Author: Alan Jones
One of the potential pitfalls of driving pontoons is that typically pontoons’ nosecones extend in front of the foredeck. Problems can occur when inexperienced drivers take the helm and bump into something with one of these pointy protrusions, which can inflict some damage on items on the receiving end, not to mention the pontoon itself. The design of the 2014 Bennington 2375 RCW solved that issue with an extended foredeck that overhangs the nosecones and delivers extra space for passengers, which was probably the original intent. This tweak also dovetails nicely with the 2375 RCW’s expansive, watersports-friendly rear deck, which is not something you always get on outboard-powered pontoons.
Another new innovation is the perfect cure for riders suffering “recliner envy” after seeing semi-somnolent passengers luxuriating on the twin rearward-facing Super Lounges or those reclining on the dual bow layback couches. Just to port of the newly designed captain’s throne is an optional club chair that looks like it belongs in the lounge of an exclusive country club. But pull out the under-seat footrest, and voila, you’ve created a fifth recliner, and even better, yours has a built-in cooler underfoot.
Bennington gives buyers practically the entire spectrum of outboard choices, from a 9.9 hp (noooo!) margarita blender-like engine for twin-tube models all the way to a 250 if you choose the ESP package, which has a giant 32-inch elliptical center tube with 25-inch outers. Our test 2375 has the optional SPS tube package, which features triple 25-inch tubes for enhanced performance and seakeeping over twin-tube models. Powered by the older version of the Yamaha F200 (still a damn good engine, preferred by some), the 2375 RCW got on plane in just 2.6 seconds, hummed to 30 mph in 8.1 seconds and topped out at 41.5 mph.
The standard feature list is extensive, and owners would be happy with an off-the-rack model that includes unusual items such as a Garmin Echo 100 fishfinder, interior LED lights that have a dimmer and a GPS antennae-driven compass. Even more impressive is the options list. Not counting performance and engine choices, I tallied 67 items you can add to make this Bennington yours.