Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Bob SmithIt is not often that you can say you are surprised by what a pontoon boat does and the amenities it offers, but Voyager did just that as I tested several of their 2005 models. The rains stayed away, the crew stayed alert and supportive. Temperatures remained moderate and the humidity was low (quite a welcome change.)Design and LayoutThe new graphics Voyager is using looks great. It doesn’t jump out at you and is not loud, just a nice finishing touch and nicely color coordinated. The Sport Center Console Deluxe model rides on two logs. This arrangement provided a smooth and dry ride. The spray rails on the nose of the logs deflected water away, only giving a sprinkle or two from a freshening breeze. If you are overly concerned about having a marine grade plywood deck, they offer an aluminum deck option on this model. The standard design for this model offers a port and starboard entry near the center and a bow entry at the front. If you want it, you can add an optional rear entry. Two fold down fishing seats are in the front on sturdy heavy duty posts that don’t wobble around as you move. FeaturesMy test model had docking lights for making a safe approach to a tight slip at night or to the trailer at the ramp. Just inside the door on the hinge side is the trolling motor socket. Voyager uses a clever arrangement for the rod storage system on both sides. A flip down on the two compartments along the sides of both the port and starboard creates a space for three rods to safely be stowed underway. When you are just cruising around, you can flip them back into the pod and not take up clearance along the sides. A cup holder is in the front corner pods next to the two fishing chairs and a net storage system is between the front and center pods along the sides up front. This is a great place to toss loose items that you don’t want to have flying about when boating, but want to find them quickly when you get to where you are headed. Just behind the forward chairs is an aerated livewell to serve the folks up front. This is built into the front of the center console.At the HelmThe center console is an interesting location on a pontoon boat, but it offers a great view of where you are headed and allows for a better use of space in this case. The helm seat was adequately padded and easy to adjust. Simple Faria gauges keep you informed of speed, fuel and tachometer readings. A voltmeter and fuel gauge wrap up the instrumentation. There is plenty of space to bolt on your fishfinder at the helm. Just behind the helm are two bench seats. These are on roto-molded bases and are quite comfortable. Both of the benches have a flip/slide out section to expand it into a large lounging space or day bed for the kids. If you need room to serve some snacks, a round table can be inserted in the floor between the benches. It too is unique. Three tabs on the bottom of the post lock into a plate on the floor that does not require a huge hole to be drilled into the deck. Transom FeaturesMoving toward the stern, there is a section that has a removable center for easy access to the stern. With it in place, you get a large sun pad that expands from port to starboard. Under the port pillar you can have a flip up privacy enclosure. The cranking battery and trolling motor battery are under a bench in here. Over on the starboard side you can have access to the fuel tank, if ever needed, through a canvas back cover. Moving to the stern, you get two more fishing chairs on heavy-duty pedestals. Each corner pod has a cup holder and a rod holder in the top as well as three small Plano boxes behind a cover. The stern light clips into a space across the stern wall for safe keeping when not in use. Although this model certainly has lots of fishing features, she is just as comfortable as a cruising model. Until you reveal the fishing specific features, they are neatly hidden away.PerformanceThis boat is 22 feet overall in length and 8 feet in wide in the beam. She has two logs and weighs approximately 1,600lbs dry. This model is rated for up to 115hp outboards and to carry up to 12 persons. When we tested this model, we had two people on board, ¾ of a tank of fuel and a 90-hp Mercury four stroke for power. We found her best cruise to be at 2000 rpm traveling 65mph and burning .6gph for a range of 225 miles. At wide-open-throttle she was turning 5500rpms and running 24.8mph for a fuel burn of 9.8gph and a range of 55 miles.If you enjoy fishing, cruising and just enjoying the sunny days on the water, the Voyager 22 Center Console can provide you with lots of options in a comfortable, spacious and stable platform. If you have been thinking about a pontoon for your weekend pleasure boating, be sure and see what Voyager has done to make it a lot more fun.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Voyager Sport Center Console is 24.8 mph (39.9 kph), burning 9.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 37.09 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Voyager Sport Center Console is 8.4 mph (13.5 kph), and the boat gets 7.26 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.09 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 157 miles (252.67 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 90-hp Mercury Four-Stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!