Who's Who?

A complete listing of the top builders

Published in the January 2014 Issue Published online: Jan 06, 2014 Feature PDB Staff Report
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Ten years ago, our Buyer's Guide issue was filled with three manufacturers to a page and it went on and on. A lot of those companies aren't in business today, which is what a recession does. It eliminates the weaker competition and the ones that are still standing have proven they have what it takes to deliver on the customer's expectations. Any one of these companies make a boat that you would be proud to own but it's up to you to decide which is the best fit for you and your family.

Buying a boat can be complex and involves time and research. No one would expect someone to drop tens of thousands of dollars on a boat that wasn't well built. It's too much money to not get exactly what you're looking for. So if you're in the market for a new vessel, take the time to get to know the company behind the product.

In our January 2014 Buyer's Guide issue, you'll find what sets them apart, how many models they produce and what social media outlets you can find them on to further your research. Below is a list of all the boats you can find in our Buyer's Guide issue, and a slideshow of all the boats we've featured:

Aqua Patio

Elkhart, Ind.

574-522-8381

www.aquapatioboats.com

info@nauticglobalgroup.com

Aqua Patio is one of the amazing lines produced by Godfrey Pontoons designed to provide a high-performance line to the market.

Aqua Patio has a couple of really great new models for 2014, the Aqua Patio 220 and 250 WB. The theme of the hugely successful Aqua Patio 250 wet bar layout has been refined and expanded for 2014 with the addition of a smaller wet bar model on the brand’s popular 220 platform. The redesigned AP 250 WB has an all-new bar base with molded-in foot rest, side cooler tub and a raised solid surface bar top that houses new Nautic Global Group exclusive stainless steel ring cup holders, complete with an innovative LED-lit stemware holder that is built into the base of the design.

Aqua Patio is also offering the popular "Grill Master" unit standard on these models, featuring a removable propane grill, sink with hand pump faucet and plenty of storage. Additional improvements for the Aqua Patio line include a new Nutmeg vinyl deck option and new metallic rail skin color options.

What sets this company apart:

“With Aqua Patio, we've really tried to strike that perfect balance between performance and refined comfort. Lately, there has been a focus on creating a superior driving experience and building in new options for entertaining such as an all-new pub-style center bar on the Aqua Patio 240 CB.” –Bob Wachs, Brand Manager, Godfrey Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Aqua Patio 240 SL

What makes this boat a best-seller? This is a great seating layout for many families and it just got better for 2014 with incredible new refinements including upgraded vinyl, exclusive deck coverings and redesigned rear-facing lounges. At nearly 26 feet and rated for up to 14 passengers, the 240 SL is ready for water sports.

Length                                     25’ 9”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,415 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          29 gallons

Total Persons                           13

Max Person Capacity              1,860 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 13

Facebook: www.facebook.com/godfreypontoon

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/GodfreyPontoons

Twitter: www.twitter.com/aquapatio

Avalon Pontoons

Alma, Mich.

800-334-2913

www.avalonpontoons.com

sales@avalonpontoons.com

For the sixth year in a row, Avalon took home an NMMA CSI Award in 2013 for outstanding customer service and has one of the lowest incidences of warranty claims in the industry. One of the reasons its warranty claims are so low is because the manufacturer is a vertically integrated builder, which means they make everything—pontoons, framing, furniture and more—right in their Michigan plant. This allows the company to have a higher degree of control over the production and quality of every product they build. Avalon knows their employees are some of the best in the business and credits their work force for their amazing record of high performance. For over 40 years they have been producing some of the finest U.S.A. manufactured pontoon boats and it’s only going to get better.

What sets this company apart:

“Because of the advances we’ve made in speed, quality, styling and value, Avalon has taken a leading role in the industry.” –Greg Knight, Avalon Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 23’ Avalon LS Cruise

What makes this boat a best-seller? This boat incorporates high quality components at a reasonable price.

Length                                     23' 5"

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          125hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,050

Fuel Capacity                          32 gallons

Total Persons                           11

Max Weight Capacity             1,600

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 10

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AvalonPontoons

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AvalonTahoe

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/avalontahoe/featured

Google+: www.plus.google.com/104619901194605714746/posts

Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/avalon_tahoe/sets/72157633108889065/show

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/avalonpontoon

 

Bennington

Elkhart, Ind.

574-264-6336

www.benningtonmarine.com

Bennington started in 1997 and just a few short years later has captured the pontoon market by storm. The Indiana-based manufacturer takes pride in exceeding customers’ expectations with its commitment to quality and superior customer service. Bennington continues to dominate the water by living up to its vision of never compromising quality and continuously improving its product.

A Bennington pontoon makes a great first impression because of the elegant design paired with almost every amenity imaginable. The company never compromises safety with subpar materials and covers its products with an amazing warranty.

This is a company that starts each and every day with a management meeting that includes president and CEO, lead engineer, lead designer, lead production director and lead personnel from the sales and customer service departments. With the exception of the holidays, they haven't missed one in 15 years. That’s a great way to run a business and a great way to make sure they continue building quality products.

What sets this company apart:

“We've identified we can change the DNA of our product to serve our customers cross-functional and ever changing needs and wants.”--Trent Eekhoff, Executive Vice President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 20 SLX

What makes this boat a best-seller? This is a price point boat from the S Series that features the same construction process as the Q Series, which is the high-end luxury line Bennington is known for. The S Series—and the 20SLX specifically—has continued to provide buyers with a luxury product at an affordable price. It's the best way to get out on the water if you're on a budget.

Length                                     20’ 5”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   23”

Approximate Weight              1,723 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          21 gallons

Total Persons                           8

Max Weight Capacity            

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 100 plus customs

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BenningtonMarine

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/benningtonmarine?feature=results_main

Google+: www.plus.google.com/113654648343659803260/posts

 

Berkshire

Middlebury, Ind.

574-825-8696

www.berkshirepontoon.com

Berkshire Pontoons have been in production since 2009 but its parent company, Forest River Marine, has been going strong since 1996. Now one of the largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in the U.S., Forest River is committed to Berkshire pontoons.

Berkshires are available in three different performance packages to enhance the overall performance of the pontoon. The first package has a modified center tube, full aluminum underskin and two lifting strakes on the inside of the outer tubes. The second package comes with a full aluminum underskin, lifting strakes, hydraulic steering and a stainless steel ski/tow bar and was designed specifically to increase the performance on a two ‘toon boat. The third offers a full aluminum underskin, full center tube with integrated motor pod and larger fuel tank, lifting strakes on all three pontoons, power-assisted hydraulic steering and heavy-duty sport ski/tow bar. Any of these three options are a great investment.

What sets the company apart:

“Forest River Marine will remain committed to continual product improvement as a means to provide the Berkshire owners with a lifetime of enjoyment on the water.” –Berkshire Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Berkshire STS Series

What makes this boat a best-seller? Berkshire's STS Series provides several features including a fiberglass helm with built-in push-button digital color display with trim, hour meter, fuel, tachometer and voltmeter.

Length                                24' 6"

Beam                                  8’6”         

Maximum HP                    150hp

Pontoon Diameter              25”

Approximate Weight          2,300 lbs

Fuel Capacity                     27 gallons              

Total Persons                      13

Max Weight Capacity        1,855 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 65+

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ForestRiverMarinePontoons

 

Carolina Skiff

Waycross, Ga.

