Capt. Steve Reports...
Lund’s Version of IPS
When I walked up to the boat, I saw decals proclaiming IPS. But contrary to the moniker given to pod drives on larger offshore boats, this time the acronym stood for Integrated Power Strakes. Two 87” long lifting strakes on the 2075’s running surface provide lift, and improve performance allowing the boat to either go faster, or use less horsepower at the skipper’s option. That’s what Lund tells us anyway… we’ll see when we call the 300 horses hanging off the stern into action.
Giving the bottom a further inspection shows a shallow V-hull meeting at a flat bottom. In the center of that flat bottom is a riveted keel. Applying simple physics to this design would seem to dictate a blueprint that should enhance time to plane, as well as allow for good turning performance, and higher top-end speeds. In effect there is a long, narrow “pad” on the centerline, not just one in the stern as we see on some boats in class. I penciled in another two “let’s see” items to my ongoing report card. I also noticed the entire boat is riveted instead of welded, and the Lund bean counters clearly took the day off when it came time to hand out those rivets. They were everywhere, and in no small numbers. Along critical stress points such as the garboard seam and chine, they were closer together and staggered high and low to allow for the close proximity to each other. Pounding on the hull sides with my fists revealed a hard thud, rather than a hollow barrel sound that I was expecting from the aluminum hull. In case you are wondering if the rivet heads cause added drag, the answer is no they don’t -- at high speed they serve to detach the flow of water from the hull and theoretically increase speed. So much for the once over on the trailer and fluid dynamics. Let’s get wet.
I looked over the ramp and then asked for the keys to the Lund tow-vehicle so I could see if there were any flaws to the design from a launching standpoint. I was handed the keys and a team began to descend upon the ramp to minimize the effort for me, to which I said I'd rather to do it alone. If I’m a customer who’s going to pony up the nearly $65k for this boat, I’d better be able to launch and retrieve it alone. Putting the trailer into the water until the level came to the tops of the fenders had the stern floating and the bow held fast. Perfect. Easing out the winch allowed the bow to drift back about 2’ and stop. I disconnected the winch, climbed over the bow and settled into the helm seat to drive her off the trailer. No problems so far. I tied her up and parked the truck, and now empty trailer, in the lot.
Being the “top of the line” our test boat was fitted to the max horsepower with the 300 Verado. “Why walk when you can run,” I always say. I pulled out onto the Minnesota lake in 55-degree cloudy weather with a 5-10 MPH wind roughing up the surface. I restrained myself a bit at first and got a feel for the boat. I hate to keep overusing a word, but solid is the best I can come up with unless I let my word processor’s thesaurus add hard, firm, and unyielding… all of which aptly apply. Not surprising as her test weight is 3,000 lbs. We (the boat and I) met the waves bow on with little pounding but a modest amount of bounce that was to be expected. Water was thrown off the bow via spray rails that did a nice job of keeping the spray low enough to not get thrown back into my face. Cranking the wheel hard over showed the keel was effective in reducing, if not eliminating slide, while the reverse chine held the water like we were on rails. Not so much that it was uncomfortable, but enough to get me turned around in short order. The bank angle kept me planted in the seat rather than throwing me to the outside of the turn and having to hang on for dear life.
Cranking and Banking
When I put the 2075’s beam to the waves I experienced a nice gentle up and down with no spray, and downwind runs were even more docile. Turning the wheel hard over and slamming the throttle to the stops gave a 20-degree heel to the inside. During a series of these hard-overs at WOT the boat turned in her own length, more or less, with no prop ventilation. The hydraulic steering made straightening out the wheel an effortless affair to launch in the chosen direction. Shutting down the engine allowed for the wind to take immediate control of the 2075 Pro-V and present her entire side beam to the waves. This was not a surprise, and in fact, I counted on it. If you have any tendencies towards drift fishing across the lake, the 2075 Pro-V is your platform. You’ll be able to utilize the entire side of the boat.
So much for looking around, it was time to see where the rubber meets the road, as it were, and determine what 300-hp would feel like on a 2,000-lb. (909 kg.) boat. As it turns out, the answer is, not too shabby. Top speed came in at 6000 RPMS and 60.8 MPH. That should get us back to the weigh-in before the clock runs out. If you’re not in a rush, then pull the throttle back to a more sedate 3500 RPMS and you’ll be rewarded with a 28.1 MPH best cruise while burning 7.4 GPH yielding a range of 222 miles on the 65 gallon tank (while still holding back a 10% reserve).
Those are decent numbers to be sure, but I was more interested in seeing what the IPS strakes and flat keel would do to the “get up and go.” As it turned out, without doing a side-by-side comparison of this same boat with a traditional keel, I can honestly say that experience shows this to be a formidable design trait. Our time to plane was an impressive 2.7 seconds, and time to 30 MPH was only 6.5 seconds. Not a bad performer for a boat dedicated to fishing, and the time to plane is about as quick as it gets.
A Fishy Layout
But the fact is that this boat is sought after not for speed or hole-shot performance, but because of fishability. And for that task, she is equally well suited. Three deep-cycle batteries are dedicated to the 36V trolling motor, and access to those batteries is via the rod storage compartment between the consoles. Lifting up a deck panel in the storage compartment reveals the triple batteries and charger. That rod storage compartment, by the way, will hold 20 rods ranging from 6’ – 8’ (2.44 m). That should be enough of an arsenal to bring to the fight.
The carpeted bow casting platform was strong enough to not give me pause when jumping up and down to test its integrity, and in fact the boat was stable enough from all positions. Three of us, standing on one side allowed for only a couple of inches of freeboard deflection in from the level position, so no worries about stability either. There were four movable pedestal seats for six bases, two livewells, one forward and one aft, and dual baitwells. Cargo-netting lines the bulwarks at the bow, which made for great quickie storage for items like jackets and sweaters, or the odd bug repellant spray. However, my favorite feature, and one that’s found on all Lund boats, is the Fast-Track caprail. A ridged track lines the inside of the caprail all around the inside of the boat. This is used for mounting the Fast-Track mounts for everything from drink and rod-holders to magnetic tool mounts. You can slide and re-mount these items anywhere your heart desires, and they look sleek too.
The helm was comfortable from a seating and visibility aspect, but I’d like to see the addition of an armrest just over the engine control, to aid in minute adjustments to the speed.
The 2075 just seems to be dripping with storage. A very clever use of space is featured in the gunwale compartments. Sliders open to reveal long and deep storage wells, and below, at your feet, are aluminum pull out drawers. If Lund was targeting the tournament fisherman with its 2075 Pro-V, it appears that they hit their mark. She’s got all the qualities that the serious angler looks for, and the handling to get the job done.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Lund 2075 Pro-V (2010-) is 60.8 mph (97.8 kph), burning 29.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 112.79 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Lund 2075 Pro-V (2010-) is 37.4 mph (60.2 kph), and the boat gets 4.18 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.78 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 244 miles (392.68 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Optional|