NOW-Next Year

Published in the September 2008 Issue Published online: Sep 20, 2008
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You can spot the new year On the horizon when the last leaves have fallen, the Christmas commercials start (two obnoxious days before Halloween) and heating bills are starting to rise. While the temperature may be dropping outside, the temperature inside the world of pontoon and deck boats is red-hot. The final quarter of the year isn't in the books yet, but that doesn't mean the new year isn't already here! We've done our homework by gathering all the new models for 2009 for your reading pleasure, but we'll warn you that it feels like a sauna. After all, these newbies are steaming with new features, new standards and new reasons to trade in your older boat for the top of the line. Somebody get me some ice!

Apex Marine

Can you say compact luxury toon? Get set to check out Apex Marine's full line of compact pontoon boats. This line is perfectly suited for electric propulsion. Apex teamed up with several leading electric outboard manufacturers to bring the widest selection of electric-powered pontoon boats to the scene for 2009.

One such model is the Qwest Model LS 7516 Cruise. This compact luxury pontoon is filled with many amenities and loaded with comfort. Its smaller profile is easy to maneuver and is perfectly sized for small families or groups. Leave your gas worries behind and cruise in comfort on the deluxe upholstery while listening to the sounds from the JBL stereo system. The Qwest LS Cruise is also equipped with a front layback seat, partial sundeck, fiberglass helm stand with integrated depth finder and stainless steel trimmings.

Also new is the Qwest Adventure Series. These smaller profile rear-entry style pontoon boats are affordable and chock full of features. Ready to fish? The Qwest Adventure 7516 Sport Deluxe is decked out for fishing or cruising with two front bass seats, rear seating group and aerated livewell. The captain's bucket seat has an extra wide seat cushion and sits on a sliding pedestal. There is an all-fiberglass helm stand with stainless steel steering wheel, integrated storage tray, tachometer and volt meter. There are front rod and cup holders and a rear lockable storage area with additional rod holders. The robust rear-entry ladder is bolted to the frame, making for easy access for swimming or accessing the boat while loaded.

This easily maneuverable pontoon boat is seven and a half feet wide and is perfect for smaller lakes. It's the ideal choice for hitting that secret fishing hole or taking the family for a day on the water. It's also a perfect alternative to traditional V-bottom fishing boats. It's easier to board from a dock, offers more room to get up and move around, and is much more comfortable to be on. Whatever your adventure, you'll enjoy the robust construction and practical design.

To find out more, call 989-681-4300, or visit www.compactpontoons.com.

 

Aqua Patio

The engineers at Godfrey Marine must have logged a lot of hours when designing the latest Aqua Patio 240 I/O Elite. From a cosmetic standpoint the colored rail skins, new graphics, chrome raised logos and the added color accents helps give this boat an extremely high-end feel. But it's the high output amphitheater sound that will impress you the most. The days of having speakers mounted on the floor are gone, as the Godfrey team brought in professionals to make sure the sound was near perfect on this pontoon boat.

And to top it all off the multi-position rear seat converts two back-to-back lounges into either a flat sundeck or a comfy lounge seat that is guaranteed to be the most popular seat on board. The beautiful sundeck is not only attractive, but also quite functional with the integrated boarding ladder and hidden ski/tow pylon.

At full throttle with a MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI engine this boat is capable of reaching speeds close to the half-century mark. At a cruising RPM of 3000, the engine sips about 6.9 gallons per hour. The base of this Elite model that is also available for the Sanpan line is a 27-inch center pontoon with two outside pontoons that are 25 inches in diameter. This design allows the pontoon to turn a lot sharper, especially in those tight turns.

For more information on this new Elite model from Aqua Patio call 888-463-3739 or visit www.godfreymarine.com.

 

Azure

A new hull for the AZ 220 has been added to the Sport Decks line of Azure Boats. As the company continues to grow by leaps and bounds as it manufactures high-end cruisers like its Z Class, it hasn't forgot about the deck boat line that help build this fiberglass manufacturer in a short amount of time.

For a sleek, clean look, the graphics have been removed and color has been added to the helm seat, providing the boat with a luxurious look and feel. A new style elliptical ski/tow bar has been added as well and it's just one of the many new standard features that also includes the leading edge deck stripe and the RTM extended platform.

Key options for 2009 include dimensional chrome sport graphics, Rockford premium sound system stereo with MP3 port and four speakers, subwoofer option and with an upgraded sound system you can also get satellite radio.

Another redesign option for the new model year is the Super Sport Package for the Sport Decks line. The package includes color matched vinyl interior accents, color matched brow, color matched steering wheel, color matched badge on bucket seats, dimensional chrome graphics and a full hull color band.

For more information, contact www.azureboats.com or call 574-264-6336.


Bennington Marine

It's no secret that Bennington engineers do more than just design great pontoon boats; they're boaters themselves. How else can you explain the innovative features that are introduced each year? Proof can be found in the all-new 2575QCW 3 I/O with a floor plan that includes a center walk-through design.

Starting with the two 25-inch diameter pontoons with a 32-inch center elliptical tube, this pontoon turns like a v-hull (maybe even better). With too many standard features to list, the key amenities include the three chaise lounges, one-piece fiberglass console with full instrumentation including a Garmin depth finder, lifting strakes, hydraulic actuated power steering and an underdeck wave shield.

New standard features for 2009 include the Actia electronic gauges with the self diagnostic function, new rail system with crowned top rail, Rockford Fosgate stereo with four Rockford speakers and redesigned soft touch console cap with chrome accents.

There are several other new Bennington models being released including the 2275SF that is designed with angling in mind with the three fishing seats and port bow livewell. But also included is a completely re-upholstered seat selections on darker Dura frame seat bases plus a water-resistant Rockford Fosgate AM/FM stereo with MP3 and iPod ports, plus a USB port and two speakers.

