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Skeeter SX2550: 2020 Boat Buyers Guide

The SX2550 boasts plenty of space, a powerful ride, and family-friendly fishability.

Skeeter SX2550 running shot
LOA: 24'6" | Beam: 8'5" | Fuel Capacity: 76 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,660 lb. plus power | Max HP: 300 | Certifications: NMMASkeeter Boats

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.

Skeeter SX2550

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.

Skeeter SX2550 bow seating
The Family edition ­seating includes a ­removable ­cocktail table.Skeeter Boats

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.

The Fish package offers a deluxe coastal white leaning post with fixed backrest and 80 quart Engel cooler underneath. Lifted forward, these seats create extra storage compartments.

Survey Says: On Target

⋅Rod holders meet or exceed expectations

⋅Forward seating meets/exceeds expectations

Owners Say

⋅Runs in skinny water

⋅Comfortable for four to five people to fish

⋅Great ride

⋅Lots of walk-around space

Brand Says

⋅Performance fishing or a family dayboat, this is your boat

⋅High-performance features signature to Skeeter’s top-quality bay boats

⋅Quick, comfortable, convenient

More Info: skeeterboats.com