Performance during our sea trial proved strong. Powered by a Mercury 150 hp four-stroke, it’s a stout performer — reaching 30 mph from a dead stop in a mere 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 35 mph at 5,800 rpm. That’s a powerful showing for a 150, and it demonstrates the efficiency of the Bennington 25-inch-diameter pontoon configuration. Like most pontoon hulls, the SX 24 planed quickly with minimal bow rise on its way to achieving its most economical cruise speed right around 15 mph and 3,000 rpm, where the Mercury drank its 87-octane fuel at 3.2 gph and 4.8 mpg. With a compact 24-gallon fuel tank, this boat’s range at this speed is slightly over 104 miles with a 10 percent reserve. Handling is solid at any speed; even at hard full-lock wheel over, the propeller doesn’t lose grip, and the boat does not lean excessively while turning.