Boat Test Monday: South Bay 722SL Trifecta

Published online: Apr 01, 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay
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Our First Impression

These South Bay pontoons from Forest River marine are quickly becoming known as the boats with the most high-end features per square inch. From the high quality materials used to the well-thought out floorplans, the bar keeps being set higher and higher as to what you can expect to find on a luxury pontoon.

Consumer Test

The styling all begins with the exterior of the boat that includes black panels and the artistic D-rail system to help give the boat a distinctive look. But it's when you come inside that you begin to appreciate all that this `toon has to offer.

In the stern, realistically it's the rear-facing lounge chairs that are going to draw the most attention. With the soft-touch vinyl, these lounges just beg you to come try them out. Complete with pop-up arm rests and unique storage below, these will be the most sought-after seats onboard. There are also two chaise lounges in the bow, including the portside one that has a built-in pop-up changing room inside. At under five feet tall it's not huge, but we like that it doesn't take up a lot of space.

Just outside the stern gate is a large vinyl swimdeck that includes glow strips on the four-step stainless ladder, plus a large ski/tow bar. The best part about these swimdeck features is that they're all part of the standard package.

High quality amenities can be found throughout the boat, and this includes the very posh 30-ounce Sand Dollar Berber carpet as well as Sand Dollar soft-touch interior. These are options, but they really make a difference if you're looking for that top-of-the-line look and feel.

At the fiberglass helm station is where the long list of standard features begin, including the Humminbird 363i GPS/Fish Finder, Clarion stereo with MP3 and iPod auxiliary ports and full instrumentation. This is a very attractive-looking console and the only thing that appears to be missing is a glove box for the captain.

We love the fully adjustable helm seat that is as comfortable and posh as the rest of the boat, and just behind the seat is a trash receptacle that is built into the back of the rear lounger.

Inspection Test

With the Trifecta Performance package you get three 25-inch diameter pontoons with lifting strakes on the insides of the two outside pontoons and on both sides of the center tube. The pressurized pontoons are chambered with a keel, and the weld quality is excellent. The C-channel cross-members are bolted to the plywood deck and are on 16-inch centers, and there is a full-length splash skin to help improve the performance.

Inside the boat we found no dangerous or sharp edges, plus all the hidden areas are well-finished. This is a nicely constructed boat with excellent hardware and exceptional fit and finish work.

Performance Test

With the new Yamaha 200 SHO engine we were able to reach speeds over the 45-mile-per-hour mark at full throttle, but it's the handling and the way this Trifecta hull corners that impressed us the most. She jumps out of the hole quickly, is very responsive and banks beautifully in the sharp turns. With the power-assist steering you can easily control the boat with one hand, creating a very fun boat to drive.

Who Should Buy It

Rated for up to 12 people, there are a lot of potential buyers who need to take a closer look at this South Bay. And it's not just about being a great performing boat either; the high-end amenities, layout and just the luxury feel of this 22-footer is truly inviting. This manufacturer makes building attractive boats look easy.

Number of Occupants             12

Price As Tested With Power   $49.1K

Maximum Speed:                    46.2 mph

Wild Ponies:                            200hp

No. of Gates                           3

0-20 MPH                               4.6 seconds               

Ladder Measurement:             3' deep      

 Why we love this boat.From the color scheme to the layout that includes two rear lounges that are begging to be sat in, there are plenty of great features onboard this attractive South Bay.

Just being picky.Even though we love the look of the layout for the helm console we feel it could use a glove box for the driver as well as an in-floor ski locker to really complete this package. (A ski locker is available as an option)  

 NOTABLE STANDARDS

Deluxe fiberglass helm w/raised circuit board dash and switch panel, Clarion waterproof AM/FM/MP3/iPod stereo w/4 speakers, Humminbird GPS, speedometer and fish/depth sounder, tachometer, voltmeter, hour meter, changing room, extended stern platform and a fiberglass table w/stainless steel base.

 

OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT

Sand Dollar soft-touch interior, stainless-steel rail braces, stainless-steel corners, Regal burl dash and steering wheel, stainless steel cup holders (two portable), stainless steel gas fill, LED floor courtesy lights, 30-ounce Sand Dollar Berber carpet and tilt-out trash receptacle.

 

VITAL STATS

LOA                            22' 10"

Beam                           8' 6"

Hull Design                 Trifecta Hull

Dry Weight                 2,540 lbs.

Fuel Capacity              54 Gallons

TEST DRIVE

Engine                         Yamaha VF200LA

Cylinder Type             V6

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           204.6ci/200hp

Lower Unit Gear Ratio           1.75:1

Propeller                      14 1/4 X 17 Reliance

 

RPM      vs.     SPEED     vs. D-A    

600                  2.8 mph           73                   

1000                4.5 mph           76       

1500                6.6 mph           82

2000                7.5 mph           84.5                            

2500                9.6 mph           85.5    

3000                14.1 mph         87       

3500                19.3 mph         93                               

4000                24.4 mph         94.5    

4500                30.6 mph         101.5  

5000                36.5 mph         105

5500                43.3 mph         106.5

6000                46.2 mph         107.5

MiddleburyInd.

Phone: 574-825-8696

Website: www.southbaypontoon.com

 

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