Sylvan rigged the L-3 DLZ to go, and, boy, did it! With the 250 hp Evinrude G2 for power, it leaped from a standing start to 30 mph in just 6 seconds. Top speed was nearly 45 mph at just under 6,000 rpm. It delivers an old-school feel, with that good throaty two-stroke growl. Sound levels, however, didn’t get elevated until after about 4,000 rpm; at most economical cruise speed (21 mph, 3,500 rpm, 3.2 mpg) we recorded just 72 decibels—quiet enough for conversation.
This Sylvan is an excellent multipurpose rig and it’s stylish with new exterior fencing and décor for 2020. For cruising and partying, a set of short lounges in the bow face each other and will fit a couple of people each. The new Ultra Soft vinyl upholstery proved comfortable and supportive, with recessed rotocast plastic bases underneath.
Deep insets—aka toe-kicks—allow more room in the cockpit, and don’t cut into under-seat storage too much. Storage abounds on the DLZ; the optional SPX Package with optional in-floor storage and teak weave floor covering gives a modern look and easy clean up when the day’s over.
Amidships, the driver’s console is not raised and features a low, sculpted Lexan windscreen. A simple dash layout features Evinrude’s combination electronic instruments—which have a classic analog look, but offer every engine parameter one needs in LCD-digital presentation. A brow or sun shield over the gauges would make them easier to read.
A Humminbird Helix 5 LCD graph fits well in the dash center. A Kicker stereo and cellphone-storage pocket complete the helm. Dual captain and co-captain chairs provide a stable navigation station for the skipper and mate.
Behind the cockpit is a nicely done multiposition couch lounger, which can be converted from a forward-facing two-person couch to a rear-facing lounge with a multiposition backrest. Neat.
Abaft, a stainless-steel perimeter fence keeps everyone safely inside while under way and provides easy access to the stern deck for watersports. A matching ski tow and boarding ladder add utility and clean style to the Sylvan’s look.