Sanpan 2500 DL

Published in the November 2013 Issue November 2013 Boat Test Monday Brady L. Kay

What You Need To Know

Designed for entertaining, this boat was hard to give back after our test. We could have relaxed all day on this model. The "DL" stands for dual lounge and we'll get to that in a minute, but it seems like the more we looked, the more we liked as we took a closer look at this Sanpan.


The Highlights

Probably the best place to start is with the dual lounge setup because it had everyone on the dock wanting to take a peek. In the stern is an L-shaped seating area that is separate from the rest of the boat and includes the optional stainless grill and a sink with a faucet. You can even get Mahogany and Ivory flooring on the aft deck that really helps with the separation. We also like the pop-up tower speakers in this section as well as a fiberglass drainable cooler in the corner, which begs the question, why would you ever want to leave? 

Outside the stern gate is a unique-shaped ladder, that when it drops in the water, creates an S-like curve for easy boarding. And with the wide design and taller handrails, getting out of the water using this ladder has never been easier on a Sanpan.

One key option onboard is the Fusion/Polk Audio Amphitheater sound system. We counted 13 speakers-that are all angled and positioned to get the best sound quality possible-and below the helm stand we found the 750 watt amp with a 10-inch sub. Simply put: wherever this boat goes, that's where the party is.

Sanpan uses GX50 textured vinyl throughout the boat, which gives the seating a leather-like feel. But it's the overstuffed cushions that draw you in and with plush seating like this, you'll be sure everyone has a comfy seat when they come onboard.

At the raised helm platform the console includes a standard Garmin GPS that is recessed into the dash, which only adds to the high-end feel. We especially like the LED-lit toggle switches and the other LED accents that can be found throughout the boat, including underneath the deck. Other key features include a tall pop-up changing room built into one of the two bow chaise lounges, a 10-foot bimini, a solid ski/two bar and the NextWave electrical system.  


Inspection Notes

On the three pontoon hull, the center tube is 27 inches in diameter with lifting strakes on all three. There is also a full-length aluminum underskin that not only helps protect the deck, but also improves the performance. 

After a close inspection this boat earned high marks for its fit and finish work as well as quality construction. It's built the way you would expect a high-end luxury boat to be. A lockable ski storage locker would be nice, but really as-is this pontoon is loaded with great features and standard amenities.


Performance Evaluation

Equipped with a Yamaha 150hp four-stroke, this entertaining/cruising type of pontoon surprised us a little with its zero to 20 mile per hour time of just over 5 seconds. As far as top speed, we flirted with 35mph, which for a boat this size is quite impressive. She turns smooth and is consistent with how she corners in either direction. This Sanpan is not designed to be a go-fast thrill ride, yet performs quite well for how posh it really is.


Final Thoughts

If entertaining and cruising is going to be your main focus, this Sanpan as-tested is worthy of a closer look. Our favorite section is the rear seating area that is separated nicely from the rest of the boat. This is where you and your guests will spend a lot of your time. 


Number of Occupants             14                   

Price As Tested With Power     $57K

Maximum Speed                      34.7 mph                     

Wild Ponies                              150hp 

No. of Gates                            3

0-20 MPH                               5.4 seconds     

Ladder Measurement               3' 0" deep


Why we love this boat.Plush seating, Amphitheater sound system, grill center, the list just goes on and on. From bow to stern this `toon is completely loaded and designed to entertain. 


Just being picky.We love the optional Mahogany and Ivory decking in both the bow and stern areas and if we were to be picky we'd like the textured fiberglass flooring on the captain's stand at the helm to match too.



Stainless Steel easy climb stern ladder, colored rail panel Rail Skin, Canopy, Dual Battery switch, Built-in 29 gallon fuel tank, GX50 expanded vinyl, SS Hardware, NextWave Electrical System, NMMA Certified, 25" Tubes, Elevated Platform with Versa-Teak, Sea Star hydraulic w/ tilt wheel steering, Garmin Depth/Fish finder, Changing room, Mood accent lighting under seats, Country Beige Cube Carpet



Ski/Tow Bar, Aft Mahogany & Ivory Flooring, Bow Mahogany & Ivory Flooring, G-Force III: Underdeck skin (full length); lifting strakes, Power assist hydraulic steering; additional 27" center tube; 46 gallon fuel tank. Grill Center, Fusion/Polk Amphitheater



LOA                  26' 10"           

Beam                 8' 6"

Hull Design         Pontoon

Dry Weight         2850 lbs.

Fuel Capacity     29 gallons



Engine                                                              Yamaha F150 LA       

Cylinder Type                                                   In-line 4

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower  162.8ci/150hp

Lower Unit Gear Ratio                         2.00:1

Propeller                                                          SS 15 X 14 1/2


RPM     vs.      SPEED     vs.    DB-A

850                  2.4                     75

1000                3.8                     76

1500                5.4                     81.5

2000                7.6                     78.5

2500                9.9                     81

3000                13.4                   87.5

3500                18.2                   92.5

4000                22.1                   91.5

4500                24.7                   96

5000                28.4                   97

5500                32.5                   100.5

5800                34.7                   102

Elkhart, Ind.


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