The Maxum 2700 SE we tested is fun. It combines weekend livability with tube-pulling mobility. It does it without sacrificing affordability, or skimping on quality either.
Styling on board the 2700 SE is tuned for the boater who's not satisfied with just the capability of cruising but wants the panache of great looks, too. Stainless-steel rub rails are one touch that adds looks and keeps them spiffy even after minor dock dings. A highly polished hardwood cockpit table is another great touch. The table drops down to convert the aft seating to a sun pit, or it can be stowed easily, thanks to its unique design, an example of how style meets method here.
The cockpit is all-fiberglass, and the captain gets a double-wide helm seat that swivels back to the interior coaming, completing the circle of communication on board -- something you want to flow easily when the boat is where friendships and family are solidified. The helm station combines aircraft precision with style as well. In fact, pilots have been consulted on the design, and their input resulted in the organized instrumentation layout and the comfortable fit of helm, seat and throttle positioning. The wheel tilts for added convenience.
Below, we found a comfortable amount of space. The aft berth is queen-size. The forward V-berth quickly converts from comfortable couches, and storage underneath increases convenience. Our galley included an optional alcohol/electric stove, minimizing the need for the optional genset -- a $9,000-plus option.
We think the MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI on our test boat is ideal power for this rig, and we'd suggest avoiding standard power if anything but easy cruising is in the mix.
At a glance:
With a beam of 8 feet, 6 inches, the 2700 is easily trailerable with a full-size tow vehicle, but it gives full live-aboard functionality for weekends.
- The swim platform is enormous, making for lazy afternoons at anchor.
- Full navigation equipment is optional but top notch.
- The radar arch and Bimini provided shelter and a spot to tie a tube.
- The transom hatch conceals dedicated storage for shore-power cords.
Length Overall: 27'
Dry Weight: 6,784 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 85 gal.
Max HP: 640
MSRP (base price w/ engine tested): $90,292
NMMA Certified: Yes
Test Engine: MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI Bravo 3
Test Prop: 20-inch stainless steel
Test Load: People (230 lb.); Fuel (55 gal.)
Top Speed: 46.9 MPH @ 5,200 RPM
Time to Plane: 3.7 sec.
Time to 30 MPH: 7.5 sec.
Min. Plane: 22.7 MPH @ 3,000 RPM
RPM MPH Sound Level (db)
Idle 3.7 65
1,000 5.2 69
1,500 6.7 72
2,000 8.4 76
2,500 13.5 78
3,000 22.7 79
3,500 28.2 86
4,000 34.1 88
4,500 40.4 88
5,000 44.4 90
5,200 46.9 92