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When the FX25 de­buted in 2012, “the de­sign was in­tended to meet the con­tin­u­ous needs and re­quests of an­glers who wanted more than just a sin­gle-pur­pose boat,” says Sean McCoy, Sea Born’s direc­tor of mar­ket­ing. “We knew we needed a big cast­ing deck for mul­ti­ple an­glers but didn’t want to sac­ri­fice the for­ward seat­ing, so we cre­ated a smaller yet com­fort­able U-shaped lounge with re­mov­able cush­ions” aft of the deck.

Know­ing the boat needed shal­lowwa­ter ca­pa­bil­ity, Sea Born ad­justed the tran­som dead­rise to 17 de­grees, ex­panded the beam to 8 feet 9 inches and thereby kept the draft to 11 inches. In an­other nod to in­shore fish­ing, the com­pany of­fers a re­lease livewell in the bow.

For off­shore runs, Sea Born gave the FX25 a sin­gle-stepped hull. Sea Born also opened up the tran­som area, es­chew­ing a cast­ing deck to pro­vide a big­ger-boat feel in the cock­pit (with 22 inches of depth aft), and crafted a 50-gal­lon oval livewell in the leaning post. The boat also comes with a tran­som fish box, com­plete with a cut­ting-board top for rig­ging.

“Our 25-footer is sim­ply more bal­anced for dual duty than many other bay-off­shore com­bos,” McCoy says. “Many other hy­brids on the mar­ket lean too far to the right or left and tend to fall into ei­ther the bay boat or the off­shore cat­e­gory. We’re con­fi­dent, based on owner feed­back and reviews, that we’ve achieved the de­sired par­ity.”

The FX25 draws just 11 inches, but it also comes with a more open cock­pit and a 50-gal­lon livewell in the leaning post.

SPECS: LOA: 24 ft. 11 in. • Beam: 8 ft. 9 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 17 deg. • Draft: 11 in. Dry Weight: 2,600 lb. (w/o en­gine) • Max Power: 300 hp • MSRP: $75,500 (w/ Mer­cury 300 Ver­ado)

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