The 25 GSBA we tested sported a humongous and growl-like 350 hp Yamaha V-8 for power, and it announced its presence with authority. With max speed just topping 50 mph at 6,350 rpm, the Yamaha pushed the big 25 GSBA around with ease. Best cruise was achieved at a sedate 17.4 mph and 2,500 rpm, where 3.6 mpg was recorded. That big V-8 is thirsty, though; at most any other speed level, mpg was in the 2s, not 3s. For those needing low-end grunt, this is your ride; we ripped zero to 30 multiple times in a consistent 5.4 seconds, enough to beat more than a few bass and speed hulls out of the hole. Our tester had optional power-assist hydraulic steering to keep that big Yam tightly harnessed with little effort at the wheel.
Typical Bennington quality abounds throughout. The attention to detail starts at the bow with stylized corner lights, continues through the black powder-coated bow entryway door, and is showcased in the clean arrangement of underseat cushion storage and dual-action seat hinges, as well as nicely routed wiring and rigging under the driver’s console. The seat stitching is even and tight, and the upholstery is firmly pulled and attached with no sags or bellies in the vinyl.
Long, deep and cushy facing loungers adorn the bow section. The consoles are set back quite a bit from the bow; of course, this limits room in the stern, but it affords better fore-aft hull balance and gives the bow seating section a huge footprint. The driver’s console is a swept, curved fiberglass station with plenty more storage underneath; the dash is simply arranged, but all the vital information is there in analog instruments, along with a digital Kicker sound system.
Abaft, an aircraft-size rear lounge seat is fitted with a reversible backrest, making relaxing easy whether at the party inside the cockpit or out on the water. The seating surface hinges up to reveal a changing station as well as battery and wiring access. At the transom, Bennington shows it knows how to rig and route wiring and hoses to the Yamaha outboard; it’s all a neat and clean affair.
* Big size and open layout make this Bennington a true family truckster; the “yuge” Yamaha V-8 outboard gives the push for all that party space.
* Gorgeously stitched Tuscan Dune and Perforated Firecracker color combination applied to the interior seating makes for a truly plush party environment.
Price: $117,456 (as tested)
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F350 V-8 four-stroke
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series XL 16.25″ x 15″
Gear Ratio: 1.73:1
Fuel Load: 26 gal.
Crew Weight: 375 lb.
Bennington Pontoons – Elkhart, Indiana; 888-906-2628; benningtonmarine.com