The Scarab 255 G (formerly known as the 255 Platinum SE) has an upscale look and feel with a black and silver graphics package, two-tone upholstery, and soft mat on the swim platform. The 255 G includes a transom shower, enclosed head with sink, a table with three installation locations, and filler cushions for the bow. She's powered by twin Rotax 4-TEC jet systems, giving her 3.5 second hole shots and a top speed of 40.8 mph. The engines are digitally-controlled and include the Intelligent Shift and Throttle system (iST) for rapidly and safely stopping the boat and better control around the docks.
|Length Overall||25' / 7.62 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.5 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.4 sec.|
|Load||3 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||63 deg., 62 humid.; wind: 5-5 mph; seas: calm|
2 x 150 RTX 150/11 1.5L injected iST
As the “G” moniker would imply, the Scarab 255 G has an upscale feel with the black and platinum graphics package, Savannah Sand upholstery, and soft mat on the swim platform. The comprehensive standard-equipment list includes a transom shower, an optional pump-out head, a table with three installation locations, and filler cushions for the bow.
Let’s start with the swim platform, which measures 6’11” (2.1 m) across at its widest and 2’11” (.9 m) fore to aft. As mentioned above, the boat comes standard with a soft mat covering the platform’s walking surfaces. The four-step boarding ladder is centrally positioned under the platform with grab handles integrated into the trailing edge on each side. Two hatches in the walking surface open large lockers that would be good for stowing watersports gear. The 255 G has aft facing seats with backrests that click into place. To starboard, there’s a shower, LED light, and stereo control. To port, we found the table bracket, and there are cup holders on each side.
A central walkway between the aft seats lets passengers move into the self-bailing cockpit. A removable seat snaps in place to fill in the aft bench. The backrests click into position for forward-facing travel. Outboard on each side, there are aft-facing seats with full backrests and partial armrests. The bottom cushions for these seats pick up to reveal hinged cushions that fold out. Part of the Platinum trim package, the sole in the cockpit and bow are covered by a snap-in Reed Mat flooring.
There is limited storage space under the foldout cushions in the jump seat bases. Primary cockpit storage is in the ski locker that has a hinged hatch that opens on a gas strut. The compartment measures 6’ (1.8 m) long by 1’5” (43.2 cm) deep and 1’7” (48.3 cm) wide with an opening that is 1’4” (40.6 cm) wide. On the side there are racks for bow and anchor lights and the bottom of the locker is covered in a soft rubber mat to cushion the ride for boards and skis. Outboard of the captain’s and companion’s seats on each side are expandable map pockets that would be good for smaller items.
Custom Captain’s Seats.
The 255 G has Scarab’s with flip-up bolsters bucket seats for the captain and companion. In addition to swiveling and adjusting fore and aft, the wraparound section of the backrest has a cutout to accommodate the occupant’s thigh if he or she turns around to chat with passengers in the cockpit.
The 255 G’s helm has a darkly upholstered eyebrow over the dash panel that has two tachometers flanking a multi-function digital instrument in the middle and a speedometer to starboard. The needle on the port tachometer sweeps from the bottom to the left, while the one on the port side does the same to starboard. It looks a little weird at first, but we got used to it quickly. Accessory switches are forward of the tilt steering wheel and there’s a padded cell phone tray to starboard. Aft, the shift throttle control is comfortably placed with speed control buttons for the Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST) system in the gunwale just above. We’ll discuss iST further in the performance section.
The Port Console.
In the port console, there’s a padded tray protected by another upholstered eyebrow. Outboard to port we found 12-volt and USB plugs. The whole front of the console is hinged and opens to reveal the private head compartment. Inside, the 255 G has a head with pump-out and a sink. The compartment opening is 3’11” (1.2 m) tall and 2’4” (.7 m) wide.
As we head into the 255 G’s bow, there’s a locker in the starboard console that contains an Igloo cooler on a pull-out tray. We found two more portable coolers in an under-deck locker in the bow and there’s a built-in draining version underneath the forward-most bow seating cushion.
Outboard on each side in the bow, the lounges measure 4’5” (1.3 m) long with comfortably angled backrests. The passageway between the bow seats is 1’5” (43.18 cm) wide, and a bolster wraps around the bow to provide aft-facing seating as well. We expected bow filler cushions, but Scarab took things to the next level with backrest pads and stiffening supports that create a full playpen in the bow.
Outboard, the bottom cushions on each side of the bow are hinged and open to reveal finished lockers. In the forepeak is an anchor locker that has the tray for the grounding tackle underneath a beach-boarding ladder. The ladder on our test boat was a three-step model. We prefer four steps.
Power and Performance
The Propulsion System.
The Scarab 255 G is powered by twin 150 Rotax 4-TEC fuel-injected motors connected to twin jet pumps. The engines have closed cooling systems, and the boat is equipped with heat exchangers that resemble long trim tabs integrated into the bottom of the boat on each side of the running surface. They connect to the engines with hoses. The coolant runs through these exchangers, which are always in the water to maintain consistent engine temperatures. A weedless shaft guard keeps debris out of the pumps.
Our test boat was equipped with 6.1” (15.5 cm) diameter stainless steel impellers in the jet pumps and had an estimated test weight of 4,430 (2,009 kg) lbs. We hit a top speed of 40.8 mph (35.5 knots) at 7520 rpm. Best cruise came in at 6000 rpm where we ran 28.3 mph (24.6 knots) and burned 10.1 gph (38.0 lph) for a range of 142 statute miles (123.4 nautical miles). The boat was quick out of the hole, planing in 3.5 seconds and running to 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 4.6 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 7.4 seconds.
Ride and Handling.
We tested the Scarab 255 G on a small lake in calm conditions and performed well in all of our maneuverability tests. She whipped through slalom turns with ease and tracked well through arcs. She’s designed to be more of a “real boat” than previous jet designs that could spin out easily. Of course, super aggressive driving could still cause it to spin, but it would take some work.
Her V-bottom design has a sharp entry up front and 20-degrees of deadrise at the stern, and when we rode through the photo boat’s wakes, she felt solid. 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 openings that route the thrust out the sides when in neutral or reverse. This provides for more responsive maneuverability around the docks.
The Scarab 255 G comes standard with Bombardier’s Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST), uses fly-by-wire technology to smoothly shift the jet drive system. Additionally, iST 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 iST 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 iST is derived from the Intelligent Brake & Reverse (IBR) system used on Sea-Doo personal watercraft.
Available Options and Price
With its high-end graphics and two-tone upholstery, the 255 G has the look and feel that will appeal to owners looking for an upscale bowrider. With three attachment points for the table and versatile seating arrangements for up to 13 passengers, she can please a crowd.
The boat tops 40 mph on pretty tame power and is on plane in less than four seconds. The side thrust and iST give the Scarab 255 G maneuverability to rival a sterndrive around the docks. Combine that with the safety that jets offer -- no propellers -- and this boat becomes attractive for families.
On the trailer, she’ll tip the scales at about 5,000 lbs. dry, which means a variety of vehicles can handle towing duties.
Most important, at speed, she is easy to handle and answers the helm instantly, and operators should have great confidence when driving her.