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Published in the September 2011 Issue Published online: Sep 10, 2011 Ask The Expert
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Aloha

www.alohapontoons.com

 Aloha Pontoons offers two lines to its network of dealers that continues to grow for 2012. The Paradise Series, which features 25- and 29-foot triple tunnels, a large storage area in the center pontoon tube, courtesy lighting, a rubber floor mat and automatic bilge pump, and more, gives you all the comforts in lounge furniture and features you expect. Including an extended aft swim platform, 2-inch round aluminum tubing ski/tow pylon and GPS system with a Clarion sound system, the Paradise Series is sure to stand out from the crowd. The series is available from 22 to 32 feet with outboard power up to 350hp.

The Tropical Series for 2012, on the 25- and 29-foot triple tunnels, also features a large storage area in the center pontoon tube, with courtesy lighting, rubber floor mat and automatic bilge pump. The Tropical Series provides boaters with most of the comforts of the Paradise Series and offers from nearly 18 feet up to 29 feet in both twin pontoons and Triple Tunnel designs. In both the Paradise and Tropical

Series the upper sundeck is available, and you have the option for a water slide, designed for the young at heart, and we all know the children enjoy it.

Aloha Pontoons, headquartered in North Little Rock, Ark., has been designing and building a superior pontoon since 1960. Aloha Pontoons was the first company to build an upper sundeck and the sun cushion on the back deck. Still the oldest pontoon manufacturer in the south and one of the oldest in the United States, Aloha Pontoons developed the Triple Tunnel Technology that still provides boaters with the a smooth ride and maximum comfort.

Even though 2012 is still a few months away, there's no reason why you can't start getting excited today about the new model year. Coming to a boat show near you will be the new models and significant changes that have been made by the top pontoon and deck boat manufacturers. It took some doing, but we've been able to get our hands on the releases early and we're happy to pass this information along to our readers. Included in this roundup is our annual guide on what's new for 2012.

Azure

www.azureboats.com

Azure Boat Company, based in Moncks Corner, S.C., proudly introduces the all-new AZ220 XTREME Wake Edition Sport Deck. Measuring in at 22 feet in length, its distinctive style balances both the performance of a tow boat, as well as space utilization and bow seating of a pleasure craft. The AZ220 clearly makes its mark in the crossover tow boat market.

From the first sight of an aggressively arched aluminum wakeboard tower with racks, the AZ220 definitely amazes the eye.

The tower has the option of being outfitted with a pair of wakeboard tower speakers with an additional power amp and comes standard with a bimini top. Other wakeboard-friendly amenities are the digital depth gauge, custom fog-resistant gauges, optional GPS with a four-inch LCD screen, power steering, lockable water tight storage compartment, optional compass, stainless steel windshield magnet, under-floor storage and stainless steel telescoping four-step stern ladder.

 From the sculpted swim platform with Soft-deck Mat, to the equally inviting cockpit arrangement, the AZ220 never ceases to amaze the eye. Artful lines sweep from bow to stern, creating one of the sleekest and most exciting crossover tow boats available. The stainless steel trimmed low profile tinted windshield accents the lines and dimensional chrome sport graphics, while the sculpted interior with cross stitched accents bathes you in comfort.

Bennington

www.benningtonmarine.com

 For 2012, Bennington has unveiled "Shatter," a pontoon boat that showcases the company's admired capabilities and commitment to fine detail. Bennington's top-of-the-line Q Series serves as a foundation for Shatter. This boat opened a new chapter in the company's history of innovations, taking luxury pontoons to a new level.

Shatter is the fusion of a luxury pontoon and the attitude of a sport boat. It boasts a mesmerizing gold fleck paint job, interior details inspired by the ultimate in European sports cars and a forward-raking sport tower complimentary to Bennington's signature streamlined rail system. The boat uses a fresh new palette of neutral hues anchored by Bennington's 2012 Ivory interior base vinyl, which features double-needle, diamond stitched detail used tastefully throughout, giving it a sophisticated edge.

Never before has a pontoon boat been this stylized. Shatter created a new class of pontoons that confirms Bennington's commitment to expand boundaries and brings needed change to the marketplace. Tactfully named Shatter, this boat makes a loud statement as it shatters the pontoon stereotype and reinforces Bennington's leadership position in the industry.

