There’s no shortage of creature comforts either. Both the operator and companion will enjoy the ride at the console leaning post, and a bow coaming and cushion package is available for those lazy summer days with the family. The optional rugged folding transom bench seat stows easily, yet can be quickly removed to gain access to pumps and the bilge. For night fishing or dinner at a waterfront restaurant, LED deck lights add illumination. Extra gear will stow with room to spare in the large bow compartment, while the massive anchor locker can hold a Danforth anchor, rode and dock lines to match any anchoring challenge.
The just-the-right-size console offers plenty of room for the largest displays without being an obstacle. Garmin electronics packages can be factory installed. A convenient glove box with an iPod jack and quick access to the trim tabs, gauges, and electrical switches make operating this boat easy.
Like its predecessors, the FX25 is solidly built with hand-laid biaxial fiberglass. The hull sides are cored to reduce weight without sacrificing strength. All hatches are compression molded with a smooth interior finish, and quality components are used throughout, such as bronze seacocks, cast stainless-steel hardware and resettable circuit breakers. Wiring harnesses and plumbing are neatly organized and labeled, always a sure sign of attention to detail. Our test boat was smartly finished in black gelcoat with matching hardtop, with several other hull colors and combinations also available.
If you’re unfamiliar with Sea Born, get ready to be pleasantly surprised by the brand’s quality, value and overall fishability. And if you also happen to be shopping for a multifaceted fishing machine, give the FX25 a long look. After all, it’s much more than just a bay boat.
Transom deadrise: 17 degrees
Fuel: 75 gal.
Weight: 2,600 lb.
Max hp: 300
Base price: $66,107 with hardtop and 300 hp Mercury Verado
Sea Born Boats: 912-449-0033 • seabornboats.com