Boat Test Monday: G3 LX3 22 XS

January 2013 Boat Test Monday

It's boat test Monday! The G3 LX3 22 XS was hot then and it still rocks. A great boat from a great company. 

Our First Impression

Is this the LX3 22 XS or excess? The basic definition of the word "excess" is the state of exceeding what is normal, and so the "XS" tag on this new model could be considered the perfect fit. From the solid construction to a boatload of standard features, this G3 does appear to go beyond the norm. 

Consumer Test

The XS actually stands for "extra seating/storage" and we can see why with the extra long starboard couch. Plus with that third pontoon in-floor locker, storage options seem endless on this 22-footer. We even took turns climbing inside the ski locker just for fun to prove just how big it really is. There is also storage under the bow chaise lounges as well as under all the seats.

At the helm is a good-looking console that complements the boat well. Besides the large, easy-to-read gauges there is a recessed Garmin 145 depth/fish finder, Sony CDX marine-grade stereo, as well as an MP3 jack and 12-volt outlet. And to go along with the well-designed helm console is a comfy captain's chair that slides, swivels and reclines for total comfort.

In the stern we love the double-wide sundeck, and below is a double bow pop-up changing room enclosure that is extra wide, easy to operate and stands at nearly six feet tall when open. Plus, inside the enclosure is a bench seat for added comfort, which is always appreciated. Outside the rear gate is a boarding ladder with good handholds and there is even a ski/tow pylon, which will see plenty of good use with the big Yamaha power plant in the back.

Almost everything you see is standard; in fact, there is only one option on this particular model and that's the removable bow seat that can be relocated to fill the side gate, depending on where you personally prefer to board your boat.

If we had to be picky, the walking room behind the captain's seat felt a little close to the rear bench. There is a lot packed into this 22-footer that is rated for up to 14 people which we truly love, we'd just like to see a little more room back there.

And although this wouldn't be considered a fishing model, there is a livewell below the rear bench seat, which we love to see from this manufacturer that is known for its wide range of great fishing boats. 

Inspection Test

Three 23- by 25-inch diameter flotation foam-filled U-shaped pontoons are the base of this pontoon. There are lifting strakes on both sides of the outside pontoons, and the weld quality is good. The square cross-members are on 16-inch centers and are screwed to the plywood deck. Wiring below was average, and we like how the splash skin covers the full length of the boat. Worth noting is that although the tubes lack a keel, the pontoon gauge is a beefy .100 and the nose cones are double plated for durability. Up top the layout earned high marks, as did the fit and finish work overall.

 Performance Test

With the new Yamaha 225 Super High Output engine, to say it jumped up on plane quickly would be an understatement. We flirted with a top speed close to the 50-mile-per-hour mark, which shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with this new Yamaha. Turning was good, but she did lean a little in the sharp turns.

 Who Should Buy It

With all the extra storage and seating capacity, this G3 was designed to hold a lot of family members comfortably. Call it the XS or "excess," but either way there are a lot of families that will be able to appreciate a `toon that goes beyond the norm.

Lebanon, Mo. 

Phone: 800-588-9787


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