Good Old Days...
We still remember the good old days when the words "performance pontoon boat" were a contradiction in terms. On any cruise down the lakes and rivers you can still see some of the throwbacks of the good old days, when a pontoon boat meant sticking the plywood deck on top of a couple of aluminum tubes and adding boxy rails. All that was left to complete the scene was a couple of lawn chairs and maybe even a charcoal grill. These boats were largely considered the joke of the industry, and they were good for little more than put-putting around a small lake by grandpa. If you wanted to go fast, go tubing, or (heaven forbid) skiing you had to look elsewhere.Thankfully those days are behind us. Finally, builders of pontoon boats had enough, and decided to make a new, better, and stronger pontoon boat. The next evolution was in adding performance to the mix. This entailed adding full length keels, spray rails, and the introduction of the tritoon.At some point the folks at Bennington pontoons took a long hard look at the products that were coming out and decided they could still be better. Bennington figured that you could not only combine performance into a pontoon boat but luxury as well. Suddenly, seats got cushier, custom built recliners were added, entertainment centers, bars, galleys... It seemed anything was possible. To be sure there are a lot of manufacturers making luxury pontoon boats nowadays but few can deny the impact that Bennington had on the industry that still continues to this day. Part of that heritage can certainly be seen in today's Bennington 2575 RCWC.
Constructing a Difference
Bennington is still able to separate themselves from the industry by adding construction features that others deem too expensive, or too troublesome. You have to look closely to see some of these differences but they are there. Details such as stainless steel through bolts rather than screws, deck corners that feature stainless steel cleats integrated into stainless steel reinforced corner moldings, and innovative quick release latches for Bimini tops are all items that separate Bennington from the many other brands.
The 2575 RCWC also comes standard with 25” (63.5 cm) pontoons, docking lights in stainless steel housings, full length fencing in your choice of colors, and an extended aft deck allowing for a variety of engine mounting options.
But far and away, few features have separated Bennington from all others more than the ability to customize your boat your way, and truly make owning a Bennington a unique experience. Let’s take a look at some of the offerings available as we build ourselves the Bennington 2575 RCWC.
Build Me a Boat
We chose the 2575 RCWC because it seems to exemplify the departure from the boxy layout with lounge seats scattered here and there. The lounging capability is still present but now it takes the form of two aft facing super lounges, which are really two wide chaise lounges with fold-down arm rests. A double wide seat lies to the port side of the helm with a beautifully finished teak trapezoid table. At the port bow, two swiveling recliners reside on either side of the table, and a wrap-around seat occupies the starboard side.
The helm features a one-piece fiberglass body with an integrated armrest. Full instrumentation faces the captain who sits behind a custom made wheel with teak accents and an etched center cap. We’re always happy to see additional touches such as a flush mounted Garmin depth graph, and rocker switches with circuit breakers. All of this comes at an MSRP of $42,533 with a 50-hp 4-stroke base engine.
The Price of Customization
And then we come to the fun part, customizing your boat the way you would like it. You have your choice of packaging your boat with a 50-hp up to 250-hp outboard from Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, or Yamaha.
Once you’ve decided on the power you can focus your attention below decks. You can upgrade to 32" (80 cm) elliptical tubes which will give you better flotation and turning performance (add $1,467) or an ESP Performance Package consisting of 25” (63.5 cm) pontoons and an elliptical center tube, Seastar hydraulic steering, lifting strakes, and rounded keels (add $5,733). If you’ll be doing your boating in salt water you’ll want an anode package (add $73).
We would strongly recommend opting for the elevated helm (add $527), which will easily allow you to see over the heads of anyone seated in front of the helm. If you like extra wide recliner at the helm you can get one at $153. A Garmin color GPS is available as well (add $767).Stereo upgrades are available starting with a simple kicker speaker (add $160), and go right on up to a Rockford amp and subwoofer (add $840).While a 10' Bimini is standard on the 2575 RCWC, we would strongly consider the double Bimini option, extending the shade coverage to add 20''(add $1,067). Blue Ice LED lighting is another $207. Storage is always at a premium on any boat and Bennington can accommodate with in floor storage regardless of whether you opt for two tubes (add $1,000), or three (add $967). Since no one wants to get up and walk all the way to the other end of the boat to get a drink, an ottoman with a built-in cooler can be had for $227. We’re always surprised to see any boat built for entertaining offered with the Porta-Potti as an option (add $80). And since furniture can never be comfortable enough a pillow-top furniture upgrade is offered (add $1,067).This only scratches the surface of some of the available options on your Bennington 2575 RCWC. Regardless of how you outfit your boat, the simple fact is that since it’s a Bennington it will be made well, and after putting your personal touches onto it, you may even be tempted to add your name below the Bennington logo.
Standard and Optional Features
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