With a modest bow flare, single-step hull and integrated engine bracket, the FX25 offers a sleek, clean profile, and is capable of deepwater performance. The wide beam and 22-inch cockpit freeboard ensures stability. Our test boat was rigged with a 300 hp Mercury Verado four-stroke mounted on an Atlas hydraulic jack plate. The boat accelerated quickly with very little bow rise, ensuring good operating visibility. Handling was smooth and responsive, thanks to the Verado power steering. With the optional fiberglass hardtop and trolling-motor package (three Interstate batteries, charger and Minn Kota 101 iPilot), we registered a real-world speed of almost 51 mph. In factory tests with the 300 Verado, the FX25 hit 57.2 mph wide open while with the Mercury Verado ProXS 250, the wide-open-throttle speed was 56.4 mph while burning 28 gallons per hour.