Ever since the first 13-foot molded-plywood Skeeter bass boat was built in 1948, the company has led the boating industry in innovation. Now a Yamaha brand, it continues to build performance fishing boats.
Skeeter has received 19 consecutive awards for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for Fiberglass Outboard Boats.
The Skeeter name? That’s from the early days, when the original Skeeter’s nose was long and needle-shaped, like the snout of a mosquito.
Skeeter SX2550 Fish
The Skeeter SX2550, largest of its bay-boat family, is an inshore/offshore boat that carries to the bluewater high-performance features of its smaller sibling. Its wide flare and tall gunwales add a distinctive look and create a smooth, dry ride.
The Skeeter SX2550 comes in Family and Fishing versions. Both versions are powered by a Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboard engine. The console is taller and larger than the other SX boats in its lineup, and a side door opens to a first-for-Skeeter space large enough to house a portable toilet, serve as a changing room, or provide additional storage options.
In the forward deck is a 145-quart fish box with macerator. In the bow, a three-position table converts from a step to a casting deck or for entertaining, and the family version uses pads to make it a sun deck, to match the moment’s need. Horizontal rod tubes and in-gunwale storage hold more than the six rods that satisfy 53 percent of bay-boat anglers. The midship washdown system is handy to both ends of the boat.
Four gunwale-mounted rod/cup holders meet or exceed expectations, and there are nine vertical rod holders. A manual jack plate tunes the ride based on owner’s use, and an optional hydraulic plate makes the SX2550 skinny-water-ready. Aft jump seats flank a generous 43-gallon livewell. The rear-seat backrests fold down to complete the rear casting deck.
The Fish model’s deluxe leaning post has a fixed backrest and bolster seating. Fishing-oriented options include trolling motor, shallow-water anchors, navigation electronics and pedestal fishing seats. The Family package includes a stylish hardtop, front-seat cushions and stereo.
Survey Says: On Target
- Family/fish friendly and tournament-fishable
- Visit website for all standard features
- Quality—very durable and dependable
- Whether you’re after performance fishing or a daily dayboat, this is your boat
- Built by saltwater anglers, for saltwater anglers
- A Skeeter is designed to be as durable in tough conditions as you are
- “Smooth ride, great usable space”
Fuel Capacity: 76 gal.
Dry Weight: 3,360 lb. plus power
Max HP: 300