SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

The SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS features good handling and abundant seating.

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

LOA: 25'10"
Beam: 8'6"
Dry Weight: 2,550 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/2,390 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 30 gal.

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

SunChaser Classic 8524 CrS

Outfitted with a 250 hp Suzuki SS outboard and optional third tube, SunChaser’s Classic 8524 CrS may have cruise (CrS) in its name, but speed is definitely in its soul. Its center 25-inch tube features performance strakes on both sides to complement the interior strakes on each similarly sized outer tube. Jamming the throttle forward, we noted a planing time of 2.5 seconds, passed 30 mph in a quick 5.7, and recorded a top speed of 46.5 mph. These are numbers many fiberglass V-hulls fail to achieve. The optional SeaStar hydraulic steering offered good control when cranking the wheel over. That combination of power and handling makes the boat fun outright, but also a good candidate for skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. To that end an optional stainless-steel ski tow arch that raises the tow line over the outboard makes sense, as does our test boat’s optional vinyl floor and aft “sea weave” platform covering. Unlike carpet, these won’t get soggy, and will arguably look better over long-term use.

New for 2014 is a 30-inch-deep bow platform, along with textured vinyl on all interior seating. That seating is in abundance, with benches lining nearly every inch of the perimeter save for three boarding gates. Forward, it’s composed of matching 4-foot-8-inch-long lounges. The starboard seat has a forward-facing backrest. Both feature single-hinge cushions, which open into the cockpit to reveal storage below. Tubs are rimmed with gutters to keep water at bay; integrated drain holes channel it out and below the perimeter fencing. A pop-up changing room opens into the portside entry. Aft, two separate lounges line the port and starboard sides. Both have rear-facing backrests but also wrap around against the stern fence to allow passengers to face forward as well. That makes possible stretching out or packing in a crew around the removable pedestal-mount table.

A final noteworthy option is the executive helm. The fiberglass console is raised 2 inches, offering increased visibility over forward passengers, and it includes a stylish tilt wheel and platform lighting.

Buyer's Spotlight
*Upgrades for 2014 include a 30-inch-deep bow platform and textured vinyl on all interior seating.
*Parallel aft lounges offer aft-facing backrests to pack in passengers, or to let a pair stretch out and relax.
*Optional third tube allows greater horsepower and results in a performance-oriented ride.

Specs
LOA: 25'10"
Beam: 8'6"
Dry Weight: 2,550 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/2,390 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 30 gal.

How We Tested
Engine: Suzuki 250SS
Prop: Suzuki 16" x 17"
Gear Ratio: 2.08:1
Fuel Load: 30 gal.
Crew Weight: 365 lb.

Price
$40,034 (with test power)

Contact
SunChaser
New Paris, Indiana; 866-766-9698; sunchaserboats.com