Lined Top and Bottom
At first glance the LX 925 looks like just another family-oriented express cruiser: It sleeps four in two cabins, plus a couple more when necessary by converting the dinette. It has all the accoutrements you expect in a boat like this: Integrated swim platform, radar arch, lots of seating at the helm and cockpit, a nice galley, attractive décor. Lots of boats have all of the above – but look closer and you’ll see that the Allante LX 925 displays shiny gelcoat overhead -- where many boats have fabric or, in the worst case, glued-on “fur” -- thanks to a fiberglass headliner. You might not notice that the entire cabin is based on a full-length fiberglass liner – an intricate, complex piece of molding that takes skill, care and a lot of money to produce. But the results are worth it.
The Allante LX 925’s fiberglass hull liner runs from firewall to anchor locker. The liner is bonded to the hull while both parts are still attached to their molds – the hull in its female mold, the liner on its male mold. A key-and-slot arrangement positions the molds to ensure they are precisely aligned and true as they are sandwiched together. Leaving the parts in their molds ensures they aren’t twisted or flexed, easy to do with green fiberglass when moving it around unsupported. The liner is chemically bonded to the hull with high-tech adhesive putty before its mold is removed, and then the hull is popped from its mold. The deck and its liner are joined in a similar manner. Later, the hull/liner and deck/liner subassemblies are bonded together.
The liner, an extremely complex molding, has slots for the bulkheads, which just slide into place. They’re not cut and fit, then tabbed-in with fiberglass tape as is common practice. Similarly, all countertops, cabinetry and other parts can be precisely built ahead of time, then just dropped into place: The time, money and expertise expended on developing the liner mold pays off later on in ease and precision of construction, and in the quality of the finished boat. “Things line up perfectly,” said Campion manager Brock Elliott. “You won’t find any trim pieces hiding mistakes on our boats; everything fits.”
Elliott – his family owns the company – added “there’s $250,000 worth of tooling” in this process, but the result is a boat with no creaks or rattles, and the liners make the boat easy to clean, too. Elliott is obviously proud of his boats – his enthusiasm is contagious: After a few minutes talking with him, we almost wrote him a check, and we’re not looking for an express cruiser. But when investing in a boat like this one – depending on power, the LX 925 sells for around $150,000 to $160,000 U.S. with gas engines – knowing the guy in charge of building it is fully invested in the process, financially and otherwise, is a big plus. There are lots of boats like this one on the market, and small things like that make the difference when it comes to choosing.
Campion offers the LX 925 with twin Volvo Penta or MerCruiser gas and diesel options. “Standard” is either Volvo 4.3 GXIi or MerCruiser 4.3 MPI Bravo III, but you can go up to twin 5.7 GXi Volvos or MerCruiser 377 Magnum Bravo IIIs. Duoprops are optional for the Volvos. Diesel-lovers can have Volvo D3–160 SX or - 190 SX, or MerCruiser 1.7Ls. Freshwater cooling is optional on the 4.3sWe haven’t tested the LX 925 ourselves yet, but according to company figures with twin 5.7 GXi Volvos, top speed is 55 mph, best cruise in the mid 30s. Range is about 180 miles at 3500 rpm.
Lots of Standard Equipment
The base price includes lots of standard equipment – the list is too long to reproduce here, so go to the Campion website. But notable items are a fiberglass radar arch (built with the same care as the hull); halogen docking lights; LED lighting in the cabin; solid-surface countertops; fully equipped galley, including a microwave oven; shore power; a Vacuflush toilet; wet bar in the cockpit, with a refrigerator; a Sunbrella bimini top with front and side curtains, camper back curtain and boot. There are two Clarion weatherproof stereo CD systems – one inside, one outside – with four speakers for each and remote controls. Deck fittings and hardware are stainless steel.
Air conditioning is an option, as is a 5-kW Kohler genset to run it when away from the dock. The anchor windlass is optional, too; it comes with anchor and 150’ rode. You can get a DVD player and monitor for the cabin, and a TV antenna if you need to watch the box. A sunpad on the foredeck; canvas that’s not black; an icemaker in the cockpit; remote-control spotlight; cabin heater (maybe more useful in Canada than A/C?); and electronics – GPS chartplotter and VHF – are all optional and, we think, useful. For pricing, contact the company or your local dealer.
There is literally a sea of 30-ish express cruisers to choose from, all of them much the same-- until you closely examine the details. But we like the Allante LX 925 for its excellent construction and the family-owned and -run company that builds it. The price is right, the boat comes with everything you need (and good-quality gear, too), and it’s nice-looking. What’s not to like? We think you should check out the LX 925 if you’re shopping for a boat like this. Just don’t talk to Brock Elliott with your checkbook in hand, or before you know it, you’ll buy one.
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