As boat prices climb, one brand is bending the curve downward. Reflex America imports components from Reflex, New Zealand, and then assembles its boats in Southern California. The 24-foot-10-inch Reflex Reefrunner starts at $84,900.
The Reefrunner performed well with a single 200 hp Mercury V-6 FourStroke outboard. Top speed was 41.5 mph, and it posted outstanding fuel economy—3.73 mpg at 4,000 rpm and 27.6 mph. Hydraulic steering made handling easy as we carved turns at speed. The deep-V hull sliced smoothly through choppy waters.
Interior and Accessories
This model features a quasi-pilothouse with a full-height tempered-glass windshield and sliding side windows, plus a cuddy cabin with a pair of 7-foot-long berths, portlight hatch and portable marine toilet. The hardtop features a manually operated shade extension for the cockpit, an overhead hatch, and a row of six rod holders.
The helm on the starboard-side features an adjustable pedestal-mounted bucket seat, and a 23-inch-wide helm panel with a pair of Simrad GO7 combo displays, Mercury VesselView 403 display, Fusion Apollo stereo control head (controlling a pair of Fusion marine speakers) and Icom M220 VHF radio—all as standard. A companion bucket seat resides to port, facing the pocket door to the cuddy cabin.
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The cockpit features an aft-facing seat on the forward port side, plus a foldout transom bench seat, transom livewell, ski pylon, removable cutting board, and undergunwale rod racks. Hatches in the aft area allow inspection of bilge rigging, and snap-in cockpit carpeting is also standard.
Step through the passage-way on the port side of the transom and deploy the telescoping stainless-steel boarding ladder to take a dip. To drop and retrieve the anchor, the Reefrunner uses a stainless-steel drum winch inside the anchor locker. The rode feeds over a roller on the integral pulpit. A stainless-steel rail wraps around the bow for safety when going forward.
How We Tested
- Engine: Single Mercury 200 hp V-6 FourStroke
- Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 15″ x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel
- Gear Ratio: 1.85:1 Fuel Load: 50 gal. Crew Weight: 590 lb.
- Suggested retail price is not likely to deliver sticker shock.
- Double 7-foot-long cabin berths are well-suited to overnighting.
- Enclosed helm area will keep you dry and comfortable.
- Walkways along the side to the bow are narrow, but handrails on the hardtop offer places to hold on.
- Windshield wipers are an option you should order for a better forward view when taking spray.
The Striper 230 Walkaround OB with the Alaska Package ($87,868 with a Mercury 200 Verado and similar electronics) offers comparable pilothouse helm protection and overnighting accommodations. Though about 2 feet shorter, it features a higher prow, greater fuel capacity, and easier access to the bow area.
Pricing and Specs
|Price:||$84,900 (base with single Mercury 200 hp V-6 FourStroke outboard)|
|Displacement:||3,000 lb. (without power)|
|Transom Deadrise:||20 degrees|
|Fuel Capacity:||70 gal.|
|Available Power:||Single or twin Mercury outboards up to 300 hp total|
Speed, Efficiency, Operation
Reflex America – Chino, California; 909-334-2214; reflex-america.com