One model that is sure to earn some looks is the 2575 RBR. The extra wide lounges caught a lot of attention in 2008, but on this particular model those same lounges can now be found in the bow. Arguably the two best seats on board, it's sure to stop boat show traffic this year.

Starting with this model year, Sedona pontoons will be marketed as a series under the Bennington product brand. This entry-level line will continue to showcase value at an entry-level price, while including that Bennington pride and attention to detail into each Sedona.

Sedona is committed to offering a range of versatile models to fit any lifestyle. New models include the 2275SL (a 22-foot family model with changing room), 2275SF (22-foot three-point fishing model with changing room), and the 2275SL I/O (a 22-foot I/O three tube with changing room).

Founded in 1997, Bennington Marine has grown at an unprecedented pace to become one of the largest manufacturers of pontoon boats.

To learn more about all of Bennington's new models for 2009, please visit www.benningtonmarine.com/ or call 574-264-6336.

Bentley

Bentley Marine Group's dealer meeting ended with a great response from its dealers. There have been some transitions in the past couple of months with the new ownership of Bentley Marine Group, and yet they were able to introduce new models of boats for its show. Bentley has decided to capture a new audience with a mid-stream pontoon called the Elite.

The Elite has all the extras including a rear entertainment deck with speakers and twin ladders. New Aero-design front railing and the rounded front deck on the Elite sets its pontoon boats apart. With the changes came the announcement of a new division of the fiberglass line, Gulfsteam Boats, LLC.

This new line of fiberglass boats means Bentley offers a wide range from 18- to 36-foot of saltwater fishing boats and all new deck boats. The excitement that was received from the dealers at this year's dealer meeting has given Bentley Marine Group a reason to continue working on innovative ideas to improve its product. Bentley has decided to keep producing the Bentley pontoon series, providing a quality boat at an affordable price. For more information, visit www.bentleypontoon.com or call 803-691-2100.

 

Berkshire

Forest River Marine, the company that brought you the style, comfort and speed of South Bay pontoons, is proud to introduce a new line of pontoon boats-Berkshire. Right out of the chute, there are more than enough models to be picky-13 models to be exact, ranging from the 220C all the way up to the 264RLXB.

At the helm, you'll find a fiberglass dash with raised butterscotch wood as well as a molded sink with a two-gallon water tank. Standard features are bounteous, starting with a Jensen waterproof AM/FM radio (MP3 and iPod-ready, of course) with four speakers. At the console are tachometer, volt, fuel and trim gauges, as well as a Humminbird GPS and fish/depth finder. The captain will be plenty comfortable gripping the beige QMI soft-grip wheel with tilt steering, and will have enough room as the helm seat is on a slider pedestal. More standard features include the 31-gallon fuel tank located in the motor pod, rear access with polished aluminum boarding ladder, stainless steel cleats and cup holders, fuel/water separators, navigator bimini top and new changing room sundeck with extended vinyl aft deck. If you prefer the angler models, standard features include rod locker with rod holders, trolling motor outlet and half-gate and fishing center with livewell and tackle trays.

All models are available in triple tube outboard models, except for the 190C and 191FC.

Rail panel colors are as colorful as their South Bay counterparts, with classy, brilliant colors such as Navy Blue, Forest Green, Graphite, Cabernet and Sand. For more information call 574-825-8696 or visit www.forestriverinc.com.

 

Crest Pontoons

In keeping with its tradition of excellence, Crest has stepped up for 2009 with the Caribbean XRS, available in 22- and 25-foot models. Standard with this new boat is the Spec-Look rail system, stereo-CD-MP3 player with four speakers, rear-entry ladder and stainless steel ski/tow bar. It also features "Bay-Store" tilt hydraulic steering, dock lights, tach, fuel and volt meters; interior lighting and a 24-gallon transom tank. For durability it has a stainless steel deck rail and front access rail, as well as stainless steel deck cleats.

Included in all the bells and whistles are LED running lights, Berber carpet, bold new seat vinyl color choices, two front (high back) reclining bucket seats and a nine-foot bimini top.

The pontoons are 26 inches in diameter, and of course this boat has the patented MP-6 adjustable transom.

Structure options include TaperToon and triple-toon upgrade packages. Motor package choices are Suzuki, Mercury, Honda and Yamaha, as well as BRP-Evinrude.

To find out more, log on to www.crestpontoonboats.com or call 989-725-5188.


Crestliner

For 2009, the Grand Cayman takes plush seating to a new level with the introduction of the Rear Facing Lounge. Available on the Grand Cayman 2685 and 2485, this rear-facing, double-lounge seat lets you relax in total comfort, and features built-in stereo speakers with remote, and massive storage compartments. Guests will also appreciate the Grand Cayman's many other on-board amenities, including plush cruise recliners, sculpted carpeting and the Sony premium sound system complete with iPod jack.

All Grand Cayman pontoons feature a long list of standard features, including a deluxe steering wheel, pop-up changing room, recessed docking lights, Dock-Gard bumpers, a bimini top and quick-connect hardware, plus painted pontoon tubes and deck trim.

The value-priced Batata Bay pontoons deliver quality, comfort and performance and are very affordable. The flagship of the line is the 2385 Batata Bay. It features three 27-inch tubes for superior lift and performance, plus an automobile-inspired helm that's extremely user-friendly, and everything you need to spend the day on the water cruising, tubing or fishing. The Batata Bay comes standard with features some pontoon builders consider options, including sport bucket captain's chairs, comfortable lounge seating, Jensen stereo with iPod jack, boarding ladder, pop-up changing room, lots of storage and a bimini top.

All Grand Cayman and Batata Bay models with 27-inch tubes feature lifting strakes on both sides of each tube. They create added lift for faster planing and level cornering, and they help maximize top speed and fuel efficiency. For more information, call 320-632-6686 or visit www.crestliner.com.

