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Brief Summary

Key Features

  • Bimini with coordinating boot
  • Extended activity/swim deck
  • Extra-large, highback, reclining helm seat with swivel/slide
  • Raised helm platform with marine mat and two "Yeti-Ready" cupholders
  • In-floor “Yeti-Ready” stern cooler/anchor storage with bilge pump
  • Premium upgraded Hertz marine stereo system with 4 speakers, subwoofer and 1500W Amp
  • Table, pedestal and base with "Yeti-Ready" cupholders
  • Stow-away table and storage in port chaise
  • Ultra soft premium furniture with quilted accent featuring Dolce Outdoor marine vinyl
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 27' 5''
    8.36 m
    Beam 8’ 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 4,100 lbs.
    1,860 kg
    Tested Weight 5,373 lbs.
    2,437 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 14
    Fuel Capacity 48 gal.
    182 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 300-hp Mercury 300 CMS V8
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.1 2.7 0.7 4.4 3.8 188 163.7 63
    1000 4.7 4.1 1.3 3.8 3.3 162 141.2 64
    1500 6.9 6.0 2.1 3.4 2.9 145 126.4 68
    2000 9.3 8.1 3.2 3.0 2.6 128 110.9 68
    2500 11.3 9.8 3.9 2.9 2.5 125 108.4 70
    3000 17.1 14.9 5.2 3.3 2.9 143 124.7 69
    3500 21.3 18.5 7.0 3.0 2.6 131 114.0 74
    4000 27.1 23.5 10.0 2.7 2.4 117 101.6 75
    4500 34.1 29.6 12.3 2.8 2.4 120 104.0 77
    5000 39.5 34.3 17.6 2.2 2.0 97 84.4 78
    5500 44.1 38.3 20.9 2.1 1.8 91 79.5 86
    6000 47.2 41.0 24.6 1.9 1.7 83 72.0 87
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 163.7 303 5.00 2.65 1.87 63
    1000 141.2 261 7.60 4.92 1.62 64
    1500 126.4 233 11.10 7.95 1.45 68
    2000 110.9 206 15.00 12.11 1.28 68
    2500 108.4 201 18.20 14.76 1.23 70
    3000 124.7 230 27.50 19.68 1.40 69
    3500 114.0 211 34.30 26.50 1.28 74
    4000 101.6 188 43.60 37.85 1.15 75
    4500 104.0 193 54.90 46.56 1.19 77
    5000 84.4 156 63.60 66.62 0.94 78
    5500 79.5 146 71.00 79.11 0.89 86
    6000 72.0 134 76.00 93.12 0.81 87

    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 N/A
    0 to 30 6.5 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 16x18 Enertia
    Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water
    Climate 80 deg., 68 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: light chop

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Barletta L25U pontoon
    With the optional third pontoon package and a 300-hp Mercury outboard, the Barletta L25U hit a top speed of 47.2 mph.

    Mission Statement

    As the luxury pontoon-boat market becomes more crowded and competitive, Barletta has stepped up its game with the L25U. She features top-quality upholstery and side rails, heavy-duty stainless-steel hardware and accessories like a power Bimini top, a fold-out table and, get this, slide out bowls for pet water and food. Every family member gets attention on this versatile performer.

    Barletta L25U floor plan
    The floorplan design provides for easy passage from the stern to the bow.

    Major Features

    • Power Bimini Top. Push a button for instant shade. It’s wrapped in a color-matched boot and has an LED dome light.
    Barletta L25U bimini
    The power Bimini top is built on a heavy-duty powder-coated frame.

    • Available Third Pontoon. The package includes a third 26” (66 cm) diameter pontoon, lifting strakes, hydraulic steering, and a larger 48-gallon (182 L) fuel tank.
    • Aluminum Skinned Deck Frame Protection. Only a few pontoon builders do this, as it adds to cost, but it makes for a smoother riding experience and protects the frames as well.
    • Standard Multifunction Display. The Simrad G07 XSE chartplotter has a 7” (17.8 cm) display.
    • Stow-Away Table. It folds out from the back of the forward port lounge and erects easily.
    • Yeti Ready. The cup holders are designed for Yeti tumblers and there’s a storage compartment specified for a Yeti cooler.

    Features Inspection

    Passenger Space

    Pontoon boats are known as “party barges” and other nicknames, primarily because they can carry so many passengers – and it’s easy for them to move around while underway at moderate speeds.

    The L25U has an LOA of 27’5” (8.36 m) with an 8’6” beam (2.59 m), and she’s rated for 14 people with the third pontoon. The two-pontoon version has a maximium passenger capacity of 12. Fuel capacity with the triple pontoon version is 48 gallons (182 L) compared to 30 gallons (114 L) with two pontoons. Fully loaded weight for the triple pontoon is 5,550 lbs. (2,517 kg) and with the twin pontoons, the weight comes down to 4,623 lbs. (2,097 kg).

