Boat Test Monday: JC Sunlounger 25 TT Sport

Published online: Jan 28, 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay
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Our First Impression

We can't blame JC for wanting to show off its new blue paneling; in fact, we kind of like the red, white and blue patriotic feel to this boat. Add the new contour exterior railings and this is far from the ancient days where pontoons were considered boxy. JC seems to thrive on creating sporty pontoons that are unique and stylish.

Consumer Test

It all starts at the helm, and we love the sporty, silver console with easy-to-read gauges, iPod connector, two 12-volt outlets, the latest Clarion CMD6 CD player and a Humminbird 788ci internal GPS unit. Plus, for years we've been praising the breathable Visionaire mesh helm seat with flip-up bolster for the captain, so we of course love this option.  

This boat doesn't lack storage, that's for sure. Besides the normal under-seat storage, there is also a long in-floor ski locker, complete with a mat and bilge pump, that helps keep the clutter of tubes, skis and wakeboards off the deck. We also like the designated fender storage just forward of the helm that keeps them accessible, yet is not a focal point of the boat.    

Opposite of the starboard "love seat" upfront is one of the three chaise lounges onboard. What's unique about these lounges is the movable armrest as well as a head rest. And in the stern, the rear-facing lounges actually extend out an extra five inches to really add to the comfort of this setup.

Both double gate entries in the bow and stern were designed to really show off the contour and give the `toon a sporty look. The downside is the low gates that are less than two feet tall, but we like that JC recognized the potential concern and offers a movable "jump seat" bench seat that fits perfectly on either end. This eliminates any safety issues, but the drawback is that this bench blocks your path to the rear platforms.

We love the vinyl swim deck area that just screams sandbar. Complete with cup holders and even two rear-facing speakers, the double swim platforms are going to be a favorite spot when beached. There are even two 12-volt outlets in the stern so you can air up those water toys from the rear deck. With a stereo remote this area would be perfect.

Worth noting is the very accessible helm station that can be raised up to easily get to the console wiring. There is nothing that even comes close in comparison in this industry. 

Inspection Test

Three 24-inch by 25-inch diameter, high-volume U-shaped pontoons are the base for this 25-foot boat, and the lifting fins on the inside of the outer tubes and on both sides of the center pontoon are nicely welded. The Z-shaped cross members are on 16-inch centers and are screwed to the plywood deck and the splash skin fully covers the bottom. The transom is well-braced and heavily constructed. Up top there is over 18 feet of usable deck space from inside the bow gate to the rear bench.

Performance Test

To say it turns on a dime might be an understatement. We were very impressed by its turning radius as she banked beautifully in very sharp turns. With the Honda 225hp we comfortably passed the 40-mile-per-hour mark, and the overall performance put big smiles on our faces. 

Who Should Buy It

Destined to be the hit of the party at a sandbar near you, this unique and stylish JC has a lot of neat features and well-thought-out amenities that a lot of people will not only enjoy, but also appreciate.   

North Webster, Ind.

Phone: 574-834-2881

Website: www.jcpontoon.com

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