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2020 Scarab 285

The 285 creates a wake riders will enjoy.

Scarab hits a homer with its new 285. First, the Rotax propulsion gives this 28-footer an exciting top speed. Second, with the optional surf package, it will create a wake riders will enjoy; third, it’s styled in a crisp way that borrows from techy new automobiles.

Scarab 285 running shot
Scarab’s Surf Stream Wake Enhancement shapes the waves.Courtesy Scarab Jet

The techiest part is the touchscreen display oriented in a head-up position like an Audi Q7. One tap gives you the skier profile page, offering five presets for your favorite riders. Another gives you a visual image of fuel burn so that you can tailor the ride for optimal mileage. Another offers cruise control and another desensitizes the throttle for easier docking. Add audio control and other cool features, and this display sets the tone for an exciting skipper experience. Styling of the dash and console is heavily trimmed in billet aluminum on items such as grab handles, switch panels, a glove-box door and more. Even the passenger has a touchscreen panel that gives audio control.

Scarab 285 helm
The techiest part is the touchscreen display oriented in a head-up position like an Audi Q7.Courtesy Scarab Jet

Seatbacks for the captain and mate flip forward for an aft reclining position to join wraparound seating interrupted only by a starboard-side transom walkthrough. Front seat bolsters flip up for a better view. The platform is wide and low to the water thanks to the position of the engines deep in the hull with jets—not props—extending toward the trailing edge. Rope lockers keep wet gear secure until everything can be hung to dry in port.

Scarab 285 bow seating
The bow seating is wide with forward-facing lounges that join beam-to-beam seating, that faces aft.Courtesy Scarab Jet

It might be the bow seating that gives the 285 its most remarkable features. First, the seating is wide with forward-facing lounges that join beam-to-beam seating, that faces aft.

A filler cushion or cocktail table adds options for enjoying the area. The trick to the forward seating, however, is the portside entry to the head compartment. Instead of swinging the console inward toward the front passenger seat, that side of the console is fixed; rather, the port seat forward of the console raises like a sports car’s gull-wing door to give generous access to a spacious head compartment.

Scarab 285 cockpit
Seatbacks for the captain and mate flip forward for an aft reclining position to join wraparound seating.Courtesy Scarab Jet

All this wouldn’t matter a bit if it didn’t have performance to match. And it certainly did.

High Points

⋅A surf package on the 285 includes ballast and Scarab’s Surf Stream Wake Enhancement to shape the waves.

⋅The touchscreen systems panel efficiently serves up control of skier profiles, docking mode, cruise control and audio systems among others.

Scarab 285 performance data
Scarab 285 Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 28′0″

Beam: 9′2″

Draft (max): 1′8″

Dry Weight: 5,750 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified

Fuel Capacity: 98 gal.

Price: $109,327 (with Twin 250 Rotax)

How We Tested

Engine: Dual Rotax 300 jets

Drive/Impeller: Jet pumps/3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1:1

Fuel Load: 70 gal.

Crew Weight: 250 lb.

More Information

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