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Congratulations to Jim Hagen of Littleton, Colorado. Jim entered our contest with his boat "Dancer," a 2004 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer he bought new from Marine Max of Colorado. The top prize of $500 should keep his gas tank full for a long time.
 

Pontoon Boats Are HOT And The Livin' Is Easy

The summer is here and that means it's time to get out on the lake or river and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. And in the case of a pontoon boat, a LOT of friends. In general, pontoon boats are one of the easiest types of boats to own and maintain. 

Pontoon boats--using either 2 or 3 aluminum pontoons or "logs"--are also famous for their inherent stability, and their ability to take up to 20 people out at the same time depending on boat size. And popular? According to a recent study by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association (NMMA), pontoon boats were the #1 type of outboard-powered boat purchased in the US in 2004!

Unlike years ago when pontoon boats were regarded as slow cruising platforms, some of today's outboard- and sterndrive-powered models can hit speeds in excess of 40 mph or more! All of them feature a lot of seating, and some are also rigged for fishing and waterskiing. Below you'll find the list of the pontoon boats we've tested to date, and many new ones are on the way this summer. 


Avalon

Avalon makes what the company calls "America's finest pontoons." While they have a long-standing reputation as a builder of high-end luxury models, the company recently added an entry-level "value" series to their lineup of boats as well. The "Windjammer 22 RC" is a good example of that.

 

Bennington Marine

Bennington Marine was founded in 1997 and since then they have become one of the fastest-growing pontoon manufacturers in the country. These video tests also have a video tour inside Bennington's factory in Elkhart, Indiana, so you can actually watch as a pontoon boat is being made! In addition, Bennington makes one of the largest most luxurious pontoons on the water...the massive 2875.

 

Crestliner

Though Crestliner is best-known for its line of aluminum fishing boats, the company also manufactures a complete line of pontoon boats. A new test of the 2485 LSi Angler pontoon is coming soon (along with many new fishboat tests) and we'll keep you posted as soon as the new tests are online.

 

JC Pontoon...Coming Soon!

In addition to the Sanpan below, we are also testing two new models from JC Pontoon today, both with Honda four-stroke outboards--the Neptoon 23 with a 150-hp Honda, and the 246 with a powerful 225-hp Honda outboard. Look for these new tests in an upcoming newsletter.

 

Sanpan by Godfrey Marine...Coming Soon!

Godfrey Marine makes four different brands of pontoon boats, with the Sanpan brand at the top of the list in terms of luxurious appointments. We are literally testing the Sanpan 2200 TODAY out in Indiana with a 90-hp Honda outboard. We'll let you know as soon as this new test and video go live in an upcoming newsletter.

 

Sun Tracker

Billed by the company as "The World's #1Selling Pontoon Boats," Sun Tracker is the pontoon brand of the Tracker Marine Group. They use a "no haggle, no hassle pricing" system to make their boats easy to buy and with Sun Tracker, you do get a lot of boat for the money. We have tested two models so far, and may test more this summer. We'll keep you posted.

 

Tahoe Pontoons

Tahoe Pontoons is a sister brand to Avalon. While the Avalons tend to focus more on higher-end features and amenities, the Tahoes are more geared for those who enjoy an active pontoon-boat lifestyle and watersports activities.

 

Voyager

Since 1988 Voyager says it has been "setting the pace among pontoon boat builders," in part due to  the innovative U-shaped pontoon logs (as opposed to circular logs) found on every model. Learn more about that by checking out our 5 recent tests of their models.

 
Be sure to check out www.BoatTest.com for tests of the latest models.
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