Boat Test Monday: Aqua Patio 240 Sun Lounger

Published online: Dec 03, 2012 Boat Test Monday
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Every year, we meet up with some of the top manufactures in the pontoon and deck boat world to test their newest models. All of these reviews are compiled in a special Boat Test issue that comes out during the first part of the year. Here is one of the best 2011 models. Enjoy!

Aqua Patio 240 Sun Lounger

 Our First Impression

Some would argue that it's the dual rear-facing lounges in the stern that help make this boat so appealing, while others would say it's the stylish railing and two-tone side panels that first grab your attention. As for us, we like the hidden amenities and overall design.

 

Consumer Test

On this new 24-footer, Aqua Patio wanted to make sure the seats were as comfortable as they looked. Mission accomplished. For years the exclusive vinyl has been a staple for all Godfrey Marine pontoons, but the foam has been reengineered for 2011. Combined with the deep seatbacks, it's a difference you'll appreciate.

To maximize the sound-quality on the Jensen stereo, the angled speakers have been strategically placed to give you an amphitheater feel while onboard. There is even a storage spot on the side of the helm station to not only plug in your MP3 player, but also store it.

At the elevated helm station is a comfortable chair that was made for a king, not a captain. Fully adjustable, the reclining helm seat with movable arms has a nice, tall seatback that provides plenty of comfort to match the rest of the seats on this Aqua Patio.   

We like the easy-to-read gauges and the well-labeled rocker switches, and overall we feel this is a very sporty and attractive-looking helm console.

The two chaise lounges in the bow (with dual trash cans hidden well below) are only upstaged by the setup in the stern. The two rear-facing lounges are very comfortable and the optional stereo remote is a nice added touch. The fiberglass base for these lounges provides a great storage option in the stern. Below one lounge is a pop-up changing room enclosure that you just step into after lifting the cushion, and it's nearly five feet tall when opened. If we had to be picky, the changing room isn't the easiest to operate and we didn't like how the curtain comes in contact with the battery that is also located here. A battery cover or relocating the changing room to the other lounge storage area might be better options.

Outside the rear gate is a large, carpeted swim deck that has a nice back porch feel to it. The angled ladder for easier access from the water is a nice bonus and there is even a pop-up ski/tow bar.

 

Inspection Test

Two 25-inch diameter chambered pontoons are the solid base for this craft. The cross-members are on 17-inch centers and are screwed to the plywood deck. Overall we found no dangerous or sharp edges below, including the splash guards that are well protected.

Above deck the patent-pending gate latch is very secure and easy to use. We love the layout and design of this boat and the rails and gates, at 24 inches tall, are just big enough to still be considered safe and family-friendly. The craftsmanship is good as well as the fit and finish work.   

 

Performance Test

With the Yamaha 115 four-stroke we were flirting with speeds around the 25 mile per hour mark at full throttle. She leans slightly in the turns and for a two-logged pontoon we were impressed by how well it handled.

 

Who Should Buy It

With the inviting layout, comfortable seating and an overall fun design, there are a lot of people who will be able to appreciate this new Aqua Patio. Built to cruise and just relax, this 24-footer has a lot going for it.

Elkhart, Ind.

Phone: 888-463-3739

Website: www.GodfreyPontoonBoats.com

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