For the 2012 model year, there are several new floor plans, standard features, options and colors to look forward to. Shatter introduces some of Bennington's most exciting options for 2012, like the Eekhoff Select Diamond Interior package and custom paint job, which are available on the Q & R Series only. Pricing for the optional custom paint job is available upon request.


Bentley Encore

www.bentleyencore.com

Encore Boat Builders is an industry leader in manufacturing a good quality boat at an affordable price. The Bentley Encore has a selection of floor plans and options for whatever your fancy, be it cruising or fishing. These floor plans are available in 20-, 22- and 24-foot pontoons and are offered in many different color variations. All of the models come standard with one and a quarter-inch powder-coated railing, which adds a luxurious clean look to the boat. The changing room and 9-foot bimini is another standard feature on all models. The fish models are well-equipped for the avid fisherman or just a fun family fishing outing, with standards that include a livewell, fishing chairs and rod holders. The Bentley Encore is a great boat with a lot of value.

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.

Berkshire

www.berkshirepontoon.com

 Updated for 2012, the 240CL Premium shows off new looks and optional features from stern to bow. The first thing you may notice if you see the boat after sunset are the LED courtesy floor lights, in a new ice blue color. Other features include pull-up stainless steel bow cleats, stainless steel deluxe portable cupholders and a woodgrain fiberglass table with a stainless steel base.

Brushed aluminum has been introduced for the stern corner pads and docking lights pods, giving an air of modern futurism to the 240CL. For those interested in a speedier look, consider the optional sport console and seat, new for 2012 as well.

The Berkshire Premium series takes you to an industry-recognized high level of comfort, style and luxury. This 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 with fish/depth sounder, Clarion waterproof AM/FM Radio, MP3 and iPod ready with four speakers and much more.

The Berkshire line from Forest River Marine has been a head turner since it was introduced, and these latest improvements will ensure the attention follows it well into 2012 and beyond.


Crest

www.crestpontoonboats.com

In 2011 Crest Marine began the task of introducing a completely new line of pontoons. In 2012, they continue to strive for that innovation, refinement and creativity. Crest believes 2012 is an important year for the marine industry to be innovative and distinctive.

While many other builders are doing simple updates, refreshing, sprucing up, or doing nothing to further their brands, Crest Marine is creating, testing, producing and marketing the freshest new line of pontoons to hit the market in decades.

The successful Caribbean Series was all-new this past year and has been extensively refined for 2012. Styling, comfort and standard features have taken the Caribbean to another new level that sets the pace of the Crest DNA.

New changes and standards include a Select Helm, with color GPS, Speedo, Graph and new sport steering wheel, Hi-Lo helm seat, new soft-touch Napa Khaki and LED interior bimini lights.

Crest's dedication to improving every facet of the company for 2012 includes initiatives to increase plant output by 33 percent during peak build period, adding 38 new dealers to increase unit shipments by 50 percent and successfully penetrated Canadian markets.

Crownline

www.crownline.com

 At Crownline Boats, they pride themselves in innovation and delivering new products specifically designed for customer needs. Crownline boats are well-known for high-quality construction, top-of-the-line features and its attention to detail. Customer-driven innovation has led them to their newest model, the 235 SS. The new Crownline 235 SS joins the 215 SS with its first-class design, sleek exterior profile and an inviting, roomy interior that will make you want to stay onboard long after sunset.

The exterior is standard with a sexy double hull band gel coat design, which perfectly accentuates the sporty silhouette of the boat. Its contours are further enhanced by a patented F.A.S.T. Tab hull design, which not only embraces the distinctive sports car styling of the 235 SS, but also insures a safe and comfortable ride by increasing planning efficiency and stability in high speed turns. Just like the 215 SS, the 235 SS features stainless steel blower vents and eye-catching stainless steel accents on the side of the boat. The oversized, fully integrated swim platform has a "soft touch" mat to provide added comfort and safety.

