The 1750 SR features a custom-molded console with metallic silver accents on the dash, and a padded steering wheel.

The 1750 SR features a custom-molded console with metallic silver accents on the dash, and a padded steering wheel.

An elegant, simple look. A magnificently smooth ride. Little touches of opulence in just the right spots.

The Maxum 1750 SR offers all of these things while maintaining friendly relations with your pocketbook.

Although the 1750 SR is too inexpensive to qualify as a true luxury boat, you won't know the difference when you're behind the wheel. The 1750 SR features a custom-molded console with metallic silver accents on the dash, and a padded steering wheel that is sure to make your hands happy.

Maxum Marine is a division of U.S. Marine, the company that also builds the Bayliner and Trophy boat lines. In our October 2002 issue, we premiered the new Bayliner 175, which has gained a great deal of attention for its $9,995 price tag. The Maxum 1750 SR has a lot in common with the Bayliner 175, but it offers more upscale features and detailing.

The 1750 SR is not built in Mexico, like the Bayliner 175, but Maxum Marine has still incorporated lessons learned from the plant in Mexico. Such cost-cutting lessons have allowed Maxum to sell the 1750 SR for just $12,995 — including a standard single-axle trailer and a 3.0L Mercury MerCruiser stern drive.

Fast to the max

We tested the 1750 SR on the beautiful waters of Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene. Although the air temperature was 99 degrees Fahrenheit on the day of our test, the water was icy cold.

There were two adults on board during the test, which started with a quick run across the lake. The 1750 SR handles nicely and can take a pounding.

Tracking was very straight, and we had no shuddering during any part of the test. Although the 1750 SR is entirely different from the Bayliner 175, their rides are similar. The 1750 SR has nicer instrumentation and a flashier dash, but it's just as easy to operate as the Bayliner.

Maxum has rated the boat for a top speed of 40.8 mph with the standard 135 hp 3.0L Mercury MerCruiser stern drive. Carrying a light load, we were able to reach exactly 40 mph that day on the water.

We were more than happy plying the waters at cruising speed, which is a formidable 29.3 mph. The boat's 2 foot, 11 inch maximum draft allowed us to explore all the little nooks and crannies along the lake, so we took the time to get a closer look at the posh mansions that overlook the water.

Keepin' it real

At the bow, you'll find a V-shaped seating area with two cup holders. A wrap-around windshield sits aft of the bow, protecting the skipper and passengers from the wind.

In addition to the previously mentioned custom-molded non-glare dash, the helm console boasts side-mount engine controls (with the trim and tilt switch in the handle), an ignition safety switch with a lanyard, a 12v accessory outlet, and full (analog) instrumentation, including a speedometer, a tachometer, a voltmeter, and oil pressure, water temperature, fuel and trim gauges.

The port console features a lockable glove box, vinyl grab rails and an AM/FM stereo CD player with weatherproof speakers. Well-placed cup holders are located throughout the cockpit.

The skipper has a starboard bucket seat with slide and swivel movement. To port, the sleeper seat converts to a sun lounge with the help of an easy-adjust slider. Both the look and the design of the boat's custom-contoured upholstery are top-notch.

The fiberglass-covered engine compartment separates the port and starboard jump seats that run along the transom. As you're marveling over how easy it is to get to the engine, also be sure to notice the 1750 SR's full fiberglass liner.

Other standard equipment includes such items as a 12v horn, navigation lights, a remote oil drain and a stainless steel ski tow ring.

As far as entry-level boats go, you can't beat the Maxum 1750 SR. It offers you a taste of the good life without taking a bite out of your wallet. If you've never owned a boat before because you didn't think you could afford one, you no longer have an excuse.

Maxum 1750 SR Specifications
Draft (max)2'11"
Dry weight2,000 pounds
Fuel capacity18 gallons
Maximum power135 hp
Base price$12,995
Engine3.0L MerCruiser stern drive
Propshaft horsepower135
Displacement181 c.i.d.
Compression ratio9.3:1
Maximum engine speed4,800 rpm

Top speed40.8 mph
Cruising speed29.3 mph
Miles per gallon at 29.3-mph cruising speed4.88
Estimated fuel cost for 100 miles$30.74
Range at 29.3-mph cruising speed92 miles

(Estimated fuel cost based on a fuel price of $1.50 per gallon.)

Standard Features
AM/FM stereo CD player w/weatherproof speakers, walk-through windshield, custom-molded console with metallic silver accents on the dash, fiberglass liner, vinyl grab handles, locking glove box, stainless steel ski tow ring, five mooring cleats, 12v horn, remote oil drain, rack-and-pinion steering.

Optional Features
Sunbrella canvas Bimini top and boot.

Maxum Marine
P.O. Box 6050
Arlington, WA 98223-6050
(800) 346-6596