800-422-7282

www.carolinaskiff.com

Carolina Skiff spent five years developing the Fun Chaser pontoon and it was proudly released in 2013. It’s revolutionary line of fiberglass deck and pontoon boats will forever change the definition of how you look at a fiberglass boat.

The name proves to be a dead giveaway. It’s all about fun. The Fun Chaser brings people together on the water in an innovative boat design that combines the wide-open social space of a pontoon and the performance ride of a runabout. The Fun Chaser line is offered in two configurations: the Deck boat series (DS), which features a mono V-style hull and the Pontoon boat series (PS) that is built on twin hulls. Each series is available in fishing and cruising models in varying lengths from 19 to 25 feet.

One thing that sets Fun Chaser pontoons apart is the construction. The boats are built from all-composite fiberglass, including the pontoon lineup. This eliminates aluminum pontoon hulls. Each is finished with polished high-grade stainless steel trim, making them suitable for both freshwater and saltwater. Constructing pontoon hulls from fiberglass instead of aluminum offers tremendous advantages including supreme corrosion resistance, a smooth ride and greatly enhanced storage capacity.

What sets this company apart:

“Family, fun and fishing all in one—that’s the concept behind Fun Chaser. Think of these boats as your family’s own recreation or living room on the water. From pleasure cruising and tubing to skiing and fishing, these boats are perfect for virtually any on-the-water activity. By producing the Pontoon Series with all-fiberglass pontoons, we’ve now opened up this category of boats to the saltwater market.” --Joe Kirkland, President and CEO of Carolina Skiff

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Fun Chaser

What makes this boat a best-seller? This is a pontoon with fiberglass construction and stainless still hardware.

Length                                     21’ 4”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          175hp

Pontoon Diameter                   N/A

Approximate Weight              3,375 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          27 gallons

Total Persons                           14

Max Weight Capacity             2,975 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 2

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolinaskiff?ref=sgm

YouTube: www.youtube.com/carolinaskiffboats

Twitter: www.twitter.com/carolina_skiff

 

Crest

Owosso, Mich.

989-725-5188

www.crestpontoonboats.com

sales@crestpontoonboats.com

It’s a great time to buy a boat from a company that has produced tens of thousands of pontoon boats over the more than 60 years of boat building. This is what you find with Crest Marine. Structural superiority, innovation, style, comfort, precision and performance are perfected in every boat that comes from the Michigan plant.

The pontoon boats were originally built by Maurell Products, whose owner Maurice Shell ran the company for almost 50 years. In 2010, the company was purchased by a small group of Michigan-based businessmen who wanted to keep the legacy going.

The popular Classic Series comes in nine different models and floor plans. Each one is built with a fiberglass helm and is fully equipped with instrumentation, GPS/graph, stainless steel tilt steering wheel and a Jensen Audio System with four speakers.

What sets this company apart:

“We continue to be innovative by incorporating more fiberglass components into our design. That was the driving force behind our new Savannah series and something that we will continue to expand on in the future.”—Joe Curran, President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Crest Classic

What makes this boat a best-seller? Experienced craftsmanship from a company that’s been around for a long time.

Length                                     21' 6"  

Beam                                       8' 6"    

Maximum HP                          200hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2302

Fuel Capacity                          24 gallons

Total Persons                           13

Max Weight Capacity             1840

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 30+

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CrestPontoonBoats

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/crestpontoons

 

Cypress Cay

Fort Wayne, Ind.

260-432-4555

www.cypresscaypontoons.com

Cypress Cay Pontoons are built by an award-winning pontoon manufacturer, Brunswick Corporation, America’s number one boat builder. Using only high quality materials paired with expert engineering, Cypress Cay pontoons are backed by the strongest warranty in the business, so you feel you made the best choice possible for you and your family.

The custom touch screen dash and the rear-view camera demonstrate the new technologies that the company is incorporating into the lineup, along with the family-friendly features such as Entertainment Galleys, cooking centers and smart storage. These elements, combined with new performance features like the Cayman LE with twin 300hp Verado's and the price-friendly Performance Package Plus, will “wow” consumers no matter their boating style or budget.

What sets this company apart:

“Cypress Cay has really been pushing the envelope on technology and performance, while maintaining a focus on family-friendly features.” -- Corey Duke, Director of Product Development and Planning

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Conzumel

What makes this boat a best-seller? Quality craftsmanship that provides peace of mind to customers with a high degree of customization available.

Length                                     23’ 8”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,613

Fuel Capacity                          32 gallons

Total Persons                           11

Max Weight Capacity             2,418

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 4

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cypresscay

YouTube: www.youtube.com/cypresscay

Google+: www.plus.google.com/+Cypresscaypontoons/posts

G3 Boats

Lebanon, Mo.

800-588-9787

www.g3boats.com

Mastering construction of aluminum pontoon boat building, G3 Boats is certainly a great place to invest in your next 'toon. G3 has kept owners happy with its fine attention to detail and rigorous, tried-and-true manufacturing methods. To make the picture more clear on what you can expect with G3, they have been honored numerous times with the coveted CSI award for superior costumer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. If there was any doubt about G3's level of customer satisfaction and assistance, 10 CSI awards should surely clear the air.

There are a lot of manufacturers offering a wide array of boats, but G3 strives to stay at the forefront of the competition with such models as its Sun Catcher Elite, V and X series. Working under the ownership of Yamaha, G3 Boats has had its manufacturing facility greatly increased, giving them an opportunity to supply the high demand for a real high-quality boat.

What sets this company apart:

"What makes us innovative is the evolution of our Sun Catcher line from a handful of models to three distinct series for every pontoon buyer, including a variety of popular high-performance tri-log models." --Roger Bills, Marketing Director G3 Boats

Top-Selling Model in 2013: V 322 RC

What makes this boat a best-seller? Tri-log model with full couch layout front and back, plus dual captains chairs at an outstanding price point.

Length                            22' 6"

Beam                              8’ 6”

Maximum HP                150hp

Pontoon Diameter          25”

Approximate Weight      2,600

Fuel Capacity                 38 gallons

Total Persons                 12

Max Weight Capacity    2,400

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 34

Facebook: www.facebook.com/G3Boats

Gillgetter

St. Louis, Mich.

www.gillgetter.com

Known for being compact and built for fun, Gillgetter is the perfect boat for someone with length restrictions due to trailering or other factors. Proudly owned by Apex Marine, the Gillgetter line is one of the original compact pontoons. There is a huge selection of models, amenities, options and colors, in boats ranging from 13 to 20 feet long.

On a Gillgetter, each square inch is thought out and planned to perfection so no space goes to waste. Each are easy to trailer to different fishing holes so they appeal to the avid fisherman. These versatile boats are ideal for smaller lakes that are electric-only because they are easily adapted to electric drives.  For the last 23 years, Apex Marine has perfected the compact ‘toon and they make a product that you would be proud to own.  

What sets this company apart:

“Gillgetter maintains the time-proven floor plans at value price levels. Offering the colors and options available on the high-end pontoon boats allows any customer to have it custom built to their specs. That ability to offer custom value point products is unique in the industry and very popular with consumers.”—Brad Lemerand, General Manager

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Gillgetter 715 Cruise Deluxe

What makes this boat a best-seller? This pontoon has a traditional floor plan in a compact, value-priced model.

