LOA: 25′ 4″
Beam: 9′ 6″
Weight: 6,220 lb
Fuel: 163 gal
Max. power: 500 hp
Tri-State Marine presented the new Parker 2540 DC in Annapolis this year, and the boat didn’t stay in inventory long. By the time we were set to go to Deale, Md., to test her, she was sold.
The 2540 design takes the proven Carolina-style Parker hull concept and fills it with family fun and party accoutrements. Then Parker dropped a pair of Yamaha F200 engines on an outboard bracket to produce an open cruiser/fisher that can coast at 27 knots and top out at about 44.
With the bracket and engines, the 2540 measures a little over 30 feet. She has a 9.5-foot beam, which makes her a nice fit for a lift or in-the-water storage, but not so great for trailer transport. The Motor Vehicle Administration prefers we keep things under eight and a half feet on the highway. On the water it’s better to have the width to allow plenty of sunning room in the bow and sitting/storage space in the dual consoles.
Standard features include a stainless steel anchor chute, a cushioned folding cockpit bench, cushioned bow party area, head compartment with a Corian countertop, sink, faucet, electric head, LED lights and Flexiteak sole, lockable centerline storage, sound system, coaming bolsters, rod and cup holders all around, raw water washdown system, fresh water system, insulated fish box, livewell, transom door, swim platform with shower, underwater lights and a 10-year hull warranty.
Options include pullout refrigeration, Kenyon grill, full canvas enclosures, adjustable sun table, bow thruster, Garmin electronics, remote C-zone keyfob battery switch, a ski pylon, and so on.
Parker is going to sell a lot of these, starting at a number in the low $130,000 range.
Tri-State Marine (www.tristatemarine.com) expects to have one on display in the Baltimore Boat Show.