Let The Season Begin

Are you ready to get started? 2011 PDB Buyer's Guide

Published in the January 2011 Issue Published online: Jan 07, 2011 Industry Brandon Barrus
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It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, that was a couple of weeks ago. I'm talking about boat-buying season! And while I have yet to hear a song dedicated to the joys of January, there are lots of people who look forward to this time of year with great anticipation. The days when everyone from Aloha to Weeres is putting out its latest and greatest models, hoping to elicit admiration from the throngs of potential buyers attending the many shows.

And as usual, PDB magazine is here to make sure you're prepared for your visit to the convention hall, marina or sales floor. Examine the pages within to decide which pontoon or deck boat manufacturer, putting out their latest, best fits your boating lifestyle. Is it PlayCraft, with their emphasis on speed and all-around fun? Or would you rather take a look at JC Manufacturing, known for innovation and all-around class on the water? Parti Kraft boats work hard to maintain an image of, well, partying, while Bennington is more focused on comfort and style. Of course then you have the luxurious South Bay line as well to consider and the list goes on and on.

Finding it hard to choose? Take a look at our category roundups, where we've taken the best of each manufacturer and put them all in one place. Want a boat exclusively for fishing? We've got a section for you! Looking for thrills and a chance to finally throw your annoying nephew from a tube this summer? We've got a section for you!

This year we've updated our Directory Assistance guide to include websites, sure to be a welcome addition to those who prefer to get their information over the internet. While in the past we gave you street addresses, we get the feeling that not many people write letters to boat manufacturers anymore, and those who do prefer to use paper and stamps can still get the information from the aforementioned website, so everyone wins!

In addition, look for special features on everything from dealer insights to financing your new purchase. We've got loads of information dedicated to helping you make an informed decision as you head out to the jungle that is the boat-buying season.

From all of us at PDB magazine, we wish you well in your hunt for the perfect boat, and hope our efforts to make you the savviest shopper on the sales floor this year lead to success.

Aloha

Location: North Little Rock, Ark.
Date Founded: 1960
501-753-2866
www.alohapontoons.com
Most Popular Model: Tropical Series 250 Triple Tunnel 50th Anniversary Edition
Best-selling model: Tropical Series 210 Family
Longest Model: Paradise Series Twin X 32
Most Popular Performance Model: Tropical Series 250 Triple Tunnel with Yamaha F250BTXR
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Tropical Series 210 Family
Most Popular High-End Model: Tropical Series 290 Sundeck Triple Tunnel with Suzuki DF250TX

Aloha Pontoons, built by family-owned and operated Waco Manufacturing since 1960, unveiled its 50th Anniversary Series line of pontoons in 2010. Aloha pontoon boats have been chosen for rental fleets throughout the country because of their ability to hold up under extreme conditions. Aloha pontoon boats champion the waters through superior design and craftsmanship. From luxurious interiors featuring the finest leather-smooth upholstery by Veada, to premium grade 28-ounce carpet by Sparta, Aloha's 50th Anniversary Series pontoons are first-rate. Aloha's triple-toon boats complete with performance lifting strakes and "Triple Tunnel" technology, are engineered for high-performance cruising.

Aloha offers a broad variety of twin-toon and triple-toon boats. They are available in bimini top and upper sun deck models. Aloha's first-class amenities combined with superior quality performance and 50 years experience in the industry make Aloha an excellent choice for any pontoon enthusiast.

Aqua Patio

Located: Elkhart, Ind.
Date Founded: 1958
574-522-8381
www.GodfreyPontoonBoats.com
Most Popular Model: Aqua Patio IO Elite
Best-selling model: Aqua Patio 220
Longest Model: Aqua Patio 250
Most Popular Fishing Model: Aqua Patio 220 DF (Deluxe Fish)
Most Popular Performance Model: Aqua Patio IO Elite
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Aqua Patio 200
Most Popular High-End Model: Aqua Patio 250 Wet Bar

For the boater looking for a boat with excellent sport performance as well as luxurious interior components, the 2011 Aqua Patio is ideal. The styling of these models has been completely redone to enhance the overall look and feel of the boat. The outside rails have been completely redesigned with sporty curves, creating, the opportunity to get creative with custom coloring of your new Aqua Patio.

For the family that enjoys a sunset cocktail cruise, Aqua Patio has raised the bar. The new Aqua Patio 250 Wet Bar provides the perfect entertaining space with an acrylic bar top, two stools, cooler storage, bottle holder, and LED lit cup holders. If soaking up some rays is more your style, the new Aqua Patio Sun Lounger is the right choice. With two aft facing lounges contoured to be the ultimate in comfortable seating, relaxation is taken to a new level on GX50 Soft Touch vinyl while cruising or at the sandbar.

2011 brings an all-new sleek helm design along with well-positioned gauges that are shaded by a metallic eyebrow contoured to the top shape of the gauges. A new Italian designed steering wheel with matching wood grain inserts completes the overall look of the helm.

Avalon

Located: Alma, Mich.
Date Founded: 1972
800-334-2913
www.avalonpontoons.com
Most Popular Model: Paradise
Best-Selling Model: CT Fish
Longest Model: Excalibur
Most Popular Fishing Model: CT Fish `n Fun
Most Popular Performance Model: 22' Windjammer
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: LS
Most Popular High-End Model: Paradise Sandbar

Avalon Pontoons, based in Michigan, is one of the largest pontoon manufacturers in the world, with nearly 40 years experience in pontoon boat manufacturing. Avalon offers over 200 models at eight different price points, from entry-level to fully-loaded crafts with every feature, color and style imaginable. Avalon is the industry's most vertically integrated manufacturer of pontoons in the nation. They build the framing, furniture, covers and more, using the latest high-tech equipment right at its production facility in Alma, Mich. This total control of the process assures customers will get a boat produced with the highest quality. Avalon prides itself on cutting edge construction, performance and designs, including the allnew Deco series models. Avalon is rated as having one of the lowest incidents of warranty claims in the industry and also won the NMMA CSI Award for outstanding customer service three years in a row.

Azure

Located: Elkhart, Indiana
Date Founded: 1997
843-761-6090
www.azureboats.com
Best Selling: 250 OB
Most Popular Performance: 250 OB
Most Popular Entry-level: 210 OB
Most Popular High-End Model: 240

With a passion for perfection, Azure has an acute understanding that building the highest quality boats in the industry is no easy task. The Azure team takes personal pride in carefully crafting every boat to the highest achievable standard in its 250,000 square foot, state-of-theart production complex. This same commitment, which has earned JD Power Highest Customer Satisfaction awards for Bennington Marine, leads the team at Azure to exceed customer expectations with three principal goals: build the highest quality, best valued boat available in the industry, create the most innovative features and designs to enhance the boating experience, and provide the highest customer satisfaction and support that the industry has to offer.