 

Cypress Cay

The 260 Cozumel I/O from Cypress Cay takes the original Cozumel design and upgrades it into a truly unique sterndrive unit that will delight customers of all ages. With a wider and deeper sun lounge, it increases storage area and maximizes efficiency. An easy-access engine chamber allows for quick engine checks and maintenance.

For starters, you'd better have a lot of friends if you want to fill this boat to capacity. It fits 17 people, and has a maximum rating of 300hp, so you know the boat can handle it. The premium Nautolex vinyl is coated with PreFixx protective coating, making it easy to clean. In addition to an ergonomically designed helm stand design with easy-to-read analog gauges, as well as upgraded low-back helm seat with soft foam and smooth vinyl, the 260 Cozumel I/O comes standard with plenty: a changing room, conveniently-located cup holders, plush carpeting and Sony stereo system.

And what about options, you ask? Stylish faux teak flooring is sure to make it look like you spent much, much more on your boat. Those passengers itching to get into the water will appreciate an optional ski locker and ski/tow pylon, as well as a premium sound system with six speakers and stainless steel speaker covers and Sirius or XM satellite radio when they climb back aboard, while kicking back with a drink in their hands-thanks to an optional stainless steel cup holders upgrade.

If you want color, you got it. Besides choosing between four stylish colors-Black Sand, Ocean Blue, Cypress Green and Canyon Red-the optional XL Edition features a solid black fence panel with a unique graphics design.

This new addition to the Cypress Cay line is sure to please even the pickiest boater. For more information, call 888-887-4866 or visit www.discovercypresscay.com.

 

Ebbtide

For those who enjoy the lifestyle of a spacious deck boat, but yearn for the looks, speed and precision of a bow rider, Ebbtide is proud to introduce its new 2660 Dual Console Fun Cruisers. With Ebbtide's Z-Trak hull design for 2007, these deck boats corner more precisely and provide easier maneuverability and control. The sleek Z-Trak look incorporates the high-performance double-vented chines with a full wrap-around walk-through windshield and a modern style and design to satisfy any family's boating needs.

Each hull and deck is 100 percent hand-laid with a first lay-up of fiberglass mat and Ashland AME 5000 resin, with successive layers of fiberglass mat and woven roving using Ashland low VOC resin for lighter and stronger construction. In addition, Ebbtide makes a conscious effort to use materials that are environmentally-friendly. Because of the time and care put into each and every boat, only a limited number of boats are produced each year.

For more information call 615-797-3193 or visit the website at www.ebbtideboats.com.

Fisher

Fisher pontoons continue into 2009 with classic styling and proven construction. For the entry-level customer who sometimes gets overlooked as a demographic, Fisher is introducing the all-new Fisher 18 Spirit pontoon boat, ideal for those with a little extra money left over from diligently paying bills to be rewarded with a nice pontoon boat to relax in. At 19 feet, 7 inches, this new pontoon has an extended motor pod with built-in nine-gallon fuel tank and fuel tank gauge. The construction is heavy-duty, with 29-ounce vinyl with stain-resistant topcoat, 16-ounce marine-grade carpet, fully molded fiberglass reinforced console with tachometer and horn and 1 1/4-inch anodized rails with elevated fence. The aluminum frame furniture provides storage space to put bags and life jackets out of sight, but still accessible.

Once anchored in, the captain's bench as well as the passenger bench have flip-flop backs, so you can join in the conversation on the back bench. The furniture is comfortable and classy, with the Fisher logo engraved in.

For safety's sake, the gates have ball pinch protectors. Not only does the portside gate have pinch protectors on each side of the gate, but it's also wide enough for a wheelchair.

Ahead of the front gate is a spacious deck, with two bow deck-mounted seat bases for swivel bucket seats. The front gate paneling is high enough that installing a trolling motor won't be a problem.

The Fisher 18 Spirit seats five people (750 pounds) and can reach speeds of 17.6 mph with a 40hp Mercury EFI four-stroke BigFoot. For more information, call 417-873-4555 or visit www.fisherboats.com.

 

G3 Boats

The new Sun Catcher Elite Series from G3 Boats provides pontoon buyers across the country with a truly elite and upscale package in a wide variety of sizes. Available for the first time is the Elite 22 Cruise, the Elite 25 Cruise and the Elite 26 Dual Console.

The new Sun Catcher Elite 26 DC is a pontoon lover's answer to total performance in a luxury package. Built on three flotation-filled 23-inch by 25-inch U-shaped logs, lifting strakes, full length under deck performance shield and all-aluminum welded motor pod, the Elite 26 DC combines a premium undercarriage with styling and prestige.

With a massive 26-foot deck, 102-inch beam and 15-person seating capacity, the Elite 26 DC has more than enough room for three generations of friends and family. The Sony marine audio entertainment system powered by Kicker and the ambient floor lighting provide the proper setting for any late evening cruise, while the 300hp max rating and the removable ski/tow are sure to please even the most radical wake boarders in the family. Plenty of other special features are found on board the Elite 26 DC as well. A port console that mirrors the driver's console, four access gates, 12V outlets, mooring cover, flush mount Garmin GPS, new third log ski storage, power steering, fog resistant gages, refreshment center and many other unique features combine to make this our star pontoon for 2009. Available in Sandstone and Copper with black canvas, the attractive look is sure to be at home on any water. For more information, call 800-588-9787 or visit www.g3boats.com.

 

Harris FloteBote

Harris FloteBote has several all-new pontoon models for 2009, including the Grand Mariner SEL, which is the new face of elite pontoon design. From the modern interior styling to the sweeping industry-leading fence design, contemporary color palette to the Imperial two-tone carpeting (exclusive to Harris FloteBote), the Grand Mariner sports a fresh look from top to tubes. In addition to its modern appearance, this pontoon is also built to be all-encompassing-whether you like to entertain, cruise, ski or simply lounge with your family. The standard Performance III Package with V-step center tube and a MerCruiser 350MAG sterndrive engine, the Grand Mariner SEL offers a higher level of performance excitement.

