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2020 Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W

The 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W is a party platform with a spirited ride.

Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W
Jumping on the throttle produced a satisfying rush.Bill Doster

We reached 45-plus-mph top speeds while testing the 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W and zipped from a dead stop to planing in just under 5 seconds—it took a shade over 8 seconds for us to hit 30 mph. It’s a cruiser too; even with the big powerplant, we recorded best economy at a sedate 13 mph, where the Mercury outboard sips 3.7 gph, for a net economy of 3.6 miles per gallon. But even at faster speeds it’s a fuel miser, netting better than 2 mpg at a variety of speeds, as the chart shows. Jumping on the throttle produced a satisfying rush. Likewise, turns were sweeping, not sluggish nor plowing.

Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W bow seating
Up front, two long facing lounges comfortably seat at least three crewmembers on each side.Bill Doster

Avalon designed this platform for family and group outings, and it works well in that capacity. This is a semienclosed runabout-style pontoon, with hearty, curved wraparound windscreens separating the foredeck from the rest of the boat. Up front, two long facing lounges comfortably seat at least three crewmembers on each side, creating a wonderful party pit with plenty of room for everyone. The two-tone upholstered couches feature recessed backrests and footwells to maximize interior space, yet the stowage within these remains capacious.

Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W helm
Behind the consoles, pilot and mate benefit from excellent wind protection and noise minimization.Bill Doster

Behind the consoles, pilot and mate benefit from excellent wind protection and noise minimization. While the skipper has an adjustable captain’s chair, the copilot sits on an inward-facing love seat designed for two riders. Behind this is the aft party pit, which is outfitted with a starboard-side L-shaped lounge that reaches from the back of the driver’s chair all the way around to the port side of the deck. The portside aft deck is serviced by a console featuring a countertop, sink and stainless-steel fridge. All well placed, easily accessed and nicely engineered. Our tester had the optional arch with sun shade—a definite plus in the hot sun.

Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W cockpit
The portside aft deck is serviced by a console featuring a countertop, sink and stainless-steel fridge.Bill Doster

To play on the aft deck, a small door is accessed on the port side; out back there’s ample room to prep for watersports or just hang out and swim. A generous storage locker is nicely concealed behind a fiberglass hatch. The transom engine mounting, rigging, boarding ladder and ski tow are integrated and well presented.

High Points

⋅Super-quiet ride; no rattles or bumps, coupled with low engine noise from the big Mercury FourStroke, makes moderate-level conversation easy even at cruising speed.

⋅Ski tow and boarding ladder are beautifully built and aesthetically pleasing as functional additions to the aft deck.

⋅Deck layout helps create great gatherings—all together or in three separate groups.

Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W performance data
Avalon 2585 Catalina Platinum EL-W Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 28′6″

Beam: 12′6″

Draft: 1′6″

Dry Weight: 3,400 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 16/2,230 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 58 gal.

Price: $114,169

How We Tested

Engine: Mercury 300 FourStroke

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 14″ x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 43 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

More Information

Avalon Pontoon Boats - Alma, Michigan; 800-334-2913; avalonpontoons.com