    The Bow

    The Barletta L25U has a small foredeck ahead of the fencing which allows crew to move forward when mooring. While the deck is not particularly wide, it is better than no foredeck at all, which is what we see on all too many pontoon boats.

    The bow area has lounge seats where an adult can stretch out facing forward – chaise style -- or multiple passengers can sit facing inboard.

    Throughout the boat, Barletta uses Dolce Outdoor Marine Ultra Soft Premium upholstery with quilted accents.

    The bow gate is 22” (55.9 cm) wide, while the gate to port is 23” (58.42cm) wide. Neither is wide enough for a wheelchair to board. The bow platform is strictly for tending to lines and is not deep enough for a person to sit, which is probably just as well.

    Barletta L25U bow lounge
    The bow lounges have thick upholstery and for night cruising, there’s LED lighting in the gunwales.
    Barletta L25U arm rests
    The folding armrests add a touch of comfort for the bow lounges.
    Barletta L25U cup holders
    Yeti-Ready cup holders are dealer-installed based on customer preference.
    Barletta L25U
    Each lounge has dual USB ports so everyone can keep their favorite devices charged.
    Barletta L25U gate
    The port-side gate is solidly built with reinforcing rails.
    Barletta L25U stow table
    The stow-away table that folds out of the port forward lounge is a clever idea and notice that Barletta uses a locking latch for security.
    Barletta L25U table
    The conventional-style table has twin cup holders designed to be big enough to accommodate Yeti drink tumblers.

    Bow storage. There’s storage in the base of the forward lounges and the headrests in the consoles open as well. A hatch next to the helm opens the locker in the center pontoon. A wastebasket is in the door of the compartment that opens the helm console.

    Barletta L25U cushions
    The bow lounge cushions open on extendable hinges and the lockers are all plastic with drainage channels to keep water from entering.
    Barletta L25U head rest
    The lounge headrests also tilt forward to offer additional storage space.
    Barletta L25U waste basket
    A luxury pontoon needs a wastebasket to keep things tidy. Just aft, notice the hatch for the storage compartment in the center pontoon.

    The Helm

    At amidships, there are twin captains’ chairs that recline, swivel and adjust fore and aft. The helm console is raised 4” (10.16 cm) off the deck to provide the driver with an unobstructed view over the heads of guests.

    The multifunction tachometer and speedometer with integrated smaller gauges are front and center above the steering wheel. To the port side of the wheel is the stereo and to starboard are the toggle-style accessory switches. Outboard to starboard is the Simrad multifunction display.

    Just above are a tray and power plug for keeping a cell phone charged. Keeping with the boat’s upscale theme, the dash and steering wheel are finished in a hand-stitched dark upholstery. Just ahead on the inboard edge of the console is a large glove box. Outboard to starboard is a drop-in locker.

    Barletta L25U captains chairs
    The Bimini top provides comforting shade for the two Captain’s chairs and the aft cockpit.
    Barletta L25U helm
    The entire helm and console are on a raised platform, which gives the driver a better overall view.
    Barletta L25U helm dash
    The L25U’s dash has a straightforward feel with dual gauges centered above the wheel. We would like to see a windscreen.
    Barletta L25U gps
    The Simrad G07 XSE is a multifunction plotter but it does not have engine communication.
    Barletta L25U phone tray
    This tray and 12-volt plug keep the driver’s cell phone close by and secure.
    Barletta L25U joy stick
    Digital shift and throttle give the driver more precise control over the operation of the boat.
    Barletta L25U pet dishes
    Barletta takes care of an owner’s pets with these pull-out dishes for food and water.
    Barletta L25U glove box
    The glovebox has good capacity and provides easy access to the pop-out circuit breakers for troubleshooting electrical issues.

    The Aft Lounge

    Abaft the helm is the most versatile seat aboard the L25U -- a double-wide lounge that measures 6’6” (1.98 m) long by 5’1” (1.55 cm) wide when all of the cushions are laid flat. The backrest can also be set up for forward or aft-facing travel. It has storage in the base where we also found the twin batteries and switch. There is a gate that closes off the passage from the cockpit to the stern.

    Barletta L25U aft lounge
    In this photo, the headrest for the aft lounge is raised for lounging when at anchor.
    Barletta L25U aft lounge down
    With the seat all the way down, it creates a place to nap in the shade with the Bimini top up.
    Barletta L25U batteries
    The aft cushions on the lounge raise on gas struts to create easy access to the twin batteries.
    Barletta L25U battery switches
    The battery switches are also in this locker.
    Barletta L25U gate
    This gate closes off the stern area from the cockpit to keep curious kids from wandering aft when underway.

    The Stern

    A passageway to starboard provides passage to the stern area where twin swim steps extend aft past the motor on each side. To starboard is a four-step ladder with substantial rails that should make it easier for even full-size folks to climb aboard.