Length                                     15’

Beam                                       8’6”    

Maximum HP                          30hp

Pontoon Diameter                   23”

Approximate Weight              1,105 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          Custom

Total Persons                           7

Max Weight Capacity             1,500 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 18

Facebook: www.facebook.com/apexmarine

Hampton

Richland, Mo.

www.hamptonpontoons.com

info@hamptonpontoons.com

Hampton by PlayCraft is a wonderful addition to the PlayCraft family. Started as a more economical option, Hampton has quickly gained popularity around the country for its design, style and innovation, all of which have been perfected by the Dorris family for 35 years before Hampton even began.

Hampton Pontoons are available in 20-, 22- and 24-foot length models and are built from only the finest materials. Located in scenic central Missouri, the crew at Hampton proudly invites you to see your boat being built if you’re in the area.

What sets these ‘toons apart is the craftsmanship that goes into each and every one. The 25-inch diameter pontoons come with a limited 20-year warranty. The seat frames are high quality Rotocast material and the fiberglass console comes with soft-touch vinyl shroud and custom steering wheel.

The company has also recently released a hybrid pontoon/deck boat which will give you the best of both worlds.

What sets this company apart:

“This brand was created to allow the consumer to get a high-quality boat at an excellent value. PlayCraft developed the patented steps in the U-shaped pontoons several years ago and this feature is now available in the round Hampton pontoons.” --Joe Dorris, PlayCraft Vice President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 2485 RL

What makes this boat a best-seller? A high-end and luxurious look, high quality materials, patented companionway in starboard pontoon (steps built inside pontoon) at an excellent value.

Length                                     24’

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Maximum HP                          225hp

Approximate Weight              1,775 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          30 gallons

Total Persons                           15

Max Person Weight                3,000 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 8 pontoons and 2 deck boats

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Hampton-Pontoons/434926883212650

 

Harris FloteBote

Fort Wayne, Ind.

260-432-4555

www.harrisflotebote.com

Harris FloteBote received the prestigious 2013 NMMA Innovation Award for Pontoons for the Crowne 250, which is their flagship model. This boat is a head turner and the world of luxury pontoons has never seen anything quite like it.

This boat continues with the legacy Harris FloteBote established over 55 years ago. The company prides itself on exquisite details. The builder selects only the most premium materials so that your pontoon not only rides well, but also looks fantastic. Intricate fabric patterns add subtle class to every seat, fencing details turn heads on the water and chrome gauges at the helm let you ride in effortless elegance.

Harris FloteBote is a company that cares about its customer’s happiness and that’s why customers keep coming back for their next boat.

What sets this company apart:

“The 2014 model year empowers the consumers to personalize their pontoon boat with extensive interior choices, luxury options and layouts, and new cutting-edge performance packages like our new Twin Engine Platform. All of these features enable the consumer to tailor their pontoon boat to match their personality and lifestyle.” -- Corey Duke, Director of Product Development and Planning

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Grand Mariner SL 230

What makes this boat a best-seller? Premium quality with luxury-class standards and options to choose from.

Length                                     25’ 1”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          200hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              3,244

Fuel Capacity                          32 gallons

Total Persons                           11

Max Weight Capacity             2,208

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 19+

Facebook: www.facebook.com/harrisflotebote

YouTube: www.youtube.com/harrisflotebote

Google+: www.plus.google.com/104516114590359873152/posts

Hurricane

Elkhart, Ind.

574-522-8381

www.hurricaneboats.com

Hurricane is an industry leader in today’s deck boat world, mainly because these boats are specifically built to handle all kinds of activities. Water sports, of course, are always among the favorite ways families use their boats, especially tubing, wakeboarding and waterskiing, and Hurricane makes boats that are more than capable of doing all of these and more.

Hurricane's SunDeck, SunDeck Sport and FunDeck lines have you covered whether it be water sports, fishing or cruising. Each line offers a huge number of seating options, best-in-class storage and easy handling, which means this builder definitely has a boat for you. If you are looking into buying a new deck boat, let a Hurricane deck boat sweep you off your feet.

What sets this company apart:

“The inspiration for our boats is really driven by the owner experience For example, when you look closely at the 2690, you’ll see it’s designed to make ownership, operation and maintenance as easy as possible. We’ve taken the next step in the evolution of this versatile, family-friendly style of boat. When someone climbs aboard a Hurricane, they know they’re in for a day of fun and excitement and that’s what this brand is all about.” — Andy Lindstrom, Hurricane Brand Manager

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Hurricane SunDeck 187

What makes this boat a best-seller? For people looking for an incredible, versatile family boat, the passenger capacity, extensive list of standard features, and the ability to choose any engine manufacturer, the SunDeck 187 is a very popular boat in outboard or sterndrive. And, for 2014, these boats are completely redesigned to build in even more value!

Length                                     18' 10"

Beam                                       8’ 5”   

Maximum HP                          200hp

Approximate Weight              2,308

Fuel Capacity                          49 gallons

Total Persons                           10

Max Weight Capacity            

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 38

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hurricaneboats

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/HurricaneDeckboats

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hurricaneboats

JC Manufacturing, Inc.

North Webster, Ind.

574-834-2881

www.jcpontoon.com

info@jcpontoon.com

In business since 1976, JC Manufacturing, Inc., is home to the original TriToon: an inspired innovation of John Cripe and Jerry Amsden. John's son, Kim has taken the flag of ownership and proudly operates the company to this day.

JC Manufacturing prides itself at being able to manufacture all of its major components that can be found throughout its pontoon lineup. Being built in-house, every part is redundantly checked for the highest quality and JC wouldn't have it any other way. Creating and refining the TriToon Classic for over 25 years, JC Manufacturing has created a pontoon boat that offers some of the greatest in luxury and performance in the triple 'toon market and will continue to hone its manufacturing and engineering process to ensure that its product continues to satisfy even the most skeptic consumer. In fact, the TriToon Classic has been outfitted with amazing standard features to surprise and amaze any buyer looking for a great pontoon package at an outstandingly low price. For boaters looking toward the future with intentions to sell, a JC TriToon Classic is sure to retain its value for years to come and captivate anyone looking to buy one.

What sets the company apart:

“There have been many performance innovations over the years and JC has been at the forefront of many of these. JC has been a leader in moving away from the traditional boxy pontoon styling to a sleeker, more stylish boat, both inside and out. Along with style we have not been afraid to mix bright sporty colors to its complete line of products, giving the consumer a choice.”-- Kim Cripe, President JC Manufacturing Inc.

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 23' NepToon Sport

What makes this boat a best-seller? The length of the boat compared to the size of the motor, price point, options on the boat which include: lifting streaks, power assist steering, upgraded transom, number of people it can hold compared to competitor’s boats in that size.

Length                                23'

Beam                                  8’ 6”        

Maximum HP                     250hp

Pontoon Diameter              25”

Approximate Weight          2,290 lbs

Fuel Capacity                     45 gallons              

Total Persons                      15

Max Weight Capacity        4,000 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 35

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JCPontoon

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/JCPontoon1978?feature=watch

Twitter: twitter.com/ChrisHack4

Landau Boats

Lebanon, Mo.

417-532-9126

www.landauboats.com

Landau Boats is an independent, family-owned manufacturing company that makes luxury pontoon boats. The team at Landau knows how important the decision to buy a new pontoon is and their goal is to meet all your needs and desires. Whether it is recreational boating or serious fishing, the company will make your wishes a reality because of the highly customized floor plans and livewell and electronic options they offer.

