Dorado 25 Running Review

Ozona, Florida boat builder “Dorado Custom Boats” has been delivering the “Hybrid” boat experience to anglers for 30 years in the form of their classic 23-footer, a model built on the concept of having shallow water capability as well as being open water friendly. The Dorado Performance 25 is an extension of the Dorado 23 classic look with some fine tuning geared towards the coastal/offshore enthusiast. Starting fresh with a new bottom design, Dorado added a touch more beam and incorporated a subtle ventilated step to increase performance and efficiency offshore. Unlike some other radical step designs, the 25 bottom is designed to ride well at slower speeds of up to 30 MPH on her center and get back up on the step at high speeds for maximum stability and efficiency.

A larger console was added to better accommodate the increasingly popular second station tower or half tower as well as to add storage space. A recessed locking electronics compartment on the dash face features enough setback to keep display screens in the shade for easy viewing. The standard deck layout features two very large storage compartments forward, one having a lift out box which exposes a secondary larger area for storing items not used constantly such as spare parts or extra tackle. The cockpit is wide open and uncluttered feeling, featuring two outboard located saddle fish boxes and a large center hatch providing wide-open access to the bilge and systems below deck. A giant 62-Gallon live well molded across the transom features a clear face for monitoring the condition of your bait supply and keeping the light level constant for happier, less stressed baits. The transom gunnel is wide enough to throw a cast net from and a large opening over this plus-sized well is plenty big enough to shake a large cast net directly into, further reducing injury to your bait supply.

This boat is made to order and fully customizable to your specs. A different deck layout, T-top/Tower design, lighting, audio/electronics, or custom colors are not a problem and many owners enjoy being involved in the layout process. An extensive list of custom options is available to suit any angler’s needs. As more and more boats enter the “Hybrid” market it will become more difficult to stand out in the crowd. The signature look of a Dorado will be unmistakable in any lineup however. If you combine the very smooth ride, impressive fuel performance, easy fish-ability, and classic style, as criteria when searching for a boat in this category, it would be awfully hard to overlook this boat on your quest for the best.

Dorado 25 Specifications:

Length: 25 feet

Beam: 8 feet 4 inches

Draft: 15 inches

Dry Weight: 3500 pounds

Max HP: 400

Fuel: 90-gallons

MSRP: $94,000.00

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