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Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP
(w/ 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC)

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Brief Summary

This year, Manitou set out to make some changes in the Oasis line and move to a new name, the Cruise. What lies beneath the quaint “cruise” moniker, though, is some really solid performance and some handling like you would not believe comes from a boat built on pontoons. Hauling over on the wheel at cruise speed is usually not a safe or comfortable thing to do, but with this series, you find you have more cornering and speed through such a turn than you generally get with a bowrider!

Key Features

  • High impact “ripped metal” graphics
  • Sport Handling Package
  • 23” diameter outside pontoons, 27” center pontoon
  • 12 person capacity, 2090lbs
  • 250-hp maximum rated engine
  • Matching color bezels on dash
  • Porta-Potti and changing station in lounger endcap
  • Equipment locker under sunpad
  • Battery switch
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 0''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 2785 lbs.
    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 57 gal.
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 2.8 2.4 0.2 15.6 13.5 798 694 66
    1000 4.9 4.3 0.7 7.4 6.5 381 331 67
    1500 7.1 6.2 1.4 5.1 4.4 260 226 65
    2000 8.7 7.6 2.7 3.3 2.9 168 146 74
    2500 12.8 11.1 5.4 2.4 2.1 121 105 76
    3000 18.2 15.8 6.8 2.7 2.3 137 119 77
    3500 22.4 19.5 8.0 2.8 2.4 144 125 78
    4000 30.7 26.7 10.6 2.9 2.5 149 130 81
    4500 35.8 31.1 12.7 2.8 2.5 145 126 82
    5000 40.2 35.0 15.1 2.7 2.3 137 119 89
    5500 44.8 39.0 18.0 2.5 2.2 128 111 91
    5800 46.2 40.2 21.5 2.2 1.9 110 96 92
    650 694 1284 4.50 0.76 6.62 66
    1000 331 613 7.90 2.65 3.15 67
    1500 226 418 11.40 5.30 2.16 65
    2000 146 270 14.00 10.22 1.39 74
    2500 105 195 20.60 20.44 1.00 76
    3000 119 220 29.30 25.74 1.14 77
    3500 125 232 36.00 30.28 1.19 78
    4000 130 240 49.40 40.13 1.24 81
    4500 126 233 57.60 48.07 1.20 82
    5000 119 220 64.70 57.16 1.13 89
    5500 111 206 72.10 68.14 1.06 91
    5800 96 177 74.40 81.39 0.91 92

    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 3.6 sec.
    0 to 30 6.1 sec.
    Ratio 1.85 : 1
    Props 15.5 x 17 Rebel Stainless Steel
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, no gear
    Climate 80 deg., 60% humid, winds: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Manitou Takes Luxury Pontoons to New HeightsBy Capt. Robert SmithManitou’s new Cruise series takes much of its design from the Oasis line, yet has added quiet a bit of pizzazz. Ripped metal graphics and vibrant upholstery colors stand out from all the graphics I have seen in the past. The V-toon technology and Sport Handling Package (SHP) aren’t just catchy marketing terms either. These boats actually do handle like a V-hull cutting sharp, tight turns including snappy figure eights with little effort and barely a reduction in speed. The center tube is 27” in diameter and the two outboard tubes are 23” in diameter. Match that with some keel designs and strakes and you have a pontoon boat with sport boat handling. You get hole shots that you can actually see and feel and get up on top with authority and speed.Entry gates on the 24 include wide gates so you don’t have to struggle to bring along big items or wheelchairs. Docking lights are built into the fence high so they actually illuminate the slip or ramp at night. The cushions are dense and vinyl leather touch that are scuff, mildew and mold resistant as well as they are easy to clean. The seat bases are roto-molded but with double walls. This allows the speakers and floor lighting to be mounted inside. Typically, base mounted speakers don’t carry sound as well, but the Kicker speakers are in the sandwich which really helps direct the sound better. Most all storage boxes have ventilation, but I bet the dual wall also makes it easier to keep the gear dry and drained as well.Changing Room on BoardWith family or mixed company, changing on board is always a challenge. A changing room on an upscale pontoon boat isn’t new, but what they do is relatively new. Their changing room is mounted in the end of the aft lounger next to the center gate. Most are in the stern eating up much needed storage. You can also have a port-a-potty inside. It’s not bigger, just placed smarter.Features at the HelmIf you zeroed in on just the helm panel and blocked out everything else, you would swear you were aboard a high-end speed boat. Bezels are color coordinated to the upholstery as well as the Dino tilt wheel with hydraulic power assisted steering. The radio faceplate and switch panel sparkle like a diamond ring due to the highly polished metal. The stereo is Sirius Satellite ready. What makes it even more interesting, fun and versatile is the auxiliary input panel to the opposite side of the wheel. On this side is a cradle for an iPod or MP3 player, input to bridge it to the stereo AND a jack to plug in a flash drive to download up to 1 gigabyte of music into the stereo. That is definitely something I have not seen before. Below the dash, you do have room to stow some things like the soft side cooler. Inside is the hydraulic steering pump and plumbing as well as wiring harness and board. There is unpainted plywood in here, but it is marine grade and covered under the warranty. The door has pockets in it that will be convenient to stow some charts of your favorite lakes or a book to read while lounging at anchor.Spacious Seating ArrangementAft seating is where everyone will gather for a chat. The lounger wraps around from the center gate to the stern gate and is just as comfortable as the two relaxing loungers in the bow. Additional storage space below the seats insure you have room to bring along enough snacks, store the table that sets up back here and keep the life jackets handy. The sun pad across the back is large enough for an adult to stretch out. It has a rolled edge bolster to keep you onboard with a 7” safety rail for added security and safety. Lifting up the lid, you find a huge, deep wet locker for storing the tow lines, skis or boards. Below that, are the battery switch, oil reservoir, battery and fuel tank which is accessed through a hatch on the end next to the stern gate. Through the stern gate you have a telescoping swim ladder with high arching grab rails that mean every one should be able to pull themselves on board.Everyone can stay under cover with the easy to deploy Sunbrella bimini cover. The square frame has quick connects that mean in about one minute you can have it set up, stowed in the boat or dropped down for towing. In conclusion, I was wowed by the performance of the Cruise series. I am told often that a pontoon is a performance boat, but this is the rare occasion that I can actually agree that it has V-hull type performance and response to the wheel and throttle. Many boaters with a family that want more room, but demand to still have a boat with some guts will like this pontoon!

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP is 46.2 mph (74.4 kph), burning 21.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 81.38 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Manitou 24 X-Plode Cruise SHP is 30.7 mph (49.4 kph), and the boat gets 2.91 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.24 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 149 miles (239.79 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional


    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Portable Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Wet bar Optional


    Bimini Top Standard
    Full Canvas Standard


    Deck Warranty
    Limited Lifetime
    NMMA Certification Yes
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