterproofed to deter corrosion and give longer serviceability. Seat bases use Kelron composites, not marine plywood and should never break down. They are so confident in their construction that they have a five-year hull warranty, one-year gelcoat warranty and a three-year stem to stern warranty on all parts – not a pass-on to the manufacturer of the OEM part. She carries a wraparound bow with two adult size lounge seats or the area could be used as bench seats. The bow itself is a swim platform with a center swim ladder and anchor locker. Seats are finished very nicely and are plush with finished storage underneath, rather than just a rough version of the underside with paint. Each compartment drains into the bilges to keep them dry. A large in-floor locker extends from the center walkthrough to the bow seating and can handle wakeboards and skis. The wraparound windshield protects the cockpit from the cold morning air. Two floor plans allow you to either have another lounge seat on the companion side (standard) that wraps around to the stern bench and one bucket seat or two bucket seats and a stern bench. The helm seat is a suspension seat with open back for comfort and has a flip up bolster for visibility out of the hole. Helm instrumentation includes a standard digital depth gauge, power steering with tilt wheel, rocker switches and a nice wood grain panel. A CD player will provide hours of tunes for your enjoyment on the water. A 36-gallon carry on collapsible cooler is also standard in the cockpit as well as a sink with a five-gallon water can. The engine hatch also doubles a large sun pad for the stern. More storage is in the walkthrough on the starboard stern area. A large integrated swim platform makes the fun from the back enjoyable. The telescoping stern swim ladder gets you out of the water with ease.The RL 211 is 22’11” length overall with an 8’6” beam, and weighs 3700lbs. and has a fuel capacity of 50 gallons. Although our test model had a 270-hp power plant, she can handle from 190-hp to 320-hp I/Os. She requires 16” draft with the engine up and 33” with the engine down.We tested the RL 211 in the salt water of Tampa Bay with two people on board and a strong breeze with chop. Our test boat had a Yamaha 150-hp four-stroke outboard for power. She handled well both around the docks and underway. We found she was quick out of the hole with a 3.8 second time to plane, and was cruising along at thirty miles per hour in 8.6 seconds. We found her most economical and best cruise speed at 3000 rpms running 20.9mph. At cruise, she burned 4.4 gph for a total range of 212 miles on a full tank of fuel. The RL 211 topped out at 5900 rpms and 46.8 miles per hour and burning 15 gph for a range of 140 miles on a tank of fuel.As you can see Bennington’s RL 211 has tons of features and respectable performance.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Bennington RL 211 is 46.8 mph (75.3 kph), burning 15.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 56.78 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Bennington RL 211 is 20.9 mph (33.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.71 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 212 miles (341.18 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sony|
|Ice Chest||Standard Igloo 36qt.|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!