    That same heavy-duty feel applies to the ski tow, which is made with a stout stainless-steel frame. On each side of the ski tow are fender holders and in the center is a raised fuel fill with more Yeti-Ready cup holders on each side.

    Barletta L25U aft swim steps
    The aft swim steps extend past the motor on each side. This is smart because after a swimmer jumps in he or she would be well aft of the propeller.
    Barletta L25U ladder
    These substantial rails provide a good handhold for adults ascending the four-step boarding ladder, shown below. This is more substantial hardware than we see on many pontoon boats.
    Barletta L25U four step
    The four-step ladder can be seen here folded up and out of the way.
    Barletta L25U ski tow
    The ski tow pylon positions the rope above the outboard so there’s no chance of entangling. Notice the custom fender holders on each side. We like the substantial railing that should keep a guest from falling onto the engine.
    Barletta L25U fuel fill
    The fuel fill for the tri-toon’s 48-gallon (182 L) tank is positioned inside the ski-tow frame for easy access. It can be filled from either side of a land-based gas station.

    Performance

    The Boat. All three of the L25U’s pontoons measure 26” (66.04 cm) in diameter and have spray rails forward on each side. The underside of the deck is skinned in aluminum so there’s no exposed wood. This is fairly unusual, and we like it because it keeps waves from hitting the frames supporting the deck and causing pounding.

    The Numbers. With two people and a full tank of fuel, our test boat had an estimated weight of 5,373 lbs. (2,437 kg). The 300-hp Mercury outboard spun a 16” x 18” (40.64 cm x 45.72 cm) Enertia three-blade stainless-steel propeller. We ran a top speed of 47.2 mph at 6000 rpm.

    Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where the boat ran 17.1 mph and burned 5.2 gph, which translated into 3.3 mpg and a range of 143 statute miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 48-gallon (182 L) fuel capacity in reserve. In acceleration tests, the L25U ran to 20 mph in 3.8 seconds and to 30 mph in 6.5 seconds.

    Barletta L25U running
    The L25U can run at speeds approaching 50 mph or cruise for more than 140 miles.

    Handling

    With the triple pontoons and lifting strakes, the L25U had a nimble feel on the water, carving through turns and comfortably leaning into the maneuvers. Around the docks, the motor had plenty of power to put the boat where our driver wanted.

    Barletta L25U
    Here we see the L25U leaning into a turn to port. The boat displayed impressive agility in all of our maneuverability tests.

    Construction

    Barletta builds the L25U with a 7-ply ¾” (1.91 cm) thick marine plywood deck mounted on a hybrid crossmember system that combines box, I-beam and C-channel structures and Vibation Isolation Pad technology.

    Each pontoon has a full-length welded aluminum keel and there are Wave Tamer anti-splash fins on the outboard tubes. Wiring harnesses attach with Deutsch connectors and the boat has LED navigation and docking lights. For lines, there are flip-up cleats and the L25U comes with fender hangers.

    Barletta L25U running
    The pontoons are all welded and the boat features Barletta’s VIP technology to reduce vibration from both the engine and the water surface.

    Warranty

    10-year bow to stern warranty. See their website for details.

    Options to Consider

    • Double power Bimini tops
    • Seat covers
    • Full metal jacket pontoon protectant
    • Dual-stage lifting strakes with invasive species flush
    • Saltwater anodes
    • Exterior Lighting package
    • Teak decking upgrade
    • Bow filler seat
    • Changing room in place of flip-out table
    • Ottoman with built-in cooler storage
    • In-floor storage (requires triple pontoon package)
    • Interior RGB Lighting Package
    • Blackout package with black rails, Bimini top, rubrail, skirting, shims, gate pockets, and rail supports
    • Tri-Toon Package with 26” (66.04 cm) center pontoon with a 48-gallon (182 L) fuel tank, full lifting strakes, and hydraulic steering

    Observations

    The Barletta L25U’s performance with the optional triple pontoon package and 300-hp Mercury outboard make the boat a versatile performer that can do almost anything a runabout can do.

    From a construction standpoint, we would rate Barletta as one of the best in the industry.

    The founders of Barletta have experience in the luxury RV market and they know what the upscale customer wants. That is evidenced by the presence of items such as the pet food bowls and wastebasket.

    Because the L25U’s beam is still 8’6” (2.59 m), the boat is trailerable. With a loaded weight of 5,550 lbs. (2,517 kg), it can be towed by most half-ton pickups or full-sized SUVs.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Barletta L25U (2018-) is 47.2 mph (76 kph), burning 24.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 93.11 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Barletta L25U (2018-) is 17.1 mph (27.5 kph), and the boat gets 3.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 143 miles (230.14 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Mercury 300 CMS V8.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Standard

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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