Boat Test Videos
Content courtesy ofWith twin Rotax 4-TEC 250 ECT jet power, the Scarab 255 ID (formerly the Impulse WAKE Edition) is a spirited performer, with a 3.1-second hole shot and a top speed of 53.2 mph. She comes loaded with upscale features including a folding wakeboard tower with Bimini, four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, and a tandem-axle trailer with brakes, chrome wheels and swing-away tongue.
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Scarab took its popular jet powered 255 G and jazzed up the graphics and added a fold-down tower and ballast sack system to create a wakeboarding and surfing boat that offers the added safety that comes with propeller-free propulsion. Twin Rotax 4-TEC 250 ECT jets with Intelligent Neutral & Reverse (iNR) makes the boat more responsive and easier to drive. The boat also has the optional ballast system.
Since most of the activity on board a wakesports boat takes place at the stern, we’ll start there. The swim platform measures 6’11” (2.1 m) across and 2’11” (.9 m) fore to aft and the walking surfaces are covered in a soft foam that’s easy under foot. Backrests that click into place can be positioned so passengers can sit facing aft. There’s a centrally positioned boarding ladder mounted under the swim platform and grab handles are integrated into the trailing edge. To starboard, there’s a shower, LED light and stereo control. To port we found the optional table bracket and there are cup holders on each side. Hinged hatches in the platform open up wet storage lockers with drains in the aft corners. The transom shower, stereo remote at the transom and table bracket are optional.
A central walkway between the aft seats lets passengers move into the cockpit. If owners purchase the optional Versa Lounge, it fills in the passageway with a removable seat. Bottom cushions on the side lounges fold out from under the forward seats. With the Versa lounge, they create a large U-shaped area. With the extra cushions stowed and with the convertible aft backrests moved for a forward-facing position, there’s an aft bench seat that will accommodate a few people with two rear-facing jump seats on each side. Those jumpseats have full height backrests as well.
There is limited storage space in the gunwale trays on the 255 ID, because there are three cup holders on each side. Racks on each side of the tower have space for boards. The jump seat bases and the ski locker provide the primary cockpit storage when they don’t have the sacks for the ballast system in them. The bladders are removable for days when boarding isn’t on the agenda.
The driver and a companion ride in bucket seats that have fold-up bolsters that swivel and adjust fore and aft. Our test model had the upgraded Touch Screen Command Center, an automotive-style digital screen that displays the four speed modes as well as navigation and other information in a split-screen format. The steering wheel tilts and the horn is isolated on the port side of the helm with the remaining accessory switches to starboard. Outboard to starboard are the control switches for filling the ballast sacks (it takes 7 minutes) and just behind are a dedicated cell phone tray and a cup holder. A 12-volt plug is alongside the driver’s right leg. The digital shift and throttle control is made for Bombardier by Livorsi Marine.
The Port Console.
We found another padded cell phone tray below an upholstered eyebrow in the port console. Outboard alongside the companion’s left leg are a switch for the tower speakers, a USB plug and a 12-volt receptacle, all of which are part of the premium sound system upgrade. The whole console face opens on hinges to provide easy access to the optional portable head. There’s also a foldup sink in this area if owners opt for the freshwater system that includes the stern shower.
Moving forward into the 255 ID’s bow, there are forward-facing lounges on each side and a fill-in cushion actually closes off the passageway creating a sun pad that measures 5’2” (1.3 m) across at the rear and 3’8” (1.1 m) up front. There are cup holders and grab handles on board on each side and the bow has its own bracket for mounting the table.
A hatch in the driver’s console opens and a portable Igloo cooler slides out on a tray. Beneath a hatch in the bow sole there are two more small portable coolers. Outboard, the bottom cushions on each side are hinged and open to reveal finished lockers. The bottom cushion in the bow pulls aside for more capacity. In the forepeak is an anchor locker that has the tray for the grounding tackle underneath a beach-boarding ladder.
Power and Performance
Base power in the Scarab 255 ID are twin Rotax 4-TEC 200 ECT motors. Our test model was equipped with the optional Rotax 4-TEC 250 ECT powerplants and with a half tank of fuel, she weighed in at 4,212 lbs. (1,911 kg). With the motors spooling up to 8000 rpm, we hit a top speed of 53.2 mph (46.3 knots). Best cruise came in at 5000 rpm where we ran 21.0 mph (18.3 knots) and burned 4.2 gph (15.9 lph) for a range of 251 statute miles (219 nautical miles). The boat was quick out of the hole, planing in 3.1 seconds and running to 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 3.8 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 4.5 seconds.
Ride and Handling.
We tested the 255 ID on a choppy Biscayne Bay in calm winds and, unlike some jet-powered craft, this one felt like a real boat. Her V-bottom design has a sharp entry up front and 20 degrees of deadrise at the stern and she rode smoothly through the waves. In maneuverability tests, she felt nimble and quick. Our test captain liked that he could turn the boat like a conventional runabout through sweeping arcs and still get her to spin out if he wanted. Slow-speed maneuvering is improved thanks to Bombardier’s lateral thrust steering system. Unlike traditional jets, the bucket is attached aft of the steering nozzle and it’s longer with opens that route the thrust out the sides when in neutral or reverse. This provides for more responsive maneuverability around the docks.
Among the highlights of the propulsion system are closed freshwater cooling, which makes the boat much more attractive to saltwater boaters. The boat’s running pad is a heat exchanger with a hose that runs to the thermostat and water pump. Because the pad is underwater, it’s constantly feeding cooler water to the motor. Additionally the pump shaft is protected in a stainless sleeve and a grate over the intake prevents larger objects from entering the jet pump.
Our test model was also equipped with Bombardier’s Intelligent Neutral and Reverse (iNR) that uses fly-by-wire technology to smoothly shift the jet drive system. It made the boat more responsive around the docks, which will make the 255 ID more operator friendly for those who are new to jet propulsion. Additionally, iNR lets a driver adjust the neutral position in 1mm increments plus or minus 15 settings to add or reduce power being used. An added benefit of iNR is that if an operator suddenly tries to yank the throttle back into reverse, the system won’t allow the pump to apply reverse thrust. It monitors boat speed, so it will gradually slow the boat and then start to apply reverse thrust. The iNR is derived from the Intelligent Brake & Reverse (IBR) system that is used on Sea-Doo personal watercraft.
Available Options and Price
With the power to top 50 mph and the acceleration to tow any discipline of watersport, the Scarab 255 ID is part of a new breed of jet-powered craft that feels and works more like a “real” boat. The side thrust and iNR give the boat maneuverability to rival a sterndrive around the docks.With a rated passenger capacity of 13 people and the aft facing seating so that passengers can get up close and personal with wake surfers, the 255 ID is sure to gain popularity among watersports enthusiasts. Pricing Range: $73,413.00
With the power to top 50 mph and the acceleration to tow any discipline of watersport, the Scarab 255 ID is part of a new breed of jet-powered craft that feels and works more like a “real” boat. The side thrust and iNR give the boat maneuverability to rival a sterndrive around the docks.With a rated passenger capacity of 13 people and the aft facing seating so that passengers can get up close and personal with wake surfers, the 255 ID is sure to gain popularity among watersports enthusiasts.
Pricing Range: $73,413.00Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.