2006 Maxum 2400 SD
Credit Boats.com write up from August 28, 2002
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 deck boats on the water.
Stay a Wake
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 dead rise 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).
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 vinlester 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|
|Price as tested new in 2006 with MerCruiser MX 6.2 MPI (Bravo Three drive) and trailer||$56,545|