The SES module is available on several lines in the Manitou family, including Encore, Legacy and X-Plode models. The only requirement is that the vessel have three toons. Typically the boats that can handle the SES living room start at about $38k.
The rear-facing lounger is placed on the centerline of the toon so that there are walkways on three sides. Access to the on-board audio components is through a handy, hard-wired remote built into the arm rest of the rear lounger. A table can be placed between the two facing lounges, or it can be removed.
Today we’re going to look at the 26’ Legacy which is one of the premier lines offered by Manitou. Essentially there are three different versions of this platform – the Standard, the LR2, and the PT.
In the 26’ Legacy line the rear bunny pad would come out, as would the rear wrap-around bench seat, to make way for the SES module. Forward you can place the stock modular furniture and chairs anywhere you want. The sunpad on the stock Legacy 26 is 42” wide and below is a large “toy box” to stow tubes, compressors, and all manner of things. The facing chairs are called “aqua loungers” and have kick-out foot rests. The folks at Manitou tell us that when their customers go tooling around the lake in one of these huge toons with lounge chairs that they “attract attention and turn more than a few boaters green with envy.”
Name That Toon
Manitou says that you can build nearly any personalized toon you want “within reason.” The customization options you will have include—*length *floor plan *two toons or tri-toon*engine horsepower and brand*galley module complete with 5 gallon water supply*tables that double as coolers*canvas and isinglass enclosures*aqua loungers, as many as will fit*”changing station” with porta-potti*special sound system*power bimini top *wakeboard tower*BBQ grill*vinyl deck covering
Toons for Kids
We’re told that 40% of the people that buy Manitou pontoon boats use them for water skiing or wakeboarding. If you add in tubing, the percentage climbs even higher. This is an important statistic because it means that pontoon boats are not just be used by your grandparents for sundown cruising. It means that these boats are being seen by a large part of the boating community on freshwater as viable alternatives to deck boats, sportboats and skiboats.
Frankly, we are waiting for the day when someone creates a flat-out pontoon boat fishing machine. Imagine all of the live wells, bait prep areas, fresh fish lunch prep counters, grills, and nearly everything else that could be included. Of course, some pontoon builders already have casting seats in the bow or stern, but that is only the beginning. And all of this for a price about the same as a 20’ bass boat that seats two people!
So what does all of this customizing cost? The folks at Manitou tell us that a 26’ twin-toon Legacy with a 115-hp 4-stroke engine will cost about $34,000 on the low end. Depending on how you load the boat up, a 26” Legacy tri-toon with an SHP hull and a 300-hp engine and virtually all the amenities that Manitou offers would run about $57,000 – a $23,000 spread.
Delivery time for a brand new customized Manitou toon, from the time a contract is signed and all of the design and customizing details are worked out by the buyer and dealer, to the time the boat is delivered will take about five weeks. All Manitou toons are built to order, either by the end user or by a stocking dealer. It is now early March, which means that precious little time is left to have one of these boats built YOUR WAY for the Memorial Day weekend.
Primer on Manitou Toons
Standard and Optional Features
|Refrigerator||Optional Cockpit Refrigerator|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
||Limited Lifetime Warranty Deck|
Pricing Range: $34,000.00Prices, 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.