Boat Test Monday: Voyager Extreme 25 CR/SL

Published online: Apr 22, 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay
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Our First Impression

When you have a lot of standard features it's a good thing. This means everything you see with the Voyager Extreme 25 CR/SL is part of the standard package, giving you a fully loaded, top-of-the-line model that is ready for the water.

Consumer Test

By using a clear coat on the newly designed anodized rails, combined with the assertively designed decal wrap really make this pontoon jump off the water. There are more contours to the rails, especially as it curves down in the stern. Plus we've always liked the arch design for the bow gate.

The helm station is slightly raised and includes a light for the step up. The captain can really get comfortable on this model with the fully-adjustable reclining helm seat that feels extra tall. The console itself is fully loaded with instrumentation that includes a Clarion CD, 12-volt and an MP3 plug. It's a functional console design with easy-to-read gauges has a simplistic, but contemporary look. Just forward of the helm is a nice solid granite top, and below is a solid storage area if you weren't interested in upgrading to a fridge. Another great storage spot is the in-floor locker that includes two doors for easy access. It's plenty big for skis and boards and the floor locker includes an automatic bilge pump that can also be operated by a switch.  

Across from the helm is a pop-up changing room that is easy to operate and stands over five feet tall when opened. What we especially like about the enclosure is the bench seat over the top of the battery that is practical and useful.

In the stern are two great lounge seats with plush cushions so you can really stretch out. If we had to be picky, the stern rail height at just under 20 inches tall could be considered a little too low, but we do love the view from the rear loungers. Outside the gate is a solid ladder with good handholds, plus we know the stainless ski/tow bar is going to be put to good use with the 250 Suzuki.

Inspection Test

Three foam-filled U-shaped pontoons are the solid base for this pontoon. There are only two options on this boat. One option is the lifting strakes on the inside of the exterior pontoons as well as on both sides of the interior center tube. The other option is the aluminum deck and we noted the C-channel cross-members on 16-inch centers are bolted nicely to it. 

Up top, the layout is very inviting; in fact, you can easily make your way through the center of the boat from bow to stern with ease.

Performance Test

This Voyager is quick to plane thanks to the hull design as well as the nice Suzuki 250 SS outboard. At full throttle we nearly reached the 45-mile-per-hour mark, and we were thrilled by how well she slightly banked in the sharp turns. We had high expectations based on the outboard power, but the sheer size of this pontoon at over 25 feet in length cuts down slightly on its responsiveness. Overall we were still very impressed by how well this Voyager can really handle.

Who Should Buy It

You really can't ask for a better engine package for this `toon than the Suzuki. You pay for performance so naturally having a 250hp engine is going to bump up the total cost for this boat. With that said, the two together provide a lot of value, making this Voyager very attractive to a lot of potential buyers.

Number of Occupants             16

Price As Tested With Power   $51.9K

Maximum Speed:                    44.7 mph

Wild Ponies:                            250hp

No. of Gates                           3

0-20 MPH                               4.5 seconds               

Ladder Measurement:             3' deep      

 Why we love this boat.The layout is great and we love the roomy, walk-around feel to the boat. Great storage options, comfy rear lounges, raised helm station-the list goes on and on.

Just being picky.Voyager's new rail design is beautiful, but the stern rail height could be considered a little low for some families.  


NOTABLE STANDARDS

Storage in middle pontoon, mooring cover, stainless steel package, stainless steel docking lights, full instrument panel, raised floor around console w/lighting, stainless steel ski/tow, hydraulic steering, changing room, reclining captain's chair and aft-entry ladder.

 

OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT

Aluminum floor and four lifting strakes.

VITAL STATS

LOA                            26' 4"

Beam                           8' 6"

Hull Design                 Three Pontoons

Dry Weight                 2,900 lbs.

Fuel Capacity              40 Gallons

 

TEST DRIVE

Engine                         Suzuki 250 SS.

Cylinder Type             V6

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           245.6ci/250hp

Lower Unit Gear Ratio           2.08:1

Propeller                      16 X 20

 

RPM      vs.     SPEED     vs. D-A    

800                  3.5 mph           72       

1000                5.9 mph           75.5    

1500                8.6 mph           79

2000                11.4 mph         84                               

2500                16.3 mph         88       

3000                22.2 mph         94       

3500                26.2 mph         95.5                            

4000                31.1 mph         97.5    

4500                35.3 mph         101     

5000                39.1 mph         105

5500                43.1 mph         107

6000                44.7 mph         108.5

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Phone: 573-346-1904

Website: www.voyagerboats.net

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