Skeeter, a Yamaha boat company and leading builder of performance fishing boats, has been building boats since 1948. It has received 18 consecutive NMMA CSI Customer Satisfaction Index awards, and its boats are certified to meet US Coast Guard, NMMA, and American Boat and Yacht Council standards.
At 24 feet, 6 inches, the new SX2550 is the largest in Skeeter’s SX bay-boat family, an inshore/offshore boat with the high-performance features trailblazed by its siblings. It boasts plenty of space (top concern to 73 percent of bay-boat survey respondents), a powerful ride, and family-friendly fishability.
The brand-new boat comes in Family and Fishing -packages. Rest assured: You can have plenty of family fun in the Fish model, and do plenty of fishing from the Family package. They’re just tweaked a bit more in their respective directions.
Here’s what the two models share: Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboard power; a larger, taller oversize console with full-size side entry door; space enough to accommodate a portable toilet plus serve as a changing room; and within the bow deck a 145-quart fish box with macerator, and aft a 43-gallon livewell. A three-position step converts from step to deck extension to table, as you like. Fore and aft seat pedestals are also standard.
Four gunwale-mounted rod holders meet or exceed expectations of 53 percent of offshore-fishing-of-bay-boats -respondents, 72 percent of inshore. Counting those on the leaning post, there are nine vertical rod holders. The SX2550 also features a 12-inch manual jack plate, built-in LED lighting, trim tabs, and raw-water washdown. Tall gunwales and a Carolina flare hull add a distinctive look and create a smooth, dry ride. Both models include stowable rear jump seats and removable rear deck backrest and cushion to seat up to four.
The SX2550 Family comes standard with a two-tone Omni hardtop, Fusion audio with four speakers, leaning-post baitwell, bow handrails, Omni swim platform, aft underwater accent lights, and freshwater washdown. It also features removable bow deck cushions.