Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Bob SmithVoyager is building pontoon boats that certainly don’t fit into what I remember when I was growing up. They have a modern look, bigger engines and just about every amenity you could think of can be bolted on board. They are still a wonderful platform for cruising, fishing, entertaining or just getting away on a lake or river, but can now be just as comfortable around inland waterways and bays, like Tampa Bay where I live. As an avid sailor and power boater, I never thought I would be saying that about pontoon boats, but they are really coming of age. Some of the models I tested this week ran as good as or better than some of the runabouts that I have tested in the past. Ski rigs are not a laughing matter on a pontoon boat anymore.DesignThis time, I tested the Voyager Express 25 Cruise model on the Lake of the Ozarks and had a great time. This model rides on triple logs and is 25 feet in overall length. She has an 8 foot beam and weighs about 2,450 pounds dry. She can have up to 225-hp outboards on her engine pod and is rated for up to 16 people aboard.Up front there is a small forward deck that can serve as a boarding area up front through the bow gate or as a space for the kids to dangle their feet at anchor or to jump into the water for a cool dip. Recessed docking/driving lights help you on a tricky approach to a tight slip or to the trailer on the ramp. Inside the gate you have two large bench seats up front with the aft end having a built-in lounger back for one to stretch out on each side. My test boat had a space for a snack table to be added up front. The table post attaches to the deck in a clever manner. Instead of a hole being drilled into the deck that catches water and debris, this one has a plate with spaces that catch three tabs on the bottom of the post and securely locks it into place. The lounger backs have a flip out cup holders on each side and the bench seats have roto-molded bases with tons of storage room inside. You can enter from either side with boarding gates at the center on port and starboard.New FeaturesA new item for 2005 is the one piece fiberglass helm pod. This pod feels really sturdy and the high gloss gel coat has a nice finish. In front of the full drag windshield is a small sink with a pump action faucet connected to a 2.5 gallon bottle of water. A bright LED light is mounted in the side for great night visibility on the floor. The stereo is mounted to the left of the wheel and the Faria instruments are clustered across an arc above the wheel. Although my test boat did not have a cup holder in the top for the driver, they assure me the production models will have one. The helm seat was comfortable with swivel and slide adjustments and twin flip up armrests. Across from the helm on port is an L-bench seat that gives you another conversation pit here. The table can be mounted here for snacks. The port side part of the bench has a clever fold-out section that converts this into a sun bed or sleeper. Of course, there is plenty of room below for storage here as well. Across the stern is a large sun pad with a flip up section to port for access to the fuel tank when needed and over on starboard you get an easy to deploy flip-up changing station.PerformanceWhen we tested this model we had two people on board and a little over ¾ of a tank of fuel on board. Our test boat had the 150 Yamaha four-stroke outboard on the engine pod for power. Best cruise seemed to be at 2500rpm traveling 14.8mph, for a fuel burn of 2.6gph and a range of 155 miles. Wide-open-throttle was achieved at 5500rpm at a speed of 36mph, with a fuel burn of 15gph. This pontoon was on plane without a problem in only 3.8 seconds and cruising along at 30mph in only 8.8 seconds.If you enjoy taking a lot of friends and family out for a great day of fun on the water and enjoy the flexibility and versatility of a pontoon boat, be sure and see what they are doing with their 25 footer at Voyager.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Voyager 25 Express Cruise is 36.0 mph (57.9 kph), burning 15.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 56.78 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Voyager 25 Express Cruise is 14.8 mph (23.8 kph), and the boat gets 5.74 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.44 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 155 miles (249.45 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Yamaha Four-Stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!