The Atlantis Series is a first-rate line of boats. One of the great things about this series is the seating, which is handcrafted in-house with a frame that is guaranteed to last a lifetime. The seating has the right amount of balance and cushioning for the best comfort and support you can find on a pontoon. The colorful vinyl is specifically designed to weather the elements because it has UV protection and abrasion, mildew and stain resistance.

What sets this company apart:

“Landau is known for innovative unique interior design and great performance with the tri-log option relating to speed, ride comfort and maneuverability.” – Rob Stark, Sales/Customer Relations

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Atlantis 230 Cruise

What makes this boat a best-seller? The Atlantis 230 Cruise is a full-featured 23-foot cruising pontoon boat loaded with quality. The 230 has a unique interior upholstery design, looks beautiful and is built in-house with quality and detail for the long haul. The Atlantis 230 has a great list of standard features and is loaded with options like the third pontoon to allow for maximum customization.

Length                                     23′

Beam                                       8' 6"    

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25"

Approximate Weight              2,340

Fuel Capacity                          26 gallons

Total Persons                           13

Max Weight Capacity             2,597 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 18

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LandauBoats

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/LandauBoats

Larson

Little Falls, Minn.

320-632-1448

www.larsonboats.com

Larson may be new to the pontoon world but their story comes back more than a century. That’s right, over a 100 years ago in rural Little Falls, Minn., an 11-year-old Paul Larson, the son of poor Swedish immigrants, built his first boat. By 1913, 19-year-old Larson built a duck hunting boat and with the money he earned from trapping animals started his business and the legacy began.

The Larson Boat Group decided to celebrate its 100th anniversary by jumping into a new market with the release of its Escape line of pontoon boats. New to the market for 2014, you won’t be disappointed. Larson has used its fiberglass background to completely rethink the pontoon and this line has a very futuristic look, which will attract a lot of attention. Make sure you check it out at an upcoming boat show.

What sets this company apart:

“We’ve introduced a new line of pontoon boats with our Escape series 21, 23 and 25. Every model includes our tapered tube technology.”-- Ron Sahr, Director of Engineering

Top-Selling Model in 2013: N/A

Even though this line was just released and wasn’t available in 2013, here are the specs on the Escape 21 Twin TTT (Tapered Tube Technology).

Length                                     21' 4"  

Beam                                       8' 6"    

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   27”

Approximate Weight              2300

Fuel Capacity                          35 gallons

Total Persons                           10

Max Weight Capacity             2350

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 7

Facebook: www.facebook.com/larsonboats

YouTube: www.youtube.com/larsonboatgroup

Google+: www.plus.google.com/+larsonboats/posts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/larson_boats

Lowe

Lebanon, Mo.

417-532-9101

www.loweboats.com

Lowe Boats has been building quality pontoons since 1979 and this year the manufacturer introduced a new sport/deck boat called the Victory 220, which is just another example of diverse boat-building skills.

For the Missouri-based company, fishing boats are a specialty, but it hasn’t sacrificed performance with its pontoon or deck boat lines. Its top-selling pontoon boat is the SF 214, which is a mid-sized pontoon that is built to meet all your fishing needs without breaking the bank. It features four pedestal fishing seats, a built-in tackle box, vertical rod-holders, a 13-gallon aerated livewell and a generous bow rod locker. This boat has 25-inch diameter pontoon logs with a full-length keel to ensure maximum stability and agile handling so you can concentrate on fishing.

Lowe is committed to keeping the tradition of quality for great value alive in today’s marketplace and this company is definitely worth checking out.

What sets this company apart:

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the Victory 220, which is a high-performance sport/deck boat that delivers water sports thrills and endless possibilities. It has an all-aluminum hull with fiberglass fencing and is rated for up to 200 hp. It’s truly representative of a bold new era at Lowe. We are raising the bar for versatility and performance across our entire lineup and the Victory is a prime example.”-- Ben Cast, President of Lowe Boats

Top-Selling Model in 2013: SF 214

What makes this boat a best seller? It’s a fishing pontoon with a comfortable layout and an exceptional value.

Length                                     21’ 4”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              1,921 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          32 gallons

Total Persons                           11

Max Weight Capacity             2,140 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 20 pontoons

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Manitou

Lansing, Mich.

800-999-9788

www.manitouboats.com

manitou@manitouboats.com

You can’t talk about Manitou without talking about its V-Toon Technology. The V-Toon design was engineered to optimize performance beginning with the size and position of its center tube. With precise positioning, in combination with strategically engineered and placed positive angle lifting strakes, the center tube helps create the exact degree of deadrise and water displacement needed to simulate a standard V-hull.

The Oasis series comes standard with a multitude of features, such as a walk-around transom and redesigned wall panels. Two new floor plans give you the option of having a split rear seating group with a center walkway, or a center seating group with picnic seating that converts to a spacious lounger. The best thing about the Oasis is you'll be living large without spending large.

What sets this company apart:

“Our hallmark innovation continues to be our patented V-Toon Technology hulls. It is what drives this company because performance is what everyone is looking for in pontoons.” --S. Scott VanWagenen, President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 25 Oasis VP

What makes this boat a best-seller? The combination of features, quality and floor plan options. All of this with a moderate price.

Length                                     26' 4"

Beam                                       8' 6"    

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   23” 27” 23”

Approximate Weight              3,305 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          44 gallons

Total Persons                           13

Max Weight Capacity             2,145 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 9

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Misty Harbor

Fort Dodge, Iowa

515-573-1093 

www.mistyharborboats.com

This family-owned pontoon company has been in business for more than 20 years and continues to gain market share by offering quality products at an excellent value. Built in Fort Dodge, Iowa, each of the 36 different models are built with quality materials and range from 14 to 26 feet in length.

One of its most popular lines is the Biscayne Bay Cruise models. They are available in a variety of layouts, including the new CU model with its abundant seating. The Biscayne Bay CU has four chaise lounges to allow every passenger the perfect spot to enjoy time on the water. The standard captain’s chair is a plush sport recliner, which both swivels and slides, and when paired with its matching co-captain’s chair across the deck, conversing is easy.

On the exterior, you can choose either monotone or two-tone color fencing at no additional charge. LED navigation and docking lights pierce through darkness to deliver you into safe harbor. With an updated exterior, lush interior, and your choice of flooring options, Biscayne Bay Cruisers are sure to capture lots of attention as the perfect entertainment barge.

What sets this company apart:

"A quick survey of waterways finds an increasing number of wakeboard enthusiasts; therefore, in 2014 Misty Harbor has introduced a Sport Series option that includes a wakeboard tower that allows a full-size bimini." --Jeff Martin, Director of Sales and Marketing

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Biscayne Bay 2285RL BTW

What makes this boat a best-seller? Great features with an affordable price point.

Length                                     22’ 6”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          135hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              1,900 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          28 gallons

Total Persons                           12

Max Weight Capacity             1,346 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 36

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Montego Bay Pontoons

Gillet, Wis.

920-855-2168

www.montegobaypontoons.com

info@mirrocraft.com

The 2013 season marked the first year in the pontoon business for Montego Bay Pontoons. But there is a lot of experience behind the pontoon line because of its parent company, MirroCraft.

MirroCraft first began production of aluminum boats in 1956. These quality boats were designed for recreational fishing and pleasure. In 2012, the management team purchased the business from its parent corporation and the company became an employee-owned venture with the goal of breaking into the pontoon market.

The team set out to design an entry- to mid-level boat that would appeal to a wider base of consumers. The entire lineup of pontoons retails brand-new for under $15K and the boats come in either cruise or fishing versions. No matter which you pick, you will get a safe and stable boat. Montego Bay pontoons are a great value boat for a growing family.

