I started liking the Release 301 RX seconds after throttling up. It transitioned to plane easily, without loss of sightlines. More, I coaxed it to stay on plane at just 12.1 mph. Two great attributes.
Of course, discerning boat buyers seek more than just a good ride. Take, for instance, the 301 RX’s wood-free construction with fiberglass stringer system and hand-laid hull. Rigging exceeded my every expectation, with neat, well-supported wiring and plumbing consisting of quality hoses, double clamps, and pumps located for easy service.
Comfort and style? The helm seat featured two-tone, pebbled vinyl, folding armrests and footrests, and a commanding view for the captain and mate. A handy catch-all tops the helm, and switches, instrumentation, and big-screen, flush-mount electronics exist in ergonomic splendor. Overhead, the T-top’s brawny pipework refused to wrack or shake underway and also boasted an underside colored to match the hull. (A variety of hull colors are available.)
Inside the console hides a standard electric head plumbed to a holding tank, one of many niceties that populate the 301 RX’s long standard-equipment list. It’s a bright, glossy, gelcoated space with an opening port for ventilation and a nice, handy vanity and sink.
Read Next: Check out our test of the Release 301 RXS…the sistership with forward seating in the bow
On deck, there’s a fold-down transom bench, both fresh- and saltwater washdowns, a generous swim platform with room to walk across the boat in front of the engines, a transom door and a swim ladder. The RXS version of this boat comes with V-seating in the bow.
Fishing? The Release 301 RX offers a standard 43-gallon livewell with a blue-painted interior to keep bait calm. Ten gunwale-mounted rod holders come standard, as does undergunwale racks for four rods per side, and a trio of in-sole fish boxes totaling 321 quarts of insulated stowage. The recessed bow rail and six standard pop-up cleats, while not fishing equipment, per se, enhance fishability by allowing for a rod to be held lower while in the bow, minimizing line snags.
The best advice? See your local dealer, where you can run and inspect the boats for yourself.
- Easy-planing boats make softer work of rough seas.
- Incredible number of standards, some true niceties and a great price.
- Open a hatch, and you’ll find it finished on both sides.
- Compared to glass, the Plexiglas windshield is fine for a few years, but eventually crazes and becomes an aesthetic, if not functional, eyesore.
- We wish the nicely upholstered coaming pads had grommets installed on the undersides to allow water to drain from within.
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Price: $176,090 (base with twin F300 Yamahas)
Available Power: Outboard
How We Tested
Engine: Twin 300 hp Yamaha F300 outboards
Drive/Prop: Outboard/SWS 15 1/4″ x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 85 gal.
Water on Board: 0 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Release Boats – Opa Locka, Florida; 305-953-9335; releaseboats.com