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Brief Summary

The JC Pontoon SportToon 26 is a floating entertainment platform with numerous seating configurations and room for up to 16 passengers or 2,900 lbs. (1,315 kg). Her interior features include adjustable chaise lounges, a Clarion sound system with JL speakers, ski tow pylon, and a standard Bimini top. Built on a TriToon Sport Hull, she highlights the classic structural design that JC Pontoons have advertised over the decades. The pontoons are welded .91" thick aluminum in a unique U-shape design, delivering durability as well as quick planing and precise handling for the genre. Her SportToon design adds multiple lifting fins for extra speed and improved handling similar to a V hull.

Key Features

  • 10' Bimini with SS hardware
  • Rear sundeck with SS rail
  • Flip-top helm
  • Reclining captain’s chair
  • 36 oz. marine carpet
  • Stern cocktail table
  • CMD8 Clarion CD player
  • SS stern boarding ladder
  • Two bow lounges
  • L-group stern seating
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 7''
    8.10 m
    Beam N/A
    Dry Weight 2,450 lbs.
    1,111 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    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 N/A
    Fuel Capacity 45 gal.
    170 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 Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Engine options from Mercury at 250-hp or 300-hp
    Engine options from Honda at 250-hp or 300-hp
    Engine options from Evinrude at 250-hp 300-hp
    Engine options from Suzuki at 250-hp 300-hp
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    Captain's Report

    Overview

    JC Pontoon’s SportToon 26 should appeal to buyers looking for a roomy floor plan in a luxury-level pontoon boat, with the added option of layout customization. Her sleek curves and pointed bow are distinctively different from the typical box design, and will surely catch eyes on the lake or bay. Additionally, the SportToon 26 is built on a TriToon Sport Hull which features .91" thick aluminum construction for durability, lifting fins for increased speed, and a unique U-shape design that gives passengers a smooth ride with precise handling.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 running shot
    The SportToon 26 rides on .91" thick aluminum tubes with .125" thick nose cones for added durability and strength.

    Distinguishing Features

    • Sweeping lines
    • Tapered bow
    • Customizable floor plans
    • Flip-top console hatch
    • Hummingbird Matrix 788ci HD GPS
    • .91" thick aluminum pontoons
    • .125" thick aluminum nosecones
    • Aluminum bottom skin
    • Limited lifetime warranty

    Seating Configurations

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 standard stern plan
    “L Group” Standard Stern. This configuration is standard, and contains one swim platform off the starboard aft platform. Notice the L-shaped wrap-around with the dual chaise lounges in the bow.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 open stern plan
    “L Group” Open Stern. This configuration is similar to the standard version with the exception of dual extended swim platforms, one on each side. In this configuration, however, the L-shaped bench in the stern is slightly shorter.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 companion seat plan
    Companion Seat. This configuration is similar to the number of decreasing seating space for the added swim platform aft. Also, because of the added companion seat, the aft L-shaped bench becomes shortened to a standard bench.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 rear facing lounge plan
    Rear Facing Lounge. In this configuration, room is left for the added swim platform aft. However, rather than a bench across the aft beam, the builder uses dual chaise lounges with adjustable arm and head rests for added comfort and support.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 centered lounge plan
    Centered Rear Facing Lounge. The difference from the prior configuration is the location of the aft chaise lounges. Rather than being positioned against the side rails, they are pulled together, allowing the user to walk around the lounges instead of between them.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 dual stern lounge plan
    Dual Stern Lounge. With this configuration, the aft chaise lounges are slightly narrower, allowing more accessibility and floor space for maneuvering on deck.

    Features Inspection

    Construction.

    The JC Pontoon SportToon 26 floats on three high volume U-shaped pontoons that are built from .91" thick aluminum. Additional aluminum bottom skin offers protection and added security against rocks and accidental groundings. Lifting fins are located on the inside of the outer tubes as well as both sides of the center pontoon. This results in improved handling as well as greater overall speed. Z-shaped cross member bars on 16’’ centers are bolted through the marine-ply deck. The SportToon package also features a 45 gallon (170.34 L) gas tank built into the center tube, with optional in-tube ski storage. Another unique feature of the JC Pontoon design is the pointed bow, offering buyers additional space forward, along with a refreshing design change.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 lifting strakes
    Notice the location of the lifting strakes. Not only are they welded to the outer pontoons, JC Pontoon also incorporated additional strakes on both sides of the center pontoon.

    Bow Platform.

    On the bow platform, polished aluminum castings offer extra protection for areas that are prone to wear, and stainless steel rails are located on both sides. Moving aft, dual stainless steel swing gates lock when underway and attach to a styled fiberglass molding with built-in stainless steel docking lights.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 rails
    Additional stainless steel rails are built into the fiberglass bow molding for added safety and comfort while underway.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 gates
    Dual stainless steel swing gates are located both forward and aft on the JC Pontoon SportToon 26. The gates easily latch into place with the composite stopper.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 led docking lights
    Dual stainless steel LED docking lights are built into the bow molding, adding functionality to eye appeal.