What sets this company apart:

“Our first pontoon was delivered in November of 2012 and we introduced all of our models with an 8.5-foot wide beam, including our 16- and 18-foot models. This is unique in the industry and gives the entry-level consumer added space compared to our competition. These models also come with a bolted deck, not screwed and rear-entry.” –Tim Allen, Vice President of Sales

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 8522 Cruise Deluxe

What makes this boat a best-seller? Fiberglass console with gauges, windshield and stereo. Plus a changing room and padded sun deck and the rear-entry comes standard.

Length                                     23′ 4″

Beam                                       8' 6"    

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,100 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          22 gallons

Total Persons                           12

Max Weight Capacity             1,600 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MontegoBayPontoons

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/MBayPontoons

NauticStar

Amory, Miss.

662-256-5636

www.nauticstarboats.com

bryanf@nauticstarboats.com

A new generation of deck boat style is here. NauticStar offers a great line of deck boats that are well-made and will leave you completely satisfied. The list of standard features will amaze you because they cover almost everything, including available water systems, showers and enclosed heads.

NauticStar boats are completely wood-free and come with a limited-lifetime hull warranty. They offer “leather-touch upholstery” that is not only beautiful, but also durable and comfortable.

The 203SC Sport Deck is a beautiful boat that merges the common deck boat style open interior with the ride and drive of a V-hull runabout. Literally, the best of both worlds. Some of the comfort and reliability features include seating for six adults in the cockpit and four in the bow, 11 drink holders, eight storage compartments and a self-bailing cockpit. Load up with friends, strap on the water skis and have some fun in the sun this upcoming summer in a NauticStar deck boat.

What sets the company apart:

“In the last five years every model is a new innovative deck boat. Our 203SC, 203DC, 223DC and 243DC all feature our Star Performance System that includes shallow water draft for ease in beaching and shallow water fishing. They tow great due to the aft deadrise and width at the transom and have quick acceleration due to the planing pods and air assist chine.” –Doug Wheeler, Director of Sales and Marketing

Top-selling model in 2013: 203SC Sport Deck

What makes this boat a best-seller? Best price with comparable features.

Length                         20' 4"

Beam                           8’ 6”

Transom Height          25"

Approximate Draft     14"

Maximum HP              150hp

Approximate Weight  2100 lbs

Fuel Capacity              47 gallons

Max Person                 10

Max Weight Capacity 1554 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 5

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Palm Beach Pontoons

New Ulm, Minn.

507-233-8020

www.palmbeachpontoons.com

customerservice@palmbeachpontoons.com

Founded in 1957, with an early start and a great lead in the industry, Palm Beach Pontoons started a tradition in creating an ever-changing and highly innovative product that stands true to this day. Palm Beach Pontoons has continued its dedication to safety, quality and complete customer satisfaction that has brightly shown throughout the industry. To showcase its dedication to the customer, Palm Beach has proudly been the recipient of five CSI awards, as sponsored by the NMMA.

There are a wide variety of not just models, but options to choose from, so the buyer is sure to get the best for his dollar. While many companies came into the pontoon picture later in the game, Palm Beach has been held to a high standard throughout the years, which they have met through their intense level of dedication, creativity and ingenuity. Every dollar spent with Palm Beach Pontoon will undoubtedly pay off with every day spent enjoying the often imitated, seldom seen luxury and performance of a Palm Beach pontoon.

What sets this company apart:

"The redesign of the Palm Beach models for 2014 is extraordinary. We took a look at the product from bow to aft and have a new product that competes on design and quality at a price that consumers can afford." --Tom Menne, Vice President Palm Beach

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 200 Ultra Sport

What makes this boat a best-seller? The 200 Ultra Sport's deck size is the largest 20-foot deck size in the market. It's also a good price and high-quality build and with the popular RL (rear lounge) layout, this boat is hard to beat.

Length                             20' 3"

Beam                               8’ 6”

Maximum HP                  225hp

Pontoon Diameter           23"

Approximate Weight      2,025 lbs

Fuel Capacity                  20 gallons   

Total Persons                  17

Max Weight Capacity     2,645 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 9

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PlayCraft

Richland, Mo.

573-765-3265

www.playcraftboats.com

PlayCraft was the beginning of performance pontoons. Even today, these boats are built with speed in mind. A top priority is for its customers to throw limitation out the window and take a thrilling adventure every time they’re on one of its boats.

Many of the company’s most thrilling advances in speed and handling come standard on the PowerToon Xtreme like the Triple Toon Package, RAC-R-FINS and a surface piercing nosecone on each pontoon. PlayCraft got everyone’s attention when it built a pontoon that reached 100 mph on the water. One of the reasons they were able to reach this speed is because they have always stuck to their original philosophy of only using the best products available. This is the perfect boat to take advantage of riding on a ‘toon that was built for speed. Every boat is built with plush sofas, plenty of storage and a sleek control console paired with an overstuffed reclining captain's chair. What’s not to love?

What sets this company apart:

“We were the first to develop performance pontoons in the early 90s, and will continue to be innovative in developing better and faster performance pontoons for the marketplace. Today a large percentage of the pontoon buyers are wanting a boat that can be used for all occasions.” --Joe Dorris, PlayCraft Vice President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Xtreme 2700

What makes this boat a best-seller? This pontoon is high performance, custom-built to customer’s specifications, has a unique race look, offers an excellent ride and is built to withstand extreme conditions.

Length                                     27’

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          300hp

Approximate Weight              2,750 lbs

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Fuel Capacity                          Custom

Total Persons                           15

Max Weight Capacity             3,000 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 15

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Premier Pontoons

Wyoming, Minn.

800-815-6392

www.pontoons.com

There's nothing quite like buying a great-quality product from a devoted family business, and that perfectly describes Premier. Premier is celebrating more than 20 years of outstanding business and close customer relations since its founding in 1992. In the 21 years since its birth, Premier has had a long time to create the best in design and function with its entire lineup of pontoons, and having a goal of being the best in the industry, there aren't many places quite like Premier for customer satisfaction and product reliability.

One of the key elements of greatness that Premier holds relates to the solid construction process that is lovingly included into every pontoon. Its patented PTX package was designed to include the best in stability and maneuverability and greatly increase the level of performance on the water. There are many companies that construct such designs, but there are few that can truly contend with the level of innovation that Premier has mastered over the years.

What sets this company apart: "Premier is a company that leads on innovation. Our tag line, ‘Where innovation meets the water’ is the basis for everything that we do as a brand." --Bob Menne, President Premier Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 235 Solaris RF

What makes this boat a best-seller? The rear-facing lounge layout, new Signature Series furniture with Durasoft 7 vinyl, enhanced style with evolution rails, new interior design, new Liberty 2 helm with Beacon touchscreen electronics and the optional PTX triple-tube package makes this pontoon a must-have.

Length                             23' 5"

Beam                               8’ 6”

Maximum HP                 250hp

Pontoon Diameter          25"

Approximate Weight      2,600 lbs

Fuel Capacity                  25 gallons   

Total Persons                  18

Max Weight Capacity      3,500 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 16

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/premierpontoons

Princecraft

Princeville, Quebec

800-395-8858

www.princecraft.com

In April 2014, Princecraft Boats will officially celebrate its 60th year in the boating industry, which means that more than six decades of experience goes into each pontoon and deck boat the company produces. Every one of these boats has always been designed and built entirely in its Princeville, Canada, plants.

