Captain's ReportEuropean Elegance, Hot Rod Styling and PerformanceBy Capt. Rob SmithThe Elite Series delivers elegance, European styling and performance for the maturing family. This eye-catching design will make the water sports enthusiast happy while still maintaining the looks and feel of a high-class cruiser. It has room for everyone yet still has amenities like an oversized stand-up changing room with head and vanity and an engine box that has room to get to nearly every component with ease.Forward Layout Beginning with the spacious bow, the 265BR has plush seating with dual forward facing loungers that become spacious bench seats. The loungers have soft, thick cushions with wraparound lumbar support that you will not be able to resist relaxing in. In the nose is a concealed four-step beach boarding ladder, flip-over anchor roller, freshwater wash down and plenty or room for anchor line. Bow rails are super duty and our test boat had wood accents on top of the gunwales under the rails. Two stainless steel drink holders are inset in the seat cushions up front, but you can add a thick, highly polished table for serving small snacks when needed. The storage in the seats is fully finished for easy cleaning and the snap-in carpet protects your feet and makes cleanup a snap.Comfort While DrivingMoving back, storage under the helm is large enough to stow the table tops and has room to mount amplifiers and other electronics. The bucket seats for the driver and navigator look like they were pulled from a high-end two seater sports car. A super-duty stainless grab loop circles out of the top of the seat, plush upholstered back and seat have an open space at the base of the back for ventilation and a bolster allows you to easily see over the bow when getting under way. On the gunnel next to the navigator’s seat is a pull-out drink holder, Sirius satellite-ready stereo with a 12volt outlet, and MP3 jack just underneath for added entertainment.In front of the navigator’s seat is the changing room. This, to me is a huge item for the family as it has stand-up room inside, light, vanity and toilet for on the water convenience. The helm station has a tilt wheel with wood, stainless steel and leather accents that compliment the wood accents all around this model. Toggle power control switches are aircraft style paddles with lights in the end to make finding the switch at night easier. A Clarion remote is mounted in the next wood panel up from the wheel and the Faria gauges are in the top panel, and include a digital depth gauge to stand watch on the bottom in shallow waters. The fire extinguisher is right where it should be, next to the helm inset on the side so the person in charge can quickly respond to any fire emergency on board. A full-framed windshield will help protect you from most of the air underway, and it has a flip over walkthrough filler. I can imagine Doral will get requests for some kind of lower protection in the colder climates, but there doesn’t appear to be anything on the model now.Cockpit and EntertainingJust aft of the driver’s seat is the wet bar that could practically resemble a bar in someone’s home. Thick, highly polished wood countertop, stainless steel sink and combination refrigerator/freezer, and dry storage are the key features here. Between the driver and navigator seat is a huge, long locker in the floor to store the filler cushions and includes dedicated clips for the table posts and lights. The aft seating wraps around from just behind the navigator seat to the starboard side walkthrough. Finished storage compartments and a triangular matching wood table continue the top-shelf elegance in the stern. The sunpad and aft bench lift up on silent twin rams to reveal an engine compartment that is open all around the power plant for easy pre-launch checks, and preventative maintenance. The sunpad has an electric slide to expand it further, and a filler cushion to create a huge bed to relax in the sun. Swim Platform The starboard walkthrough has a solid door leading to the swim platform. A panel in the walkthrough conceals the battery switches and main breakers and is easy to get to prior to launch and on recovery on the trailer. Another water connection is also in the walkthrough for quick rinses after a swim. The swim platform has stainless corner guards that improve sure footing even if your shoes are wet. A stainless handle across the back will add to the ease of reboarding from the water when using the concealed four-step telescoping swim ladder, located on the starboard corner of the integrated swim platform.Specifications and RideThe 265BR Elite measures 26’6” length overall with an 8’6” beam. She needs only 36” of water for the outdrive when fully extended. The 265 weighs approximately 4,700 lbs. dry and carries 87 gallons of fuel and 13 gallons of water.The 265BR handled like the sporty bowrider she is, but felt as comfortable as some express cruisers. Our test boat cut turns easily and handled large waves and wakes well. Cutting through the wakes resulted in softer landings and sure handling. The 265 was up on plane in 4.7 seconds and up to 30mph in 8.9 seconds. I found her best cruise speed to be around 23.4mph for a cruise range of 246 miles on a full tank of gas.For executive styling and comfort with all-around water sports capability, the 265BR from Doral has a package you have to see and feel to really appreciate.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Doral Elite 265 BR (-2007) is 47.4 mph (76.3 kph), burning 22.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.68 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Doral Elite 265 BR (-2007) is 23.4 mph (37.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.14 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 246 miles (395.9 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7GXi.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
||10 year http://www.doralboat.com/warranty.aspx|
||5 year http://www.doralboat.com/warranty.aspx|
|NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes CE (Export only)|