The Shallow Sport 25 X3 is a dedicated flats boat designed for pursuit of redfish and other inshore species typically found in shallow backwaters. It comes standard with a 6" (15.2 cm) jackplate to hike the Evinrude 300 E-TEC G2 to maximum height, allowing the boat to ease over the shallowest shoals. And, unlike most extreme flats boats, the tri-hull design allows for a 9' (2.74 m) beam, adding extra deck space both fore and aft.
- 10 Year Warranty
- Fiberglass Center Console
- Custom Aluminum Ice Chest Rack in Front of Console
- Recirculating Live Well
- 100% Composite Construction
- Premium Steering System
- Stainless Steel Four Blade Propeller
- Deluxe Binnacle Control
|Length Overall||25' 5" / 7.75 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||5.6 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.5 sec.|
|Props||RX4 Blade 15x18|
|Load||2 persons, 11/12 load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||74 deg.; wind: 7 mph; seas: light chop|
1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2
1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 HO E250XH
1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 E300X
1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 E300LU
1 x 250-hp Yamaha VF250XA
1 x 300-hp Yamaha F300XCA
This boat combines the shoal draft of a flats boat with the choppy-water capability of a deeper-V bay boat. Multiple hulls make the boat extremely stable at rest and she can easily accommodate several anglers with all of their gear. One look at this boat and there’s no mistaking that this is a serious single-purpose fishing machine.
Unusual Hull Design
- • Trimaran hull
- • Packet transom design
- • Console Riser
- • 6-inch Hydraulic jack plate
- • Large bow casting deck
- • Shoal draft
- • 100% Composite Construction
- • Recirculating livewell
Bow Casting Deck
On a typical fishing boat, the majority of casting is done from the bow of the boat. Bow-mounted trolling motors make it easier to maneuver the boat and approach wary fish. If the bow deck is large enough for more than one angler to cast, more water can be covered in less time to pattern the fish.
Stern Casting Deck
A stern casting deck is equally important to accommodate more fishing buddies, and it’s the best place for livewells, so the bait can have the smoothest ride possible without getting beat up from sloshing water.
Navigating in shallow water, it’s imperative that the captain be able to see unmarked channels and underwater obstructions. A console riser gives a better vantage point for seeing down onto the water.
Console and T-Top
The max horsepower rating for this boat is 300, which was how our test boat was powered. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 had a 25-inch shaft and a gear ratio of 1.85:1. It was propped with a 15” diameter by 18” pitch R4, 4-blade stainless steel propeller.
Additional Performance Numbers
Top Speed. Our test boat had an estimated test weight of 3,901 lbs. (1,769 kg). We hit a top speed of 46.5 mph (40.4 knots) at 5700 rpm.
Best cruise was 26.5 mph (23 knots) with a fuel burn of 2.8 mpg. The boat hit 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 4.3 seconds and reached 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 7.5 seconds.
Ride and Handling
The triple sponsons cut through the heavy chop of the bay where we tested the boat and the tunnels never bottomed out. Turns were flat with just a slight lean inwards and there was no slide. From idle, the boat planed off with very little bow rise. At rest, the hull was incredibly stable. The transom pocket made backing into the slip a bit of a challenge, but the trade-off of what it does to enhance performance makes it well worth it.
- • Lenco trim tabs
- • Freshwater washdown
- • Pro Air System
- • 3 to 4 Bank Battery Charger
- • Aluminum T-top
- • Poling Platform
- • Bow casting platform
- • Power Pole
- • Sound System
We ran this boat across a heavy bay chop, and although every manufacturer says their boat has a “soft dry ride,” this one actually did. With three people aboard, the boat hardly reacted as we walked around the deck. The bow casting deck is one of the largest we’ve seen on a 25-foot bay boat.
The shallow draft would allow this boat to also be pressed into service as a flats boat, but we are not sure this boat would be easy to push across flats with a push pole. We’d opt for a bow-mounted trolling motor instead.