By David McIntosh
Maxum 2400 SC3: Performance Test
Maxum 2400 SC3: The better to ski you with.
Most families, even those who don’t consider themselves watersports enthusiasts, like a boat that gives them the option of wakeboarding or skiing if and when they wish to do so. Boat manufacturers have recognized this trend and are now giving their latest models the amenities and layouts necessary to turn a simple bowrider or cuddy into a watersports-friendly craft. The fine team at Maxum has done just that with its new 2400 SC3.
There’s a lot that can be said for Maxum’s line of boats, but the key word for all of them is probably consistency. When you buy a Maxum, you know exactly what you’re getting — no ifs, ands or buts.
And what, you ask, are you getting with the Maxum 2400 SC3? A lot (of boat) for a little (cash). Amenities and features will be exactly what you need, and no more. The trappings aren’t exactly Spartan, but they’re not over-the-top luxury, either — which is what one expects of a smaller Maxum.
The 2400 SC3 is a great entry-level cuddy cabin cruiser for just about any boater — especially those who don’t quite know what they’re going to use their boat for and want to make sure all the bases are covered. If you want to spend the night on board, you can do so — but if it turns out that you’re not the overnight cruising type, you’ll still have plenty of room in the cockpit for enjoying a day out on the lake, as well as a place to escape the sun if need be.
If you’ve never waterskied or wakeboarded before, the 2400 has enough power (with some of the larger power packages) to pull you capably, giving you and your family the opportunity to discover the wonderful world of watersports. However, if you later decide that skiing isn’t of interest to you, you’ve lost nothing, because you haven’t paid the big bucks for a hardcore ski boat.
Giving You the Power
Our test boat was powered by a single MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI Bravo 1 stern drive. The 300 hp engine proved plenty powerful, and it would make a good choice for those of you who plan to do some skiing or wakeboarding off the back of the boat.
A 220 hp 5.0L Alpha 1 stern drive is standard. Eight engine packages are available on the 2400 SC3, with an 8.1L MPI Bravo 3 stern drive being the most potent of the bunch.
We found the 350 MAG to be perfectly suitable. It had the boat hitting plane at 2,600 rpm and gave us a cruising speed of around 31 mph at 3,250 rpm. Moreover, with half a tank of fuel and four adults on board, we were able to hit a top speed of 49.2 mph. Considering how loaded down we were and how choppy the water was that day, the 2400 could undoubtedly push past 50 mph under more favorable conditions.
The ride was moderate, considering the medium chop we experienced off the coast of Sanibel, Florida, and the boat’s cornering ability was good. It held on to the water nicely.
The boat is easy to drive, and the 350 MAG’s multiport injection system makes for dependable turnkey starts.
Take a Look Around
Up top, the layout is based on watersports, water toys and interaction with the water. Maxum Marine has successfully transformed the back end of the boat into a watersports platform, thanks to a lockable truck, a walk-through transom, a stainless steel ski tow ring and a perfectly sized swim platform. The company considers this the heart of its new 3-Series styling.
The cockpit is just forward of the watersports platform. Seating in the cockpit consists of a straight settee that runs along the front side of the transom, as well as a bucket seat at the helm and a set of opposite facing seats that flatten to become one large sunpad along the port side. Even tall boaters are taken care of, because this sunpad stretches back far enough that you can put the main part of your body on the sunpad and let your feet rest on the port end of the settee.
The helm is nothing fancy, but the gauges are easy to read and everything is within reach. Moreover, the full set of analog instrumentation includes a speedometer, a tachometer, a voltmeter, and fuel, oil pressure, trim and water temperature gauges. The instrumentation is set off nicely by brushed aluminum bezels.
In addition to a high-temperature engine alarm, you’ll find power tilt and trim, tilt steering, a padded-grip steering wheel, an ignition safety switch with lanyard, a remote oil drain, a 12-volt accessory outlet and a blower switch at the helm.
The boat’s interior is very simple and unadorned. It consists of little more than a V-berth and a private head location, which has room for the optional portable head. There are also two speakers and a storage area with side shelves. The V-berth is cushioned, with filler cushions and storage below.
The list of standard features is fast and furious, with everything from navigation lights and a bow anchor locker to a 10-gallon water tank and a fiberglass liner. Other standard items include a removable pedestal table, courtesy lights, vinyl grab handles, an AM/FM stereo system with CD player and weatherproof speakers, a shower at the transom and an in-floor storage locker.
The Maxum 2400 SC3 is well suited to many different types of boaters — and particularly those who aren’t quite sure what they want. If you’re reticent to sink a lot of money into a boat until you have a little more boating experience under your belt, the 2400 SC3 is a great place to start.
Maxum 2400 SC3 Specifications
|Weight (with standard engine)||4,595 pounds|
|Fuel capacity||70 gallons|
|Maximum power||280 hp|
Fiberglass cockpit liner, lockable entry door, lockable glove box, transom walk-through entry, translucent bow hatch, extended swim platform w/hideaway ladder, transom shower, ski tow ring, anchor locker w/anchor roller, AM/FM/CD player, full instrumentation, 12v accessory outlet, tilt steering.
Portable head ($108), steering wheel upgrade ($146), compass ($146), stereo remote control at transom ($154), single-burner stove ($185), dual battery switch ($231), pull-up cleats ($300), cockpit entertainment center ($300), gelcoat upgrade ($300), digital depth indicator ($308), portable head w/pumpout ($331), sport seating w/aft L lounge and walk-through ($385), cockpit carpet runners ($462), canvas cockpit cover ($577), premium package w/compass, depth indicator, hourmeter and steering wheel upgrade ($615).
|Top speed||49.2 mph at 5000 rpm|
|Cruising speed||31 mph at 3250 rpm|
|Miles per gallon at cruising speed||2.214|
|Gallons per hour at cruising speed||14|
|Range at cruising speed||155 miles|
Speeds as Tested
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