Bennington’s 2372 RCW stands out for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is its stylish, wraparound windscreen. It adds an added ounce of protection on a windy day, but it also completely changes the boat’s style, making it look like the love child of a pontoon and a sporty runabout. Add in our test boat’s optional clad sport arch (great for style points as well as pulling your water-sport fans) and blackout trim package, which shades the fencing, panels and pontoon skirting along with that arch and the dash to an ebony hue, and you’ve got a pontoon that is ready to make its mark, whether it’s underway or at the dock.
Seating further reflects Bennington’s style. Forward, the parallel lounges feature comfort-oriented pillow tops, diamond-pattern accent stitching detail in the lumbar region, and forward-facing backrests with fold-down armrests to please those longing to stretch out. The stowage below is roto-molded, hence low maintenance, with gutters and drains to keep water at bay and contents dry. Step through the center windshield walk-through and find matching Pure Comfort high-back seats behind the helm and port consoles. The captain’s seat features an adjustable-height pedestal, while the port console offers up a granite-look countertop. Continue aft and you’ll enter a more private area, with dual, stern-facing deluxe lounge seats, ringed by a minimal, streamlined stainless-steel rail — a touch of elegance that won’t block your view.
Crank the wheel at speed and you’ll note a lean-in, banking turning style reminiscent of a V-hull’s. That handling is made possible by Bennington’s Elliptical Sport Package (ESP), which adds a 32-inch elliptical-shaped center tube to the existing 25-inch pontoons, along with lifting strakes and performance foils. Power-assist hydraulic steering further enhances the response. With our test boat’s Yamaha F250 outboard, the 2372 planed in 3.5 seconds, passed 30 mph in 6.8 and peaked at 45.1 mph.
*Forward couches, dual captain’s chairs and reclining aft lounges offer premium seating with plush pillow-top upholstery and stylish diamond-pattern accent stitching.
*Dual consoles and a wraparound windscreen deliver some runabout look and feel, additional stowage and protection from the elements for those in the aft cockpit.
*Three-tube Elliptical Sport Package adds larger, 32-inch center pontoon to mimic deadrise and produce V-hull-like handling while underway.
*Yamaha F250 outboard produces top speed in excess of 45 mph.
*Optional blackout trim package and clad sport arch break from the traditional pontoon mold. The arch incorporates an elevated tow point for watersports.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F250
Prop: Yamaha Saltwater Series II 15½” x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 210 lb.
$84,570 (with test power, Elliptical Sport Package)
Bennington Marine Elkhart, Indiana; 888-906-2628; benningtonmarine.com