Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Lund’s 2025 Impact XS Sport is a brand new model for 2017 as is its sibling 2025 Impact. The XS Sport variation is part of the five series of Lund’s Fish and Sport category whereas the Impact models (without the “XS” suffixes) form part of the eleven series within Lund’s Core Fishing category.
In other words, the Impact XS series includes standard equipment and available options to not only be a hard core fishing machine but to include amenities that allow it to double as a family cruising and watersports boat. But make no mistake, either way you slice it, an Impact model is truly a serious fishing machine equipped for serious fishing by serious anglers.
Virtually every cubic foot of interior space is most judiciously dedicated to the task at hand – fishing. The protectively high three-piece walk-thru curved sided windshield is mounted on the twin matching molded helm and passenger consoles each with extended side wings which match the windshield curve.
This console side wing on the driver’s side facilitates the mounting of the optional Humminbird Helix 7 or Lowrance Hook 5 or Hook 7 graphic fishfinders virtually at eye level. Tilt hydraulic steering is standard as are Mercury analog gauges. These may be upgraded to Merc SmartCraft gauges. The molded passenger console features a large locking glove box with knick-knack tray above, built-in drink holder, plus a molded-in package tray.
Four standard Lund folding swivel seats are provided with the 2025 Impact XS Sport with the driver’s seat with a slider on a fixed pedestal mount. The remaining three fishing seats within the cockpit have removable pedestals which can utilize the additional two floor bases provided – one on the bow and the other on the stern casting platforms. These pedestals and seats may of course be upgraded with ProRide seats and/or AirRide pedestals.
Both dedicated and general storage compartments are to be found throughout this boat. In the forward bow beneath the pre-wired trolling motor platform is storage with a closing front panel. At the front of the starboard side bow casting platform is an in-floor locker with a larger one almost filling the in-floor port side. Between the helm consoles extending forward, an in-floor lockable compartment provides twelve tubes for rod storage. Beneath the passenger console is a large storage drawer.
More lockable rod storage compartments are found within both cockpit gunnels. Beneath each of the folding flip-up stern seats is more storage. The carpeted backs of these seats fold down flush to become part of the raised stern casting platform. Centred within this stern platform is a standard aerated 24-gallon livewell with autotimer. A similar 11-gallon livewell is standard within the bow platform
Carpeting covers the bow and stern platforms and hull sides while vinyl covers the cockpit floor. Six hullside colour choices are available. A concealed four-step telescoping stainless steel boarding ladder is standard. A waterski pylon mounting base is provided within the stern platform but the pylon itself is an option. Stainless steel retractable mooring cleats are also standard.
Lund’s Dual Trak gunwale accessory mounting system complete with two Sport Trak accessory brackets come standard to allow you to add a myriad of available Sport Trak accessory aids or simply choose the handy Sport Trak Accessory Package option. Notable additional standard equipment includes a tandem axle swing-tongue black painted Shoreland’r bunk trailer with brakes and tongue jack.
Lund offers to pre-rig your boat with a Mercury outboard with 150, 175, or 200 horsepower or to pre-rig it for a Honda outboard without supplying the motor. Lund claims 52 mph with the 200 horsepower motor. You may choose from several Minnkota or one MotorGuide trolling motors and/or two Mercury or one Honda kicker motors. You have five choices of Premium Edition or Raised Chrome hull graphics and canvas choices including a bimini top, complete sport top enclosure set, and a travel cover.
There are several regular and premium stereo choices, two and three-bank battery chargers, a comfort package, bow cushion set with backrests, bow cargo netting, a luxury package, snap-in carpet or mat, tackle trays, livewell upgrades, a washdown system, flooring options, plus trailer upgrades.
Lund says its Impact XS, “Is the perfect fishing boat that can double as a recreational boat for the family.”
|Dry weight:||1,685 lbs Boat Only||764 kg Boat Only|
|Fuel Capacity:||44 US gals||167 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|