One of its most popular series is the Vectra series, specifically the Vectra 21. This boat is great value for the money and ideal for family excursions or escapades with friends. Combining affordability with top-notch performance, the Vectra 21 model is equipped with all sorts of amenities that will make every outing a pleasant experience. One great available option that isn’t too costly is the Sport Package, which adds a bow central third log, lifting strakes and under-deck spray shield

What sets this company apart:

"I would say the best thing we've ever done was to consistently use H36 aluminum. H36 is tougher than other alloys; it provides a smoother ride and will dent less if the boat hits a rock, a log or anything else. This truly differentiates our brand from most others and clearly, using H36 aluminum was the right decision to make several decades ago.”--Donald Dubois, President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Princecraft Vectra 21

What makes this boat a best-seller? This versatile, practical boat has great resale value and allows you to head to the water worry-free.

Length                                     21’ 6”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              1,704 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          30 gallons

Total Persons                           10

Max Weight Capacity             1,346 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 32 pontoons - 6 deck boats

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Qwest

St. Louis, Mich.

877-463-0356

www.compactpontoons.com

In 2006, Apex Marine realized there was a void in the market for people who like the advantages of a smaller pontoons, but still crave a luxury high-end product. The Qwest line was designed for those who need or want a smaller pontoon boat but want high-end furnishings. Qwest pontoons were the first and are the only luxury compact pontoon boat available.

New for 2014 is a unwavering commitment to lead the industry in electric propulsion. From the innovative Paddle Qwest Electric to the Qwest LS 822 RLS with the Torqeedo “Deep Blue” system, Apex is showing America pontoons can be environmentally-friendly and operate off things other than gas. The manufacturer has also added high-output solar panels and lithium battery packages to the 2014 lineup as well. Apex offers the most choices for people looking for an alternative propulsion system. 

What sets this company apart:

"We are responsible for developing the 13- to 15-foot pontoon boat market from basic utilitarian entry-level boats to a beautiful, full-featured, high-end product.”—Brad Lemerand, General Manager

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Qwest LS 7516 Cruise

What makes this boat a best-seller? Luxury pontoon in a compact size with an excellent price point, great style and design.

Length                                     15’ 10”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          40hp

Pontoon Diameter                   23”

Approximate Weight              1,175 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          12 gallons

Total Persons                           8

Max Weight Capacity             1,575 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 5 (65 floor plans)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/apexmarine

Sanpan

Elkhart, Ind.

574-522-8381

www.sanpanboats.com

info@nauticglobalgroup.com

If you are looking for a luxury pontoon, you need to take a closer look at Sanpan. Godfrey Pontoons has gone out of its way to keep Sanpan filled with luxurious amenities that will make you feel like royalty when out on the water.

There are plenty of pontoon manufacturers out there today, but how many can boast that they've been building boats for half a century? Not too many, and Godfrey Pontoon Boats is proud to be right at the top of that list. Godfrey Pontoons established its name with the introduction of the first-ever all-aluminum Sanpan pontoon boat at the 1958 World's Fair in Chicago, Ill.

Again in 2013, Godfrey Pontoons was honored with a CSI award for its superior customer service for its entire fleet of pontoons. This is a company that is committed to serving you, which makes spending your hard-earned money with them so much easier.

What sets this company apart:

“As the leading ultra-luxury pontoon line, Sanpan introduced cutting-edge design, high-end comfort and incredible entertainment options, such as stunning wet bars and Sony amphitheater sound systems.” — Bob Wachs, Godfrey Pontoons Brand Manager

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Sanpan 2500 UL

What makes this boat a best-seller? The Sanpan 2500 UL is luxuriously appointed with just the right designer-inspired styling, including a huge U-shaped lounge that keeps everyone involved in the conversation. At just under 27 feet in length, the 2500 UL is rated for up to 14 passengers and is packed with high-quality standard features such as wide 24-inch entry gates, Garmin Echo Map chartplotter and refreshment center with pressurized freshwater sink.

Length                                     26’ 10”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,850 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          29 gallons

Total Persons                           15

Max Person Weight                2,062 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 9

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/GodfreyPontoons

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sanpanpontoons

SilverWave

Seminole, Okla.

405-382-0349

www.silverwavepontoons.com

In production since 2010, SilverWave pontoons mark its success by the quality material that goes into each and every one. Though new to the pontoon business, Parks Manufacturing isn’t new. The manufacturer has been building boats for over 40 years.

Silver Wave is proud to keep its business family-owned by Roger and Pam Parks. The company was started in 1954 and they started manufacturing Blue Wave Boats in 1992. By the time they got into the ‘toon biz, they had already been extremely successful in the marine industry and were able to take that knowledge and apply it to SilverWave.

From the beginning, Blue Wave Boats has been located in central Oklahoma. Roger hand-crafted the first SilverWave boat from an original design in a 1,500-square-foot facility where the company began.

SilverWave has already made a huge mark in the industry with many models in four different lengths for family who enjoy playing on the water, fishing or both.

What sets this company apart:

“It’s a great accomplishment for us to still be in business after 20 years  Our successes have been building our 10,000th Blue Wave boat and the launch of our SilverWave pontoon line.”—Roger Parks, SilverWave Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 200 Island LP

What makes this boat a best-seller? The Island LP is a great all-around boat for everyone in the family to enjoy. A pair of fishing chairs in the bow for comfortable fishing, an L shaped couch for comfort with its exclusive leaning pad feature on the sun deck

Length                                     20’ 10”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          90hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              1,600 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          26 gallons

Total Persons                           10

Max Weight Capacity             2,073 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 15

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-Wave-Pontoons/202943433082987

 

South Bay

Middlebury, Ind.

574-825-8696

www.southbaypontoon.com

South Bay is owned by Forest River, which began in 1996 as a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and has grown to become one of the largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in the United States. Since 1998, when the company launched the marine division, the builder has created a successful foundation for South Bay Pontoons based on performance, luxury and quality.

South Bay Pontoons has a Specialty Products Division, which they’ve created in response to customer requests. The department can help you with your specific needs, such as a desire for a 10-foot wide boat, saltwater ready or personalized custom built pontoons.

South Bay will remain committed to continual product improvement as a means to provide every South Bay owner with a lifetime of enjoyment on the water.

What sets this company apart:

“At South Bay we understand the importance of quality construction and realize the vision and the dreams of our customers.  We have gone to great lengths to develop trusting and creative relationships for the long term.” –South Bay Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 522RS South Bay

What makes this boat a best-seller? South Bay is known for superior fit and finish and offers a lot of amenities for a great value.

Length                                     23' 1”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,175 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          27 gallons

Total Persons                           12

Max Weight Capacity             1,660 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 65+

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ForestRiverMarinePontoons

 

SouthWind

Cairo, Ga.

229-377-2125

www.southwindboats.com

The SouthWind hybrid lineup is an awesome next step in the evolution of the pontoon boat, making family fun and fishing more accessible than ever. Water and wood don’t mix well. That’s why SouthWind uses only the latest, strongest composite materials available. Not only are SouthWind hulls and decks wood-free, but all seating and storage areas are as well.

SouthWind Boats is operated by Seminole Marine Group, the long-time builders of the Sailfish line of saltwater fishing boats. Each SouthWind boat is assembled top to bottom in a 155,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Cairo, Ga.  Seminole Marine Group's highly experienced team applies its over 27 years of proven boat building experience to each detail, delivering a truly premium line of Sport Decks and Hybrids.

