Loaded Fishing Pontoons

At Various Price Points

Published in the August 2008 Issue Published online: Aug 26, 2008

Cypress Cay 200 Angler

Lower End of the Price Spectrum

Fishing's the word of the day with the 200 Angler by Cypress Cay. That doesn't mean you sacrifice comfort or performance, but what it does mean is that you're hooked up for some serious fishing fun as well as enjoying high quality form and function.

To get specific, you're going to find four fishing seats with removable posts, a Hummingbird fishfinder and aerated livewell, and it's equipped with a trolling motor outlet with harness and convenient half gate. It also has plenty of storage in the spacious rod box. It features adjustable and fixed vertical rod holders as well. So load up your crew, and bring on the fish.

In addition to these amenities, you'll find all the conveniences and comforts of other standard features such as the wash down system that includes nozzle, hose, pump and holder. Aft you'll find a table with convenient molded drink holders. Carpeting is 22-ounce Boca Raton.

The helm stand is fiberglass and has an easy to access 36-quart cooler, and the steering wheel is a comfortable Woodland Hide. This model also includes a changing room with curtain, sun lounge in the stern, and windscreen protection as well.

The 200 Angler is approximately $18,500 MSRP with a 50 Mercury ELPTO motor. To find out more about this model, call Cypress Cay at 888-887-4866 or visit www.discovercypresscay.com.

Avalon SF180

Middle of the Price Spectrum

How would you like to find a boat that offers all the capabilities of a bass boat and all the creature comforts and affordability combined with the stability you need-and it's all in one pontoon boat? Avalon has caught your vision and created the SF180 in answer to your wish list.

Down to the details. Along with a fishing chair on the bow casting deck, this boat has a livewell, rod box, and tackle trays located here as well. You'll also find two bow SST angled rod holders, two large storage areas in the bow casting deck and two bow SST cup holders in the comers. The trolling motor lid is in the bow casting deck as well with motor plug, harness and Minn Kota trolling motor on the lower level. As if all that weren't enough, you'll enjoy the comfort of the rear casting deck complete with fishing chair, convenience of another livewell, and two large storage areas. There are also four rear SST angled rod holders in the safety rail's comers as well as two SST cup holders.

The helm area is complete with two SF180 Captain Stands with comfortable barrel chairs, two fixed windshields and two graphite dash panels with Garmin FF145 Fishfinder. It is also decked out nicely with a Clarion 255 CD Stereo with power stereo speakers and all the other necessities such as tachometer, voltage and fuel gauges and has Baystar hydraulic tilt steering. It looks to have everything the serious angler needs. The MSRP on this model, with a 90 four-stroke Honda, is approximately $22,300.

More information on the SF180 can be found by calling 800-334-2913 or logging on to www.avalonpontoons.com.

Sylvan 8522 Signature

Higher End of the Price Spectrum

Luxury and fishing amenities shouldn't have to be mutually exclusive, and Sylvan understands that very well. Its 8522 Signature pontoon boat has it all, and that means something for everyone. You'll not only find all your fishing needs, but performance and comfort to boot.

The driver's console is full fiberglass and comes standard with a windscreen. This boat also has a nice JBL stereo with MP3 port and 12-volt outlet complete with a great four-speaker system, built into the furniture for higher quality sound. Comfortable seating throughout this model is also standard. You'll enjoy the convenience of the collapsible cooler that stows well while on the water and is easily transported to shore.

Storage isn't a problem with this model either. Bring all the gear you need for the day along-it stores so nicely with the system Sylvan has put in place. Another nice thing about this boat is that you can accommodate 14 people on your excursions. It has plenty of comfortable seating for all, including a very comfortable captain's chair with a lot of leg room.

You're all set up for fishing with two swivel chairs, rear washdown, storage for four rods and vinyl flooring in the rear for easy cleaning. It also has a standard livewell under one of the seat cushions midship. With a 35-gallon fuel tank, you're set for a full day of reeling in the fish.

This boat is approximately $25,695 MSRP with a 90hp Mercury Optimax. For more information on the 8522 Signature, log on to www.sylvanmarine.com, or call 574-831-2950.

Boating choices were once black and white: four-stroke engines boasted advanced technology and reliability, but couldn't equal the acceleration of traditional two-strokes. Mercury, driven by a history of innovation, set out to manufacture a four-stroke engine that would deliver performance and reliability with an automotive-like driving experience. Verado, a supercharged production outboard engine, provides all that and more.

Verado Enhancements

In June of 2007, Mercury unveiled enhancements for the Verado line that give consumers increased fuel efficiency and power without sacrificing reliability. A Verado outboard is an excellent pontoon and deck boat engine, not only because of the power steering and digital throttle and shift offerings, but because of its unbeatable torque, spectacular fuel economy, best-in-class sound rating and smooth ride. The six-cylinder models are great for high-performance pontoons and deck boats, and the four-cylinder models are slightly smaller, but still spectacular.

You'll have plenty more reasons to choose a Verado. Their high-performance alternator will keep you powered up all day. At just 1,000 RPM, the alternator delivers 50 amps, which is more than many competing alternators produce at full throttle. At full throttle, the Verado alternator produces an impressive 70 amps to keep your battery strong. Verado's supercharged system delivers the torque big boats need for immediate planing, superior mid-range acceleration and sustained planing at lower speeds. Besides that, the unique Verado Charge Air Cooler teams with the supercharger to deliver superior hole shot and acceleration by cooling the compressed air before it enters the engine's combustion chambers. The ensuing combustion is more complete and intense, which translates to more power. Finally, its injection-molded intake manifold increases torque and power by delivering higher levels of airflow, critical for the most efficient combustion.

The six-cylinder Verado features a unique Cradle-Mount Design with four oversized, calibrated elastomer mounts surrounding the powerhead to isolate and eliminate vibration. The result is an incredibly smooth ride. In addition, the advanced midsection design incorporates a new steering-to-engine-axis geometry, which contributes to the system's solid, precise steering and improves handling at higher speeds.

Mercury's Enertia propeller features a revolutionary design that can increase acceleration up to 30 percent and boost top-end speed by 2 miles per hour. The patented X7 alloy makes it four times more durable than traditional metals, so the thin blades and higher rake angles increase efficiency without sacrificing durability.

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