Boaters of every ilk can see from a quick introduction to the new 722CR Trifecta that it's designed to impress upscale crowds. The high-back captain's chair has soft-touch vinyl and faces a mack-daddy console, which is really a display case for a Humminbird GPS, a Jensen stereo head unit and a deep sink fed by an eightgallon freshwater tank. The exterior carries a streamlined look with solid-color panels, and a full-width stern boarding platform extends more than a foot beyond the sun pad and is smartly covered in vinyl.
That's easy. Long-term satisfaction, though, is rooted much deeper than a walk-through. For example, when we pulled up the changing room from the sun pad, we found a carpeted seat fastened to its own sturdy frame, with a continuation of the vinyl surface seen on the platform. To port of the sun pad is a dry compartment with easy access to the battery, power-assist steering reservoir, fuel filter/ water separator and hoses and wires that, on our test boat, were neatly coiled and zip-tied — a positive sign for construction details we would find throughout.
That glimpse of the power-assist steering source and the careful routing of cables gave us an idea about why the 722CR Trifecta would be among our favorite test drives. The entire chassis squats just enough to lift the front half of the tubes off the water once the boat reaches 3,000 rpm and above. This, and the easy one-hand steering, gave us the maneuvering qualities of a runabout. South Bay uses an arched performance skin on the underbelly, so the boat rides on something akin to a catamaran hull. The resulting ride is something you can't appreciate in pictures or short intros — it has to be experienced over the long haul.
• Swim ladder has a stainless-steel frame that doubles as grab rails to assist in reboarding.
• Optional stainless-steel package on our test boat adds durability and bling.
• Seat in changing room folds up when not in use, so space is not impeded.
• The clearance offered by the optional ski tow bar is a huge help when pulling water toys with an outboard motor.
- Test Drive
- Test Engine: Honda BF150 4-stroke
- Test Prop: 15.5" X 15" stainless
- Test Load: People (400 LB.) Fuel (25 GAL.)
- Top Speed: 35.9 MPH @ 6,400 RPM
- Time to 20 MPH: 5.9 sec.
- Vital Stats
- Length Overall: 24'10"
- Beam: 8'6"
- Dry Weight: 2,610 LB.(boat only)
- Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/2,030 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 54 GAL.
- Max HP: 300
- MSRP: See Local Dealer
- NMMA Certified: Yes