Our First Impression
This is part of Parti Kraft’s value line? Seriously? For being
considered a base model we were very impressed to say the least. The wet bar
entertainment center in the stern with bar stools is the real attention getter,
but the value overall is off the charts in our book.
This toon is part of the Celebration Line and what better
place to start our review than with the wet bar? Complete with two bar stools,
a raised counter top and lighted (yes, we said lighted) cup holders, we can’t
say enough about this entertainment center. There is even a sink and hand pump
faucet with good storage options below.
We’ve come to appreciate the durability of the exclusive
GX48 vinyl, but new this year across the board for Godfrey Marine is a
furniture design that includes more comfortable foam inside that has been
tested and is now even better than ever. Plus the seatbacks appear to be taller
than we’ve seen in past years, which help make the seating even more inviting.
We love the open and extra-wide layout and design of this boat and the rails
and gates at 25 inches tall are just big enough to still be considered safe and
At the helm is a basic, yet very functional console. With
full instrumentation including a depth finder, it gets the job done and then
some. We did note some minor fit and finish issues with the helm console
itself, but overall we feel this is a well-built ‘toon.
In the stern, the three-step ladder has a nice and wide design
with good handholds and plenty of room to towel off before coming inside the
gate. The patent-pending gate latch system is new this year, and we like the
assurance that it’s closed and secure when you use it.
Below deck, the weld quality is above average on the two-log
pontoon design. Both chambered pontoons are 25 inches in diameter with a full
keel and include splash guards. The C-channel cross members are on 24-inch
centers and bolted to the plywood deck. There is no splash skin, but the wires
are all well-protected and bundled.
Up top there is nearly 16 feet of usable deck space from
inside the bow gate to the entertainment center. Like the wring below deck, the
wiring under the helm console is also protected and very organized.
Overall, this Parti Kraft earned high marks for its
craftsmanship as well as the design. We found no dangerous or sharp edges and
all the hidden areas were well finished.
Heading into the test we were wondering if a 90hp engine
would be the right fit for a pontoon that is designed to cruise and entertain.
We were pleasantly surprised by the Evinrude E-TEC that reached speeds just shy
of 30 miles per hour at full throttle. She leans in the turns, but for a
two-log pontoon boat we were impressed by the acceleration as well as the
handling. The two-stroke from Evinrude proved to be a good fit for this
24-footer, which also helps keep the price down on this value-driven model.
Who Should Buy It
Honestly we’re still scratching our heads a little at the
price. This is a very well-built boat that has entertaining written all over
it. We just had to give this boat a perfect score on value because we truly
feel you get a lot of boat at this price point.
Number of Occupants 12
Price As Tested With Power $25.5K
Maximum Speed: 26.7
Wild Ponies: 90hp
No. of Gates 3
0-20 MPH 5.2
Ladder Measurement: 3’
Why we love this boat…For a
value-driven pontoon we were pleasantly surprised by the quality,
layout—including the wet bar design—and the comfort of the seating.
Just being picky…Overall the fit and finish work is great on
this ‘toon, but we did note some minor issues at the helm on this particular
boat that we tested.
canopy, GX 48 expanded vinyl, Jensen CD w/MP3 input, built-in docking lights,
colored rail panels and a 25-quart carry-on cooler.
OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT
cup holders and in-dash depth finder.
Hull Design Two Pontoons
Dry Weight 1,914 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 24
Cylinder Type 3-cylinder
Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower 79.1ci/90hp
Lower Unit Gear Ratio 2:0:1
Propeller 14 x 11 aluminum
RPM vs. SPEED vs. D-A
600 2.7 mph 78.5