What’s the Plan?
Before you get too far into what you want to add to your 25 X-Plode, you need to first decide on a specific deck plan. With Manitou, you’re given a multitude of options.
Standard Floor Plan
SES Floor Plan
PT Floor Plan
LR2 Floor Plan
SHP – Sport Handling Package
Continuing with Manitou’s penchant for acronyms, we come to the SHP. Manitou has been very big on creating pontoon boats that perform. To that end they’ve actually gone ahead and trademarked their version of the triple tube design. While we’ve seen pontoons with three tubes before, Manitou does it a little bit differently. The diameter of the center tube is a little bit larger and lifting strakes are added to both sides of all three tubes. So far that’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but in addition Manitou has lowered the center tube in relation to the others and made it bigger. This, in effect, gives you the pontoon version of a V hull. Now when the 25 X-Plode is put into a turn it actually leans into the turn much like a fiberglass V-hull. This adds remarkably to the comfort level, as your guests will be much more inclined to relax as they lean into a turn rather than have the boat remain flat, pushing everyone to the outside of the turn.
While it’s a common practice among boat builders to tout the number of features they have on their standards list, even a cursory glance can tell you how bogus that claim to fame usually is with features like bow eye, navigation lights, horn…etc. However, while Manitou’s list does include those sorts of items, it is also rife with features that aren’t on anyone’s standard list. Among these items are, portable cup holders, a mooring cover, a stern toy box, a color matched steering wheel, and a privacy curtain kit.
But for all the extra items on the standard list, there is still one that we’d like to see added, one which is always optional, the Porta-Potti. Unless you never intend to bring women onto your boat, we can’t imagine getting through a day of on-the-water partying without this simple staple. Yet it’s forever relegated to the land of options. This is one item we’d like to see Manitou step up and add to the standards list and possibly start a trend.
As if we weren’t impressed enough with the list of standard features on the Manitou 25 X-Plode, the options list is to die for. We love the portable table that rolls around the boat to wherever it’s needed. What Manitou calls a “galley with sink”, we call an entertainment center. Either way it’s great for quick cleanups and storage of party goods like plates and plastic cups. We can’t imagine being on this boat without the barbecue grill. Most all toons have a bow gate, but unless you dock bow first it rarely gets used. That’s why we like to see an optional bow filler bench. While a bimini top with boot is on the standard list, you can up the ante by opting for the stainless bimini frame. This is a very beefy rig and there are no straps to sing in the wind while underway. If you really want to get fancy, there is a power bimini, but that’s only for the truly lazy.
The Manitou 25 X-Plode is designed to perform, and that means that horsepower will definitely come into play. With a max rating of 300-hp, you’ll be hard pressed to find disappointment in anything you choose to do, even carrying up to 13 of your closest friends along for the ride.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!