Some of the key standard features include a convenient playpen cover with patented EZ-Clip system and storage bag, automotive-inspired helm stand design with easy-to-read analog gauges, plenty of stainless steel cup holders, Ultra Lux high-back helm seat with extra soft foam and silky smooth vinyl and extended swim platform, boasting an oversized lounger with flip-flop backrest. On top of that, the lounger design incorporates six stainless steel cup holders, iPod holder, stereo remote control and under-seat storage areas that double as ice chests.

Options are just as plentiful as standards. Boat colors include Black Sapphire, Midnight Blue, Sandy Pearl and Royal Garnet. A classy-looking faux teak flooring will add style to your boat, a ski locker and ski/tow pylon will add thrills, and a platinum sound system with six speakers and stainless steel speaker covers, as well as Sirius or XM satellite radio, will add rhythm. And who could forget an optional entertainment center with cooler or stainless steel refrigerator? For the sake of convenience, storage drawers can be added for all your on-board necessities and accent lighting-including lighted cup holders, rope lighting and lighted rubrail-will help you not miss a thing as it gets darker outside.

The 250 Grand Mariner SEL is only one of several new models in the 2009 lineup. New models also include the 230 and 250 Grand Mariner SEL and SE (sterndrive), 220 and 240 Grand Mariner (OB), 180 Fisherman (OB) and the 230, 250 and 270 Royal Heritage BTE (Black Tie Edition). For more information, call 260-432-4555 or visit www.harriskayot.com.

 

Hurricane

With so many new models for 2009, it's hard to know where to begin so we'll kick it off with the all-new fishing series. Hurricane deck boats have always been known for versatility, but until Godfrey Marine conducted a survey the manufacturer didn't realize that 87 percent of its owners buy with the intent to fish. The next obvious step was to introduce the Hurricane Fishing Series, which includes five new models for this upcoming year. From center consoles to dual, this line of boats is sure to catch on.

The new Hurricane FunDeck 216 RE and the FunDeck 236 blend comfort and performance when the fiberglass hull of a deck boat and the style of a pontoon come together. These two new models have the Sweetwater furniture for added comfort and come with a standard ski/tow bar. Style is at a premium on this deck boat by featuring sporty color and graphics, new colored hulls, tailored upholstery and elongated, curved, anodized rails. Based on three decades of experience, the traditional modified deep V quick-planing Category 5 hull maximizes efficiency by using less horsepower to reach your desired speed.

Continuing the tradition of Hurricane's quest for new product introductions, the FunDeck GS 200 delivers a smooth-riding, versatile platform for a full day on the water. Following the lead of the all-new SunDeck series introduced last year, innovative crossover engineering creates a wide open floor plan and generous storage, without sacrificing shallow draft.

For more information on the new models for Hurricane, visit www.hurricanedeckboats.com or call 888-463-3739.

 

Hyper Products

For the 2009 season, Hyper Products is introducing the Hyper Cruise and the Hyper Elite pontoon boats.

The Hyper Cruise is a quality, twin-round tube, price conscious boat for those boaters wishing to go green, whether you live on a motor-free body of water or you just wish to go electric-although, the Hyper Cruise can still be outfitted with a standard outboard motor. The Hyper Cruise has a comfortable and high-end console and helm to provide comfort and ease for the captain. The standard matching bimini top offers shade and comfort for a relaxing day in the sun, and the coordinated plush sculptured carpet gives the Hyper Cruise that extra elegant appearance. The Hyper Cruise is ADA-compliant for passengers who need wheelchair gate access.

The Hyper Elite is a luxurious 22-foot twin round tube pontoon boat that offers the discerning boater some unique and exclusive features. The Hyper Elite is primarily designed for the person or family looking for a well-built, all-aluminum pontoon with a plush interior, a stylish exterior and well-appointed features. The Hyper Elite caters to all styles, standards and incomes. For more information, call 800-501-6207 or www.hyperproducts.com.

 

JC Manufacturing

With more and more emphasis being placed on performance pontoons, JC Manufacturing has taken its boats to another level with some exciting changes for the upcoming model year. Those standard performance enhancements for the SportToon and NepToon Sport models include four Hydro-performance Lifting Fins, Teleflex SeaStar hydraulic steering, Teleflex Power Assist, as well as a performance reinforced structure to allow a higher horsepower rating. The SportToon and NepToon Sport 23- and 25-foot models are now rated for a 250hp engine, while the 21-foot versions are now rated for 175hp.

If you want the performance enhancement of lifting fins but you don't require the higher horsepower rating of the SportToon or NepToon Sport series, JC has you covered as well. You can add the lifting fins, hydraulic steering and Power Assist steering as an option for the 150 hp rated SunToon TT and NepToon TT. This would be ideal for those interested in the NepToon 21TT, that with a Honda 90hp engine could give you a 30 mph plus boat.

Other changes for 2009 include the new look stainless steel gates and re-designed fiberglass bow pods for TriToon and SunToon series as well as re-designed swim platforms with convenient pull-out under platform ladders. Plus the stainless steel fold-down wakeboard tower for NepToon, SunToon TT, TriToon and Evolution lines is new this year, which is sure to please the wake boarder in your family.

This list of other key changes include a 12-foot power bimini with convenient in-dash switch and manual hydraulic over-ride, "Extreme Pre-fixx" vinyl protection standard on TriToon and SunToon series, new high-end stereo from JL with optional tower speaker system, in-tube ski and wakeboard storage for NepToon TT, SunToon and SportToon TT series, fresh color "copper" in SunToon and TriToon series plus a new hardtop design is now available.

For more information on the new changes at JC, visit www.jcpontoon.com or call 574-834-2881.

