Sun Tracker Party Barge 24
(w/ 1 x 115-hp Mercury outboard)

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Sun Tracker Party Barge 24
Sun Tracker Party Barge 24
The Party Barge 24 is Sun Tracker’s largest pontoon boat and features an extended motor pod, new aft entry, freshwater sink, and many other innovative features that will make cruising easy and enjoyable for everyone on board. The 24 even comes with two fishing chairs if you decide to throw out a line.

Key Features

  • All-Welded, All Aluminum Extended Motor Pod with 23-Gallon Built-In Fuel Tank Anodized Deck Rails and Trim
  • Wheelchair Accessible Gate
  • Sound and Vibration Deadening Fence Insulation
  • Padded Aft Sun Deck
  • Two Bow-Mounted Fishing Chairs with Stain
  • Aft Changing Room with Bench
  • Aft Entry with Boarding Platform and Ladder
  • Sink with Freshwater and Storage
  • Table with 2 Locations
  • AM/FM CD Stereo Lighted Rocker Switches
  • 36-Quart Carry-On Cooler

Specifications

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Specifications
Length Overall 25'8 Dry Weight 1,750 lbs.
Beam 8' 1'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft ~ Fuel Cap 23 gal.
Deadrise/Transom ~ Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance ~
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.

Engine Options

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Photo Gallery

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Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Captain's Report

Fun in the Sun

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Has Room to Spare

Tested By Captain Keith Burton

When folks first get into boating, they often think that they want a fast fishing boat, or a bowrider for fun on the water. But we can tell you that a big pontoon boat, such as the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24, might be a better choice for overall water-borne fun.

We had a chance to run a Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Signature Series through a full set of performance and use tests at scenic Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. What we found out is that here’s a fun, stable boat that offers the REAL luxury in a boat, and that is room to move around, at a price well under $20,000 equipped as our test boat was. More on that later.

Tracker Marine, the main company of Sun Tracker pontoon boats, has really put together a nice package in the Party Barge 24.

New this year in the company’s pontoon boats is what Sun Tracker calls an engine pod that moves the outboard from being attached directly to the pontoon platform, to an all-aluminum pod extending from the stern. The pod also has a built-in 23-gallon fuel tank.

This new engine pod does several great things for a pontoon boat. First, it frees up deck space, which can be used for other things besides a place to mount an engine and store fuel, as in most other pontoon boats. And with the motor now further back at the stern, the boat also handles better and planes with more authority.

The engine mount for the pod is heavily constructed for failsafe use with a thick, solid aluminum transom and heavy welds that should easily hold up throughout the life of the boat.

The Party Barge 24, which was already a very spacious pontoon boat, now has the deck space of a boat almost two feet longer. And Sun Tracker wasted no time, it seems, in putting the new-found room to good use.

Included in the many standard features of this pontoon boat is an enclosed dressing room at the stern where an engine would normally be found. When not in use, the dressing room is a sunning area. But when needed, the sunning cushion can be raised (assisted with a hydraulic support) to allow a curtain to be unfolded to provide privacy.

There is also space in the dressing area to use a portable toliet if that is something you wish to purchase separately.

Also at the stern is a handy folding ladder and boarding platform that has its own door access from the cabin.

The main cabin area of the Party Barge 24 is enormously roomy. The boat is rated to handle up to 12 people, so your family and friends can easily join the fun without being too crowded.

An L-shaped lounge is at the rear with plenty of built-in storage beneath the seats. They will hold up over time too as there is no wood used in their construction. All the lounge seats on board have composite roto-formed bases covered with high-durability vinyl exterior fabrics. A plastic liner is used in the storage bins beneath the seats.

The Party Barge also has a built-in entertainment area on the port side across from the control console with a sink and freshwater storage tanks in a closable compartment.

A small, kidney-shaped dining table is also part of the package. This table screws into a rugged mount and can be used either in the rear or bow seating areas. Speaking of the bow, fishermen will be happy to know that there are two pedestal seats that are easily accessed by a bow door.

Another aspect of the added space onboard the Party Barge 24 is room for a large port-side door that is wide enough for a wheel chair.

The control console features easy-to-see black on white instruments laid out in a burl-wood-like surface. An AM/FM/CD radio is included. We especially liked the fact that the speakers were mounted to the rearward portions of the front lounge seats. This resulted in radio’s sounds being directly toward the stern, which sounded great from the captain’s chair. By the way, that chair swivels.

Underneath the control console is a bin for storing a standard 32-quart cooler.

Performance of this large pontoon boat is impressive with a 115-hp Mercury outboard. Standard is a 25-horse outboard, but while that would get you around, we would recommend you select a larger outboard for more optimum performance.

The 115 provided very quick time-to-plane acceleration and could easily tow a skier as the boat could reach nearly 30 mph. But as you may expect, a pontoon boat at speed produces very little wake for wake boarding.

Handling is easy with no surprises, even at high speeds. We like the way pontoon boats handle choppy water and move over other boat’s wakes with none of the pounding you experience in regular boats. But speed and handling aren’t what a pontoon boat is all about.

Pontoon boats are about having the room to enjoy the water at a modest cost. A living room on the lake, so to speak. And with prices starting at just under $11,000 for a boat this big, you might just consider the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24, one of the best values for on-the-water fun you can get.

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 is 27.6 mph (44.4 kph), burning 12.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 46.18 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 is 17.9 mph (28.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.65 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.55 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 76 miles (122.31 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury outboard.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Trailer Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Warranty

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Price

Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 Price
Pricing Range $16,495.00
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.


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