Bennington

Located: Elkhart, Ind.
Date Founded: 1997
574-264-6336
www.benningtonmarine.com
Most Popular Model: 2275RCW and 2575RCW
Most Popular Fishing Model: 22SFi
Most Popular Performance Model: 2575RCW I/O
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 24SLi

Founded in 1997, Bennington is one of the leading manufacturers of pontoon boats in the country, and has been recognized with more customer satisfaction and product quality awards than any other manufacturer in its segment of the industry. Focused on expert manufacturing, high-level design and exceptional customer service, Bennington strives to outpace its competitors with innovative, quality products at a good value.

Products range in size from 17 feet to 28 feet, and pricing starts at just $13,995. In addition, Bennington backs its boats with one of the best warranties in the business. Innovative designs like the 2011 model year 2550 Club continue to excite customers and propel Bennington in its leadership position.

Berkshire

Located: Middlebury, Ind.
Date Founded: 1998
574-825-8696
www.berkshirepontoon.com
Most Popular Model: Berkshire CL / Cruise
Best-selling model: Berkshire 200CL LSR, 220CL LTD, 220CL STS, 240CL Premium
Longest Model: Berkshire 263SLX
Most popular fishing model: Berkshire 221FC LTD
Most Popular Performance Model: Berkshire 243SL X, Berkshire Performance 3 (BP3)
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Berkshire 220CL LTD
Most Popular High-End Model: Berkshire 243SL X Premium

For 2011, Berkshire brings to the market four distinct trim levels: The Berkshire LSR, Berkshire LTD, Berkshire STS, and Berkshire Premium Series. Berkshire's LSR and LTD Series are full lines that include cruising, fishing and fish and cruise models. The Berkshire LSR Series ranges from 20 to 22 feet and the Berkshire LTD Series ranges from 18 to 25 feet, both are fully featured, high quality, and an ideal way to introduce your family to the water.

Berkshire STS is a full line of luxury models that range from 20 to 26 feet. The line features tailored upholstery with color coordinated accents and a new exterior design that raises this boat to a class of its own. The Berkshire STS Series includes your traditional cruising models, and SL and SLX models that bring an elegant new style with stern lounges that are the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. Whether you are lounging by the beach, at the dock or underway the STS Series was designed with your convenience in mind.

The Berkshire Premium series takes you to an even higher level of comfort, style and luxury. The Premium Series offers an impressive list of amenities, unique personality and stunning design. A few standard features include soft-touch vinyl furniture with color coordinated accents, Humminbird color GPS and fish/depth sounder, Clarion waterproof AM/FM radio, MP3- and iPod-ready with four speakers, and much more.

Chaparral

Located: Nashville, Ga.
Date Founded: 1965
229-686-7481
www.chaparralboats.com
Most Popular Model: 244 Sunesta
Longest Model: 284 Sunesta
Most Popular Performance Model: 264 Sunesta
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 186ssi and 224 Sunesta
Most Popular High-End Model: 284 Sunesta

For more than four decades, Chaparral has offered boaters the ultimate advantage in styling, performance, workmanship and value. The fact that Chaparral has won 27 awards for product excellence including nine "Boat of the Year" trophies shows a level of consistency competition dreams of. Additionally, the International Standards Organization (ISO) audits the company's standards, procedures, and final products. Chaparral's ISO 9001:2000 certification sends a signal to customers worldwide that this company is dedicated to achieving ultimate customer satisfaction through design innovation, manufacturing excellence and after-sale service.

You don't have to take their word for it-or ours, for that matter. Year after year, a wide field of boating experts has tested these boats against the leading names on the water, which explains all those awards.

Crest

Located: Owosso Mich.
Date Founded: 1957
989-725-5188
www.crestpontoonboats.com
Most Popular Model: 240 EX
Longest Model: 262 EX
Shortest Model: 220 EX
Most Popular High-End Model: 260 / 262 EX

Crest Marine has undertaken the task of introducing a completely new line of pontoons for 2011. Crest Marine is creating, testing, producing and taking to market one of the freshest new lines of pontoons to hit the market in decades. Three distinct trim levels and contemporary configurations are at the forefront of the new model lineup.

The Crest Caribbean, Classic and the value-priced Sunset Bay brand are equipped with the right features, styling and comfort levels you would expect from two of the most experienced brands in the marine industry.

The pillars of the 54-year-young Crest brand are structural superiority, innovation, comfort, style, precision and performance. Over the years, the experienced Crest brand has been known for structurally superior construction and related components to enhance safety and the ownership experience. Features such as .250 extruded four corner box-shaped cross members and four fully-sealed flotation chambers in each pontoon, head the list. The 2011 generation of Crest and Sunset Bay lines has brought Crest Marine's high level of experience and brand definition into the development process and the new products illustrate the evolution of Crest's traditional DNA.

Crownline

Located: West Frankfort, Ill.
Date Founded: 1990
618-937-6426
www.crownline.com
Most Popular Model: Bowrider Series
Best-selling model: 245SS
Longest Model: 350CR Cruiser
Most Popular Performance Model: 21SS
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 18SS
Most Popular High-End Model: Eclipse 6

Since its first boat rolled off the production line in 1991, Crownline has continued to set the industry standards with innovative design philosophies that set them apart from all the rest. In September of 2009, the company was purchased by Tony Zielinski and Dave and Lisa Wilson, who have extensive experience and knowledge of the boating industry. Today, Crownline remains a dominant force in every major boating market. The success of the company is attributed not only to Crownline's innovative and unique "signature" style, but also to their uncompromising quality standards and commitment to excellence.

At present, Crownline is producing and shipping boats to dealers worldwide. Crownline's professional dealer network consists of 150 marine establishments in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and Australia.

Crownline Boats begins writing a whole new history with the launch of their new Eclipse deck boat series. Crownline's innovative design philosophies continue to set them apart from all the rest. Crownline has succeeded in marrying their sexy, sporty bow rider with their comfortable and accommodating deck boat to create one of the most exciting and progressive series of boats on the market today.

Cypress Cay

Location: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Date Founded: 2008
260-432-4555
www.cypresscaypontoons.com
Most Popular Model: Cabana
Best-selling Model: Seabreeze
Longest Model: 260 Cozumel LE
Shortest Model: 210 Seabreeze
Most Popular High-End Model: Cancun

Cypress Cay is a superbly innovative 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 your friends could ask for in this comfortable, user-friendly getaway.