Each SouthWind is powered by highly efficient outboard motors known for  reliability, ease of ownership, low cost of maintenance and ease of winterization. Dependable four-stroke outboards and direct injected technology also have better power to weight ratios and draft less water than stern drives or inboards, making them safer to operate, more economical to maintain, and dramatically quieter while operating.

What sets this company apart:

“The outboard deck boat market is hot and SouthWind is riding the wave with a full line of Sport Deck and Hybrid products that we’ve developed.” –Howard Libin, Director of Business Development

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 2400 Sport Deck

What makes this boat a best-seller? This is a diverse boat made with the finest materials.

Length                                     25’ 6”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          300hp

Approximate Weight              3,700 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          55 gallons

Total Persons                           12

Max Weight Capacity             2,400 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 7 pontoons – 5 deck boats

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthWindBoats

 

Starcraft

New Paris, Ind.

866-772-4538

www.starcraftmarine.com

Starcraft Marine is back under the same family ownership that started the company in 1903. Four generations have actively been hands-on in the company and still are today. The manufacturer produces everything from the basic Jon boats to great deck boats to luxury pontoons.

Its pontoon boats come with tons of standard features as well as some fun options like a super-plush lounge chair, wet bar or underwater mood lighting. As for its deck boats, each are built with safety and family fun in mind. All models comes with wide, secure swim platforms and both front and aft deepwater ladders.

One of the best things about a Starcraft is its Lifetime Warranty + 6 that includes a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and structure, plus a six-year warranty on all components, carpet, upholstery and electronics. This great warranty is transferable to a second owner, includes parts and labor and is 100 percent administered by its in-house customer service department.

What sets this company apart:

“Starcraft has a long history of innovation, and pioneering the aluminum boat business would be our claim to fame. Our new HMX pontoon technology is very exciting as it combines handling and superb lift. On the deck boat side, the SCX lineup is an affordable crossover boat design that is functional and affordable.”—Peter Barrett, Starcraft Marine

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Stardeck 236 Starlounger

What makes this boat a best-seller? A full fiberglass console that has a full complement of gauges, two rear-facing loungers, changing room, vinyl rear boarding area, spacious layout and comfortable furniture.

Length                                     23’ 10”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,200 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          30 gallons

Total Persons                           12

Max Weight Capacity             2,295 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 39 pontoons and 22 deck boats

Facebook: www.facebook.com/starcraftmarine

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/StarcraftBoats

Twitter: www.twitter.com/starcraftboats

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Sun Tracker

Springfield, Mo.

417-873-4555

www.suntrackerboats.com

Soon after Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris introduced the industry’s first fully-rigged fishing boat, motor and trailer package in 1978, he followed up with a lineup of high-value pontoon boats. The line of pontoons, Sun Tracker, has become one of the most popular value ‘toons in the world.

Every model provides the perfect mix of luxury and practicality, design and durability, quality and value. From the marine-grade vinyl with stain-resistant top coating to the simulated burlwood console accents, each feature is well thought out and put on the boat for a reason. Easy-to-read gauges and extra-durable marine-grade carpet comes standard as well as abundant storage and oversized pontoon logs.

Once you buy, you’ll be happy to know that your boat comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The warranty is only part of the reason that a Sun Tracker is the perfect long-term asset for building memories with your family. You’ll be surprised at how fast the payback comes, in the form of forever memories of family time spent together on the lake.

What sets this company apart:

 “My Regency 254 XP3 is the perfect platform for entertaining family and friends.  It has plenty of power to pull tubes, wakeboards or skiers, even with a full load of people onboard. The performance of the boat is amazing. In Michigan, we have several big lakes. I have taken the boat out on the Great Lakes and can’t believe the smooth, dry and quiet ride, even in big waves. The interior layout allows me to take all my friends and family out for a relaxing day on the water. I love this boat!”-- Kevin VanDam, Professional Angler

Top-selling model: Fishin' Barge 22 DLX

What makes this boat your best-seller?

According to feedback from its Voice of the Customer surveys: layout and configuration, versatility, reputation of the manufacturer, styling and passenger capacity.

Length                                     22' 2''

Beam                                       8’ 6”

Max. HP                                 90 HP

Pontoon Diameter                  24"

Approximate Weight             1790 lbs

Fuel Capacity                         32 Gallons

Total Persons                          10

Max Weight Capacity            1900 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 14

You can find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/suntrackerboats

SunChaser

New Paris, Ind.

866-766-9698

www.sunchaserboats.com

SunChaser fulfills a very vital need in the pontoon industry. It’s a quality boat at an entry-level price. Plus, SunChaser is proud to be a part of the Smokercraft family of products, which means you’ll get the same great quality, no matter what the price tag.

The SunChaser line of pontoons is available at an extremely good value, which make them the perfect boat for people just getting into their first pontoon. The goal of the company is to maximize value while maintaining the high-end features that are most important to the first-time buyer.

SunChaser ‘toons come with a Lifetime Warranty + 6 and it includes a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and structure plus a six-year warranty on all components, carpet, upholstery and electronics. This great warranty is transferable to a second owner, includes parts and labor and is 100 percent administered by its in-house customer service department.

What sets this company apart:

“SunChaser has been synonymous with value. Since, 2000 we have been delivering customers equipped pontoons at a great value. In the 2012 model year we introduced our industry-leading lifetime plus 6 warranty, which backed up our commitment to craftsmanship and quality.”—Peter Barrett, SunChaser

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 8520 Classic Cruise

What makes this boat a best-seller? The pontoon allows the customer to have luxury features, such as full fiberglass console, 28-ounce carpet, comfortable and spacious layouts, high-back helm chair with arm rests and changing room for an unbelievable value.

Length                                     20’ 10”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              1,990 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          30 gallons

Total Persons                           10

Max Weight Capacity             1,850 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 22

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Sweetwater

Elkhart, Ind.

574-522-8381

www.sweetwaterboats.com

info@nauticglobalgroup.com

What does over 52 years of experience in the boating industry offer today's pontoon boat buyer? Godfrey Pontoon Boats knows what you want and they deliver every single time. With Sweetwater, the builder provides an economical boat with quality craftsmanship.

Godfrey Pontoons continues to set the bar for pontoon construction. In fact, Godfrey pioneered many of the systems that have become industry standards.

Available in 2014, another new seating configuration for Sweetwater’s popular 2286 platform will debut. This all-new DL layout features a doublewide aft-facing lounge that pulls double duty as an enormous sunpad. Although clearly designed with guest comfort in mind, the 2286 DL also manages to provide an incredible amount of storage as well as concealing a full pop-up changing room below. Sweetwater has also introduced several new packages featuring the most-requested options such as a Bluetooth-enabled Sony Stereo system, stainless steel speaker covers, pull-up cleats, darker Mica Mist carpet color, and a newly redesigned moveable armrest/cup holder.

What sets this company apart:

“Since building the very first aluminum pontoon back in 1958, we have consistently driven the pontoon market through quality, performance and innovation. During the past few years, one of our main areas of focus has been to steadily improve on comfort.” — Bob Wachs, Godfrey Pontoons Brand Manager

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Sweetwater 2086

What makes this boat a best-seller? The Sweetwater 2086 is the best-selling boat in the entire Godfrey fleet and it's easy to see why as soon as you step aboard. With such attention to detail and loads of high-quality standard features, the 2086 is where value meets comfort and style.

