January 14, 2013
Boat Test Monday: Hampton 2485 RL
Brady L. Kay
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It’s not hard to figure out why the
We first got our hands on a
The three-tone tan, black and white soft-touch vinyl seats give it a high-end look that is extremely inviting and has a comfortable look to it. And the good news is the seating is as comfortable as it looks with excellent leg and lumbar support. Besides the nice rear loungers in the stern, there are three chaise lounges as well that are all equally comfortable. You could even make a strong case as to why the helm seat—that slides, swivels and reclines—is just as comfortable as any of the five lounges onboard.
For the captain is an attractive fiberglass helm station with a vinyl wrap, and the dash console includes easy-to-read gauges, a Jensen stereo and there is even a little door-less spot with a 12-volt and MP3 ports. A depth finder might be a nice addition to consider, but as-is, this dash is ready to go.
Added touches like the padded gates and walls and the 22-ounce
Two 25-inch diameter chambered pontoons are the base of this 24-footer. We especially like the double splash fins on the nosecones that add durability and longevity to this boat. The heavy-duty C-channel cross-members are bolted to the one-piece plywood deck and are on 12-inch centers overall.
Above deck there is nearly 15 feet of usable space from inside the bow gate to the rear bench. Overall the craftsmanship earned high marks as well as the overall layout design that is safe and family-friendly.
To truly appreciate the performance capabilities, you need a little more power than what the Yamaha 60hp can offer. But realistically we were pleasantly surprised by just how well this little four-stroke did. She tops out close to 20 mph and the turns are nice and flat. She handles well and is quite responsive with this engine package. True, it was built for chill’n, but a little more power could come in handy.
The performance score drags down the overall Shootout rating
a little, but what’s important is the quality construction, family-friendly
layout and the overall great value this