    Chaise Lounge Seating.

    In the forward cockpit, the dual chaise lounge style seats feature rotomolded bases and mounts that will never rot from water exposure. Both lounges have adjustable head and armrests, as well as stylistic multi-tone vinyl that continues throughout. All vinyl design and assembly is done in house to ensure the highest quality product. Both chaise backs are mounted on piano hinges that lift to reveal storage compartments that are perfect for day bags. The seat bases also lift, adding storage for life jackets and emergency gear. There are two stainless steel cup holders behind both headrests as well as an additional four forward. The company logo is embroidered into the headrests.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 bow chaise lounge
    The bow chaise lounges have both head and armrests, plus storage space underneath. These front lounges are likely to be the most popular seats in the boat.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 storage access
    Notice the durable piano hinge and the easy access to dry storage. This picture also shows the quality of the vinyl, stitching and assembly.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26
    All seat bases are rotomolded, meaning the structure will never fail due to water or corrosion. Also note the drainage inlets built into the frame that the cushions rest on. This protects the seat foam from potential saturation and mold.

    Captain’s Chair.

    The captain’s chair features a high back with adjustable arms and headrest, and it swivels and reclines. The buyer also has the option of adding the helm station platform, which allows for better viewing forward even when seated. Mesh side pockets are included on the side of the chair for storing small items like a cell phone or wallet. Our favorite feature is the lever that allows the captain’s chair to recline, enabling the helmsman to catch some sun (or some Zs) when anchored or in port.

    Helm.

    The helm station on the SportToon 26 is a combination of luxury and efficiency. A sport wheel with standard tilt allows the helmsman flexibility and overall comfort. Extra-large gauges along with a standard Hummingbird Matrix 788ci HD GPS are all easily viewed from the command seat. Below the dash a lockable glove compartment is conveniently placed for easy access to personal belongings, such as a cell phone or tablet.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 helm console
    A quick disconnect windshield keeps apparent wind out of the operators face. On a sport edition like the SportToon 26, however, we’d like to see a taller windshield to offer added protection at higher speeds.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 gps
    The Hummingbird Matrix 788ci HD GPS comes standard on the JC Pontoon SportToon 26. The central positioning makes it easy to navigate while underway.

    Flip-Top.

    A unique flip-top helm allows lifting the front of the console, with an assist from a gas piston, to provide full access to all electrical components and circuitry without having to crawl on the floor in the dark in search of wire harnesses.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 flip top hatch
    The flip-top hatch sits on a strong piano hinge with support from a gas assist arm. Notice the indent in the console front for easy lifting.

    Switches.

    Illuminated, water-resistant rocker switches line the panel in order of importance, with circuit breaker resets located directly beneath each switch. This eliminates the need for climbing underneath the dash to find a circuit breaker or broken fuse.

    Sound System.

    A water-resistant Clarion CMD8 CD player is mounted in the lower right corner of the console, within easy reach of the helmsman. The AM/FM/CD unit also comes standard with Sirius radio and six JL speakers that give tunes an extra boost. While the standard speakers are mounted on the lower frames of the lounges, overhead speakers are an added option with the optional wakeboard tower.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 stereo
    The Clarion CMD8 features a basic head unit with minimal buttons and an easy-to-read display. The unit is placed to the right of the wheel, within easy reach of the helmsman.

    Optional Companion Chair.

    Directly across from the captain’s chair is a high-back companion chair with retractable arms, which also swivels and reclines. This chair also has an elevating footrest, creating a comfortable lounge for anyone to relax and catch some rays. This chair is solidly built, with a rotomolded frame that’s mounted to a Garelick heavy-duty pedestal. The companion chair is not available in the standard L Group configuration.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 companion chair
    The companion chair includes a pop-up footrest, head rest, and armrests, and it tilts and swivels. A heavy-duty Garelick mount of the sort used in offshore boats, should make this a very durable seat.

    L-Shaped Seating.

    Moving aft we find a spacious L-shaped sofa covered in dual-tone vinyl. Four cup holders are conveniently placed for easy access. This L-shaped seating includes an aft-facing chaise lounge, a comfortable spot to kibitz with the captain. A standard removable stern table contains two additional cup holders and provides a place to serve food and beverages. Directly behind the sofa, a spacious sun pad surrounded by a stainless steel grab rail, offers added lounging space when the boat is at rest.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 bimini closed
    The L-shaped aft sofa includes an aft-facing chaise lounge. The picture above also shows the optional powered Bimini top in the closed position.

    Dual Swim Platforms.

