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You can’t help but be drawn to this boat. From the use of fiberglass and sport arch to the inviting plush interior and added key features, this Berkshire has a lot going for it. Of course when you also factor in the performance capabilities you truly have a great combination.
Incorporating fiberglass with the layout opens up a lot of styling possibilities and it all starts with the aerodynamic bow. We love this look, plus with fiberglass seat bases the interior has a nice contour feel to it. Below the oversized vinyl seats, which include diamond pattern stitching and recessed lighted cupholders, are slip-in storage compartments that drain. In the bow are two loungers with moveable armrests as well as a 17-inch deep in-floor ski locker that stretches over 6 feet long, which is perfect for storing your water toys. And the teak-looking vinyl flooring helps tie in the overall look the manufacturer is going for with this high-end luxury model.
At the fiberglass helm stand, the dash console is centered on a Murphy digital color touch screen that provides you access to a lot of information and functions. On each side of the screen are gauges for your speedometer and trim and on the side of the console are lighted push-button switches. The stainless steel steering wheel includes a turn knob and below is a great designated media holder with a 12-volt outlet and a USB/Auxiliary port. There is also a locking glove box, which is something we always like to see.
Not only does the high-back captain’s chair slide, swivel and recline but you can also adjust the overall height. Directly across is an identical helm chair for the first mate and we love the added touch of having a blue LED light around the pedestal seat base that ties in with the lighted cupholders and speakers throughout the boat.
The sport arch includes a fold-out Bimini top and two rear-facing Kicker speakers that are part of an eight speaker sounds system. The arch sits back a little further than we’ve seen on other models which limits the amount of shade for the driver, but from a safety standpoint we love that it doesn’t block your visibility.
Behind the helm are two rear-facing chaise lounges, complete with moveable arm rests and as you exit the stainless stern gate you’re led to a great swim deck area. The stern deck includes two speakers with a Kicker stereo remote, a high-pressure wash down and a stainless steel boarding ladder. There is also a massive ski/tow bar providing you with a second tow point besides the tower.
Other great amenities include a pop-up changing room built into the back of the portside bow lounger that stands well over 6 feet tall when open, a master power switch and stainless steel rails throughout.
With the performance hull you have three 25-inch diameter pontoons with a sealed integrated transom built into the center tube with lifting strakes on the outside logs. Our test crew did note some minor fit and finish issues specific to just this model, but overall rated the boat high for quality construction.
Mercury hydraulic steering with electric power assist combined with the performance hull and Mercury Pro 300hp four-stroke proved to be a sporty combination. We nearly reached the 50 mph mark at full throttle but what impressed us the most was how easily she banks in the tight turns.
You get the total package with this Berkshire and while the price as tested won’t fit with every budget, the quality and amenities ensure you’ll get a lot in return for your investment.
Number of Occupants 14
Maximum Speed 47.7 mph
Wild Ponies 300 hp
No. of Gates 3
0-20 MPH 5.86 seconds
Ladder Measurement 3’ 8” deep
Why we love this boat…The added touches make the difference on this model. The thoughtful layout is loaded with a lot of great standard features.
Just being picky… Love the wakeboard rack that is mounted on top of the ski/tow bar but it could possibly interfere when pulling someone using the wakeboard tower tow point.
Sport fiberglass console w/ helm riser, electric powered sport arch with Bimini frame, full center tube w/ integrated transom, full aluminum underdeck perf. shield, woodgrain tilt wheel, SeaStar hydraulic steering w/ electric power assist, 4 lifting strakes, aluminum sport color-matched ski/tow, 28 oz. Soft Touch vinyl, triple-density foam pkg., high back aluminum framed helm/companion chair, Murphy digital color touch screen w/ GPS/depth sounder/integrated ratio, 4 LED backlit speakers w/ protective inside covers, 2 exterior stern lighted speakers, amp, subwoofer, stern remote stereo control, LED courtesy floor lights, LED exterior rail lights, LED rail-mounted docking lights, privacy hoop/curtain, SS LED lighted cupholders, faux mahogany table w/ lighted base, new integrated armrests on chaise lounges, Surlast color-matched playpen cover w/ J clips, and extended stern vinyl platform w/ transom wash down.
OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT
Teak floor, LED underwater lighting, LED underdeck lights, rearview camera, in-floor storage, 2 reinforced splash fins, arch-mounted can speakers, and wakeboard rack.
LOA 25’ 7”
Beam 8’ 6”
Hull Design Three Pontoons
Dry Weight 3,300 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 52 gallons
Engine Mercury 300 Pro
Cylinder Type Inline 6
Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower 158ci/300hp
Lower Unit Gear Ratio 1.75:1
Propeller 14.7 X 16 P SS Enertia
RPM vs. SPEED vs. DB-A
1000 4.1 80
1500 5.9 84
2000 8.2 82
2500 10.4 84
3000 16.5 92
3500 20.8 89
4000 25.1 90
4500 29.4 93
5000 33.5 96
5500 38.5 96
6400 47.7 103