Crownline also allows you to customize your boat to your total satisfaction. Underwater lighting can be added at the transom, and enthusiastic wakeboarders can add the awesome aluminum or black wakeboard tower, featuring a fold-down mechanism for low overhead storage, board racks and a cockpit sun top. Tower speakers are also available to complete your boat.

Cypress Cay

www.cypresscaypontoons.com

The Cypress Cay 2012 pontoon lineup consists of six unique model series. From an all-new premium segment to new fish `n cruise layouts and more rear-facing lounger models, Cypress Cay offers something for every lifestyle and every budget.

For the new model year the luxurious Cancun model underwent a significant exterior change, including silver anodized railings, rubrail, bimini frame and ladder. Plus a new, edgier graphics pattern really makes the Cancun stand out.

Also new for the year, Cayman boasts 10 models ranging from traditional layouts to a Fish `n Cruise model, a rear-facing lounger edition and a sterndrive-powered pontoon. A daring fence design includes intricate railing and optional two-tone graphics for a sophisticated look. The Cayman interior features a warm base vinyl accented with a rich contrasting material and color-matched inserts. A standard rear swim deck for extra space in the aft plus vinyl-wrapped seat bases make the Cayman that much more desirable. And the Cayman LE and SLE offer an oversized rear-facing lounger, perfect for long days on the water.

And finally, the Cozumel has been completely redesigned with a new fence featuring a full, two-dimensional inset panel and new sporty graphics. The standard Cozumel changing room was moved to the end of the chaise, providing additional seating space onboard, and a brand new instrument panel with recessed gauges and tilt steering wheel was added to the helmstand. The Cozumel also underwent furniture changes with an updated vinyl pattern featuring a triple-tone look plus color-matched insert.


Destination Yachts

www.destinationyachts.com

New for 2012, Destination Yachts reveals the I3210, a pontoon boat featuring a covered cabin, a unique and eye-catching feature among `toons from all over the country.

Developed in cooperation with Park Marine (Traina Enterprise), the I3210 features marine grade carpet, a front sliding glass door, four-speaker stereo system, solid hardwood cabinets and trim, and a full shower-bath combo. Can't decide between a houseboat and a pontoon? Here's a way to get the best of both worlds.

Other houseboat-centric features include laminate countertops, a gas range, 12-volt refrigerator and a top deck gutter system, for those `toon rides in the rain. What's that? No one takes a pontoon ride when it's raining, you say? They must not have a Destination Yacht then.




Hampton

www.hamptonpontoons.com

The Hampton line by PlayCraft has been turning heads on the water since first bursting onto the scene just a few years ago. The high-end luxury feel from the Hampton line was well received by the industry, but you know improvements were bound to follow.

For years, boaters have been enjoying one of the easiest rear-entry designs in the industry with PlayCraft's patented rear steps that are built into the U-shaped pontoon log. When it comes to boarding from the water, no one makes it easier than PlayCraft.until now. New for 2012 on the Hampton line are those same unique steps, which were designed to be used with the round pontoons that all Hampton boats use. With the same unique step system, this manufacturer appears to have rear-entry boarding fully covered.

Also new is the helm console and instrument panel that has been completely redesigned to reflect the high-end and luxury feel that this line has to offer. The symmetrical console flows well with easy to read gauges and has a new sleek overall profile. From bow to stern, exciting changes are happening on all Hampton pontoons.





Harris FloteBote

www.harrisflotebote.com

In commemoration of Harris FloteBote's 55th anniversary, 2012 offers an astounding year full of design innovations, contemporary styling and luxurious amenities. From the complete redesign of the Sunliner series to the launch of additional Cruiser models, Harris FloteBote offers a rich assortment of marine craft excellence. The full line of 2012 models is now available at Harris FloteBote dealers nationwide.

For 2012, the Grand Mariner features a rear swim deck for extra space at the aft. The Grand Mariner fence panel also now comes standard in one of five color choices with five available graphics packages, including a sleek Platinum Silver edition. The glovebox on the helmstand has been relocated next to the captain's chair for greater convenience.

Also for 2012, the Sunliner series was completely redesigned and several models were added for a new lineup of cruising, fishing and luxury pontoons. The new Sunliner features an intricate curving fence on the outside and high-end furniture vinyl patterns on the inside. A new helmstand features recessed gauges inside an accented instrument panel, a storage unit with door and an ergonomic tilt steering wheel. An elaborate fence rail design distinguishes the new Sunliner, and optional graphics make the paneling more unique.