 

Manitou

Every exceptional performance deserves an encore. Manitou believes that every exceptional pontoon boat deserves one too-which is why it's introducing the all-new SHP Encore for 2009. What will be sure to bring you to your feet to cheer is the fact that the Encore is packed with features previously only seen on boats costing thousands of dollars more. You'll be impressed with the comfort, which includes such standard items as 28-ounce Cascade carpet and soft touch vinyl seating wrapped around hybrid Roto molded furniture bases with drop-out seat hinges. The seat backs are angled backwards to give passengers the most comfortable furniture on the market. The captain stand features a soft touch top, recessed automotive-style gauges backlit in red, Dino steering wheel, MP3 jack and cradle station and an integrated chaise lounge. Under the sundeck you will find a large activity locker for ski, life jacket and mooring cover storage. The outside of the boat features new die-cut illusion graphics, SL24 Manitou M decal and directional LED docking and navigation lights built into the wall.

The Encore is available in lengths of 20 feet, 22 feet, 24 feet and 26 feet, with four color choices including sky, ivy, dark cherry and onyx. Available in twin tube or SHP hulls, the Encore is sure to turn heads and ring in applause in 2009. For more information call 517-322-3822 or visit www.manitouboats.com.


NauticStar

NauticStar offers a great option for 2009 with its 205 SC Deck. The layout is new, the features are new, and it's sure to please your family and friends. It features wraparound cockpit seating and aft-facing lounge; new dash styling; fog-free and multi-function gauges with Deutsch connectors; and heads up depth finder display.

Flooring is heavy-duty custom colored vinyl, and you'll also find a new glove box design. It has a driver footrest as well as a stereo with MP3 port and 12-volt outlet. It has a front cooler or livewell option as well. This model is NMMA certified with a limited lifetime hull warranty. It also comes with a ski tow bar to add to the fun, and rub rail is stainless steel for added durability. Cleats are stainless steel as well. This model also features no feedback steering. Construction is wood-free.

Also new is the 1810 Bay by NauticStar that gets you on the water in style. It has all the features and comforts for your family and friends to relax and enjoy a great day out, especially if you are ready to throw in a line. It has a 20-gallon, in-console bait well, bow storage box, and bow insulated fish/storage box. The 27-gallon, aerated rear center release well is also a nice convenience. You'll find jump seats aft, with grab handles as well as the option of a dual rear seat base. The rear casting deck adds a little more latitude for your crew to spread out. It has a 35-gallon tank to keep you out on the water all day, so the only reason to dock would be when you have maxed out the fun, if that's possible.

And rounding out the new models for NauticStar is the 2200 Tournament. You'll enjoy all the features that can make your fishing trip a great success for family and friends, with a lot of fun in the middle. You can take eight aboard, and with the in-console livewell and rear livewell, as well as 30-gallon, insulated fish box, you're all set to reel in the lunkers. There is also plenty of storage aft for tackle. Gunnel side rod boxes can handle three rods each.

The steering wheel is polished stainless steel for that upscale feel as well as durability. Upholstery is of course high quality, and there is plenty of seating for all. Rear jump seats have storage, and there is dedicated cast net storage too. Check it out at www.nauticstarboats.com, or call 662-256-5636 for more information.

 

PLAYcraft

For 2009, PlayCraft is proud to introduce a new model in its Powertoon Series. The Powertoon X-treme 2700 is a pontoon boat with powerful performance, premium features and plenty of passenger room-room for 15 people to stretch out in 27 feet of space from bow to stern. Pesky afternoon wind and choppy water are no match for the X-treme 2700, thanks to its RAC-R-FINS stabilizers and performance shield, aggressive powertrain and performance pontoons with front water deflectors.

The X-treme 2700 is also a pleasure boat that sports a broad range of amenities for your comfort, convenience and luxury, starting with twin consoles with reclining chairs for both passenger and captain, three separate wraparound lounges with built-in storage, a snack table, a pair of stern sofas and a bimini top. With great comfort comes great responsibility-er, entertainment that is.

It also features a ski/tow, rear entry ladder, upgraded Clarion audio system and even an iPod connector as standard features. A compass and depth finder are essential electronics, and PlayCraft delivers. Plus, you even get four fenders and mooring lines to bring the boat in nice and smooth. A color-coordinated mooring cover is standard, and you can upgrade your fuel tank to hold 50 gallons. As usual, PlayCraft lives up to its name. Also new for the upcoming year is the PlayCraft 260 SXi deck boat. Look for detailed coverage on this new model in a future issue. For more information on PlayCraft visit www.playcraftboats.com or call 573-765-3265.

 

Princecraft

Several new models are being introduced for 2009 including the Vectra 21 2S by Princecraft. You'll find luxury and all the features you need for a comfortable and functional ride. Standard features include a 26-inch bow livewell, thru-hull drain system, and 12- or 24-volt bow trolling motor plug and receptacle with two battery tie-downs. The bow eyes are reinforced stainless steel.

The dash panel is molded with wood grain inserts and lighted switches for convenience. It also has padded rear sundeck, walk-thru rear gate with life and lock hinge, full-width rear swim platform and full length extruded aluminum pontoon keels.

Also standard on this NMMA & Canadian Coast Guard certified model also are V-shaped aluminum engine pod, two and one-half-inch heavy-duty extruded Z-aluminum cross channels. Construction specifications also include 5052-H36 marine grade aluminum alloy.

Produced from 5052-H36 marine grade aluminum alloy, the new Ventura 220 WS by Princecraft answers the call for comfort and performance. This model, with convenient walk-through windshield, offers more space per square inch than any other deck boat in its class. It was created much like its sister, the 190 WS. The deep-Vee reverse chine hull allows quick planing ability cutting through rough waters.

The cockpit area is luxurious with 20-ounce mocha colored "cut loop" marine grade carpeting, covering the pressure-treated wood deck. There is plenty of seating throughout, and it is easily navigated by your crew. It also has an under floor ski locker with additional in-floor storage cooler.

