Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition

The Scarab 255 Impulse is a luxurious and watersports- and family-friendly boat.

Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition
LOA: 25'0" | Beam: 8.4" | Dry Weight: 3,660 lb. | Seating/Weight Capacity: 13/2,100 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 56 gal. | More Information: scarabjetboats.comScarab Jet Boats

Scarab has meant performance boating for decades, and that DNA is present in the 255 Impulse Wake Edition with a new spin: It’s surfable, as Wakeboarding magazine’s Emily Dale proved in our recent test.

Dale liked the wave at 10.2 mph, and we held that easily using the touch-panel speed control complete with multiple ­rider profiles. With her speed logged into the system, we topped off the ballast at 1,200 pounds, grabbed a few extra passengers, and hit the throttle. Dale tucked into the wake for a sporty ride — her first on a jet-powered boat, which keeps the impellers within the hull, away from rider contact.

Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition
Scarab 255 Impulse Wake EditionScarab Jet Boats

Jet pumps push this boat forward, and crew and ballast drive it down, making a sizable hole in the water that pushes up a big wake as the water returns to fill it.

The touchscreen is like a head-up ­display and gives touch control to engine systems, stereo and more. Throttle control is enhanced by an industry-first Intelligent Neutral and Reverse (iNR) system. Bump up the throttle settings or drop them back at the tap of a button. You can customize the amount of touch adjustment you want, from approximately 1 millimeter of ­throttle travel to about 15 millimeters. Five millimeters of travel gives an approximately 1 mph adjustment.

Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition
Scarab 255 Impulse Wake EditionScarab Jet Boats

A central transom walkway gives a convenient path to the cockpit that can be shaded with a fixed Bimini top under the wakeboard arch. You’ll have a big spectator crowd inside, since the cockpit and bow seat a massive 13-man crew. There is plenty of comfort in the port and starboard ­L-shaped lounges as well. Need more seating on the transom and less in the cockpit? Flip the seat backs forward and the swim-deck seating opens up for casual reclining while at anchor. The seating and wide-open deck plan make for easy passage from bow to stern, even with heavy loads.

Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition
Scarab 255 Impulse Wake EditionScarab Jet Boats

The upholstery of Scarab’s spacious cockpit and foredeck seating plan is sports-car firm, with enough flex to soften bumpy waters. That’s important on bigger lakes and impoundments throughout the Midwest. It’s good-looking too, with ­multiple colors and textures of vinyl to complement the exterior finish.

The Scarab 255 Impulse is luxury and watersports- and family-friendly all at once.

Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition
Scarab 255 Impulse Wake EditionScarab Jet Boats

High Points
* MarineMat decking on the platform give style and convenience for booting up for a ride.
* Head compartment is more spacious than in some boats with more length and beam.
* Touchscreen display is unusually bright in full sunlight.

Price: $70,569 (base with test power)

Scarab 255 Impulse Wake Edition
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How We Tested
Engine: Twin Rotax water jets 250 hp
Impeller: Stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.00:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 550 lb.

More Information
Scarab Jet Boats - Cadillac, Michigan; 231-775-1351; scarabjetboats.com