The mission of the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 is to create a comfortable entertainment platform that can hold up to 12 people. With the XP3 performance package she can accommodate up to 200-hp giving her excellent qualifications for being able to entertain in the water as well as on the water.
The Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 has a length overall of 26'2" (7.98 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). With an empty weight of 3,095 lbs. (1,403 kg), one quarter fuel, two people and test power we had an estimated test weight of 4,067 lbs. (1,844 kg). With the 200-hp Mercury Verado turning a 14 and 3/4 by 16 Enertia prop we reached a top speed at 6200 rpm of 40.5 mph. At that speed we were burning 19.75 gph giving us a range of 65 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 15.4 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 3.2 gph giving us a range of 152 miles and an endurance of 9 hours and 48 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
We had a time to plane of 3.4 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 4.4 seconds and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 7.6 seconds.
With the XP3 performance package, she’s a triple-tube design. She comes up on plane from a fairly level attitude, as do most pontoons. Go ahead and add a lot of trim to get the bow high and put her into her optimum cruising attitude. That not only keeps the forward halves of the tubes high, it keeps spray down and gives her better handling through the waves. In gentle turns, she remains flat but harder turns will have her leaning slightly to the outside of the turn. But she does respond well to the helm, and would make for good times putting a towline out the back. When taking power off she settles back into the water from a level attitude.
There are three distinct gathering areas. First there are two opposing couches at the bow with accommodations for a table in between. This makes for an intimate conversational atmosphere and a forward boarding gate is just ahead.
The helm has an L-shaped settee just across from it so even while underway the captain can be a part of the gathering. This section also has a pedestal base to accommodate the standard table.
The aft sun pad is wide enough to accommodate three people facing aft with a couch directly across to the starboard side. As the sun pad is located well inside the exterior fencing, it can even be used while underway. A pop-up changing room is underneath as well as additional storage space.
The stern makes a great launching pad for heading into the water. The three-step reboarding ladder has high rails to ease the return to the deck.
The following items are part of the Sun Tracker Warranty --
Ten-Year Bow-to-Stern Warranty
-- that means factory-installed workmanship and materials are covered for ten years from the time of purchase, including electrical components, livewells and plumbing, carpet and vinyl, furniture, Bimini top and much more. Your engine is covered by the Mercury manufacturer's warranty.
Lifetime Limited Structural and Deck Warranty
-- provides coverage for pontoon logs, motor pod, other structural elements including deck supports, perimeter fence rails and gates, and more, for the life of the boat.
Transferability to Second Owner
-- the resale value of your boat can be enhanced by provisions to transfer warranty elements to a second owner. Your Sun Tracker dealer can help you put applicable elements into effect when you are ready.
One-stop Warranty Resolution
-- 10+LIFE coverage offers a one-stop solution, eliminating the need to pursue separate warranties with component manufacturers.
Full Coverage During Warranty Period
-- means there is no pro-rating, or reduction of your coverage over time. So the peace of mind you enjoy at the outset carries throughout your coverage period.
In addition, Sun Tracker even backs its optional trailers by warranting the Galvashield steel tubing against structural failure due to corrosion for three years!
With the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3, a true entertainment platform has been created that not only allows for plenty of good times on and in the water, but everyone will be kept in comfort while still allowing plenty of open space to mix it up with the guests.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 (2014-) is 40.5 mph (65.2 kph), burning 19.75 gallons per hour (gph) or 74.75 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 (2014-) is 15.4 mph (24.8 kph), and the boat gets 4.81 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.05 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 152 miles (244.62 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Mercury Verado.
Standard and Optional Features
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