Enter the fun zone with the new Princecraft SVX 27 IO. This boat was designed to fit virtually every lifestyle. It's crafted from highest quality marine grade 5052-H36, in keeping with the Princecraft tradition of engineering for the best.

It is available in many color schemes, including two special edition packages-black with black paneling and Apache red with red paneling for a luxurious look. It is also equipped with either a large V6 or V8 engine, ranging from 220hp to 300hp. The fun zone area includes large fiberglass swim platform, rear speakers, rear loveseat-style seating, large pop-up enclosure and stainless steel boarding ladder for convenience.

The Vectra 21 by Princecraft combines form and function to make for a great option for your family to enjoy. The furniture is luxurious throughout, down to the Rotocast furniture bases and backs. Every detail of this boat says elegance, and it offers great performance as well as an aesthetically pleasing look.

It has all the features you need for a day on the water including AM/FM/CD stereo with iPod controls. It is also Sirius Satellite compatible and has four waterproof speakers and a 12-volt receptacle.

Deck cleats are chrome, and the dash panel is molded with wood grain inserts. The beige top is a deluxe and convertible bimini. It also offers plenty of storage.

And the last new model by Princecraft for the upcoming year is the SVX 25 IO. From the chaise lounges to the helm, you'll find comfort and luxury. All lounges have storage beneath, and in the stern you'll find a pedestal mount removable snack table with drink holders. This model also has two storage pouches. You're set for all day with all the standard features.

It also has a large pop-up privacy enclosure for your convenience, and the captain's chair reclines for extra comfort and also has slide and swivel. It has a built-in fuel system with in-dash gauge. Princecraft has gone all-out to see that this model fits the boating needs of your family and friends. For more information on this model, log onto www.princecraft.com or call 800-395-8858.

 

Rinker

No one could possibly have predicted how successful the new Rinker 248 was going to be when it was first introduced last year. Well, almost no one. Clearly the engineers had high hopes for this deck boat model and for 2009 the 228 and 268 Captiva boats are being introduced.

The 22-foot version is loaded with family-friendly features that help make this boat ideal for cruising, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, fishing and even scuba diving. The versatility is endless, which is why this line has become so popular for Rinker.

Known for manufacturing everything from 44-foot cruisers to 19-foot bow riders, Rinker has been a strong influence in the boating industry for years and that expertise and experience perfectly transfers over to the Captiva line of deck boats.

The new Rinker 268 Captiva I/O deck boat is ready for action and there is plenty of room, storage and performance to spare on this 26-footer.

With the standard swim platform, convenient stainless steel bow and transom boarding ladders-access to this pleasure boat is just a step away. This new line of deck boats incorporates the ever-popular "R" Package, as well as the addition of an available anchor windlass. The stainless steel speaker covers and MP3/iPod stereo input is a nice standard feature as well.

To learn more about the Rinker 228 and 268 Captiva deck boats or any of the other popular models from this Indiana-based manufacturer, please visit www.rinkerboats.com or call 574-457-5731.

 

Sea Ray Boats

When it comes to high-end deck boats, Sea Ray continues to manufacture beautiful vessels year after year. The 2009 model year is no different as the 210 Sundeck and the 230 Sundeck are being launched for Sea Ray's 50th anniversary.

With the standard integral/extended swim platform, the 210 stretches to 22-feet in length and is packed with more features than should be legally possible for a boat this size. Snap-in carpet, head compartment with portable toilet, Sony CD stereo, keyless dash and SmartCraft diagnostics are just a sample of the key standard features on this model.

With the MerCruiser Bravo III 5.0L 260hp engine, the 4,776-pound boat (dry weight) can reach speeds over 40 miles per hour.

As for the 230 Sundeck with the optional 350 Mag engine from MerCruiser, top speed at full throttle was recorded at 47.8 for the 4,850 pound (dry weight) deck boat. The extra two feet compared to the 210 version gives you a lot of the same key features, plus a transom seat that converts into a sun pad. This also can be converted into a rear-facing bench seat that is ideal for the sandbar.

With this 24-foot Sundeck you can also upgrade to the optional water sports tower with speed control that will draw wakeboarders of all ages to this boat. For more information on either of the two new Sundeck models or any of the other popular Sea Ray models, visit www.searay.com or call 800-SRBOATS.

 

South Bay

South Bay is bursting at the seams with new models for 2009, starting with the Sanibel 500 Series, which sports a new aerodynamic instrument pod and windshield with raised dash panel, switch panel and radio panel. The Jensen waterproof AM/FM radio is MP3 and iPod ready. Standard features on select models include changing room and rod locker, and all have tach, volt, fuel and trim gauges. In the South Bay 600 Series, the Jensen radio includes four speakers. A Humminbird GPS and fish/depth finder, 29-gallon fuel tank (covered with a vinyl fuel tank cover), steel-spring mid back reclining captain's chair (with arms), helm seat slider pedestal and tilt steering are just a handful of standard features. Moving right along to the 700 Series, the fuel tank is two gallons larger than in the 600 Series to give you more time for playing before it's time to fill up. And a new changing room sundeck with stern vinyl floor and extended furniture will give you another reason to stay out longer. On all F and FCR models, you'll find standard a new starboard fishing center and rod locker, or go with a livewell seat insert and horizontal rod holders on the FC model. Triple tube features include a 54-gallon OB fuel tank (or 51-gallon on the I/O) and electric operated I/O access. In the 800 Series, additional triple tube standard features include ACTIA gauges (digital, not analog) and Garmin Color GPS, an hour gauge, and of course, you get the same quality Jensen waterproof AM/FM MP3-ready stereo with four speakers as you do on the 600 and 700 series. Finally, but definitely not least of which, is the 900 Series. Among many other things, you get your choice of rail panel colors, granite kidney table, transom washdown, dual battery switch and charger, stainless steel everything (pop-up bow cleats, corners, rails braces and cupholders), Bay Star hydraulic steering, 30-inch granite helm with molded sink and more. On the 700, 800 and 900 series, ravishing furniture accent colors will make your pontoon the classiest boat on the water, ranging from Deep Sea Blue and Sierra Sunrise to Raven Red and Lightnin' Yellow and more. For more information, call 574-825-8696 or visit www.forestriverinc.com.

