Bennington’s 2552 QCW I/O is intended to exceed buyers’ expectations through high-quality construction, good performance and fine materials. Solid hull and decking construction coupled with a luxurious interior featuring standard Icon soft-touch vinyl and a Kicker sound system make the 2552 a premium boat. Her I/O engine offers passengers a relatively quiet, and unobstructed 360-degree view without the visibility of an outboard and mechanical cables. An array of additional options customize the 2552 QCW I/O, allowing the buyer further tailoring depending on intended use.
Bow and Stern Deck.
The utility of the fore and aft deck on any boat are essential for safe navigating and maneuvering in close quarters. In the case of the 2552 QCW I/O, the fiberglass-based fore/aft deck are cantilevered from the underlying pontoons, creating a large stable platform for line handling while conveniently concealing the pontoons underneath. On deck we find all stainless steel fittings, custom cleats throughout, and optional storage space (we recommend it) in the bow for ground tackle.
The 2552 QCW I/O is offered in a single seating configuration illustrated below. While layout configuration options are limited, her dual console and wrap around windshield allow comfortable cruising and protection from sea spray and apparent wind. An additional option to consider would be the optional bow gate seat insert, which completes the third lounge in the bow creating a wrap-around feel.
Chaise Lounge Style Seating in Bow.
Bennington’s seating construction continues to be a key feature in their boats. Each seat contains five different types of foam chosen for ideal ergonomic support in key areas. All Bennington seating features exclusive Icon Soft-touch Upholstery. The infinity topcoat is engineered for ultimate UV stability, easy cleaning, resistance to abrasions, mildew and stains, says the manufacturer. A smooth satin texture with weave backing allows for smooth, tailored, instant recovery according to the builder. For afternoon cocktails at the dock, Bennington’s built in self-draining bench coolers are a perfect place to throw drinks without cluttering up deck space. Each seat section contains three drainage channels for rain or seawater to filter through, therein preventing upholstery foam from becoming water logged.
Dual Console and Helm.
One of the many features of the Bennington 2552 QCW is the optional adjustable height pedestal for the Captain and Co-captain recliners. The adjustable height allows for excellent viewing from all angles even when the boat is at capacity. Often times we find our visibility sacrificed when carrying taller passengers in the bow, but the adjustable pedestal allows the operator visibility regardless. The helm itself is created as a single unit with plug and play capability using Duetsch waterproof connections. Sitting at the helm we find beautiful espresso trim accompanied by brushed aluminum backlit gauges. Throttle location is comfortable, and the vinyl side mount is perfect for stable throttle management during rough sea conditions. The throttle position is accompanied by a tilt steering wheel and foot rest for added control while underway.
Tunes for the Toon.
The 2552 QCW I/O features a Sony Bluetooth Sound system with backlit LED Kicker speakers. The head unit as seen below safely stores in the side compartment of the helm, while a modified waterproof remote mounted on the dash remains within easy reach of the helmsman. Additional upgrades to the sound system are available including additional speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers.
Dual Captain’s Chairs.
V2 Pure Comfort reclining captain’s chairs were restyled for the 2015 model year. These chairs are covered in Icon soft-touch upholstery vinyl, contain all five ergonomic foams, and height adjustable depending on the operator’s preference. We particularly like the added attention to detail with the diamond stitching and dual reclining arm rests. An extended width captain’s chair is also available from Bennington as an additional option.
Wrap-around Windshield with Dual Console and Xtreme Arch.
The 2552 QCW I/O while a pontoon boat by design, offers many qualities of a traditional runabout dual console. Bennington designed the 2552 QCW I/O with a sleek wrap around windshield. The new windshield offers the operator and his/her passengers added protection from common sea spray and apparent wind. The screen also connects into another passenger console where an additional captain’s chair and stereo remote are housed. Bennington engineers did not stop at the windshield, but also added the standard Xtreme arch. The fiberglass arch functions as a ski pylon, stern light, as well as framework for a Bimini top that covers both fore and aft passengers during those hot days on the water.
Every boat owner wants to know about storage, especially when considering a runabout. Forward we find multiple lockers and a self-draining cooler beneath the dual chaise lounges. Moving aft we find an optional integrated ski locker inside the 32” center elliptical tube. Directly behind the two captain’s chairs are two additional storage lockers, perfect for life jackets and emergency gear.
Dual Aft Chaise Lounges.
Bennington’s overall design of the aft section for the 2552 QCW I/O continues along the lines of their ultimate luxury theme. The dual chaise lounges contain the same Icon soft-touch upholstery vinyl, all five ergonomic foams and gorgeous diamond stitching. The integrated headrest and raised arms wrap around one’s body giving them a sense of comfort and security while underway. Cup holders are conveniently within reach, and a standard stainless steel rail wraps around the entire stern for added safety. We found this feature particularly important, as it offers security while underway, yet never impeding upon the surrounding water views.