    Dual stainless steel entrance gates aft lead to dual swim platforms. Both of these platforms are accessible through the single entrance on the starboard side, and there's adequate footroom to walk around the splash well. Attached beneath the powder-coated deck, a hide-away stainless steel ladder conveniently folds out for easy re-entry, and returns to its position underneath when not in use. Two 12-volt outlets aft allow for easy inflation of tubes and watersports gear with the appropriate DC pumps.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 stern
    Notice the amount of room between the stern bulwark and the splash well. All of the engine's electrical and cable components are neatly wrapped and run below decks, eliminating the possibility of someone tripping upon reentry.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 boarding ladder
    The stainless steel boarding ladder will allow guests to easily enter and exit the boat. Notice how the builder integrated grab rails into the platform for added assistance when leaving the water and re-boarding.

    Watersports.

    The SportToon 26 features a standard, heavy-duty stainless steel tow rail and pylon aft. The added height keeps the towline off the motor cover.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 running shot
    The heavy-duty stainless steel tow/ski rail mounts around the splash well and leaves room for guests to navigate back and forth without tripping on the rails or exposed outboard components.

    Additional options are available for watersport fanatics, including an in-floor ski-locker. We would recommend this to any buyer interested in possible watersports because it keeps skis off the floor and out of sight when not in use. The ski-locker also includes a rubber mesh mat for easy draining and added protection from scratches and chips while underway. For those looking to go all out, the optional stainless steel wakeboard tower adds functionality and another entertainment component. The tower also provides a mount for additional JL speakers as well as a remote spotlight.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 wakeboard tower
    The Bimini connects directly to the optional wakeboard tower, ensuring UV protection for guests below. Two additional JL speakers as well as the spotlight pictured above, are all optional.

    Options to Consider

    Ski Mirror.

    This is a big plus on a boat with the mission of the SportToon 26. It gives the helmsman an added sense of boat traffic aft, as well as the location of anyone on the tow line. The mirror clamps to the side rail on a swivel arm, allowing for ideal positioning, regardless of the operator’s height.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 ski mirror
    The ski mirror mounts on a heavy-gauge aluminum arm that allows for easy adjusting by the helmsman, without sacrificing forward visibility.

    L Group Bow Modules.

    The builder offers multiple configurations for the bow chaise lounges. The buyer has the option of adding additional storage, a cooler, fold-out trash container, a flip-up table or changing room to the actual chaise structure. We feel that the optional changing room would be the most beneficial, considering the mission of the SportToon 26; nevertheless, the builder leaves room for customization.

    Bimini Options.

    A standard 10’ (3.05 m) Bimini provides passengers protection from excess heat and exposure to UV rays. An optional 16.5' (5.03 m) Bimini mounts forward of the 10’ Bimini, covering the entire front half of the boat, including the chaise lounges. For those looking for convenience and quick deployment, the builder also offers an optional 12’ (3.66 m) powered Bimini.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 running shot
    The optional 16.5’ (5.03 m) Bimini mounts directly forward of the standard 10’ (3.05 m) Bimini, providing ample coverage for the entire bow of the boat.
    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 powered bimini
    An optional 12’ (3.66 m) powered Bimini covers the aft section. It easily opens/closes at the touch of a switch, which means it's a lot more likely to be deployed than manual versions.

    Fuel/Water Filter.

    The fuel/water filter is an option we would recommend anyone purchasing a new boat to invest in, particularly where non-ethanol fuel is hard to get; water in the gas tank can result in loss of power and costly repairs to the fuel injection system.

    Power and Price

    The JC Pontoon SportToon 26 comes in several engine configurations, all available pre-rigged directly through the company. While many builders stick with one engine manufacturer, JC Pontoons offers Evinrude, Honda, Mercury or Suzuki outboard power. She comes nicely equipped with a 250-hp outboard, but is rated for up to 300-hp. While we haven’t tested the 2015 SportToon 26, comparable models powered with a 250-hp outboard, maxed out at 46.7 mph and reached 20 mph in less than 5.5 seconds.JC Pontoons encourages anyone interested in pricing and optional components to contact a local dealer for further information.

    Observations

    The exterior design and overall aesthetic of the boat is a refreshing change from the traditional boxy pontoon design we still see on the water. It’s a modern look that we feel will attract many buyers and families. The multiple seating configurations and storage possibilities leave plenty of room for entertaining and day cruising. Additionally, because there are so many optional components available from the builder, the buyer can truly customize the boat to his/her mission and need.The warranty through JC Pontoon appears solid, with five years on carpet and upholstery, three years on mechanical parts and a limited lifetime warranty on the pontoons and decking. The company posts all warranty information in detail on their website, citing exactly what’s covered and what is not.

    JC Pontoon SportToon 26 running shot
    The JC Pontoon SportToon 26 pictured in the popular dual stern lounge package. The aft lounges in the above configuration are powered and adjustable with the flick of a switch.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Hardtop Optional
    Swim Platform Optional
    Tower: Watersports Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard

    Warranty

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