Boat Test: 2007 Maxum 2600 SE

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Boat Tested2007 Maxum 2600 SE
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Express
Manufacturer Maxum
Length27ft / 8.23 m
Engine MakeMercury
Maxum has a way to get your family

into the cruising lifestyle at an amazingly

affordable price with most of

the features and amenities you will be looking for

- it's their Maxum 2600 SE.

This is an express cruiser with cabin sleeping

accommodations for four, a six-foot cabin headroom,

an enclosed head, a galley, cockpit seating

for six or seven people in comfort and the whole

boat could be trailered behind a pickup or SUV.

The 2600 SE is a simply remarkable package

you can load with options and probably buy for

under $90,000. It has an overall length of 27 feet

on an 8 foot, 6 inch beam. With the base 5.7 L

MerCruiser sterndrive it weighs 6,868 pounds.

Our test boat had the MerCruiser 350 Mag

MPI engine and we saw some pretty impressive

performance. In the nasty three-foot chop, the

Maxum rode softly, high and dry with a solid feel

even on the hard landings. The single sterndrive is

very responsive and with power steering you can

put it where you want it to avoid the bad waves.

On the other hand, it accelerates with gusto,

running 0 to 20 mph in 6.4 seconds and topping

out at 42.3 mph doing 5200 rpm. Since the

Maxum 2600 SE has trim tabs, with the combination

of engine trim and some tab down, as well as

the optional radar arch equipped with a ski tow fitting,

you have a wakeboard boat that can deliver

really big air!

The onboard passengers will also have fun

watching. The 2600 SE has a really creative cockpit

with what they call "Active Seating," which

offers two seating configurations. One arrangement

has a single bench with a transom opening

from the swim platform on the starboard side,

while the other offers two stern seats and the access

from the swim platform in the middle. Both of

these seat options have sliding mechanisms to

extend them backwards, giving more room in the

cockpit area or forward for more swim platform

space.

In addition to this, the Maxum 2600 SE's seat

backs can be folded forward to allow passengers to

face the stern - a great idea when your children or

friends are in the water on a hot summer's day.

Finally, the stern seats also fold down flat for tanning

or as a kids berth at night.

There is a removable table for this area and the

double width helm seat can be rotated to face the

table for dining and conversation - another clever

innovation. A combination refreshment area/bait

table with removable cooler, sink with cold water

and a sliding cutting board cover lies just behind

the helm seat.

The 2600 has three steep steps into the cabin,

but there is six feet of head room, a galley with

Norcold fridge, single-burner stove, Tappan

microwave and even a smart swing out section that

greatly increases counter space.

Opposite, the enclosed head has a hot and

cold shower, Jabsco pump-type head, mirror and

enough space to really be usable. Forward is the

Vee berth, which can serve as a dinette or conversation

area. There is some side storage and more

under the cushions.

Then there is an aft cabin with queen size

sleeping surface and two opening portholes. An air

conditioning and heating system is available and

the test boat had a stereo, DVD and flat screen TV

as well.

It is amazing what Maxum has packed into 27

feet and you could trailer this to wherever you

want to explore - a great introduction to cruising.
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