For the avid or casual fisherman, the Sunliner FS offers a stocked-to-the-gills fishing pontoon with four-point pedestal fishing seats, rear workstation with aerated livewell, adjustable rod holders, vertical rod storage, full non-slip TPO flooring and a Lowrance fish finder.


Hurricane

www.hurricaneboats.com

Hurricane is turning heads for 2012 with exciting new graphics and colors throughout the SunDeck and SunDeck Sport lines. With bold new color options like Chili Red, Blast Blue and Dark Platinum, these boats really stand out from the crowd, and the watersports-inspired graphics packages provide an exhilarating sense of motion, even when they're at the dock.

New on the fishing-themed SunDeck 211 and SunDeck 231outboard models is a clever T-Top option that adds style to these center consoles, while providing both shade and additional storage. Both SunDeck Sport 202 models (outboard and I/O) get a full updating of furniture and upholstery that bring them in line with their siblings, which have received similar makeovers in recent years. And building on the huge success of the Amazing Boat Deals program launched in 2011, the all-new Hurricane 232 becomes the 11th boat to be added to that popular collection. Standard throughout all Hurricanes, you will find nice touches such as stainless steel-trimmed cupholders, logo-embossed stainless steel pop-up cleats, and premium vinyl upholstery. Optional upgrades throughout the Hurricane line include beautiful Versa-Teak decking for the swim platform, underwater lighting packages, Sony and Fusion stereo systems with iPod charging dock, new sectional snap-in carpeting, regal burl wood dash paneling, and depth/fish finder options from Garmin and Lowrance on the fishing models.


Manitou

www.manitouboats.com

The success of Manitou's SES seating group has pushed the company into branching it off as its own model, rather than just a floorplan selection. For 2012, the SES has a brand new look. The boat comes standard with the patented V-Toon Hull and XTS walls. These walls are all-new for 2012 and give the boat a new edgy look and added protection. The boat is also available with a Platinum Package upgrade that really makes it stand out. This includes the all-new raised LX helm. The raised helm is standard with a waterproof Rockford Fosgate head unit, one piece billeted aluminum shroud and blue back lit multifunction gauges.

The Platinum Package includes an LX raised helm, in-dash fishfinder, Lowrance color GPS, stainless bimini top, stainless steel dock guard with stainless steel corner castings, stainless steel gas cap, track interior blue LED lighting, six Kicker speakers, stainless front gate and top rails, tone on tone furniture with flip-up arm rests and high back helm chair with bolster.

Triton Industries, Inc., manufactures Manitou pontoons and has been building them for over 20 years, developing a solid reputation for quality and styling. Innovation is nothing new to Triton Industries, Inc., and the proof can be found in all that the 2012 lineup has to offer.


Monsoon

www.monsoonboats.com

Monsoon Marine's contribution to the 2012 lineup includes its newest model, an updated Cyclone 20. This is an entry-level boat with 23-inch tubes, 8-foot wide deck and 60hp transom, built for families looking to enjoy summers on the lake without breaking the bank. But don't let the low price fool you; there is a lot of value to be found in the Cyclone 20.

For example, there is a rear entry with a three-step folding ladder, a must for swimmers of all ages. An inch and a quarter powder-coated railing and bimini top protect you from the waves and the sun, depending on what conditions you may be sailing in.

Other features include a swiveling locking helm seat, multiple cupholders, a Rotocast helm with storage and safety pinch guards on the gates to protect children. Once seated at the helm, enjoy the utility of a tachometer and voltmeter, as well as a Mercury rigged engine with binnacle shifter.

Three gates measure 20, 26 and 32 inches, which is wheelchair-accessible.

A solid, all-aluminum construction is complemented by all stainless steel fastenings, and a lifetime warranty on all aluminum components. The Cyclone 20 is available in black, red and blue.

NauticStar

www.nauticstarboats.com

Drawing from the resources of its expertise of manufacturing bay boats, offshore boats and family-style deck boats, NauticStar, LLC introduces its all-new innovative design 203SC Sport Deck.

