When it comes to interior design, Bennington designers frequently think outside the box. The 2575 QSD mixes up standard pontoon seating by featuring a starboard dinette and portside galley in the boat’s aft third. The dinette features a generously sized granite-style table with perimeter lighting, four cup holders and three cushy reclining seats. Spin around the matching captain’s chair and you’ll add a fourth to the party. Several more can join in on the padded aft bench. Kick up your feet on the movable ottoman cooler. To port, the bilevel galley adds yet more counter space, a freshwater sink, storage and a trio of wine-bottle holders. Our test boat was even optioned to include a refrigerator, guaranteeing you’ve got all the important bases covered when it comes to entertaining.
Equally luxurious is the more conventional seating found forward. Here, pillow-top upholstery and a classy diamond-pattern lumbar region highlight both port and starboard lounge. Raise the seat bases to reveal stowage in the roto-molded bases below. Welcome gutters and drains promise the contents will stay dry, whether from an end-of-ride washdown or unexpected shower. At the stylish fiberglass helm, the captain will enjoy matte finish “espresso teak” accents and backlit aluminum gauges, in addition to the Bluetooth-equipped Sony stereo. More stowage is found below. Our test boat, outfitted with an optional center tube, also featured an enormous in-floor ski locker.
That center tube is part of Bennington’s Elliptical Sport Package (ESP), designed for high-horsepower applications. ESP features a dramatic difference in tube size, balancing the 25-inch-diameter outer tubes with a 32-inch elliptical center pontoon to give the boat a V-hull-like ride. Add SeaStar hydraulic steering and an underdeck wave shield, and you’ve got a boat that planes immediately, carves an aggressive corner and, with an Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC outboard, hits 30 mph in 7.1 seconds. Top speed? An impressive 47.1 mph.
*The large table is surrounded by high-back chairs rather than bar stools and padded footrests.
*Portside galley adds freshwater sink, storage and bilevel counter space, with an option for an onboard fridge.
*Forward lounges invite stretching out or beckon for a party. Roto-molded stowage resides below.
*Helm features “espresso teak” accents, backlit aluminum gauges and Bluetooth-equipped Sony stereo.
*Elliptical Sport Package (ESP) delivers the handling of a V-hull as well as an expansive in-floor ski locker.
*Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC motor produces a top speed over 47 mph.
How We Tested
Engine: Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC
Prop: Rebel 15¾” x 18″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 35 gal.
Crew Weight: 150 lb.
$76,107 (with test power, Elliptical Sport Package)
Bennington Marine Elkhart, Indiana; 888-906-2628; benningtonmarine.com