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Old 08-16-2020, 02:29 PM
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Wanted to get everyone’s thoughts on the Skeeter SX2550 boats. I’m looking at one that’s like new. We don’t see many of these down here in Florida. Does anyone have any experience owning this model? How well are the boats constructed? How well do they ride? We planning on using the boat for shallow water fishing here in Central Florida and also offshore excursions at our place in Marathon on good days.

Looking forward to receiving some feedback from people that have actually owned one of these.
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Skeeter is a very fine boat. I have owned one for 11 years. Everything is overbuilt. Lids , decks, pumps etc,, live wells are recirculating and aerated, transoms are designed with aluminum platting infact my ZX 24 is rated for a dual outboard set-up. I know they are serious fishing machines with not a lot of family frill stuff. I saw the 2550 at a boat show last year and looked it over twice, glass-work is top notch. I'm on my second motor on my 2009 ZX24 and combined the boat has seen over 5,000 hours of use. Not a crack, not a gel coat issues anywhere. I do keep my boats in perfect condition . Skeeter has made some improvements like bilge access and really good wiring. Eleven years ago that was a negative with a lot of boats. The hulls are super fast and agile. They run like they are on rails. Well you see my signature description about my Skeeter " Like a Ferrari". You typically pay a little more for Skeeter's but hey hold their value well. The 2550 has a deeper deck , a wider beam with a little more "v" than my Zx24. All around from my observation on the 2550 is it's my Zx24 on steroids..
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KDENAP thanks for your input. Really glad to hear your thoughts.

I wonder why we don't see more of the brand down here. Maybe Skeeter is better known for their bass boats?

You mention that they cost a little bit more, but they aren't nearly as expensive as a Barker, or Yellowfin or some of the expensive cats that are becoming so popular.

Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by PXMAN View Post
KDENAP thanks for your input. Really glad to hear your thoughts.

I wonder why we don't see more of the brand down here. Maybe Skeeter is better known for their bass boats?

You mention that they cost a little bit more, but they aren't nearly as expensive as a Barker, or Yellowfin or some of the expensive cats that are becoming so popular.

Thanks again!
What kind of fishing do you do and/or boating do you do

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What kind of fishing do you do and/or boating do you do
I'll be using the boat for fishing in SW Florida, Pine Island and Charlotte Harbor. Reds & snook mostly. We also have a place in Marathon and want to be able to go offshore on nice days.
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i like the boat too. hard to find much info on them.
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In south Louisiana, they sell very well and the red- fish and speck guides love them. My 2009 has the original aerates and recirculating pumps, The on board charger that came with the boat still charges everything -up and I have never replaced a thru -hull fitting as they are stainless. The boat has a reputation to last and take a beating. You might want to post on the Gulf Coast section rather than the general and I'll bet you will get many reply's. In 7 years I have never seen a negative post on a Skeeter Bay Boat, these boats just don't disappoint you. I'm a two boat guy because I have two camps. Mid-last year I purchased a new boat which then meant I had 3 boats now. So one of my existing boats has to go . It was either the Sea Hunt 2010 BX22Pro or the 2009 Skeeter. I kept the Skeeter. I will say one -thing, in Florida , that's the place to buy boats because the dealers really outfit the boats well, check off all the nice optional equipment and put quality electronics on. My Sea Hunt came from Ft. Lauderdale(Loaded to the gills) and my Sea Born came from Englewood FL.(only option not checked off was the 1/2 tower) . In Florida you have the pick of the best !!!
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I've had 2 of the SX2250 and I love 'em. Just a great all around performer in this world where "hybrid" seems to be the popular term. Boat performs really well, rides VERY solid in snotty water, and the build quality is underrated at best. Great choice in this size class.
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Skeeter does indeed make a great boat. I had two of their bass boats before moving from bass fishing to saltwater. My only complaint, and maybe this is not an issue anymore, they would not talk to me and I had to do everything through the dealer. Even something like replacing the Skeeter emblem on the steering wheel was over an hour drive and the dealer would not allow me to install it myself. They got very rude about it from both the factory and the dealer. I could give other examples, but as many have stated here, customer service for your boat is important and if you don't see many of them and don't have a dealer close by, you may want to try and call the factory and see what type of response you get.

