When current owners were asked how the compact, sporty Maxum 2100 SD could be improved, they said they wanted more speed, deck and storage space. Always aiming to please, the engineers at Maxum added 2 feet to the length of the boat, creating a brand-new midsize version.
The result is the Maxum 2400 Sport Deck, a boat with all the luxury and style of the 2100, but with a lot more room. You can cruise in complete comfort with up to 10 of your closest friends and family members — without sacrificing performance. The Mercury engines that power the 2400 SD, combined with Maxum's exclusive MaxTrac hull design, provide all the quiescent stability and torque needed for high-speed runs and watersports.
Maxum was relentless in its attention to detail on the 2400 SD, from hull to cockpit. Functional features throughout the boat were designed for ease of entertainment and safety, including a backlit dash with keypad controls, a new all-fiberglass stringer system, an enclosed head and easy access from fore, aft, port and starboard.
Maxum also offers a wide range of options, to meet the needs of first-time boaters as well as those looking to trade up from entry-level boats. We also happen to think it's one of the best-looking deckboats on the water.
A great feature called the Control Max Docking Station is one of the reasons the 2400 SD is a good pick for first-time boat buyers.
In case you've been hiding in a cave somewhere and haven't heard the news, the Control Max Docking Station is one of the biggest revolutions in boating since the stern drive. (At least, that's the consensus among those of us who have ever had to dock in a crosswind or strong currents.)
Maxum and Mercury developed the Control Max system, which consists of three hull thrusters that give boaters the power to move the boat any way they want. With just a flick of your wrist on a joystick, you can move forward, backward, laterally, diagonally, or even pivot 360 degrees.
Even novice boaters will be able to glide into the tightest dock or slip. It's also ideal for picking up a skier or lining up to get onto a trailer.
If that isn't amazing enough, Control Max is designed to not only take care of the driver but also itself. The thrusters that propel the system are engineered with four blades, to virtually eliminate cavitation and noise.
The tunnel openings all have protective covers (to prevent debris from entering them) as well as a sturdy guard bar to prevent anything from entering into the aft thruster openings. If debris should make its way in, heat sensors will shut down the system for one minute, and an alarm will alert the driver. The system is backed by Mercury's two-year limited warranty.
Stay a Wake
The Control Max doesn't have much to do with how the 2400 SD performs in open water, though. That's the job of the MaxTrac hull and (in our test boat) the 320 hp MerCruiser 6.2L engine with Bravo Three drive.
We tested the boat in Key Largo, Florida. The air was hot and perfectly still, but the water was semi-rough. Still, the 2400 SD delivered outstanding handling — even at speeds greater than 40 mph — and a perfectly dry ride.
Acceleration is strong enough, going from 0 to 25.5 mph in 4.5 seconds, with three adults and 5/8 a tank of fuel on board. At 20 mph, the MaxTrac hull delivered a first-rate wakeboard wake, as well as a good recreational ski wake.
There was enough chop to experience some pounding, but the hull's 20 degree deadrise kept the bounce to a minimum as we sped across wakes and cranked the steering wheel, fist over fist. We experienced very good cornering and no cavitation or reduction in rpm as we banked hard, spun doughnuts and performed S-turns. We were able to get to plane at 4,000 rpm, before topping out at 48.3 mph (5,100 rpm).
Easy on the Wallet
There's no question that exhilarating performance, optimum control and extraordinary comfort make the Maxum 2400 SD an ideal choice. But another reason first-time boat buyers and those looking to trade up may want to consider buying a Maxum is the price.
Balanced with the realities of today's economy, Maxum offers many attractive features, at a lower price than some of its competitors. The company is owned by conglomerate US Marine (part of the Brunswick Corp.'s Boat Group), which manufactures a high volume of brand-name fiberglass boats ranging from 16 to 57 feet.
Over the years, Maxum has developed an efficient manufacturing process. This allows the company to pass on significant savings to its dealers, who, in turn, pass those savings on to their customers.
That's not to say that Maxum boats are built cheaply. Quite the opposite. Backed by the power of US Marine's extensive design and engineering team, Maxum boats are engineered for dependability and solid performance.
A typical hull bottom lamination schedule includes one premium-grade gelcoat, followed by pre-cured random strand finish guard with vinylester resin, ending with alternating layers of random strand and 24 ounce woven roving or 24 ounce bi-axial knit. The result is a sophisticated hull supported by a foam-filled, fiberglass-encapsulated box beam stringer grid.
Maxum claims its MaxTrac hull is 70 percent stiffer, 25 percent more resistant to torque and 100 percent more resistant to buckling than conventional stringer systems.
All fine and dandy, but, in our opinion, the true strength of the 2400 SD is that it's absolutely fun to drive. All the boat critics on our staff gave it an enthusiastic "thumbs up."
|Dry weight||5,300 pounds|
|Fuel capacity||75 gallons|
|Maximum power||320 hp|
|Base price with MerCruiser 5.0L (Alpha drive) and trailer||$48,795|
|Price as tested with MerCruiser MX 6.2 MPI (Bravo Three drive) and trailer||$56,545|
|Top speed||48.3 mph|
|Cruising speed||25.5 mph|
|Miles per gallon at 25-mph cruising speed||2.7|
|Fuel cost for 100 miles||$42.59|
|Range at 25.5-mph cruising speed||202.5 miles|
(Fuel cost based on a fuel price of $1.15 per gallon.)
|Model||MerCruiser MX 6.2 MPI stern drive (Bravo Three drive)|
|Bore and stroke||4.00" x 3.75"|
|Maximum engine speed||5,200 rpm|
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