The 203SC merges deck boat style open interior with the ride and drive of a vee hull runabout.

NauticStar President Phil Faulkner feels that today's buyers demand versatility, durability, value and performance in their boating decisions and that its 203SC delivers just that.

The exclusive hull design has a shallow draft dead rise at the transom for stability at rest. Forward you have a full V to give you a soft ride in rougher waters. This design is very unique for a deck style boat.

The hull also incorporates an air assisted chine that releases water, helping the boat to plan quicker and lift higher.

Yamaha Marine has tested the 203SC and has published some really attractive numbers. Powered with a four-stroke F150TXR, the boat planed in 3.35 seconds and reached a top speed of 47.4 miles per hour with a fuel burn of only 3.7 gallons per hour at cruise.

The 203SC is 20 feet with a beam of 102 inches and is rated for up to 150 horsepower. Fuel capacity is 47 gallons and passenger capacity is 10 persons.

Boarding is made easy with the molded-in stainless steel ladder and walk-through transom. The rear entry seat flips up out of the way so you don't step on the upholstery. There is also storage under the rear entry seat for your battery and other gear.


Premier

www.pontoons.com

The 2012 Premier model lineup offers changes to every boat in the line. The new features, options, colors, and layouts have been very well-received so far. As an innovator in the industry, Premier is always expected to introduce new product to keep its customers satisfied in their need for new cutting edge pontoon products, and after18 months of engineering, design, and construction, they are very excited to introduce their latest model, the Grand Entertainer.

The 2012 Grand Entertainer is the industry-first production pontoon to incorporate a full bar in the layout of the boat. Offered in 26- and 29-foot lengths, the 260 and 290 Grand Entertainer was designed in the standard 8-foot, 6-inch layout and also fits Premier's ever popular 10-foot wide layout. The boat was developed after gaining knowledge from building many different custom boats.

Bob Menne, the president and founder of Premier, feels that pontoons have always been about entertaining and the Grand Entertainer takes entertaining to the next level.

This model is truly one-of-a-kind in the pontoon industry, offering a functional full bar featuring stainless steel pull-out storage drawers, an electric sink, counter-top grill and refrigerator. Boaters will also like the optional removable Cabana top to shade the bar and add additional storage.

The Island Bar also comes standard with three bar stools, storage cubbies, a raised bar serving area and comes standard with margarita, martini and wine glasses. The engineers even went as far as to incorporate purse hooks in the design of the bar. Nothing was overlooked in the construction and design of this model.

Premier has received a tremendous response from this model and its dealers can't wait to get this one in their showrooms. Record per season sales have helped this new model become a big success. It is destined to become a show stopper at boat shows throughout the country this winter.

Qwest

www.gillgetter.com

The all-new Qwest LS 7518 XRE Cruise is a shining example of Apex Marine's commitment to offer the finest quality compact pontoon boats available. With exceptional fit and finish and high-end amenities, the Qwest LS is a luxury pontoon boat in a smaller size.

The Qwest LS 7518 XRE Cruise is an excellent all-around pontoon boasting an innovative layout ideal for cruising, fishing and family fun. New enhanced styling and custom deluxe upholstery with lifetime cushion foam, ultra flow seat ventilation and superior quality vinyl make this the ultimate pontoon in its class. The new LS models feature cutting edge colors, graphics and premium Shaw carpet.

The Qwest LS XRE Cruise is set up with deluxe style bass seats in the back and lounge seats in the front. There is integrated tackle storage and an aerated livewell. The captain gets a new ultra-comfortable seat with flip-up arms and automotive style suspension, and the fiberglass helm stand comes standard with a built-in Humminbird GPS color navigation fish finder, full instrumentation, and JBL Stereo system with Infinity speakers.

The Qwest LS has robust construction suitable for most inland waterways and activities while its unique lightweight design allows it to be easy to trailer, easy to maneuver and capable of higher performance with smaller outboards.


Sea Ray

www.searay.com

Sea Ray is a notable deck boat manufacturer that always manages to turn heads, no matter what body of water you see one in. For 2012, the deck boat line is introducing several changes and improvements designed to further Sea Ray's hold on the industry.