Cypress Cay pontoons feature a solid fiberglass helm station with built-in cooler, acid-washed pontoons, starboard gates that don't sacrifice seating room, extra-wide four-step boarding ladders, large convertible tops, changing rooms and PreFixx-protected vinyl (excludes Seabreeze models). The Rotocast furniture and all of the mooring covers used in Cypress Cay pontoons are made for superior fit and finish.

Refreshed for 2011, the Cabana and Angler series now feature a subtle, sophisticated interior vinyl pattern with 3-inch channel accents and a solid-color fence panel with sharp graphics package. The newest addition to the Cypress Cay series is the Seabreeze, perfect for the first-time pontooner offering a traditional boating experience at a lower price. Available in both cruise and fish models, the Seabreeze is a great way to get out on the water.

Cypress Cay pontoons are built in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ft. Wayne, Ind. This plant has been producing premium-quality pontoon boats for over 50 years, and is staffed by some of the finest designers, engineers and craftsmen in the pontoon industry.

Ebbtide

Located: White Bluff, Tenn.
Date Founded: 1965
615-797-3193
www.ebbtideboats.com
Best Selling Model: 250 OB
Most Popular Performance Model: 250 OB
Most Popular Entry-level Model: 210 OB
Most Popular High-End Model: 240

There are cheaper ways to build a boat... but there aren't better ways to build a boat. Many details are invisible in the boat building process and all boats are not created equal. So how do you know the difference between the boat brands? You can feel the difference in rough water. We encourage you to put an Ebbtide through its paces. The difference in noise, bounce, tracking, handling and overall performance will be quite noticeable and are the result of years of perfecting the Dura-Core Construction and the Dyna-Plane Hull. Every Ebbtide delivers a quiet, stable ride even in the roughest water.

The hand-laid decks feature hardware and thru-hull fittings of the highest quality stainless steel reinforced with laminated aluminum backing plates and secured with aircraft lock nuts. Custom-made interiors of the highest quality Stain Resistant Topcoat complement the wide variety of color choices offered on all Ebbtide boats.

Taking the time to ensure that each boat is hand crafted limits production for Ebbtide but its philosophy remains "better-not more." With a 16-year track record of awards for excellence, it is fair to say this reputable company manufactures deck boats that deliver superior performance, agile handling, luxurious comfort and headturning style. It's an art that Ebbtide has been perfecting since 1965.

Encore

Located: Lexington, S.C.
Date Founded: 2009
803-391-3000
www.bentleypontoon.com
Most Popular Model: Bentley Encore 24 Cruise
Longest Model: Elite Deluxe 25-foot
Most Popular Fishing Model: Bentley Encore 244 4Point
Most Popular Performance Model: 223 Elite Encore
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Encore LE 20 Cruise or Fish
Most Popular High-End Model: Elite Encore

Encore pontoons are loaded with standard features that make it easy for pontoon shoppers to order or choose their boat directly from a dealer's inventory. All of Encore's pontoons come standard with powder-coated rails, CD player, four-gauge panel, changing room, boarding ladder and many more excellent amenities.

Encore Boat Builders purchased the Bentley name from Mercury Marine in May 2009. Since then, Encore has used its established dealer network throughout the United States and Canada to expand the reach of these new Bentley Encore pontoons. According to Encore CEO Steven Deese, the company's goal is to produce quality boats at an affordable price with features and workmanship superior to other available models.

Four Winns

Located: Cadillac, Mich.
Date Founded: 1976
231-775-1351
www.fourwinns.com
Most Popular Model: Bowrider series
Best-selling model: 245SS
Longest Model: 350CR Cruiser
Most Popular Performance Model: 21SS
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 18SS
Most Popular High-End Model: Eclipse 6
Most Popular High-End Model: Tropical Series 290 Sundeck Triple Tunnel with Suzuki DF250TX

Four Winns does a lot of homework and spends a lot of time researching boaters' needs, taking its products on the water and testing them, finding out what will work for boaters and what won't. Knowing how to buy means comparing, and one of the more obvious ways to compare one boat to another is by its features. If you're new to boating, the hardest part of shopping for features is understanding which ones really make a difference in your enjoyment and which ones don't.

That's why Four Winns talks to boat owners and owners of other brands as well. Taking the time to find out what boaters want and what they truly value in their boats' features makes a tremendous difference in the success of one boat over another.

G3 Boats

Location: Lebanon, Mo.
Date Founded: 1992
800-588-9787
www.g3boats.com
Most Popular Model: LX22 Fish and Cruise
Best-selling model: LX22 Fish and Cruise
Longest Model: Elite 3 26 DC
Most Popular Fishing Model: LX 22 Fish and Cruise Vinyl
Most Popular Performance Model: LX3 22 XS
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: LV 208 Cruise
Most Popular High-End Model: Eclipse Elite 3 22 Cruise

G3 Boats is one of two Yamaha-owned boat companies including Skeeter Boats. Yamaha purchased Generation III Boats, a company with fewer than two dozen basic models, in March of 1997 from the Lowe family. Since then, the original 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has doubled in size, to over 160,000 square feet, employing 250 boat builders and producing a full line of quality aluminum boats under the G3 Boats brand.

The management team at Lebanon, Mo., has expanded the original line to include several popular lines including the Sun Catcher Pontoon Series.

G3 Boats has been successful in introducing competitively-priced fishing and pontoon packages with superior quality, and its position in the market has outperformed the industry year after year. G3 is currently the fourth-largest producer of aluminum boats in the United States.

Gillgetter

Located: Saint Louis, Mich.
Date Founded: 1990
989-681-4300
www.gillgetter.com
Most Popular Model: 715 Sport Deluxe
Longest Model: Gillgetter 715
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 713 Tiller
Most Popular Fishing Model: 713 Fish N Cruise

When it comes to pontoon boats, Apex Marine set out to prove that good things really do come in small packages. Gillgetter compact pontoons have been hitting the water for nearly 20 years and have earned a reputation for quality and dependability. The new Gillgetter Classic Series boats offer robust construction in a simple, compact, and affordable design. They are ideal for use on smaller lakes, electriconly lakes, restricted lakes and ponds. They are easy to trailer, easy to maneuver and uniquely adapted to smaller outboards or electric propulsion.

Glastron

Located: Little Falls, Minn.
Date Founded: 1956
800-354-3141
www.glastron.com
Most Popular Model: GT Bowriders
Best-Selling Model: GT 205
Longest Model: GS 289
Most Popular Fishing Model: GT 185 Ski & Fish
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: MX 185
Most Popular High-End Model: GLS 215

The name Glastron has been synonymous with performance for more than 50 years-and its deck boats are no exception. These boats are quick to plane, have impressive top-end speed and give you rock-solid handling.

