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Content courtesy ofPontoon boats are popular as roomy, stable platforms for entertaining, angling and cruising on protected waters. Sun Tracker’s Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 is a tri-toon model that targets those who want a comfortable, feature-rich boat on which to welcome guests for cruising, watersports and entertaining. This boat is surprising luxurious.
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.
By Capt. Dan Armitage
Tracker tells us that the Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 is built for boaters who engage in an active on-water lifestyle with friends and family members that may number more than a half dozen at a time. Two demographic markets are targeted: parents in their 40s with active teens to accommodate and “empty nesters” in their 50s and 60s. These boaters usually want a boat that is large enough and versatile enough to bring family members together for quality time on the water -- and for watersports appropriate for kids from three years old to gramps.
We found the Regency 250 XP3 to offer an excellent balance between the amount of seating and deck space. The seating upholstery is filled with high-density foam that is moisture-wrapped and covered with quality marine-grade vinyl that is double-stitched and under-turned with all fastening hardware discreetly hidden. We also thought the deck space remained open enough to allow passengers some elbow and knee room aboard -- and to walk around when underway.
The helm console and seat are raised on a platform to allow the operator visibility over the deck. The console offers decent legroom and a reclining, high-backed captain’s chair with flip-up armrests.
The three multi-chambered pontoons supporting the 25 foot XP3 are made using .100 aluminum and are fitted with wave deflectors and performance strakes. The deck is built of 7-ply pressure-treated marine plywood supported by full-width, extruded Z-bar supports and surrounded with a heavy-duty extruded rubrail with oversized insert and corner castings. The Regency’s fence panels are vibration- and sound- deadened and elevated from the carpeted deck for added ventilation and drainage and braced with 1.25” (3.18 cm) rails.
Powered by Mercury 200 L OptiMax Pro XS the rig will retail for $36,995. This new Sun Tracker tri-toon Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 has much to offer in the form of comfort and functionality. Tracker is known for being a low-price point builder, but it has done itself proud, in our opinion, when it comes to the upscale aspects of this boat. We think boaters in the market should put it on their short list and use it as a benchmark.
Test Result Highlights
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Pricing Range: $39,995.00Prices, 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.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.