You’ll want to stow the seating pads in the cellar in order to access the three fish lockers underneath (a pair of 40-gallon compartments and a 50-gallon one) when fishing, as well as when stepping up to man the anchor. The R302 features an electric windlass, stainless-steel anchor roller, roomy anchor locker, and freshwater washdown to rinse the anchor. A recessed stainless-steel bow rail offers an extra measure of safety when going forward.
Powered by twin F300s, the Kevlar-reinforced hull jumped to plane in 4 seconds and reached 30 mph in 7 seconds, en route to a top speed of 54.5 mph at 5,700 rpm. The ride was gentle in the afternoon chop, and handling at high speeds proved smooth and predictable. The most efficient cruising speed occurred at 3,000 rpm, where the R302 posted 1.8 mpg at 25 mph, burning 13.6 gph.