It's obvious that Glastron has put a lot of thought into the design of its four deck boat models. Everything from the cup holders to the boarding gates are right where they need to be. You'll also see it in features like the generous walk-around space, extra-tall swim ladders and easy-toclean fiberglass floors with snap-in carpet. And bow to stern, every model is loaded with upscale standard features like a Sirius satellite radio and a bimini top.

Grumman

Located: Marathon, N.Y.
Date Founded: 1953
888-694-1285
www.marathonboat.com
Most Popular Model: Heritage 2385 Cruise
Longest Model: Heritage 2585
Most Popular Fishing Model: Classic 2180 Fish Pontoon
Most Popular Performance Model: Heritage 2585 Triple-toon Cruise
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Classic 1980 Cruise
Most Popular High-End Model: Heritage 2385 Cruise

New for the 2011 Model Year, Grumman presents its new Limited Series pontoon boats. The lineup initially consists of 16- and 19-foot two-log versions as well as a 19- foot triple-toon model for improved carrying capacity and performance, all with 8-foot wide decks.

While the new model's construction details, aluminum specifications and thicknesses are identical in every respect to the celebrated Grumman Classic Series, a no-frills approach to basic model furniture placement, graphics and console appointments results in substantial savings to the customer. A generous selection of upgrades and options are also available for these new models.

Hampton

Location: Richland, Mo.
Date Founded: 2008
573-765-3265
www.hamptonpontoons.com
Most Popular Model: 2485 RL
Most Popular Fishing model: 2285 FX4
Most Popular Performance Model: 2485 XLT
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 2085

After 35 years in the performance pontoon segment, PlayCraft decided to break out of their niche, but without losing focus on what they had already achieved. Dealers still needed more in a lineup for customers looking for a luxury/cruise model at a strong value point without compromising performance or quality. With years of experience and some input from industry veterans, Joe Dorris and team went to work designing what would later become Hampton. The lineup consists of 20- to 24-foot pontoons and triple pontoons available in fish and cruise models that all reflect the simply elegant goal PlayCraft had in mind from the start. PlayCraft made many trips to the lake to test the Hampton and make sure the ride is there. Hampton boats may not go 70 miles per hour, but it's a nice feeling to know that your boat is running at peak efficiency.

Harris FloteBote

Location: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Date Founded: 1957
260-432-4555
www.harrisflotebote.com
Most Popular Model: Grand Mariner
Best-selling Model: Sunliner & Cruiser
Longest Model: 270 Royal Heritage
Shortest Model: 180 Sunliner
Most Popular High-End Model: Crowne and Royal Heritage

As part of the Brunswick family, Harris FloteBote pontoons place luxury and quality at the forefront of its research and manufacturing process. Its sleek seating provides extreme comfort while the helms offer exactly what any captain needs.

Harris FloteBote has added an all-new model for 2011, the Solstice. Featuring striking exterior graphics and sophisticated interior vinyl patterns, the Solstice offers a modular floorplan that can accommodate over a dozen seating arrangements.

The Sunliner series has been refreshed this year and now features a two-tone vinyl pattern with colored accent splashes that coordinate with the now solid-color fence paneling standard on the Sunliner. And for a high-end, sophisticated look, there is the Sunliner Luxury Series package that offers upgrades to the popular Sunliner to give the model an upper-end look and even more convenient amenities.

This Indiana-based manufacturer has been building quality boats since 1957 and offers an impressive range to choose from with 22 different models to fit any style or budget.

From its high-end models to its entry-priced line, you're sure to get a quality product from one of the industry veterans that has been producing quality pontoons for over 50 years.

Hurricane

Located: Elkhart, Ind.
Date Founded: 1974
574-522-8381
www.HurricaneBoats.com
Most Popular Model: SunDeck Sport 188OB
Most Popular Fishing Model: FunDeck 226F
Most Popular Performance Model: SunDeck 2000
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: SunDeck Sport 188
Most Popular High-End Model: SunDeck 2400

Hurricane has been known as the leader in the outboard deck boat market for many years, and the value associated with the 2011 models provides even greater reason why Hurricane plans to maintain that lead position. Now more than ever, consumers want to get the most bang for their buck, and the 2011 Hurricane SunDeck, SunDeck Sport, and FunDeck are all the epitome of value.

Year after year, deck boat manufacturers have been adding size, adding power, adding features and adding costs to each of its boats. Meanwhile, Hurricane has been adding quality, adding value, and building the best deck boats in the industry. In 2011, Hurricane has cut costs in the manufacturing of these boats, keeping the features that the customers love, furthering its position as the best value in boating.

In 2011, Hurricane is particularly excited about the Amazing Boat Deal line of boats which includes 10 distinct boats at extremely low prices. These boats range from 18 feet 10 inches to 23 feet 2 inches and accommodate up to 12 passengers. With five I/Os and five outboards in this line, Hurricane lets you enjoy whatever your passion is including skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, cruising, fishing and more.

The unique and innovative design of a Hurricane begins with its signature "Category 5" modified V-hull, which provides greater stability during acceleration and a clear, safe view from the driver's seat. The 2011 FunDeck rails give the boats a more contemporary look while keeping with the Hurricane standards you expect. With over 30 years of experience, Hurricane deck boats are built on a solid reputation of continuous innovation and have achieved a dominant share of the outboard deck boat market.

JC Mfg.

Located: North Webster, Ind.
Date Founded: 1977
574-834-2881
www.jcpontoon.com
Most Popular Model: NepToon 23 TT
Longest Model: TriToon Classic 306
Most Popular Fishing Model: NepToon 23 Fish
Most Popular Performance Model: SportToon 23 TT
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Spirit 221
Most Popular High-End Model: TriToon Classic 246

For over 30 years, JC Manufacturing has dedicated itself to innovative design and superior quality. Unlike other manufacturers who must rely on countless outside suppliers, JC Manufacturing is very self-sufficient. With all major components including rail systems, upholstery, pontoon tubes and bimini tops being made in-house, JC has the ability to meticulously monitor all of its processes.

Many people refer to any three-tube boat as a TriToon, but 25 years ago, JC was responsible for the original and only true TriToon hull. In fact, the TriToon name is a JC registered trademark. This unique hull provides precision handling and a soft ride that must be experienced to truly appreciate.

In addition to this original TriToon (now the TriToon Classic), JC also offers the TriToon Sport hull with lifting fins for even higher pontoon performance. New for 2011 is the Spirit series, an entry-level model with JC quality and performance.

