Boat Test Monday: PlayCraft PowerToon Xscape 2700

Published online: Feb 25, 2013 Boat Test Monday
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Our First Impression

Forgive us for taking a double take when this PlayCraft first made its way to our dock. We've come to expect bright colors, extreme graphic packages and pontoon boats that could break speed records by looks alone. So seeing the more conservative approach caught us off guard a little. But we quickly discovered that this new version is built just as well and goes just as fast as the NASCAR-looking boats; it's just packaged in a more elegant way.   

Consumer Test

The overstuffed furniture is very inviting and is as comfortable as it looks. Even the durable vinyl that is white, blue and a touch of black is done to perfection to provide an elegant look to this performance pontoon. We love the contoured design of the two chaise lounges in the bow as well as the rear-facing one in the stern.

For the captain is an attractive-looking console with easy-to-read gauges, Clarion stereo and a 12-volt outlet. We especially like the side glove box that includes a MP3 port. The fully adjustable helm chair slides, swivels and reclines, and it provides excellent lumbar support for the driver.

With the extended center pontoon that allows you to extend the engine pod you gain performance, but from a cosmetic standpoint you gain a whole lot more, like an extended swim deck. And built into the rear starboard pontoon is by far the best ladder/boarding system in the industry that drops into the water nearly five feet, plus is extra wide with actual steps at the top. Also in the stern is a stereo remote as well as a massive ski/tow bar that will get plenty of good use on this model. On top of that there is even a nice in-floor ski locker to store those toys when you're not using them.     

Worth noting is all the unique LED lighting throughout the boat, including the exterior side lights as well as in the interior of the boat, which flows well with the layout.

Inspection Test

The three 24- by 24-inch U-shaped pontoons are foam-filled with lifting strakes on the insides of the outside pontoons and on both sides of the center tube. PlayCraft refers to its extra welded bottom as "rock shoes," but we simply refer to it as a great idea to help protect the bottom of your boat when you beach it. The all-aluminum cross-members are on 16-inch centers and are bolted to the one-piece plywood deck. The weld quality, including on the double splash fins on the nosecones, is excellent throughout.

Up top there is over 17 feet of usable deck space from inside the bow gate to the rear bench seat. Both craftsmanship and fit and finish work earned high marks for this solid craft that is well-built from top to bottom.

Performance Test

We could have driven this boat around for hours; well actually, we did, and that got us into a little bit of trouble back at the dock. But we just didn't want to stop driving it because we were having too much fun. This is one boat that you'd never get tired of. She banks like a dream in the sharp turns and with the new Yamaha 250 SHO engine we nearly hit the 50-mile-per-hour mark.

Who Should Buy It

You don't need to be into racing to appreciate this boat, but it wouldn't hurt. Building high-end go-fast boats is what PlayCraft is known for so it it's nice to see all of those great qualities wrapped into a more conservative-looking package. For the family who values performance but wants a touch of class and luxury as well, this might be the pontoon you've been searching for.

Number of Occupants             15

Price As Tested With Power   $69.6K

Maximum Speed:                    47.7 mph

Wild Ponies:                            250hp

No. of Gates                           3

0-20 MPH                               4.7 seconds               

Ladder Measurement:             4' 9" deep      

Why we love this boat.When you can successfully combine performance and luxury what's not to love? The colors, overstuffed furniture and overall layout are great, plus she still performs like a PlayCraft.

Just being picky.The in-floor locker could be a little wider and one feature we'd like to see (that is available as an option) is a changing room enclosure that should be included on a boat this size.

NOTABLE STANDARDS

X-Treme surface piercing nosecones, wide heavy-duty extruded aluminum side deck bumpers, two-tone exterior panels, triple pontoon package with RAC-R-FINS, LED running lights, Clarion stereo w/ four speakers, plush marine carpet, Signature seating, reclining helm seat, full instrumentation, 12-volt outlet, LED courtesy lights, docking lights, hydraulic steering, sculptured exterior tubing and in-floor locker.

OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT

Depth finder, trash compartment, glove box, extra step, powder coat rails, mood lights, rock shoes, dual battery switch, extra cleats, extended center toon, Sharkhide, ski/tow, power assist and stainless side LED docking lights.

 VITAL STATS

LOA                            27'

Beam                           8' 6"

Hull Design                 Three Pontoons

Dry Weight                 2,750 lbs.

Fuel Capacity              50 Gallons

TEST DRIVE

Engine                         Yamaha 250 SHO

Cylinder Type             V6

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           254ci/250hp   

Lower Unit Gear Ratio           1.75:1

Propeller                      15 1/2 X 17

RPM      vs.     SPEED     vs. DB-A 

800                  3.1 mph           71                               

1000                4.6 mph           77.5    

1500                7.0 mph           80.5

2000                8.6 mph           82                               

2500                11.9 mph         91.5    

3000                16.0 mph         89.5    

3500                20.2 mph         89.5                            

4000                24.8 mph         90.5    

4500                33.1 mph         95.5    

5000                39.9 mph         100

5500                43.8 mph         102

5900                47.7 mph         102

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Phone: 573-765-3265

Website: www.playcraftboats.com

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