Length                                     20’ 3”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          90hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              1,618 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          21 gallons

Total Persons                           11

Max Weight Capacity             1,492 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 27

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Sylvan Marine

New Paris, Ind.

866-766-9698

www.sylvanmarine.com

Sylvan is a true American legacy, which is almost hard to come by these days. The company dates back to the 1940’s, when veterans were starting to return home from the war. Sylvan Marine started on the banks of Sylvan Lake near Wolcottville, Ind., in the houseboat and pontoon business. Moving forward to the early 1970s, Sylvan was purchased by Harold Schrock as a way for him to get back in the pontoon business after selling Starcraft a few years earlier, and Sylvan has been an important part of the Smokercraft family ever since.

Sylvans are high-quality pontoons. They combine luxury, comfort and performance into a boat that will deliver on all your expectations. Sylvan pontoons come with Smokercraft’s solid warranty known as the Lifetime Warranty + 6. Sylvan’s exclusive Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT) tubes give your ‘toon sports car handling and runabout exhilaration. Its unique V-shaped tube provides more top speed per horsepower and dramatically improved fuel efficiency.

What sets this company apart:

“We introduced the RPT tube design in 2008. This planing tube technology allows our Sylvan pontoon customers to achieve faster speeds and better performance with two tubes, eliminating the need for a heavy third tube and allowing for fuel efficiency with lower horsepower engines.”—Peter Barrett, Sylvan Marine

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 8522 Mirage Cruise

What makes this boat a best-seller? Luxury amenities from the LE Package with upgraded furniture, upgraded console with full complement of chrome accented gauges, Sea-Weave aft flooring and 28-ounce carpet.

Length                                     23’ 10”

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          150hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,200 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          30 gallons

Total Persons                           12

Max Weight Capacity             2,200 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 36

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Tahoe Pontoons

Alma, Mich.

800-334-2913

www.tahoepontoons.com

The Michigan-based company has been in business since 1972 and every year they strive to take the popular boats they already build and bring them to the next level. Tahoe produces everything including pontoons, framing and furniture directly in-house so they can control every element inside your boat, every step of the way.

The LT model originated for those who want superior quality at a great value. Tahoe has taken the most popular elements and combined them into one fabulous pontoon. In addition to the care and quality used on all Tahoe boats, LT has plush furnishings using Matrix 50 seat vinyl, aluminum seat frames, 10-foot bimini top, deck rail with bumper, fiberglass driver’s stand and Bluetooth capable stereo sound system. This state-of-the art pontoon is an easy choice for those who want the best at the best price.

 What sets this company apart:

“What makes Tahoe innovative is our development of an entire redesign of the pontoon boat exterior.” –Greg Knight, Tahoe Pontoons

Top-Selling Model in 2013: 25’ Tahoe LT Cruise

What makes this boat a best-seller? This boat incorporates high-quality components at a reasonable price.

Length                                     25'

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          135hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,250 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          32 gallons

Total Persons                           18

Max Weight Capacity             1,850 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 25

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Tahoe

Springfield, Mo.

417-873-5900

www.tahoe-boats.com

As part of the Tracker family, Tahoe deck boats integrate decades of experience and versatility into every model in the versatile lineup. You can enjoy peace of mind, knowing your boat has the full backing of a solid, stable industry leader.

Just like the rest of the boats built by Tracker, the Tahoe lineup delivers more boat and more fun for your money. At Tahoe you will find boats that deliver exhilarating performance, noticeable styling and tons of features. You can trust the Tahoe name because all these features are backed by one of the largest boat builders in the world.

What sets this company apart:

"Styling has been Tahoe's principal distinction, but it's really the combination of style, integrated features, performance and overall interior layouts introduced in the current generation of runabouts that brought Tahoe from a modest volume into the top ranks of the category." --Scott Bauer, Vice President of Sales

Top-selling model: Tahoe 215 Xi

What makes this boat your best-seller? From its Voice of the Customer Survey, styling is far and away the number one reason owners choose Tahoe. Followed by the interior layout and configuration, passenger capacity and quality are next. Retail price and the reputation of the manufacturer and dealer are also in the top 10.

Length                                     21' 6''

Beam                                      8’ 6”

Maximum HP                          260hp

Approximate Weight              3510 lbs

Fuel Capacity                         36 gallons

Total Persons                          10

Max Weight Capacity            1800 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 8

You can find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tahoeboats

Veranda

Hot Springs, Ark.

866-554-5955

www.verandamarine.com

info@verandamarine.com

One of the biggest selling points for Veranda Marine is its commitment to wood-free construction. The company is committed to staying innovative with a great example of that being its patented all-aluminum, all-welded deck construction. 

Veranda's construction processes are truly revolutionary. The Arkansas-based company uses an all-aluminum, all welded deck and tube system, which creates a solid foundation while providing a quiet, fuel efficient ride time and time again. Veranda's tubes are made from .080 to .100 gauge aluminum and each is chambered and pressure tested for safety. After that, the tube is welded to a full-length M-Deck bracket, which completely eliminates any chance of flexing or twisting while riding over rough water. At that point, the M-Deck brackets are welded directly to Veranda’s aluminum, interlocking deck. Put all of this together and you get a pontoon that your family will enjoy for many, many years. 

What sets this company apart:

“The most innovative thing we’ve contributed to the pontoon industry is our patented wood-free construction because it’s the best you’ll find when it comes to durability and performance. We don’t use any wood in our boats, so you will never have rot and warped decks. The Veranda aluminum deck system is solid, quiet and built to last a lifetime.” –Nathan Kyser, Veranda Marine

Top-Selling Model in 2013: V22RC

What makes this boat a best seller? This innovative boat is all-aluminum and will last for years to come. 

Length                                     22’

Beam                                       8’ 6”   

Maximum HP                          115hp

Pontoon Diameter                   25”

Approximate Weight              2,300 lbs

Fuel Capacity                          27 gallons

Total Persons                           11

Max Weight Capacity             2,300 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 29

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Weeres Pontoons

New Ulm, Minn.

507-233-8020

www.weeres.com

customerservice@weeres.com

Since the founding of Weeres Pontoons in 1954, more than 30,000 buyers have found themselves unanimously satisfied with the product that Weeres provides. One of the company's mantras is to constantly find new ways to reinvent design while still affording the same comfort and feel that people fell in love with from the beginning. Boats range from the budget-friendly Cadet Cruise to the luxury of the Legacy LTD 240, giving buyers a full range of boats to choose from.

Each boat has been cleverly designed and rigorously engineered to give boaters a wide range of options to choose from. So whether you're an angler, or looking to pursue some extracurricular activities such as onboard entertaining, buying a pontoon from the experienced and ingenious crafters at Weeres is always a safe bet.

What sets this company apart:

"If you are looking for a boat that competes on value, yet has all the features, Weeres is a brand to strongly consider. Our company invented the modern-day pontoon in 1952 and continues to lead the industry with new product design in 2014." --Tom Menne, Weeres Vice President

Top-Selling Model in 2013: Cadet Cruise 240

What makes this boat a best-seller? The price point in market, seat bottom and furniture design, added value and features combined make this boat irresistible.

Length                             24' 3"

Beam                               8’ 6”

Maximum HP                  175hp

Pontoon Diameter           23"

Approximate Weight       1,804 lbs

Total Persons                   14

Max Weight Capacity       2,090 lbs

Number of models available for purchase in 2014: 7 models

 

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