The 220 SD, 240 SD, 260 SD and 280 SD are available with a new black, forward-facing, tubular aluminum water sports tower with integrated bimini top, anchor light and wakeboard racks, and the 200 SD, 220 SD, 240 SD, 260 SD and 280 SD are available in black, blue, burgundy, patina or red two-tone gel coat with Sundeck graphics

Other graphical upgrades involve hull bottom colors in red or black, or full-color hull in black, blue, burgundy, patina or red, and the 200 SD, 220 SD, 240 SD, 260 SD, 280 SD and 300 SD are available with new two-tone interior color packages in standard Quartz (grey/white) or optional Almond (beige/white), red (red/white) or blue (blue/white).


Sanpan

www.NauticGlobalGroup.com

After several years in development, the Sanpan luxury pontoon line gets a complete product overhaul in 2012, with nearly every detail of every boat updated from the deck up! Whether you prefer a sunset cruise, a day of tubing with the grandchildren, or just welcoming friends and family dockside, the Sanpan line delivers more entertainment options than ever with all-new innovative layouts, helm stations and standard features. The first thing you'll notice is the new, modern rail design that catches your eye well before you even step onboard. The new pillow-top furniture provides the most comfortable seating you have ever enjoyed on a boat, and the clever layout options mean you can really find the boat that works best for your lifestyle, whether it's a beautiful and functional bar on the aft-deck, rear-facing double chaise lounges, or an oversized U-shaped lounge that brings everyone into the conversation.

SouthWind

www.southwindboats.com

The SouthWind 2290L Hybrid is the next step in the evolution of the pontoon boat. SouthWind's Hybrid Series combines the functionality of a pontoon boat with the superior ride of a fiberglass hull, giving boaters the best of both worlds. The SouthWind 2290L Hybrid's modified V-hull design allows boaters to get on plane like a conventional fiberglass deck boat, letting you pull skiers with ease and cut through rough water far better then a traditional pontoon.

New for 2012, the SouthWind Hybrid Series is 100 percent wood-free. The fiberglass non-skid floor is built with a composite Nida-Core material and the hull is reinforced with Kevlar for added strength. All furniture bases and seat bottoms are built with composite materials as well. Also for 2012, you will find an upgraded, more ergonomic helm and a new sport graphics package.

Visit the SouthWind website for more information on the 2012 Hybrid Series and to view the full array of additional deck layouts and fishing packages.


South Bay

www.southbaypontoon.com

For 2012, South Bay is proud to introduce the 724SL, with updates to several parts of the `toon.

At the dash and console, a 30-inch granite Top Cote fiberglass helm with redwood dash and toggle switches grab your attention, while your practical side will appreciate the 8-gallon freshwater tank with 12-volt pump. A helm courtesy light accents the deluxe fiberglass construction of the helm, with a raised redwood dash and switch panel.

For information purposes, you can't go wrong with tachometer, hourmeter, voltmeter, fuel gauge and trim gauge. In addition, a Humminbird GPS, speedometer and in-dash fish/depth sounder mean you'll never get lost and your chances of a successful fishing trip just increased immensely.

Topping it off is a Clarion waterproof AM/FM Radio, MP3 and iPod-ready sound system with four speakers and a Mica Frost Soft Grip wheel, with tilt steering.

For the nature-appreciative, the 724SL features a new EPA-regulated fuel system with a 27-gallon fuel tank with vapor barrier.


SunChaser

www.sunchaserboats.com

SunChaser pontoons offer some of the best values in the industry, and the 2012 lineup is no exception. Whether you are looking for a pontoon to cruise or fish, SunChaser pontoons offer a variety of layouts and features to make your day on the water an enjoyable one. Every model comes with new painted color panels, high back helm chair, matching furniture and console in the new sand dollar color and 8-foot bimini tops.

New this year are the updated 8522 LR and 8524 LR classic models, and the brand new Oasis series. The 8522 and 8524 resemble the other models from years past, such as with the LR models, where you get two rear-facing lounge chairs that replace the back L-group. SunChaser is also introducing the Oasis series new this year. The Oasis series features five models: the 822 4-point fishing model, 820 Cruise, 820 Fish and Cruise, 818 Cruise and the 818 Fish. These value-driven models come standard with a bimini top and high back helm chair with arms. To increase the fun, add an optional ski/tow, perfect for pulling the kids around the lake.

