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Manitou Legacy 24 Triple Tube
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI)

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Brief Summary

Test # 120202400. Archived 070404.
The Manitou 24 Legacy Triple Tube combines all the features of a big pontoon boat with a 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG sterndrive for a performance ride and a high top-end. She's designed for families who want more from a pontoon boat--specifically, the ability to go better than 40 mph and waterski or wakeboard from a boat that can carry up to 15 adults.

Key Features

  • Single 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG sterndrive available
  • Three tubes for added lift, better stability in turns, smoother ride
  • Seating for 15 people, 2,025 pound capacity
  • Docking lights
  • Pop-up privacy area with portable toilet
  • Large sunpad aft
  • Removable Igloo cooler
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 5''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 3,380 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 2' 0''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom ~
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance ~
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 70 gal.
    Water Capacity ~
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 3.9 3.3 0.9 4.3 3.7 270 234 65
    1000 5.9 5.1 1.7 3.6 3.1 223 194 68
    1500 7.7 6.7 2.8 2.8 2.4 175 152 69
    2000 13.1 11.4 4.6 2.9 2.5 181 158 72
    2500 18.0 15.7 7.1 2.6 2.2 161 140 76
    3000 24.7 21.4 9.9 2.5 2.2 158 137 82
    3500 29.3 25.5 12.1 2.4 2.1 153 133 88
    4000 36.7 31.9 15.4 2.4 2.1 150 130 89
    4600 43.1 37.4 21.1 2.0 1.8 129 112 91
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    650 234 435 6.30 3.41 1.82 65
    1000 194 359 9.50 6.25 1.51 68
    1500 152 282 12.40 10.41 1.18 69
    2000 158 291 21.10 17.22 1.22 72
    2500 140 259 29.00 26.69 1.08 76
    3000 137 254 39.80 37.29 1.06 82
    3500 133 246 47.20 45.61 1.03 88
    4000 130 241 59.10 58.30 1.01 89
    4600 112 208 69.40 79.87 0.87 91

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.0 sec.
    0 to 30 10.2 sec.
    Ratio 1.43:1
    Props Mercury Mirage Plus 15.5 x 17
    Load 5/8 fuel, no water, 3 persons, min. gear
    Climate 80 deg., 70% humid., wind: 10 knots; seas: one foot

    Captain's Report

    Performance + Pontoon boat? That's an equation that just didn't add up...until now. Meet Manitou's 24 Legacy Triple Tube, a pontoon boat with a performance edge. How do you get a performance ride and feel in a pontoon boat? You combine extra lift with extra horsepower while keeping weight down and features up.Our test boat had a single 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG sterndrive with an Alpha One drive bolted through a solid aluminum plate in the stern of the middle tube. Not only that, but the boat also had twin external exhaust tubes mounted above the drive, much like you see on a high-performance boat. These exhausts not only provide a throaty sound, but they get you a little extra horsepower and RPM at the top end when you open up the 24 Legacy.Before we go too far down performance lane, let's take a look around. Starting at the bow, we were impressed to find a pair of custom-made pods on the foredeck that combine both running- and powerful docking lights into a single unit. These dock lights will keep your flashlight in the storage locker in case you run home at night, and that's doubly important since there's about 12 feet of boat ahead of you as you sit at the helm, so using a spotlight from that position would light up the whole front half and ruin your night vision.Like most pontoon boats, the 24 has dual-access points--a gate at the bow, and another half-way down the port side. The forward gate lets you beach the boat and step right aboard.Up here there are two facing lounges--the one to port runs from the bow to the side gate, while the one to starboard is shorter to make room for a hidden privacy unit. In this case, you open what looks like a storage door and out pops a neat aluminum-rail system with privacy curtain (6 feet tall) to hide the portapotti within. Great for changing out of wet bathing suits, or for keeping your guests happy when nature calls.Moving aft, the starboard side helm is a wrap-around affair so its easy to reach all critical switches and read engine gauges. The single-lever Quicksilver engine control (with in-handle trim switch for the Alpha One drive) is within easy reach, and while the plexi windshied does little to protect you from the oncoming rush of wind, it will deflect rain if you bend down and hide behind it as you run home.Across to port and aft you'll find more deeply-padded bench seating, and all seats have roplyene boxes below to provide as much storage as you'd find on a small commercial aircraft.In terms of engine access, this is a two-step process where you unlatch the large sunpad on either side and lift it with one hand (thanks to gas-assist struts) to get to the powerplant. The 350 MAG itself is mounted to brackets that are welded directly to the center tube for good strength, but the engine is not so deep that its hard to work on. In contrast, it's an easy reach to the dipstick and gear-lube reservoir thanks to MerCruiser's design, and that's about all you have to check each day before going out.Beneath all of this you have three aluminum tubes--with welded lifting strakes--that get the 24 up on plane in a hurry and provide an ultra-smooth ride in the chop. You should avoid running the boat at around 2500 RPM, since that's where she's just getting on plane and there is some water-slapping going on between the hulls. Above that RPM, however,the 24 carves neatly through turns with no noticable outboard lean. She is also a very forgiving performance machine but may porpoise if you trim out the drive too far and have all your guests in the stern. But that should change, according to the company, since they are working on modifications to the hull so she floats higher in the stern than our test boat did.All in all, the Legacy 24 Triple Tube performs as advertised, and you'll have a lot of fun watching jaws drop each time you put the pedal to the metal on this performance-oriented pontoon boat.--Capt. Chris Kelly, Publisher

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Manitou Legacy 24 Triple Tube is 43.1 mph (69.4 kph), burning 21.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 79.86 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Manitou Legacy 24 Triple Tube is 13.1 mph (21.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.88 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.22 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 181 miles (291.29 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Power Steering Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Ice Chest Standard Igloo
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Fuel Transfer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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