Captain's ReportA Pontoon Capable of Being a Wakeboard BoatCapt. Robert SmithThe V-toon technology and Sport Handling Package (SHP) aren’t just catchy marketing terms, these boats actually do handle like a V-hull cutting sharp, tight turns 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.Top-Notch Feel and FetauresThe decks are covered with 28 oz. marine grade carpet that is plush and comfortable to the bare feet. 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 Polk Mama 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.Manitou’s 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.Behind the WheelAt the helm, 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 also 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. 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. The Seating LayoutThe 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 ½ swim platform with a swim ladder tucked underneath.Overhead with a wakeboard tower, you wouldn’t expect much cover, but Manitou did a good job of protecting you from rain showers and harsh sun. The tower is well braced and has a board rack on each side. Barrel speakers project the tunes out to the rider (and anyone in quite a range) behind you.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Manitou 22 X-Plode Cruise SHP is 48.7 mph (78.4 kph), burning 21.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 79.86 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Manitou 22 X-Plode Cruise SHP is 34.8 mph (56 kph), and the boat gets 2.77 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.18 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 225-hp Evinrude HO.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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