 

Starcraft Marine

The Indiana-based manufacturer has high expectations for the upcoming year with its completely redesigned pontoon line. From the entry-level Classic, to the Limited mid-line series to its luxury Majestic pontoons, Starcraft has you covered including more fishing models.

Priced low, yet not shy on amenities is the best way to classify the Classic Series for 2009. Complete with a new dash console, this line includes new furniture configurations, rear-entry layout with boarding ladder, plus an all-new transom.

The Limited Series comes standard with painted panels and the new helm console has a built-in area to include an optional GPS unit. A new transom, chrome rub rail and a raised Starcraft emblem are just a few examples of the upgrades made to this mid-level line.

There's a reason it's called the high-end line and the Majestic doesn't disappoint.

On the deck boat side, Starcraft has added a new model to its Star Step line. The stepped hull design allows the boat to have more power with less cavitation and the ski boat-inspired dash console is loaded with a full gauge package. The Star Step line has been out now three years and the 2010 continues to be one of its best selling packages.

For more information on Starcraft, visit www.starcraftmarine.com or call 260-593-2500.

SunChaser

Where you're here, you're family and that doesn't only apply to Italian restaurants. For one line of boats, it's about being a part of a successful manufacturer. SunChaser is part of the Smokercraft family of boats and with new models like the Fish Model 820 F, you can see why it fits in so well. This Indiana-based manufacturer has been producing quality fishing boats for several decades and that experience can be found in this new model.

The value-priced line was created to maximize the value while maintaining the high-end features that most first-time buyers are looking for. With this Fish Model 820 F you get a 20-foot, three-inch boat with an eight-foot wide beam with plenty of room to wet a line.

Key features include two 23-inch diameter pontoons, all-aluminum transom, 22-ounce sculpted carpet with five-year warranty, custom molded console that includes a fuel gauge, tach, horn and windscreen and a two-speaker AM/FM stereo with MP3 port.

Included with this entry-level model are Rotocast seat bases, two bass seats, docking lights in module, navigation lights and anodized deck trim with polished castings. Of course it wouldn't be much of a fishing boat without the built-in livewell, which completes the price-friendly package. For more information, visit www.sunchaserboats.com or call 866-719-7873.

 

SunTracker

Track the sun wherever it leads you, with the all-new SunTracker Party Barge 27 OB and 25 OB and I/O.

Both feature NV Performance logs for maximum speed and improved handling, bold graphics and exterior styling and a retractable bow-mounted boarding ladder. Inside the boat, you'll find a molded console and mid-ship entertainment center with full instrumentation including compass, digital depth finder, tilt steering, illuminated rocker switches, console-molded windscreen, locking storage door and drawers, sink with on-demand fresh water, trash receptacle in the lounge arm, a work area that will include an easy to access covered storage area and stainless steel fiddle rail.

The console features a Sony stereo and storage area for CDs and MP3 player. On the Party Barge 25, you'll find four Kicker high-performance speakers for maximum sound throughout the boat, and two additional speakers on the 27. Also on the 27, you'll enjoy the aft refreshment center, which features drink holders, covered 25-quart ice chest, cooler storage and a stainless steel fiddle rail. The control center features a binnacle control, recessed fire extinguisher location, speaker and recessed small items in storage bin.

The furniture on both new models is styled with extra-deep seat cushions and higher backs that make all day on the water seem to drift by. Two removable aft-facing oversized seats with swivels and quick release floor bases recline for maximum comfort and feature self-leveling arms and ventilated storage pouch. The seats can be relocated to provide space for the standard inflatable mattress.

Passengers in wheelchairs don't need to worry about being able to come aboard. The gates are wheelchair accessible, and the gates open inward for worry-free cruises. For more information, call 888-487-2253 or visit www.suntrackerboats.com.

 

Sweetwater

The 2386 Deluxe Cruiser has been upgraded for the new model year and with curved rails, coordinated graphics, key accents and rounded bow furniture. Also new is the helm console with back-lit switches and a new-look entertainment center for the Sweetwater line.

When tested with the Evinrude E-TEC 150, the Sweetwater 2386 Sport model with a 27-inch center pontoon and 25-inch diameter outside logs reached a top speed of 37.2 miles per hour.

For more information on Sweetwater, visit www.godfreymarine.com or call 888-463-3739.

 

Sylvan

For 2009, Sylvan is launching two new pontoon models to go along with its time-tested line of quality boats. The Mandalay Model 8527 HT and the Mirage Model 8520 CR are sure to turn some heads come spring when these boats officially hit the water.

The Mandalay 8527 Hard Top has a solid base with the three 25-inch pontoons that are made from .80-inch gauge aluminum. Rated for 18 people and a maximum 225hp engine, there is plenty of room and power to bring everyone with you.

Included on this 27-footer is 28-ounce Berber carpet, a fiberglass console with full instrumentation, JBL CD player with six disc changer upgrade and four speakers, galley with sink and an optional bar stool design. The eight-foot hard top with safety rails and access ladder will be the ideal place to be for the sun worshipers in your group. Other key features include hydraulic steering, boarding ladder, walk-in changing room and painted color side panels.

As for the Mirage 8520 CR, the 20-footer has plenty to offer as well. The all-aluminum transom as well as the three pontoons that are 25 inches in diameter, come with a lifetime warranty. The 22-ounce sculpted carpet also comes with a five-year warranty, so you know it's covered and backed by a solid manufacturer.

