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Bennington RL 211
(w/ 1 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke)


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Brief Summary

Bennington claims the RL 211 has some of the largest amounts of seating for a boat in its class. In addition to her long list of features she also delivers respectable performance.

Key Features

  • Sony CD Player with 4 speakers
  • 36 qt. Igloo Cooler
  • Bimini Top & Boot
  • Courtesy Lights
  • Danforth Style Anchor
  • Extra Large Swim/ Activity Platform
  • Fiberglass Non-Skid Cockpit
  • Full-Sized Stand-Up Changing Area
  • Wrap Around Windshield
  • Sink with 5 Gallon Fresh Water Supply
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 22'11''
    Beam 8'6''
    Dry Weight 3,700 lbs
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 33'' (drive down)
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 16 deg.
    Max Headroom Open Boat
    Bridge Clearance 18 gal. (optional)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 50 gal.
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power
    Tested Power 1 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke
    Opt. Power

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.2 2.7 0.5 6.7 5.8 302 262 58
    1000 5.1 4.4 0.6 9.1 7.9 410 356 60
    1500 7.0 6.1 1.4 4.9 4.2 219 190 63
    2000 8.4 7.3 2.4 3.6 3.1 160 139 67
    2500 11.8 10.2 3.8 3.1 2.7 140 122 70
    3000 20.9 18.2 4.4 4.7 4.1 212 184 70
    3500 26.9 23.4 6.6 4.1 3.6 185 160 77
    4000 30.8 26.8 8.0 3.9 3.4 173 151 79
    4500 34.7 30.2 9.8 3.6 3.1 160 139 81
    5000 40.2 35.0 12.2 3.3 2.9 148 129 88
    5500 45.7 39.7 13.5 3.4 3.0 153 133 89
    5900 46.8 40.7 15.0 3.1 2.7 140 122 89
    600 262 486 5.10 1.89 2.85 58
    1000 356 660 8.20 2.27 3.87 60
    1500 190 352 11.30 5.30 2.07 63
    2000 139 257 13.50 9.08 1.51 67
    2500 122 225 19.00 14.38 1.32 70
    3000 184 341 33.60 16.66 2.00 70
    3500 160 298 43.30 24.98 1.74 77
    4000 151 278 49.60 30.28 1.64 79
    4500 139 257 55.80 37.10 1.51 81
    5000 129 238 64.70 46.18 1.40 88
    5500 133 246 73.50 51.10 1.45 89
    5900 122 225 75.30 56.78 1.32 89

    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.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.7 sec
    0 to 30 8.6 sec
    Ratio N/A
    Props Aluminum
    Load 2 pers, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate 85 deg., 80% humid, wind: 5-10 knots; seas: 1 foot

    Captain's Report

    Tested By Capt. Bob SmithBennington claims the RL 211 has some of the largest amounts of seating for a boat in its class. They claim that it has at least five percent more seating than her leading competitor. The RL 211 has a 16-degree deadrise and a sharp bow entry of 37 degrees that delivers a smooth dry ride, even in the chop of an inland lake or bay like Tampa Bay. I found her to be sporty handling with easy turning radius and nimble backing into the slips at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg. Her shallow draft will make this model popular when you slide up to a favorite beach or shore. Divinicell is used in the flooring which decreases the noise, but more important, adds durability to the flooring. When you screw into the decking, or heaven forbid, cut or scratch into it, it will not absorb water and begin to deteriorate like balsa or other wood products will. Composite construction in the stern does the same thing. Stringers are foam filled fiberglass further strengthening the entire boat and again, reducing water logging. Electrical connectors are waterproofed to deter corrosion and give longer serviceability. Seat bases use Kelron composites, not marine plywood and should never break down. They are so confident in their construction that they have a five-year hull warranty, one-year gelcoat warranty and a three-year stem to stern warranty on all parts – not a pass-on to the manufacturer of the OEM part. She carries a wraparound bow with two adult size lounge seats or the area could be used as bench seats. The bow itself is a swim platform with a center swim ladder and anchor locker. Seats are finished very nicely and are plush with finished storage underneath, rather than just a rough version of the underside with paint. Each compartment drains into the bilges to keep them dry. A large in-floor locker extends from the center walkthrough to the bow seating and can handle wakeboards and skis. The wraparound windshield protects the cockpit from the cold morning air. Two floor plans allow you to either have another lounge seat on the companion side (standard) that wraps around to the stern bench and one bucket seat or two bucket seats and a stern bench. The helm seat is a suspension seat with open back for comfort and has a flip up bolster for visibility out of the hole. Helm instrumentation includes a standard digital depth gauge, power steering with tilt wheel, rocker switches and a nice wood grain panel. A CD player will provide hours of tunes for your enjoyment on the water. A 36-gallon carry on collapsible cooler is also standard in the cockpit as well as a sink with a five-gallon water can. The engine hatch also doubles a large sun pad for the stern. More storage is in the walkthrough on the starboard stern area. A large integrated swim platform makes the fun from the back enjoyable. The telescoping stern swim ladder gets you out of the water with ease.The RL 211 is 22’11” length overall with an 8’6” beam, and weighs 3700lbs. and has a fuel capacity of 50 gallons. Although our test model had a 270-hp power plant, she can handle from 190-hp to 320-hp I/Os. She requires 16” draft with the engine up and 33” with the engine down.We tested the RL 211 in the salt water of Tampa Bay with two people on board and a strong breeze with chop. Our test boat had a Yamaha 150-hp four-stroke outboard for power. She handled well both around the docks and underway. We found she was quick out of the hole with a 3.8 second time to plane, and was cruising along at thirty miles per hour in 8.6 seconds. We found her most economical and best cruise speed at 3000 rpms running 20.9mph. At cruise, she burned 4.4 gph for a total range of 212 miles on a full tank of fuel. The RL 211 topped out at 5900 rpms and 46.8 miles per hour and burning 15 gph for a range of 140 miles on a tank of fuel.As you can see Bennington’s RL 211 has tons of features and respectable performance.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Bennington RL 211 is 46.8 mph (75.3 kph), burning 15.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 56.78 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Bennington RL 211 is 20.9 mph (33.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.71 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 212 miles (341.18 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard Sony
    Head: Portable Optional
    Power Steering Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Ice Chest Standard Igloo 36qt.
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Optional
    Wet bar Optional


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional


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