Kennedy

Location: Centuria, Wis.
Date Founded: 1977
715-640-6000
www.kennedypontoons.com
Most Popular Model: 1700 Sundeck
Longest Model: 1700 Sundeck
Shortest Model: Paddle Boat
Most Popular High-End Model: 1700 Super Sport Pontoon

Though Kennedy Boats has experienced many changes since being built by the Kennedy family in 1964, its reputation for quality marine products has never changed. In 1978 Kennedy created the industry's first narrow beam compact pontoon boat: a 15-foot craft packaged with a custom roller trailer. If you are in the market for a compact today, the unique design of the 1700 Sundeck offers both roominess and performance rarely seen in the "compact pontoon" market.

This is the ideal model for anyone seeking the convenience and maneuverability of a narrower beam pontoon boat. With over 30 square feet of planing surface, the flat-bottomed log design allows you to get up and go faster with a more shallow draft than others with round logs. You will quickly experience the excellent performance that the 23-inch octagon-shaped pontoon logs provide.

Manitou

Located: Lansing, Mich.
Date Founded: 1985
800-999-9788
www.manitouboats.com
Most Popular Model: Encore
Longest Model: 27 Xplode SES SHP
Most Popular Fishing Model: 24 Encore Pro Angler
Most Popular Performance Model: 23 Xplode SHP
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 22 Aurora VP
Most Popular High-End Model: 25 Legacy SES SHP

Superior construction and attention to detail have always been the hallmark of a Manitou pontoon. Every year since its inception, Manitou has received the CSI award for excellence in customer satisfaction awarded by the NMMA-nine for nine and counting. Manitou was also the winner of the 2006 and 2008 JD Power Award.

The Manitou SHP with V-Toon Technology is a patent-pending hull design that has revolutionized the pontoon industry. The optimum amount of dead rise created by the larger, deeper, center tube, combined with positive angled lifting strakes, gives the boat handling superior to fiberglass hull vessels.

Triton Industries, Inc. manufactures Manitou pontoons and has been building them for 25 years, developing a solid reputation for quality and styling. Innovation is nothing new to Triton Industries, Inc., and the proof can be found in the SHP and VP packages and brand-new 25th Anniversary Edition SHP.

Monsoon

Located: Canton, Ohio
Date Founded: 2007
330-452-3866
www.monsoonmarine.com
Most Popular Model: Storm (Cruise)
Most Popular High-End Model: Storm (Cruise)

Monsoon Marine continues to strive ahead, combining innovative styling, design and engineering concepts. You will notice the 2011 lineup has undergone many improvements and styling changes. The most noticeable is color-matched rails and skins, chaise lounge seating and full instrumentation. These boats plane quickly, ride smoothly and offer exceptional capacity all at a value that appeals to the most price-conscious buyer.

Monsoon's goal is to continue to gain market share as a high quality, cost-effective pontoon maker using highly skilled people, superior materials and excellent supplier relationships. They plan to continue to form partnerships for distribution through a growing number of marine dealerships across the nation.

Monterey

Located: Williston, Fla.
Date Founded: 1985
352-528-2628
www.montereyboats.com
Most Popular Model: M3
Most Popular Performance Model: M5
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: M3
Most Popular High End Model: M5-MSX

Monterey is a Florida-based company that is constantly evaluating and investing in new procedures, technology and facilities. An example of this is a new 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility addition to complement its existing production plants. It also stays abreast of current cutting-edge computer software applications that can incorporate into future development. All this and more translates into a company that is a leader and will continue to be a leader.

During the past two decades, Monterey Boats has established itself as one of the frontrunners when it comes to designing, developing, engineering, and building superior boats for the conscientious marine consumer. Much of its success can be attributed to the fact that Monterey is independently owned and family operated.

Palm Beach

Location: New Ulm, Minn.
Date Founded: 1957
507-233-8020
www.palmbeachmarine.com
Most Popular Model: Super LX SE Models, available at 20, 22 and 24 feet
Best-selling Model: Super LX SE, 22-foot model
Longest Model: Super LX SE available up to 24 feet
Shortest Model: Super LX SE
Most Popular High End Model: 220 Echelon SE

During the course of the past 53 years, Palm Beach pontoons have evolved from an extension of one's dock to almost another room in the house.

The manufacturing of Palm Beach Pontoons originally began in 1957, in Zumbrota, Minn. Just a few years later due to a fire, the brand was sold to Selby Manufacturing, in Nicollet, Minn.

In 1976, Selby Manufacturing was sold and re-named Gin-Ray Manufacturing. Gin-Ray was sold and became Nicollet Manufacturing in1985 and in 1996 it was re-named again to Palm Beach Marinecraft, Inc.

From 16 to 26 Feet, Palm Beach now offers pontoons for anything from fishing that small farm pond to going 50 miles per hour, pulling skiers and everything in between.

Palm Beach is proud to be a member of the National Marine Manufacturing Association (NMMA) and proud also to have recently earned its third-consecutive Consumer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award.

Parti Kraft

Located: Elkhart, Ind.
Date Founded: 1958
574-522-8381
www.PartiKraftBoats.com
Most Popular Model: Parti Kraft Celebration 240 Wet Bar
Best-selling model: Parti Kraft 2286
Longest Model: Parti Kraft Celebration 240 DF
Most Popular Fishing Model: Parti Kraft 2086 BF
Most Popular Performance Model: Parti Kraft Celebration 220 with Triple Tube
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Parti Kraft 2080 BF
Most Popular High-End Model: Parti Kraft Celebration 240 Wet Bar

Parti Kraft pontoon boats are truly boats for fun people. The 2011 Celebration Series boasts new Wet Bar, Sun Lounger, Dual Lounger models and more. Socializing has never been easier or more convenient.

Backed with more than 50 years of experience, this Indiana-based manufacturer has a solid idea of what consumers are looking for. If you haven't decided what your next adventure will be but you know you're looking for spontaneous thrill, Parti Kraft offers ample options. Its pontoons feature the StrataTech chassis, which is designed to last a lifetime.

Parti Kraft pontoons also include the revolutionary NextWave electrical system and the total comfort of custom-made furniture with the benefits of precision-cut upholstery, multi-density foam and the best marine vinyl in the industry-the exclusive GX48 expanded vinyl. Parti Kraft has been a five-time recipient of the marine industry's CSI award, indicating its commitment to customer satisfaction. With extra added touches and superior fit and finish, Parti Kraft defines style, versatility and comfort.

PlayCraft

Location: Richland, Mo.
Date Founded: 1973
573-765-3265
www.playcraftboats.com
Most Popular Model: Xtreme 2700
Most popular fishing model: Sunfish FX4
Most Popular Performance Model: Xtreme 2700
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Clipper 2000

As NASCAR fans know, "If you blink, you will miss it." Now, thanks to PlayCraft, this applies on the water too.

