The Parker 2520 XLD is unusual in that you can get one either with twin engines or a single screw, and expect solid performance either way (twin 200s nets a cruise in the mid-30s with a top-end over 50 mph, while a single 300 cruises in the 30-mph range and gets into the low 40s wide-open). It also has a few more creature comforts than many comparable boats, like a foldout transom bench seat, a freshwater system, and a transom walkthrough door to the integrated swim platform/engine bracket.
Critical Fishing Features
- Under-gunwale rod racks
- Six rocket launcher hard top rack available
- Cockpit toe rails
- Insulated fish box in transom
- Live well integrated in transom
- Fresh and raw water wash-downs
- Exceptional range for a boat of this size; with the twin 200s best efficiency comes at a 3500 rpm, 26.6 mph cruise, where the 2520 XLD gets 2.35 mpg. Accounting for a 10-percent fuel reserve, that means range is an eye-opening 378 miles.
- The open cockpit has over 65 square feet of fish-fighting territory, plus molded-in steps to the walk around to make going forward and fishing from the bow easier.
- Thanks to an available aft steering station, the captain can operate the boat from the cockpit to tweak drift patterns or modify course while trolling. Of course, the aft station also comes in handy when docking.
- Full Alaskan bulkhead aft means this is truly and all weather fishing boat.
Parker boats are known for their no-nonsense fish ability and straightforward fishing-first designs, and the 2520 XLD stays true to form — while also providing some rather surprising performance in this genre of boat.
See the Parker 2520 XLD on video.