Key features include AM/FM stereo with MP3 port, docking light module, rear boarding ladder, hydraulic steering, walk-in changing room and through-bolted cleats. For more information on either one of these new models or any of the other quality pontoons or deck boats manufactured by Sylvan, call 574-831-2950 or visit www.sylvanmarine.com.

 

Tahoe

For 2009, Tahoe is introducing the brand-new Tahoe 215 I/O, a deck boat with fabulous looks and fish and ski functionality. It's tough enough to take on big waters, yet nimble enough to troll in the shallows. Regardless of whether you catch a fish, you'll turn heads with sleek-looking colors such as Black Cherry, Blueberry, Millennium Red, Onyx and Citron Yellow.

Anglers will appreciate the wide bow fishing platform with molded, non-skid surface, complete with two removable fishing chairs, anchor locker and folding boarding ladder. You'll go straight to your favorite spot with a built-in compass and Lowrance depth finder at the console. Rod storage is conveniently placed on the starboard gunwale, and an aerated livewell will keep the fish fresh. When fishing in one place isn't good enough, the 215 is pre-wired for a trolling motor.

An entertainment center on the port side includes a freshwater tank and cooler with drain, as well as a pull-out sprayer to keep grime outside the boat. You'll need the sprayer if you bring kids along-they're attracted to mud like little pigs, and they'll be sure to be in and out of the boat with help from an oversized aft swim platform. Moms will be happy to know that the swim platforms include insulated storage, folding boarding ladder, drink holders as well as a fishing seat base if she decides to show dad up. Life jacket storage is aplenty, with space beneath the console and inside the floor locker, with cylinder hinge handles.

When it's time to stay in the boat and relax, the AM/FM/CD player with MP3 plug and Sirius capabilities will keep you entertained, using four Jensen speakers that aren't directed at your ankles-they're facing up so your ears won't have to strain to hear the music. If you want drink holders, you got `em-you'll find a whopping 11 on this boat. For more information, call 888-842-8246 or visit www.tahoesportboats.com.

 

Triton Boats

Triton Boats was founded in 1996 and became part of the Brunswick Boat Group in 2005. Its completely new line of Cypress Cay pontoons are built in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Ind. This plant has been producing premium-quality pontoon boats for 50 years, and is staffed by quality designers, engineers and craftsmen.

Whether it's watching the sunset with your sweetie, seeing your kids enjoy something besides video games, going on a no-holds-barred serious fishing trip or just spending a day watching your friends wipe out on tubes, you'll find just the boat you're looking for.

Cypress Cay is a superbly innovative, completely new line of pontoons designed to be a one-stop refuge from the hassles of everyday life. It's as much a destination as a pontoon boat. Whether you have a half day or a week, you'll find all the relaxation you, your family and friends could ask for in this comfortable, user-friendly and trouble-free 'vacation' getaway.

For more information, log onto www.tritonboats.com or call 888-887-4866.

Veranda V20SE

Form and function are key with the Veranda V20SE. This new 20-foot model can seat 10, and it has all the standard features you need for tons of family fun. You'll find three chaise lounges for relaxation, a deluxe captain's chair for added comfort, and a Jensen stereo with CD player to add to the atmosphere.

It has a removable table with two bases, stainless cleats, boarding ladder, and a convenient rear-entry gate. All the features spell durability from the 28-ounce designer carpet to all the conveniences such as the cup holders, nine-foot bimini with stainless quick release, and stainless navigation and anchor lights. All the details have been considered to make this a boat your family and friends will love. A deluxe SE package is also available for this model. For more information on this model, call 866-554-5955 or visit www.verandamarine.com.

 

Voyager

Family fun defines the triple-tube Extreme 25 Cruise SL, with features like a ski/tow, swim platform, a spacious stern area with aft-facing lounges and an entertainment center. At 25 feet in length, it seats 16 people, has a 250 maximum horsepower rating and contains a 40-gallon fuel tank to keep you on the water as long as possible.

Some of the standard features you'll find on this boat include power steering, Luxor Soft Touch premium interior, a comfortable captain's chair and under-deck stealth storage to keep your gear from being underfoot. Extra points that must be mentioned include a pop-up enclosure to allow swimmers a private place to change clothes, and a lockable glove box that will keep your wallet and incidentals secure. If you want your drinks and lunch items to be kept cold, you don't need to pack bags and bags of ice before your excursion, or even make a quick trip back to the marina for more ice when you should be out having fun. An optional refrigerator, powered by the Voyager's electrical system, keeps snacks and drinks cool for your convenience and refreshment.

The Voyager Extreme 22 Cruise is also new, with a maximum horsepower rating of 200hp, a seating capacity of 14 people and a fuel tank that'll hold 40 gallons of gas.

This boat features full instrumentation, a hydraulic power assist, custom mooring cover, Extreme graphics, Champagne pre-painted side panel, swim platform for the kids and some of the same features you get on the 25 SL-Luxor Soft Touch premium interior, pop-up enclosure, lockable glove box and under-deck storage. You can throw in an optional entertainment center or refrigerator to keep guests-and yourself-even happier. If you want your tubes to shine like new money in the sunlight while being protected from the elements, you can have your tubes coated with Sharkhide Hull Protectant.

For more information, call 573-346-1904 or visit www.voyagerboats.net.

You can spot the new year On the horizon when the last leaves have fallen, the Christmas commercials start (two obnoxious days before Halloween) and heating bills are starting to rise. While the temperature may be dropping outside, the temperature inside the world of pontoon and deck boats is red-hot. The final quarter of the year isn't in the books yet, but that doesn't mean the new year isn't already here! We've done our homework by gathering all the new models for 2009 for your reading pleasure, but we'll warn you that it feels like a sauna. After all, these newbies are steaming with new features, new standards and new reasons to trade in your older boat for the top of the line. Somebody get me some ice!

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