To be fair, no PlayCraft boat has ever broken the sound barrier; but it sure feels like they could. Driving a PlayCraft is not for the faint of heart, as tests of the PowerToon with various engine setups has produced speeds that recently hit the 100-mile-per-hour mark. So impressive is the PowerToon and its Race-R-Fin design that this anomaly sometimes overshadows the rest of the PlayCraft lineup.

It's not all speed either. PlayCraft toons with the Race-R-Fins setup carve like nobody's business. PlayCraft boats are some of the very few pontoons in the industry that actually get up on plane and can stay on plane down to 11 mph before falling off.

There is also a more conservative look in 2011 that includes more high-end luxury amenities, yet still handles well. A boat line that performs so well must be built to handle the performance.

PlayCraft also manufactures a successful deck boat line that is equally as impressive as its `toons-and on par with competing deck boats in the overall quality, performance and fit and finish categories.

Premier

Located: Wyoming, Minn.
Date Founded: 1992
800-815-6392
www.pontoons.com
Most Popular Model: SunSation LTD
Best-selling model: 225 SunSation
Longest Model: 310 Boundary Waters Sky Dek
Most Popular Fishing Model: Cast-A-Way
Most Popular Performance Model: 250 S-Series
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: SunSpree
Most Popular High-End Model: Grand Majestic LTD

If you look into Premier, you'll find innovations such as 10-foot wide decks, exclusive PTX triple tubes, plus a plethora of patents for the marine industry. Among these advancements are specially-hinged seating, raised railings for draining and snapless J-clip covers. If you're still not convinced Premier is right for you, check out the builder's PTX technology. The PTX is a shaped hull with a 12-inch flat surface, giving you exceptional lift and stability. Such innovations coupled with Premier's ability to produce performance-oriented `toons truly make them a sound buy and great luxury boat. Premier is well known in savvy consumer diaries for using the highest level of technology to tool its product. It is just that type of innovative thinking by company engineers that has catapulted this 17-year-old company to the heights it has already reached.

Princecraft

Located: Princeville, Québec
Date Founded: 1954
800-395-8858
www.princecraft.com
Most Popular Model: SVX 27
Best-selling model: Ventura 220 WS
Longest Model: SVX 29 I/O
Most Popular Fishing Model: Vantage 23-4S
Most Popular Performance Model: SVX 27 I/O
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Vectra 17
Most Popular High-End Model: SVX 29 I/O

This Brunswick-based boat company has been leading aluminum boat builders in Canada for over 55 years and has managed to build a strong reputation in the United States. Much of the reason for its praise lies in the construction of its hulls. Where most manufacturers choose to rivet, weld or glue its strings and hull seam, Princecraft combines all three methods. The combined benefits of all three result in an aluminum deck boat that rides and feels as quiet as one made of fiberglass, only much lighter and more fuel efficient. Another exclusive Princecraft deck boat feature is the use of integrated side body panels in place of traditional fencing. Princecraft also offers pontoon models in addition to its deck boat lineup.

Qwest

Located: Saint Louis, Mich.
Date Founded: 1990
989-681-4300
www.compactpontoons.com
Most Popular Model: LS 7518 XRE
Longest Model: 820
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Adventure 7514 Sport Deluxe
Most Popular Fishing Model: Adventure 7516 Sport Deluxe
Most Popular High-End Model: LS 7518 XRE Cruise

Qwest's compact pontoon boats are a great choice for many of today's boaters. With leading edge designs that maximize usable space, these `toons offer the comforts and amenities of larger boats but remain small enough to be affordable, easy to trailer and easy to maneuver in the water. Available in either an LS Luxury Series or valuepacked Adventure Series, a Qwest pontoon boat is ideal for smaller groups and smaller outboards or electric drives. They are offered in a wide selection of floor plans and sizes for fishing or cruising. Each model comes standard with a fiberglass helm stand, unique custom graphics and luxury style seating. In addition, the Qwest LS has an enhanced dash panel with GPS Color Fishfinder and JBL Stereo system. Go compact-the experience is exceptional.

Rinker

Located: Syracuse, Ind.
Date Founded: 1945
574-522-8381
www.RinkerBoats.com
Most Popular Model: Rinker 248 Flotilla
Best-selling model: Rinker 228 Flotilla
Longest Model: 268 Flotilla
Most Popular Performance Model: Rinker 248 Flotilla
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Rinker 228 Flotilla
Most Popular High-End Model: Rinker 268 Flotilla

Built and designed with comfort, functionality and most importantly, value, in mind, Rinker holds true to its standard in providing the most boat for your money. Rinker's long history and experience of being a fiberglass, sterndrive manufacturer of sport boats has now crossed over to its outstanding deck boat models. Rinker originally offered deck boats, but has recently re-introduced these boats to complement its wide variety of fiberglass boats. On all of these deck boats, there is now an opportunity to match the color of the dash to the hull of your boat, and the extended swim platform on the MTX models is now standard, creating a more streamlined appearance.

Built and tested by Rinker employees and their families, these models have everything a family needs and nothing it doesn't for a great day of fun on the water. Freedom of choice with MerCruiser or Volvo sterndrive power and the all-intense "R" series wakeboard package both provide the consumer the power of choice and customization.

Rinker. Why pay more?

Sanpan

Located: Elkhart, Ind.
Date Founded: 1958
574-522-8381
www.GodfreyPontoonBoats.com
Most Popular Model: Sanpan 2500 FE
Best-selling model: Sanpan 2500 FE
Longest Model: Sanpan 2500 I/O Elite Triple Tube
Most Popular Performance Model: Sanpan 2500 with Triple Tube
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Sanpan 2200
Most Popular High-End Model: Sanpan 2500 FE

These truly beautiful pontoon boats exude an aura of luxury as soon as you see them, but it's when you step aboard that you know you are on a very special boat. Whether it's the soft touch vinyl or the thick plush carpet, the beautiful teak decks or the gorgeous color schemes and rail designs, Sanpan has taken a giant leap into luxurious pontoon boating, and refers to itself as the crème de la crème of pontoon boats.

Sanpan's stealthy high performance models, such as the much-acclaimed Triple Tube I/O Elite, leave the competition behind with speed and grace, and literally provide a smooth, comfortable ride like no other boat on the water. Sea Star hydraulic tilt wheel steering makes for fingertip easy control in any water and is available on every Sanpan model. Adding the triple tube package grants a combination of higher performance with a sportier look to your pontoon. The generously appointed soft touch helm makes boating easier and looks amazing, and with tanks for up to 56 gallons of fuel, your luxurious ride needn't be cut short. The stylish features of Sanpan will be sure to get you noticed both while cruising and at the dock.