In the end I had the phone number and email address from a VP at Skeeter and would contact him on rare occasions, but my neighbor with his Ranger, he could call them and they would just send him the parts, free of cost for something like my emblem. I liked my boat better, but hated that if I needed anything it was always a chore. This was back in 2010 until I sold my last one 2018. Like I said, may have changed, but this was my experience.
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I pulled the trigger on a 2020 floor model SX2550, being rigged and delivered within the next week or two.

I looked at the Sea Pro 248 and the Crevalle 24 HCO (this boat is just unreal). Unfortunately I got the "that's only for fishing" response to both of those from the wife. The 2550 is a beautifully disguised inshore/nearshore fishing boat, and one that can be a legit family boat when needed without having to go to a pure CC. I have 5 kids, so shallow gunwales or zero toe-kick on the decks really freak out the mom. I am 6'4" and the coaming bolsters hit me at or just above the knee. You really feel like you are "in" not "on" the boat.

Very stable, level, dry ride. Easily on plane in under 5 seconds without using tabs. Zero spray at all even when hitting good size wakes (no wind at the time). There was a little bit of ventilation on greater than 60 degree turns at cruising speed, but that is with only the factory-set manual jack plate. Dealer is swapping to a 12" offset Atlas, so that might help some there. Not a huge deal for me, don't plan on slalom racing. Some water came in the scuppers with two guys standing practically on top of, and to one side of stern, but not enough to cry about.

If you have any questions about my crawl or sea trial, feel free to ask here or send a private message
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I love my Skeeter (Yamaha)! I've had it for three months and put 85 hrs on it so far. Ride is great, dry boat and I've had it offshore in 2' seas with no issues. She gets right up on plane and trims out quick. Top end is not what I expected (47mph) but I don't need to go that fast. It would probably go fater with a different prop. She cruise at 36, 37 mph at 3.3 to 3.6 mpg depending on water conditions. 12' Simrad, Ulterra trolling motor, twin power pole and jack plate. Quality is great, no stress cracks and I have pounded it a few time by other large boat wakes on the intercoastal . I'm having some of the caulking redone around the console, it looks likes someone used their finger and the underwater lights have a short which Skeeter is fixing both issues under warranty. I fish Pine Island, (Stayed at Tarpon Lodge last weekend) Boca, Sanibel, Bonita and soon to be Marco and 10k islands. Heading to Marathon in October for 10 days. PM me if you have any questions. I had a great experience with Ingman Marine in Placida. Let me know if you want my guys number.





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I love my Skeeter (Yamaha)! I've had it for three months and put 85 hrs on it so far. Ride is great, dry boat and I've had it offshore in 2' seas with no issues. She gets right up on plane and trims out quick. Top end is not what I expected (47mph) but I don't need to go that fast. It would probably go fater with a different prop. She cruise at 36, 37 mph at 3.3 to 3.6 mpg depending on water conditions. 12' Simrad, Ulterra trolling motor, twin power pole and jack plate. Quality is great, no stress cracks and I have pounded it a few time by other large boat wakes on the intercoastal . I'm having some of the caulking redone around the console, it looks likes someone used their finger and the underwater lights have a short which Skeeter is fixing both issues under warranty. I fish Pine Island, (Stayed at Tarpon Lodge last weekend) Boca, Sanibel, Bonita and soon to be Marco and 10k islands. Heading to Marathon in October for 10 days. PM me if you have any questions. I had a great experience with Ingman Marine in Placida. Let me know if you want my guys number.




I get 53 @5100 with my Yam 300. I use a 4-Blade . Power Tech OFS-21 o 22 I believe but let me double check that . the ZX24 is a little lighter than you 2550. Great boat ! Well made.
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Guys I appreciate everyone’s response. I have worked out a deal on a Skeeter SX2550. Have to wait a couple of weeks to pick it up, but really looking forward to getting it. I’ll post some pictures once I get it home.
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Wow guys, I’m also in SWFL, I live in East FM but my lift is in St James City.

