Captain's ReportA Pontoon Boat for All ReasonsTested By Captain Keith Burton More and more these days people are looking to get more out of life and the products they buy, especially when it comes to boats. After all, no one has to have a boat. But here’s a super choice for anyone looking for an outstanding fishing boat that provides some luxury and real comfort in one package, the Voyager Express Fish & Cruise. This 22-foot long pontoon boat features a no-compromising fishing platform with the room and comfort that a whole family would enjoy.Designed and manufactured by Voyager Marine, this Camdenton, Missouri company has built a solid reputation for itself for excellent design, engineering and manufacturing in their line of pontoon boats. Attention to details and to customer needs are among the company’s hallmarks and they are reflected in Voyager’s boats.The Voyager Express Fish & Cruise is a feature-rich boat aimed at experienced anglers who have fished on other boats, even pontoon boats, and are ready for something special.Starting at the bow, the Voyager Express Fish & Cruise features a broad deck outfitted with two premium port and starboard pedestal seats. Unlike seats in lesser boats, these are well-padded and firmly mounted to the deck. They won’t wobble around. At the forward corners are cupholders and storage compartments for gear. And behind the port seat, in a compartment that opens toward the bow is a large space for fishing tackle and four rod tubes to provide a safe haven for you fishing rods. The compartment is also lockable.On the starboard side at the bow, just behind the fishing seat, is a moderately-sized bench seat with even more storage underneath. What you have though, is a pontoon boat where most of the entire forward section is dedicated for fishing. That mean lots of room to move about and get close to the edge of the boat. Of course, there is a forward-facing door to get off and on when beaching.Night anglers will also appreciate the built-in docking lamps at the forward corners of the bow.The command console, which is made of smoothly formed fiberglass, contains a gauge cluster arranged beneath an arching binnacle. The white on black gauges are easy to see and look upscale with the well-padded sport steering wheel that is part of the package. The steering wheel tilts, a great feature for when you want to stand up while underway.A premium captain’s chair that is softly bolstered should provide hours of comfort when getting to that favorite fishing hole. The electrics are controlled by toggle switches backed up by circuit breakers, so there will never be a need to replace a fuse. A built-in CD radio is on the left within easy reach.The helm console includes a freshwater faucet and sink with additional storage beneath. We particularly liked the small lockable compartment on the port side of the command console that is ideal for storing a wallet or some valuables while you are onboard.There is a wrap around rear bench seat at the rear. The port side of the bench seat will be appreciated by sunbathers. The rear-facing backrest is sharply reclined to provide a comfortable place to lie down. The seat also can be unfolded in seconds to double its size for an even larger sun lounger.Sun seekers will also appreciate the large sun pad near the stern of the boat. This padded sun deck does double duty. Underneath is a fold-out canvas changing room that rises to standup height when the sun deck is raised. The operation takes only seconds with the hydraulic supports that help raise the sun deck up.But all this is not the end of features on this boat. At the stern are two more pedestal seats, a rod and gear storage rack, as well as a compartment designed to hold fishing tacking with individual trays. And there is also a livewell.For those who ski and swim, a rear boarding ladder is also part of the package.Pontoon boats make excellent fishing platforms. They are roomy and extremely stable. They also draw very little water so getting into shallow fishing spots is a breeze. The Voyager Express Fish & Cruise performs well on the water with a soft ride, even over choppy waters. It also has the comfort and premium seating that make a day on the water, even while fishing, much more enjoyable.With a Mercury XR6 150 horsepower outboard, we saw a top speed of 32.9 mph at 5,200 rpm. While not blazingly fast, it is certainly more than adequate to get you where you want to go.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Voyager Express 22 Fish and Cruise is 32.9 mph (52.9 kph), burning 16.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 63.59 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Voyager Express 22 Fish and Cruise is 16.3 mph (26.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.19 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.36 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 69 miles (111.04 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury XR6.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!