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(w/ 2 x 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2)

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Brief Summary

Key Features

  • 10-year hull warranty
  • 35-gallon circulating livewell with light
  • 7' lockable rod storage
  • Fully-insulated cooler under seat
  • Tackle box in console
  • Walk-through transom with door
  • Hydraulic steering with custom wheel and power knob
  • Dual battery system with switch
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 25′ 5″
    7.75 m
    Beam 8′ 5″
    2.57 m
    Dry Weight 3,580 lbs.
    1,624 kg
    Tested Weight 6,124 lbs.
    2778 kg
    Draft 18″
    5.49 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 24°
    Max Headroom Open
    Bridge Clearance
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 178 gal.
    674 L
    Water Capacity 25 gal.
    95 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2
    Opt. Power Not Available
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 5.8 sec.
    0 to 30 5.9 sec.
    Ratio 1.85:1
    Props 2@ R4 15"x18"
    Load 2 persons, 31/32 load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 74 deg.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: light chop

    Captain's Report

    Bluewater 2550 runstar
    A proven hull design for offshore, this Bluewater is a serious tournament fishing machine.

    Overview

    The use of an outboard bracket gives this 25-foot boat the useable cockpit space of a 28-footer. The setback of the engines also enhances the hull’s running characteristics and performance. A large 35-gallon plumbed livewell, insulated fish boxes, and below-deck rod storage are all features that a serious fisherman would be looking for.

    Bluewater 2550 runport
    A 24-degree deadrise at the transom is just about as deep as a hull can go and the sharp entry forward splits the waves, which helps give the boat a smooth ride.

    Power

    Bluewater 2550 runaft
    The max horsepower rating for this boat is 400. Our test boat was powered with a pair of Evinrude E-TEC G2 200-hp 25" shaft outboards, which have a gear ratio of 2.15:1 and were propped with a pair of Evinrude RX4 15” x 18” 3-blade stainless steel propellers. This setup provided an average top speed of 52 mph.

    Bracketed Power

    Bluewater 2550 outboard bracket
    The outboard bracket sets the engines further from the transom, which allows for a higher mounting height. This lessens the drag of the lower units.
    Bluewater 2550 deck space
    Another benefit of the outboard bracket is that the motors don’t encroach into the aft cockpit. This gives the boat the deck space of a much larger craft.
    Bluewater 2550 swim platform
    The outboard bracket doubles as a swim platform and has a built-in receiver for a removable step ladder. We’d like to see an emergency ladder here that is within easy reach, as reaching the one lashed to the transom is problematic.

    Major Features

    • • Outboard bracket

    • • Multi-plex stringer system that’s bonded to the hull while in the mold

    • • Walk through transom door

    • • Fold-up transom seating

    • • Below-deck rod storage

    • • 480-quart fully-lined fish box

    • • Lockable electronics box

    Fishing Features

    Bluewater 2550 necessary features
    To be a serious contender in fishing tournaments, a boat must have the right features. Livewells, fish boxes, and rod storage aren’t optional; they’re a necessity to make it to the winner’s circle.
    Bluewater 2550 transom livewell
    The transom livewell has a 35-gallon capacity with LED lighting. To port is a bait prep sink.
    Bluewater 2550 insulated fish box
    Built into the bow deck is an insulated 480-quart fully-lined fish box. Four elevated rod holders secure your combos when not in use.
    Bluewater 2550 insulated boxes
    Flanking both sides of the large insulated bow fish box are a pair of smaller insulated boxes.
    Bluewater 2550 additional insulated fish boxes
    Two additional insulated fish boxes are in the stern cockpit sole.
    Bluewater 2550 horizontal rod holders
    Under the port and starboard gunnels are horizontal rod holders that can hold up to three combos per side.

    Center Console

    Bluewater 2550 console
    The layout of the center console is all business. It’s large enough to include more than just the steering and controls, but not so big that it overpowers the boat or takes up too much deck space. We like the angle of the throttle and shift controls, which are ergonomic and better than some we’ve seen, and the compass is properly mounted on the centerline of the steering wheel. We’d like to see high fiddles on the top of the console so we could store stuff there, such as a cell phone or handheld VHF radio.
    Bluewater 2550 large flat dash
    A large flat dash can hold two electronic displays. The storage compartment keeps personal gear like cell phones close at hand and protected from spray and rain.
    Bluewater 2550 port steering
    With the steering mounted to port, it leaves plenty of room for an additional passenger to seek shelter behind the windshield. The compass centered on the helm makes navigation easier.
    Bluewater 2550 curved windshield
    The large curved windshield is made from tempered glass and doesn’t distort the view at the corners.
    Bluewater 2550 bi-fold door
    The center console has a bi-fold door to allow access into the head/storage compartment.
    Bluewater 2550 optional marine head
    The interior of the console is large enough for an optional marine head. Note that there is a smooth fiberglass liner inside the compartment, something we don’t often see on “affordable” boats. The exposed wiring is also rarely seen on expensive center consoles.