The 2552 QCW I/O comes standard with an Elliptical Sport Package (added center 32’ pontoon) that creates a sense of handling and stability similar to that of a sport boat. Two significant changes we noticed were an increase in overall dead rise as well as sharper turning on plane.
Construction of Deck and M Brackets.
Like most pontoon boats the deck is built on 7-ply pressure treated marine plywood guaranteed for life. The aluminum substructure underneath includes 3” tall cross channels that are 16” in width and run the entire length of the boat. The impressive substructure attaches to the 7-ply deck with stainless steel fanged bolts and nylon coated washers. A component tied to Bennington’s smooth ride lies in its use of the M bracket. The industry standard places small bent sheets of aluminum along the top of the tube in the shape of an "M". Bennington’s brackets extend to the end of the tube, and go well down the side of the tube for added strength and rigidity. Each M bracket is made from .125” thick aluminum rather than sheet aluminum that has been bent into position.
The Bennington 2552 QCW I/O is offered on both Volvo and MerCruiser platforms. A standard MerCruiser 250-hp 4.5L MPI V6 Bravo 3 with digital throttle and shift catalyzed comes standard on the base 2552 QCW I/O. Both of these platforms offer hydraulic actuated power steering for easy maneuverability. Those looking for even more power may want to consider the freshwater cooled 430-hp 8.2L V8 Bravo with digital throttle and shift catalyzed.
Noteworthy Standard Features
Options to Consider
Bennington has a long list of available options for the buyer to consider (some mentioned above), all listed in detail in their brochure and on their website. All additions are discretionary and solely up to the buyer and the intended use of the boat. With that being said, here are a few options we’d encourage anyone interested in this class of boat to consider.
Because the 2552 QCW is an I/O there’s little flexibility with pontoon configuration. However, the buyer has numerous options for exterior color and overall interior fabrics. Bennington’s website offers a significant number of colors and trim options to choose from.
Faux Teak on Swim Platform or Entire Boat.
Optional faux teak with black or ivory inlays provide an attractive and slip resistant platform with minimal maintenance. Upgraded water-resistant carpets are an additional option with multiple colors and textures also noted on Bennington’s website.
For those who plan on longer day trips, a chaise privacy enclosure is offered as an additional option. The enclosure folds out from the fore chaise lounge and comes with an optional portable head. Bennington engineers did a great job of maximizing deck space, without sacrificing the functionality of an enclosure and/or head.
The 2552 QCW I/O comes standard with the Elliptical Sport Package (ESP). This package continues to be Bennington’s highest hull package and mandatory with an I/O configuration. The ESP package adds the third 32’ elliptical tube, as well as lifting strakes, performance foils, solid aluminum keels and the under deck wave shield. Assuming the 2552 QCW I/O includes the required ESP package and the standard 250 HP 4.5 MPI V6 Bravo MerCruiser, the MSRP would start around $90,934 including freight and delivery. That number does not include additional options such as the forward ground tackle locker or ski locker in the 32’ elliptical tube. Should those options be added the MSRP would be around $92,813. Of course, with a smaller engine and fewer options the price is considerably less.
Bennington’s warranty boasts of confidence in its product. A standard five-year stem-to-stern warranty comes standard on all boats, and for buyers who join the elite club the builder extends the duration to seven years. Full coverage includes everything from deck covering through seat vinyl and electronics. The I/O is covered with a separate warranty from the manufacturer (MerCruiser or Volvo Penta). Bennington’s warranty is not pro-rated by time, and the builder pays 100% of the servicing dealer’s published shop rate.
There is an additional limited lifetime warranty on the structure of the boat including pontoons, gates, channels, motor mounts and seat frames. Even the marine ply deck is covered. Best part, because the warranty is not pro-rated by time any of the above components are covered regardless of duration, as it’s still the original owner.This warranty is about as good as it gets in the boat business.
Bennington pontoon boats are in the highest end of their class. Their quality engineering and choice of materials deliver a luxurious and well-built boat for the prospective owner. We found few negatives with Bennington’s 2552 QCW I/O, and much to recommend it. One thing that we would add is a dedicated locker on the boat for ground tackle. While said locker remains an added option, the feature should be standard on all boats, but for some reason most pontoon boats don't have them as standard. We were also curious why the ski locker was an added option considering the added 32” elliptical tube was already present beneath.With that being said the 2552 QCW I/O remains one of the highest quality pontoons we’ve reviewed, and would encourage any buyer wanting the very best to strongly consider her.
Standard and Optional Features
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