Starcraft

www.starcraftmarine.com

If you're looking for a high-end model, you can't go wrong with the Majestic series, which features the Starlounger, Starliner, Starport, and of course your traditional layout. The Starlounger features two rear-facing loungers for convenient seating arrangements and an upgraded vinyl for a softer, luxurious feel. The Starliner features one rear lounge, with a bar and 2 bar stools on the port side.

Also available in the lineup is the Starport, which replaces the front port couch with 2 helm chairs and a fiberglass cooler. Finally, there is the traditional layout with L-group seating in the back with 2 front couches.

New this year on the Port and Traditional models is the new integrated fiberglass galley that has 2 large storage compartments which also can be converted into a refrigerator, Corian countertop with removable cutting board and stainless steel sink with faucet that features a pressurized pump. Starcraft promises your first step on any of these boats will convince you you're traveling in style. All Majestic boats come standard with a new raised helm station and a brand new console with chrome gauges, LED lighted switches and standard GPS. Also standard is the underwater lighting, Plasteak flooring at the bow and stern, and LED lighting mood lighting. For added value choose the optional underdeck LED lighting and LED lighted cupholders to make your craft shine.

Starcraft's Starstep new SCX series is brand new for the 2012 model year and features 4 new models: the 240 and 220 IO and the 240 OB and 220 OB. This versatile crossover offers huge interior space and superior luxury with top-level tow sport and cruising performance. Awe-inspiring options include underwater lighting, a wakeboard tower and much more.


Sun Tracker

www.suntrackerboats.com

Customer feedback is important to every manufacturer, but it's what you do with that information that can make all the difference. For 2012, Tracker Marine has created new models and made the necessary upgrades that its customers were looking for. For example, the need for lockable storage has now been met. Hidden below the seat is a good-sized storage box on the new Party Barge 24 XP3. This three logged pontoon, coupled with the brand new Mercury 150 four-stroke is more than just a 35mph boat, she can bank nicely in the turns as well.

The Classic Series is now gone, making way for the improved Signature and Regency lines. Now the Party Barge as well as its popular Fishin' Barge pontoons are available in a variety of different sizes to fit everyone's needs.

Colored rail skins, like the beautiful black panels on the new Fishin' Barge 22 DLX, help the boats jump off the water and catch your eye. Also on this new model are little touches like etched in rulers in the lids to measure your catch.

Pop up changing rooms, like on the new Party Barge 20 DLX, are available once again after customers decided they liked having this enclosure better than the drop down curtain. These changes and more help make up the new lineup for Sun Tracker in 2012.

Plus, the Missouri-based manufacturer is flirting with a new 50mph pontoon! Stay tuned.

Sylvan

www.sylvanmarine.com

The Sylvan pontoon line continues to be among the leaders in tube technology, with the innovative Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT) tubes that are available on every model. The RPT tubes slice through the water with sports car handling and runabout exhilaration. Its unique V-shaped tube provides more top speed per horsepower and dramatically improved fuel efficiency. Make sure you check out the revamped Mandalay and Signature series with brand new exterior looks with new exterior railing on the outside of the panels. The Mandalay and Signatures both offer brand new interior furniture that includes soft touch vinyl for extreme comfort.

The Mandalay offers four different models in the series: the LZ, which offers two rear-facing loungers in the back; the Bar, which offers a bar top with three bar stools; the Port option, which replaces the front port couch with two high back helm chairs; and finally the traditional layout with the standard L-group in the back and two couches in the front.

The Mandalays offer a brand new raised helm station with a new console that includes chrome gauges, LED lighted switches and GPS. Other standard features are underwater lighting, a swim platform, standard RPT tubes and aluminum under-deck liner.

Popular options for the Sylvan model lineup include the under-deck LED lighting and Plasteak flooring in the rear-boarding area, as well as LED-lighted cupholders.


