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Brief Summary

Harris Kayot has been making boats for 52 years and has been making deck boats for 33 years, so the corporate culture there knows a thing or two about the type. In fact, the deckboat was born in Northern Indiana by another builder down the road in the early 1970s and by 1977 Kayot was the #2 seller of deckboats. By the late 1980s virtually every builder of sport boats had at least one deckboat model in their line. In 1998 introduced a deck boat with a deep-V bottom which mean that it could be run faster in bigger water. Now Harris Kayot has hung an outboard on the swim platform. The big question is, how well has Harris Kayot executed the concept and how does in compare to the standard I/O configuration? We asked Capt. Steve to give it his critical eye and let us know what he thought.

Key Features

  • Bow scuff plate: stainless steel
  • Cleats (7): stainless steel pull-out
  • Easy-to-read analog gauges
  • Fiberglass inner liner: (cockpit)
  • Gelcoat enamel finished engine compartment
  • Hand-laid fiberglass hull
  • Hinges: stainless steel
  • OEM "Zero Friction" controls: with safety lanyard
  • Performance V-hull design
  • Pillow matted storage areas: with enamel gel coat finish
  • Rotocast seat frames: helm
  • Rubrail: stainless steel insert
  • Seat: multi-density foam
  • Seating: hinged
  • Sport interior: double stitched
  • Stainless steel thru-hull fittings, fuel fill, & hardware, latches
  • Vinylester resin barrier protection: hull
  • Vinyls: marine grade, 17 mil/33 oz with PreFixx
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 10''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 4,200 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 32''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 50''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 55 gal.
    Water Capacity none
    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 1 x 150-hp Mercury Verado XL
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available
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    Captain's Report

    Kayot S225
    The Kayot 225 outboard version has a smaller swim platform which is shared by the engine.

    A deckboat with an outboard? Is it better?

    Capt. Steve Says...

    While I love the deckboat concept, and was used to the stern drive propulsion, I was curious to see the Kayot S225 outboard version – one of the few sportboat models built in America with outboard power. I like a company that thinks outside the box and takes the road less travelled, in this case, powering a deckboat with an outboard. While we weren’t getting to actually test and compare it with her I/O-powered sister, a casual walkthrough should reveal if this boat has the right stuff to compete in this tough category.

    The Kayot 225

    Let’s first look at the basic boat, because forward of the aft bench seat in the cockpit, both the outboard and the stern drive versions are pretty much the same. The bow area is roomy, as I would expect. The filler cushions are on the options list (add $240) and I like the separate color to the welting that highlights the cushions. Drink holders are abundant, but here’s an interesting standard feature… lighted drink holders. Haven’t seen that one before, but I can see the benefit. Everybody seems to be adding underwater lights to their options list and Kayot is no exception, even on the outboard version (add $750). But here’s another item I haven’t seen before… lighted rubrails (add $570). So much for not being different.

    Kayot S225
    Plenty of room on this boat for guests, but fourteen?? Unlikely. The oval table is standard and the head is roomy enough to serve as a changing room.

    More Standards...

    The company says the boat has a capacity for fourteen. Even a cursory look at the floor plan brings doubt to that claim. Harris Kayot is following the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) “persons capacity” formula and using very thin people at that. How wide is one average butt? We count 12 seating places for thin people, and 14 if you stand one up holding onto the windshield and one standing behind the helm and companion seat holding on. Standing counts under ABYC standards for occupant capacity? Yup, so long as it is a “designated occupant position.”There’s storage for just about everything, including the carry-on cooler and skis & equipment. While Kayot has a lot of items on the options list, their standard features aren’t too shabby either. Docking lights are typically optional as are depth sounders and bow ladders, all standard here.

    Kayot S225
    Kayot says that their boat holds fourteen. With a generous four in the bow, two in the bucket seats, and perhaps six Gumbys in the cockpit, that makes for 12 very close friends by our count.

    Outboard vs. Stern Drive...

    Ok, so we have an outboard. That means that there is no engine taking up cockpit space, right? Sort of. While I didn’t get to do a side by side comparison, a picture is worth a thousand words.

    Kayot S225

    Kayot S225By looking at these two images, it appears that the floor plans are identical. That means that by opting for the outboard version, you’ll gain storage space under the aft sunpad at the cost of having to share the swim platform with the outboard engine. Well… that’s not the only cost. The outboard version is a bit higher priced than the stern drive package. You’ll pay $5,180 more for the 150-hp outboard versions over the I/O-powered with the standard 5.0L 220-hp MerCruiser. The 5.0L 220-hp MerCruiser engine weighs 946 lbs. and its 8 cylinders displace 305 cu. in. The 150-hp XL Verado weighs 510 lbs. and its 4 cylinders displace 105.7 cu. in. What will the difference in performance be? I’d like to test them both and find out.

    And The Winner Is...

    Of course there are differences in the operation of inboards vs. outboards and such, but it’s mostly a personal choice, and choice is what makes customers happy. Don’t tell me what I want, I’ll tell you. If you can provide it, great, if not, I’ll find someone who will. In a survey done by among its members about six months ago we noted outboard owners definitely had a far warmer feeling about their engines than did those owning stern drive engines – and this theme ran across all brand names. Certainly outboards are easier to service and repair, and if our poll is any indicator, they are more reliable, too. Trouble is that the old carbureted stern drives were dragging down their reliability quotient. They are now a thing of the past thanks to the EPA. Choice is a good thing, and it separates the survivors from the strugglers. By offering a choice of I/O or outboard, Kayot has given two more reasons for getting on the water with friends and family… and that means having a boat that will have no “buyer’s remorse” factor. Take your pick. Which would you choose?

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional


    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Wet bar Standard


    Bimini Top Standard


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