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Manitou 25 X-Plode (2011-)
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Brief Summary

We’ve seen different styles of pontoons over the years and most range from basic flat decks with chairs to the ultra luxury Cleopatra barges. However, few can come close to anyone’s definition of cool… until now. The Manitou X-Plode series seems to have broken away from the pack and brought with it, not only their clever sportboat handling characteristics, but a serious dose of cool. Today, we take a close look at just how cool this series is with a detailed look at the 25 X-Plode.

Key Features


Length Overall 24' 7''
Beam N/A
Dry Weight 4,680 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 N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity N/A
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 Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Manitou 25 X-Plode
With exciting graphics and sportboat handling, Manitou is on a mission to convince more boaters that fiberglass V-hulls are not the only choice for sporty handling.

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

Manitou 25 X-Plode
In the standard deck plan there are very few surprises. L–shaped lounge seating on the portside not only allows you to relax but also to recline while watching the action at the end of the towline. Three entry gates allow you access from either the bow, stern or portside, with the portside access wide enough to allow even a wheelchair through. A large sunpad at the stern conceals cavernous wet storage beneath. Two lounges at the bow form a convenient conversational area and with the addition of an optional table, a small dining area.

SES Floor Plan

Manitou 25 X-Plode
In this version the rear half of the boat is reconfigured into what Manitou calls its Stern Entertainment System, hence the SES. This is a perfect example of Manitou’s innovative and creative thinking. Manitou maximizes space by centering the aft benches, creating the seating’s complete walk-around access. A convenient hardwired stereo remote is built into the armrest of the rear lounger and the entire area converts into a chaise lounge, or even a picnic group with table storage under the seats.
Manitou 25 X-Plode
Manitou’s Stern Entertainment System creates a very comfortable area to relax in.

PT Floor Plan

Manitou 25 X-Plode
In the PT floor plan the bow was set up for that bit of a more intimate gathering with two comfortable bucket seats to port. The starboard lounge and aft L-shaped seating remain as well as the sunpad with storage.

LR2 Floor Plan

Manitou 25 X-Plode
Lastly, the LR2 floor plan reaches a nice compromise of space and comfort by shortening both the port and starboard forward loungers and adding swivel bucket seats.

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.

Manitou 25 X-Plode
Manitou’s SHP tube design creates what is in effect a V-hull on a pontoon boat.

Standard Features

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.

Manitou 25 X-Plode
These are just some of the standard items on Manitou’s list of features. All of which are optional on other boats.

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.

Manitou 25 X-Plode
Compare this full walk around transom with other boats in class and you’ll start to see and appreciate these little added features, particularly when they’re combined together.


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.

Manitou 25 X-Plode
And here are some of the highlights of the options list.
Manitou 25 X-Plode
Adding teak to the aft deck is a sure way to add class and style to any boat. Here it is surrounded by lots of stainless steel including reinforced corners. Notice the see thru safety glass ahead of the engine.
Manitou 25 X-Plode
Side graphics will greatly enhance your ride, and there are several items on the interior to match the external color choice.

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


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