Sea Ray

Located: Knoxville, Tenn.
Date founded: 1959
865-522-4181
www.searay.com
Most Popular Model: 185 Sport
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 200 Sundeck
Most Popular High-End Model: 300 Sundeck

Every Sea Ray boat is a reflection of their commitment to precision, innovation and craftsmanship. The design, details and materials are tested and approved by the most dedicated group of professionals in the marine industry. The result is a line of boats that continues to set higher standards when it comes to aesthetics, engineering and technology.

Founded in 1959, Sea Ray was one of the first boat builders to use fiberglass and other high-tech composite materials in the construction of pleasure boats. The company's continuing innovations in unique styling, performance, interior design, technical systems and many other areas, plus many revolutionary breakthroughs in technology and quality manufacturing processes, have placed Sea Ray at the top of the world's pleasure boat builders for over a quarter of a century.

For over 50 years, Sea Ray has used forward thinking to design some of the best built, most technologically advanced boats in the industry, which has resulted in their highest accolades ever-the NMMA Award for highest satisfaction in sport boats.

The fun begins on any one of Sea Ray's 2011 deck boats. Ranging from 17 to 30 feet, these boats offer more standard features than any other boats in their class. New models this year include the 210 and 230 Sundecks.

South Bay

Located: Middlebury, Ind.
Date Founded: 1998
574-825-8696
www.southbaypontoon.com
Most Popular Model: CR/ Cruise
Best-selling model: 420CR
Longest Model: 928SL Trifecta
Most Popular Fishing Model: 522FC
Most Popular Performance Model: 724SL Trifecta
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 522CR
Most Popular High-End Model: 928SL Trifecta

South Bay pontoons combine luxury and performance to create memories for a lifetime.

Choose from the 400, 500, 700 or 900 series to find that special pontoon for your family.

South Bay's 400 series provides you with everything you need for a day of fun in the sun. The 400 Series was designed to help you comfortably embrace your space at the sand bar, whether you are in the water or on the boat.

South Bay's 500 Series is loaded with features not found in a product with this much value. An afternoon cruise with the family, fishing with the grandkids, or pulling one of your favorite water toys-whatever your desire, the 500 series has much to offer.

South Bay's 700 Series comes standard with a granite coat console that includes a Clarion waterproof AM/FM Radio, MP3 and iPod-ready (four speakers), Humminbird GPS with fish/depth sounder, and much more. A very sophisticated interior color coordinates to the exterior, designed with a classic architectural look that will remain in style for years to come.

South Bay's 900 Series flagship provides superior quality and supreme luxury, from the signature arches in the exterior rails to the meticulous attention in detail and design. Radiant with a sense of elegance, South Bay pontoons are a great choice for entertaining friends or satisfying any need for speed and excitement.

SouthWind

Located: Cairo, Ga.
Date Founded: 2007
229-377-2125
www.southwindboats.com
Most Popular Model: 229FS
Longest Model: 2600SD
Shortest Model: 2010L Hybrid
Most Popular High-End Model: 2400SD

At SouthWind Boats the engineers choose to think differently, to challenge convention and move ahead with a passion to improve its deck boats and give customers the absolute best value. SouthWind offers a complete lineup of high value, high content deck boats, with an emphasis on quality and performance. You can expect versatility, quality, comfort, spacious passenger and cargo room, commanding power, a smooth ride, responsive handling, ease of maintenance, fuel efficiency and safety. Whether swimming, tubing, skiing, fishing or just soaking up the views, SouthWind will take you there. No limitations, anything is possible. Not just another deck boat, but a SouthWind; there is a difference.

Starcraft

Location: Topeka, Ind.
Date Founded: 1903
866-772-4538
www.starcraftmarine.com
Most Popular Model: Limited 226
Longest Model: Majestic 276 Starlounger
Most Popular Fishing Model: Starfish Series
Most Popular Performance Model: Majestic 256
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Stardeck 226 Cruise
Most Popular High-End Model: Majestic 256

The Indiana-based manufacturer has been at it for more than a hundred years, building great boats and pioneering a recreational lifestyle. Year after year, Starcraft finds more ways to enhance the performance, comfort and versatility of its boats. With 20 deck boat and 24 pontoon models, you are sure to find the boat to meet your need. It's about being there for generations, not just lifetimes. Whether you're shopping for a pontoon or a deck boat, you're likely to be impressed by what this builder has to offer. When it comes to quality, safety and reliability, you can count on Starcraft to make no compromises. And with countless details-from the deeper interiors on its V-hulls to its flush, unobstructed pontoon decks-Starcraft is setting new safety standards for you and your family.

Sun Tracker

Locaion: Springfield, Mo.
Date Founded: 1978
888-487-2253
www.suntrackerboats.com
Best-selling model: Fishin' Barge 21
Longest Model: Party Cruiser 32
Most Popular Fishing Model: Fishin' Barge 21
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Bass Buggy 18
Most Popular High-End Model: 22 Regency Edition

Sun Tracker is known for thinking of everything that will turn a day on the water into a memorable cruising, skiing, fishing or laid-back occasion. With spacious layouts, comfortable furniture and features like pinchless fishing chairs, double-latched gates that open inward for added safety and ample swim platforms, Sun Tracker boats are great for bringing together your favorite people for an outing that will be fun for all onboard.

Sun Tracker offers a wide range of pontoon boat models from 18 to 32 feet offered at Bass Pro Shops and a network of quality independent dealers nationwide. With Sun Tracker, you can choose to spend less or get more boat for your budget. When you are ready to buy, your decision is made easier with nationally-advertised pricing that assures you'll get the best deal everywhere, every day.

SunChaser

Location: New Paris, Ind.
Date Founded: 2007
866-772-4538
www.sunchaserboats.com
Most Popular Model: DS 22 Cruise
Longest Model: 8524 Fish
Most Popular Fishing Model: 8522 Cruise and Fish
Most Popular Performance Model: 8522 Cruise
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: DS 22 Cruise
Most Popular High-End Model: 8522 Cruise

As part of the Smoker Craft family of products, SunChaser pontoons offer the same great quality and attention to detail inherent in every Smoker Craft product. A SunChaser is an ideal way to introduce your family to the water, as it's a product that will meet your immediate needs, as well as afford growth as your boating demands expand.

"Extreme value" is the phrase that best describes the SunChaser line of pontoons by Smoker Craft. From its inception, SunChaser pontoons have been designed to maximize value while maintaining the high-end features that are most important to the first-time buyer. The straightforward, family-friendly floor plans make choosing the perfect model an enjoyable and hassle-free experience. It's no wonder SunChaser is one of the hottest brands in the market today.

