Boat Review by: Matt Spencer
The name Skeeter Boats is synonymous with bass fishing. Since 1948 they have been building industry leading bass boats that are a favourite to both the tournament pro and weekend warrior alike. However their production does not stop there. The company also puts that same quality and craftsmanship into a whole line up of bay boats. I had the chance to get out and spend some time at the Miami Boat Show on the Skeeter SX2250.
The thing about Bass and Bay boats is that they are very similar boats in both their needs and design. You’re essentially fishing the same types of areas the same types of ways - shallow waters with lots of vegetation and casting or sight fishing. Because of this it’s easy for Skeeter to offer up a world class Bay Boat.
Skeeter says the SX2250 is probably their most popular bay boat and after spending some time on it, it’s easy to see why. The SX2250 features an open floor plan, two casting decks and a center console. This is the quintessential bay boat layout and the 2250 is a little deeper than the smaller models in the Skeeter line-up, making it perfect for heading into deeper waters should the need or desire strike.
While the model I tested was displayed with a few options, I was impressed with the features that come standard on this boat to help you get fishing, right out of the box.
Fishermen love their electronics and knowing this, Skeeter makes the Lowrance HDS 9 touch screen graph standard on the 2250. There is lots of space on the console should you wish to either upgrade or add a second unit. You get drink holders, hydraulic steering, a removable windscreen and even 8 rod holders, all at the console and all without having to check a single option box.
The leaning post itself has more rod storage, along with a comfortable seat for longer cruises that has plenty of storage beneath it.
The rear casting deck on the 2250 is quite sizeable and features 4 storage compartments along with a 40 gallon livewell. Should you have a few extra bodies on board and it’s time to go, you can flip up two jump seats out of the deck sole to give you extra seating. There is additional storage found under these seats. That’s what I like about Skeeter’s boats, both bass and bay - there is so much more than what you see on the surface.
Speaking of which, all of the storage compartments are polyurethane rather than fiberglass. Not only does it look better, but poly is stronger and more durable than glass. So should something like a fire extinguisher get loose in your bin, it’s not going to trash it as it bounces around. It’s nice to know that your compartments are going to look good, but hold up to the test of wear and tear also.
The bow deck on the 2250 is spacious, and resembles that of a bass boat. It’s a low profile design with all the hatches and latches flush, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your feet up there, sight casting for big fish.
A unique standout design on the boat deck is these large cutaways in the profile of the storage compartments. Bay fishermen are going to use cast nets for bait. As they toss them out and haul them back into the boat, crud from the ocean will likely accompany the bait. So these channels allow you to take your bait bucket and wash the deck off and the water to drain into the cockpit, and into the bilge. A smart feature that I am sure a pro suggested years ago.
Skeeter has a long history of listening to their pros. The Captain that took me out in the SX2250 in Miami is a long time pro fishermen and guide and he told me about the time he got a call from the Skeeter crew asking “How is the boat, what can we do differently?” Well he mentioned the switches could be a better design, more of a button style to resist salt water. Sure enough the following model year, there was a whole new, more durable switch panel in the boats. Listening and adapting is how you stay successful as a company. But I digress…
Back to the bow deck, there are two storage compartments in the center, rod storage on the port and an insulated fish box to starboard. It’s also worth noting that both the stern and bow livewell (found under the forward console seat) are insulated as well to provide better bait health.
There’s something extra cool about testing a bay boat down at the Miami boat show. In a bay boat you’re more exposed to everything, and as you idle out of the slips and merge into the constant boat traffic you could have a 40 foot offshore in front of you and a 50 foot sport yacht behind you. As we idled out I knew we were in for an extra treat because my Captain had commented on how rough it was out on the water or rather, how “Sporty” it was out. A new one that I had never heard, but immediately was going to adopt.
As we passed under the Rickenbacker Causeway and into the open water, we were hit with high winds and “sporty” waters. Not to be turned away, we put down the throttles and the 2250 was on plane in under 4 seconds. Now even though the SX series is meant to run in shallow water, it still features a deep Vee and it cut through those waves quite impressively. I was expecting to feel pretty scrambled inside but instead the ride was, dare I say, almost pleasant. Even when we hit bigger waves the spray rail along the boat kept the inside dry, and any spray we did encounter was from the wind or as we turned broadside into the waves to turn back to port.
Any boat can run well in protected coves, but the SX2250 is built for those fishermen who want to travel a little farther to chase the trophy, and in the short time I got to spend in it I was confident it could do just that.
|Dry weight:||2,775 lbs||1,259 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||53 US gals||200 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha F200|