We will probably see each other cruising around pine island sound eventually lol. Will also post pictures when she comes home.
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I love my Skeeter (Yamaha)! I've had it for three months and put 85 hrs on it so far. Ride is great, dry boat and I've had it offshore in 2' seas with no issues. She gets right up on plane and trims out quick. Top end is not what I expected (47mph) but I don't need to go that fast. It would probably go fater with a different prop. She cruise at 36, 37 mph at 3.3 to 3.6 mpg depending on water conditions. 12' Simrad, Ulterra trolling motor, twin power pole and jack plate. Quality is great, no stress cracks and I have pounded it a few time by other large boat wakes on the intercoastal . I'm having some of the caulking redone around the console, it looks likes someone used their finger and the underwater lights have a short which Skeeter is fixing both issues under warranty. I fish Pine Island, (Stayed at Tarpon Lodge last weekend) Boca, Sanibel, Bonita and soon to be Marco and 10k islands. Heading to Marathon in October for 10 days. PM me if you have any questions. I had a great experience with Ingman Marine in Placida. Let me know if you want my guys number.





We have been considering the 2550 fish, with the normal leaning post to give more room to walk behind LP. Have you found this is needed? Is the livewell LP make it to tight for you to pas between it and deck? We want a 2nd station so do after market top, was hoping boat would be a 50mph boat. Great pics!
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We have been considering the 2550 fish, with the normal leaning post to give more room to walk behind LP. Have you found this is needed? Is the livewell LP make it to tight for you to pas between it and deck? We want a 2nd station so do after market top, was hoping boat would be a 50mph boat. Great pics!
There is plenty of room between the leaning post bait well and the rear deck. You can just walk right through.

Keep in mind if you go with the standard leaning post, there will be only 1 live well on the boat (the stern live well, which is definitely more of a release well). The leaning post live well is designed to hold live bait. It is very deep, with a clear baffle between the stand pipe and the main tank. I supposed you could get an after market bait well installed and plumbed in front of the console instead of the removable cooler.

FWIW, there are performance reports that the boat will do 50+ with a hard top. On my sea trial we couldn't go WOT due to a combo of new engine, and channel speed limits. We were doing 25mph at 3200... T-top, two big guys, full tank of gas. My goal is to get good fuel economy at cruising speed while loaded heavy, so in my case not a big deal if I can't hit 50.
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Originally Posted by PXMAN View Post
Guys I appreciate everyone’s response. I have worked out a deal on a Skeeter SX2550. Have to wait a couple of weeks to pick it up, but really looking forward to getting it. I’ll post some pictures once I get it home.
Congratulations!!! You’re going to love it!
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There is plenty of room between the leaning post bait well and the rear deck. You can just walk right through.

Keep in mind if you go with the standard leaning post, there will be only 1 live well on the boat (the stern live well, which is definitely more of a release well). The leaning post live well is designed to hold live bait. It is very deep, with a clear baffle between the stand pipe and the main tank. I supposed you could get an after market bait well installed and plumbed in front of the console instead of the removable cooler.

FWIW, there are performance reports that the boat will do 50+ with a hard top. On my sea trial we couldn't go WOT due to a combo of new engine, and channel speed limits. We were doing 25mph at 3200... T-top, two big guys, full tank of gas. My goal is to get good fuel economy at cruising speed while loaded heavy, so in my case not a big deal if I can't hit 50.
You should get same as me regarding fuel economy. 3.3 to 3.6 mpg @ 35-36 mph with the boat loaded up. There is a sweet spot and water conditions play a role in the performance as well.
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I found that it helps to put the rods in the t-top holders when fishing because it gives you more room to move around the live we’ll. If you fish with more rods put them in the gunnel holders.
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Wanted to see what you’d say the true draft of the bot is both just floating and running? I see you’ve fished some skinny water areas similar to where I fish in the IRL and Banana River systems. I just put a deposit down on ordering a 2021 SX2550 Family this week. Wanted to see if there are any issues you’ve noticed with the boat also is there anything you wish would’ve got on the boat or wish the boat had that it doesn’t? Thanks for any info!!

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