Veranda

www.verandamarine.com

The 2012 Veranda V22PRL delivers luxury, durability, and performance at an affordable price. All Veranda pontoon boats feature a patented all-aluminum interlocking floor system that eliminates noise, rot and warping common to wood floors. What really meets the eye though is the attractive designer carpet and new for 2012, stylish side fences with stainless steel accents. Sturdy yet luxurious seating makes a weekend of boating easy on the body in nearly any water condition. The captain will love the reclining helm seat with adjustable head rest mounted on a raised fiberglass platform which provides improved visibility. Large chaise lounges in the front and rear of the boat afford occupants plenty of room to stretch out in comfort. The Veranda V22PRL also offers spacious storage compartments under the seats, perfect for life vests and personal belongings.

Need to change out of that wet swimsuit? No problem. The pop-up privacy enclosure provides a comfortable changing room anywhere you want to be. Among the many standard features found on the Veranda V22PRL are a deluxe steering wheel, boarding ladder and teak swim platform, a 9-foot bimini top, LED interior lighting, a Sony sound system with kicker speakers, a removable table, a mooring cover and much more, including both standard and optional equipment.

Whether you're planning a couple of hours cruising with friends or a weekend camping trip, the Veranda V22PRL is an excellent way to go.


Sweetwater

www.NauticGlobalGroup.com

The Sweetwater series continues to prove that it's one of the best values in the industry from top to bottom. With entry-level boats packed with standard features such as stainless steel-trimmed cupholders and a 24-gallon fuel tank, Sweetwater `toons are also available with Premium packages that include oversized changing rooms, optional snap-in carpeting, Versa-Teak decking fore and aft and upgraded Sony Stereo systems. New for 2012 is the Sweetwater 2086 BF that's loaded with great fishing features.


Xcursion

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For 2012, Forest River Marine is proud to introduce the Xcursion line of `toons starting with the X23RL, featuring eye-catching colors such as black onyx, navy, burgundy and platinum. These subtle tones give the craft a smooth appearance as it cruises across the water.

Moving inside the `toon, you'll find a deluxe fiberglass helm with raised royal mahogany woodgrain dash, switch panel and radio panel, along with a tachometer, hourmeter, voltmeter, fuel gauge and trim gauge. A standard Clarion waterproof AM/FM radio is MP3 and iPod ready with four speakers.

The interior design features mocha furniture, sand dollar Berber carpet, suspension furniture seating with vinyl-wrapped bases and a helm seat slider pedestal with adjustable height. Other conveniences include door stops, a 9-foot bimini top with dome light, kidney table with stainless steel base, four stern LED cupholders and a stainless steel ski/tow bar with handle and ski/tow eye.

Cruise with confidence behind the five-year stem to stern warranty, limited lifetime chassis warranty, limited lifetime deck component warranty and NMMA, ABYC and Coast Guard certifications.


Xpress

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New for 2012, Xpress Boats puts over 45 years of boat manufacturing excellence into an affordable, sporty pontoon boat. The Xpress XP23RE continues the legacy of handcrafted beauty with tough, ready-for-anything construction, insuring years of fun on the water. Packed with quality components, the XP23RE features the family-friendly environment thousands of boaters have come to expect from Xpress over the years.

Begin with the patented interlocking all-aluminum floor. There are no rattles, bulges or rot to be concerned with, as found in some wooden decks. Attractive marine carpet and furniture provide comfort and beauty that will be a source of pride when entertaining friends and family. This is a true multi-purpose boat. Two comfortable fishing seats on the bow are perfect for your anglers. Rather swim? The Xpress XP23RE features a handy rear entry gate and a sturdy boarding ladder to make entering and exiting the water a safe and easy venture. Once back onboard, get out of that wet swimsuit in the convenient pop-up privacy enclosure. Stretch out on the spacious chaise lounge and work on the tan, or just relax and enjoy the breeze.

The Xpress XP23RE can also be personalized by adding optional amenities such as a ski/tow bar, fishing graph, snap-on cover and hydraulic steering. You can even make it a triple-toon package with an additional pontoon log. Make this the year to treat yourself and your family to something truly special, the XP23RE from America's premier aluminum boat manufacturer, Xpress Boats.

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