SunChaser goes above and beyond the norm with its newest addition to the 2017 Classic lineup, the Sport model. Who says you can’t improve on a classic, right? A lot of extras have been added to what already comes standard to really allow consumers to dial in the customization.
Starting at the helm, the full fiberglass console is designed to give the captain everything he needs (plus a little more). The chrome accent gauges are easy to read and when you combine the 12-volt outlet and USB/Auxiliary port with the Bluetooth-capable Infinity stereo that includes a total of six speakers, you have multiple ways to blast your favorite tunes.
The “DH” in the model name stands for dual helm chairs and the one for the driver is on a raised platform, which provides better visibility. Both chairs slide, swivel and recline and it’s worth noting that we love the water-tight storage compartment below the steering wheel to store smaller items.
The two chaise lounges in the bow as well as the two rear-facing seats in the stern are extremely inviting and add up to a 14 passenger rating. All four lounges are comfortable and each can be used for standard bench seating too so you’re not limited on how you use your seating. There is also plenty of storage below that is easily accessible by lifting the double-hinged seat bases.
There are plenty of great options found throughout the boat including the sea weave flooring, an upgraded 10-foot Bimini top, in-floor ski locker that is over 8 feet long and nearly a foot deep and rear-facing speakers on the stern deck that include a separate stereo system.
Other features worth noting include the pop-up changing room that stands just over 5 feet tall when open, LED floor lighting and a ski pylon that is part of the upgraded performance package.
On the exterior, the rail height stands at nearly 27 inches tall throughout the boat and the full length panels extend all the way to the top. The exterior graphic design is red and orange and inside the ‘toon a hint of orange is found on the grey vinyl seats that help tie everything in.
Even though the Classic Sport comes standard with a PTS third tube, which is a reduced length center tube, our test boat was equipped with optional three full-length 25-inch diameter pontoons that provide the solid foundation of the Sport model and each tube uses Xtreme Performance Strakes.
There is over 19 feet of deck space inside the gated area, which leaves plenty of room on the stern deck to use the 5-step aluminum boarding ladder and to towel off before coming onboard. Our crew rated the quality of construction work high. It’s always comforting to know this SunChaser is backed by an impressive 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.
It may be optional, but the power-assist steering really improves the way this ‘toon handles. We have to be honest: we knew this was a sporty model but it surprised us a little just how well she really performs—especially in tight turns. With the upgraded full-length center tube and extra long transom, the Yamaha VMAX SHO 250 really shines. The quick and responsive Sport model is truly a thrill ride.
SunChaser has firmly positioned itself alongside the other popular pontoon lines its parent Smoker Craft company offers. As tested it comes in at a fair price, especially considering the power and upgrades included. This is a great pontoon that a variety of consumers could really appreciate.
Number of Occupants 14
Maximum Speed 44.3 mph
Wild Ponies 250 hp
No. of Gates 3
0-20 MPH 5.36 seconds
Ladder Measurement 4’ deep
Why we love this boat…It’s not easy to improve on a Classic, but that’s exactly what SunChaser did with its Sport model. It’s fun to drive with the right mix of standards and options.
Just being picky…There are a couple of entry-level amenities like the vinyl door covers that snap close that don’t seem to really fit on an otherwise sporty model.
PTS Performance Pkg., full extended platform, full height panel, gray interior theme w/ color-matched interior/graphics and raised helm platform.
OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT
PR 25 Xtreme Performance Tube Pkg., power-assist steering, in-floor storage, 10-foot Bimini top sea weave flooring, and rear-facing speakers.
LOA 25’ 10”
Beam 8’ 6”
Hull Design Xtreme Perf. Strakes
Dry Weight 2,471 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 60 gallons
Engine Yamaha VMAX SHO 250
Cylinder Type V6
Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower 254ci/250hp
Lower Unit Gear Ratio 1.75:1
Propeller 15 1/2 X 16
RPM vs. SPEED vs. DB-A
1000 3.3 77
1500 5.5 85
2000 8.0 86
2500 10.8 88
3000 14.8 93
3500 21.3 95
4000 23.8 96
4500 30.3 98
5000 33.7 99
5500 39.1 101
6000 44.3 102
New Paris, Ind.