Ebbtide’s Z-Trak hull design boasts twin vented chines. These are intended to allow water to escape while attaining plane, resulting in a quicker hole shot and less bow rise. After our day on the lake aboard Ebbtide’s 2460 DC Fun Cruiser, we can say that this boat planed fast and came up flat: We never lost visibility forward. Structurally, this hull is laminated with hand-laid, knitted fabrics, Kevlar, and high-tech coring materials for sound deadening, stiffness and a high strength-to-weight ratio.
With MerCruiser’s 300 hp 350 Mag Bravo Three sterndrive under the hatch, the 2460 DC delivered a confident feel, responding nimbly and quickly to input at the wheel and throttle. Crossing boat wakes at increasingly higher speeds revealed the ability to handle choppy water and served as a testament to solid construction and assembly: This boat just doesn’t rattle. While aboard, take note of the details that experienced boaters will applaud, such as hatches with deep gutters so gear stays dry; a solid, stainless-steel latch to prevent the windshield from inadvertently slamming closed; standard amidships cleats; and boarding ladders (fore and aft), each with enough steps to be functional.
Of course there’s more than technology and toughness to the 2460 DC. One need only count the four coolers Ebbtide incorporated into this big, fine-riding deck boat to prove that. We also found our jaded selves oohing and aahing at the extra long, extra tall and extra wide Bimini top that Ebbtide fits aboard the 2460 DC. Too many tops make roomy boats feel cramped. In the enclosed head we discovered a spacious area that guests will feel comfortable in utilizing. Access is great due to the unique forward entry hatch. Ebbtide offers an optional vacuum-flush system with pump-out capability. Entertain using the convenience center with its sink, cooler and trash container.
Ebbtide ensured stowage space was built in aboard the 2460 DC. There are large compartments beneath both the forward and aft seating, as well as a ski locker in the fiberglass cockpit sole, a glove box and more.
*Wider, longer and taller, the oversize Bimini top is awesome.
*Z-Trak hull proved fast, planed flat and exhibited no quirks: It’s a winner.
*Standard spring line cleats, dual boarding ladders and an extra-sturdy latching windshield are just some of the niceties we admired.
Dry Weight: 4,750 lb. (without engine)
Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/2,100 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 70 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: 300 hp MerCruiser 350 Mag
Drive/Prop: Bravo Three/20-inch pitch stainless-steel B3 propset
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 60 gal.
Crew Weight: 500 lb.
$72,030 (base with test power), $74,555 (as tested)
White Bluff, Tennessee; 615-797-3193; ebbtideboats.com