Suncruiser

Located: Lebanon, Mo.
Date Founded: 1971
417-532-9101
www.loweboats.com
Most Popular Model: SS210
Longest Model: SS250
Most Popular Fishing Model: SF214
Most Popular Performance Model: LS250SD
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: GS204
Most Popular High-End Model: LS250

Suncruiser pontoons, built by Lowe Boats in Lebanon, Mo., target families who enjoy outdoor recreation. Suncruiser pontoons represent good value across the model lineup. From its entry-level GS series to the upper level LS series, Suncruiser has a pontoon that can meet your needs, exceed expectations, and not break your wallet. The company's mid-range SS and SF series are an impressive blend of style and function; the only thing more attractive than the price is the look of the pontoons themselves. With 16 different models to choose from, Lowe is sure to have a Suncruiser configured just the way you want it.

In addition to Suncruiser pontoons, Lowe also builds deck boats. The Sport Deck series is offered in two layouts and two lengths. The SD190 and SD220 are great for those seeking the comfort of a pontoon, but preferring the faster performance of its deck boat hull. The SD194 and SD224 are the ultimate fishing deck boats, available with trolling motors and fishing seats, but still allowing space and comfort for those who'd rather lounge than fish.

Sweetwater

Located: Elkhart, Ind.
Date Founded: 1958
574-522-8381
www.GodfreyPontoonBoats.com
Most Popular Model: Sweetwater PE 220
Best-selling model: Sweetwater 2086
Longest Model: Sweetwater PE 240
Most Popular Fishing Model: Sweetwater 2086 FC
Most Popular Performance Model: Sweetwater 2286 with Triple Tube
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Sweetwater 1880
Most Popular High-End Model: Sweetwater PE 220 with Triple Tube

A Sweetwater pontoon boat is the ideal boat for the family who loves to do it all on the water-fishing, cruising, going to the sandbar, entertaining and more. The 2011 Sweetwater and Sweetwater Premium Edition pontoons not only have a more diversified group of layouts, stunning new graphics, colors, and logo, but also have more competitive pricing than ever, making them the sweetest deals on the water.

The new Sweetwater 220 Sun Lounger and 220 Double Loungers have aft-facing lounges, making it comfortable to watch the smooth ride your 24-foot pontoon produces. For the entertainer, Sweetwater has a variety of amenities to help you be the perfect on-water host. The 240 and 220 Wet Bars have acrylic bar countertops, cup holders, and two bar seats, as well as optional galleys, grills, blenders and wine holders. Up to 11 passengers can enjoy the comfortable GX48 vinyl seating while listening to your favorite songs from the Jensen stereo with MP3 input.

Sylvan

Location: New Paris, Ind.
Date Founded: Late 1940's
574-831-2950
www.sylvanmarine.com
Most Popular Model: 8522 Mirage Cruise
Longest Model: 8525 Mandalay
Most Popular Fishing Model: 8522 Mirage Fish and Cruise
Most Popular Performance Model: 8522 Signature with RPT tubes
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: 8520 Mirage Cruise
Most Popular High-End Model: 8525 Mandalay

For four generations, the name Sylvan has been a mainstay in the pontoon industry. Year after year, Sylvan pontoons have graced the waterways throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. A loyal following of repeat customers is testimony to the quality, safety and comfort of every Sylvan product. All Sylvan tubes are designed using "fluid lock" chambered construction methods for safety, and full-length solid keels for additional strength and stability. Sylvan's exclusive hat-channel deck construction guarantees a solid and secure deck, and its extensive warranty guarantees customer satisfaction. New in 2008, Sylvan continues to lead the pack with the introduction of the first true planing tube. Coined the RPT (Revolutionary Planing Tube), it maximizes fuel efficiency and minimizing weight. Sylvan's design team has once again set the bar on high-end models with a full makeover of its popular Mandalay series. Sylvan has hit the mark and is sure to find a new generation of loyal customers eager to hit the water.

Tahoe Pontoons

Located: Alma, Mich.
Date Founded: 1994
800-334-2913
www.tahoepontoons.com
Most Popular Model: Sierra
Best-Selling Model: Vista
Longest Model: Grand Tahoe
Most Popular Fishing Model: SEB Fish `n fun
Most Popular Performance Model: 24' Vista
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: LT
Most Popular High-End Model: Sierra Funship

Exciting innovative design sets Tahoe Pontoons apart from the rest. Created in 1994, Tahoe pontoons have developed into one of the world's best know pontoon boat brands. Tahoe pontoon's team of creative engineers has developed industry-leading designs using the latest computer-driven equipment. The furniture, framing and walls are built in one location in Alma, Mich. with American workers. Tahoe makes over 200 models at eight different price points, ranging from entry-level to fully-loaded crafts with every feature, color and style imaginable. Tahoe is a privately-owned pontoon boatonly brand that prides itself on outstanding product quality and customer service. Tahoe pontoons is the winner of the prestigious NMMA CSI award for customer satisfaction three years in a row.

Tahoe

Located: Springfield, Mo.
Date Founded: 1978
888-842-8246
www.tahoesportboats.com
Best-selling model: Q5 i
Most Popular Fishing Model: Q5SF
Most Popular Entry-Level Model: Q4SS
Most Popular High-End Model: 215 Xi

Any on-water activity, including skiing, fishing, cruising or lounging, can easily be supported by one of the models offered by Tahoe from Tracker Marine Group, the boat manufacturing division of Bass Pro Shops. True to its family heritage, the Tahoe lineup delivers more boat and more fun for your money than should be allowed. Where else can you find truly versatile boats like these, with exciting performance, eye-catching styling, thoughtful features, backed by one of the largest boat builders in the world and sold through Bass Pro Shops stores and a national network of dealers with a no-haggle, no-hassle selling policy? The answer is: nowhere else but at your local Tahoe dealer. A great boating value, all models in the Tahoe line are sleek, stylish, and filled with thoughtful features to make your outing more comfortable and fun.

Voyager

Location: Camdenton, Mo.
Date Founded: 1988
573-346-1904
www.voyagerboats.net
Most Popular Model: 22' Express Fish and Cruise
Longest Model: 32-foot
Shortest Model: 14-foot
Most Popular High End Model: Extreme Cruise Express SL

Since 1988, Voyager has maintained durability in its boats. Many Voyager crafts offer barrier railing that goes all the way around the perimeter of the boat, opening up floor-space and allowing more compartments for storage throughout the interior.

Voyager's focus as a boat builder is and always will be craftsmanship. From start to finish, each boat is built by a single team of two or three craftsman. This devotion and style of production allows the company to tailor its floor designs to meet each buyer's specific needs. On each vessel, 25-by- 23-inch U-shaped pontoons offer optimum buoyancy. These pontoons are engineered for greater water displacement. The plush interiors, various styles and many optional appointments on each pontoon are crafted to order, allowing customizing to meet their customers needs.

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