    T-Top Observation

    Bluewater 2550 t-top
    The T-top is an integral part of the boat’s features. It provides shade, stores rods, has mounting points for accessories, and supports the retractable outriggers. Because it is aluminum and canvas, it is low-cost and allows the boat to have a lower CG, which is a good thing when going offshore in snotty weather.
    Bluewater 2550 crow's nest
    On top of the T-top is an observation point, commonly called a crow’s nest or half tower. The added height greatly increases the distance one can see to the horizon and how deep one can see into the water. It folds for trailering.
    Bluewater 2550 t-top supports
    Step bars are welded across the front legs of the T-top to use as steps to get up to the crow’s nest. We’d like to see the builder move the supports out of the operator’s field of vision.

    Seating

    Seating for the captain and crew are in three areas of the boat: the front seat on the center console, behind the helm, and against the stern in the cockpit.

    Bluewater 2550 molded seat
    The front of the center console has a molded seat with padded seat and backrest cushions.
    Bluewater 2550 console seat
    The console seat cushion flips forward to access an insulated drink cooler. The lid is held open by a stainless-steel gas shock. Note that the inside of the compartment is back-gelled.
    Bluewater 2550 helm leaner seat
    Sometimes simple is better. The helm leaner seat, behind the console, is comfortable to sit on or lean against and takes up minimal room in the cockpit.
    Bluewater 2550 bench
    Seating in the cockpit is a padded bench that runs three-quarters across the transom. Note that the transom gate opens out -- something we like to see on boats going far offshore in case emergency dewatering is needed.
    Bluewater 2550 bench folded out
    When not in use, the stern bench seat folds out of the way for more cockpit space; the backrest is also removable. Note that the outboard well is not cluttered with a hydraulic steering arm, thanks to Evinrude’s internal hydraulic steering.

    Walk Around Room

    Bluewater 2550 unobstructed boat
    The main attraction of a center console boat is the ability to walk 360 degrees around the boat without any obstructions. Note the step up to get to the bow casting deck.
    Bluewater 2550 spacious walkway
    The T-top leg is tucked as tight as possible against the console to maximize the amount of walkway possible.
    Bluewater 2550 handrail
    To assist in moving about the deck, a low-profile handrail is through-bolted to the top of the gunnel.
    Bluewater 2550 added height
    Going forward on the deck steps up at the forward edge of the console. The added height makes it easier for docking and fighting a fish.

    Anchoring Up

    Bluewater 2550 windlass
    The optional anchor windlass is mounted flush with the top deck in an area molded into the cap. The stainless-steel holder with roller keeps the anchor securely in place.
    Bluewater 2550 fiberglass hatch
    A fiberglass hatch opens just behind the windlass to maintain anchor rode and chain.

    Water Access

    Bluewater 2550 transom gate
    The transom gate makes getting back into the boat from diving and swimming easy, and also can be used for landing that fish of a lifetime. Note the two pins on the reboarding ladder, which fit into the hardware of the starboard side of the swim platform.

    Performance Numbers

    Our test boat was equipped with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200-hp outboard engines and had an estimated test weight of 6,124 lbs. (2,778 kg). We hit a top speed of 52 mph (45.2 knots) at 5500 RPM. Best cruise was 33 mph (28.7 knots) with a fuel burn of 2.3 mpg. The boat hit 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 4.1 seconds and reached 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 5.9 seconds.

    Ride and Handling

    Bluewater 2550 solid ride
    The twin 200 horsepower outboards had no problem jumping this boat on plane. The ride was solid with no rattles as we crossed the heavy chop. Powering through a series of turns, the handling was smooth and the feel of the boat was secure.

    Price

    $107,995 with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200-hp outboards.

    Available Options

    • • Underwater lights

    • • Built-In 2 bank battery charger

    • • 40-inch tackle center

    • • Custom T-top

    • • Fiberglass hardtop

    • • Electronics

    • • Marine Head with holding tank

    • • Freshwater system with 25-gallon tank

    • • Dive tank rack

    • • Forward deck cushions

    • • Anchor Windlass

    • • Stern Seating

    • • Lenco trim tabs

    Observations

    For the angler who wants the ability to fish offshore without the over-commitment of a larger center console, this Bluewater 2550 gives the consumer a relatively affordable center console with the bare basics of boats significantly more expensive. But remember, this is a boat designed to do a specific job at a relatively low-to-moderate price point. Don’t expect frills.

    There are pros and cons to external, bolt-on transom brackets. As we have pointed out, the bracket on this vessel allows much needed room in the aft cockpit, something some 25-footers could use more of. But, the bolts that fasten the bracket to the transom can also work and dribble water after years of rugged use. For example, drift fishing in truly sloppy conditions can stress any outboard platform; all one need do is be aware of this fact and be mindful of the automatic bilge pump running.

    The Bluewater 2550 has the feel and deck space of a much larger hull, but the shorter overall length will make her easier to trailer and store and perhaps be more economical to operate.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Bluewater 2550 (2017-) is 52.0 mph (83.7 kph), burning 39.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 151.02 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Bluewater 2550 (2017-) is 33.0 mph (53.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.98 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 376 miles (605.11 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Optional
    Swim Ladder Optional
    Transom Door Standard

    Warranty

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