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The all-black exterior is not for everyone, but we really love it. When combined with the wakeboard tower it looks like a sporty high-end model that is sure to attract positive attention wherever it goes.
With the Blackout package you gain black exterior rails, panels and an anodized rub rail for a very sleek look, plus the wakeboard tower arch with Bimini top is all black too. The tower can be easily lowered for trailering and it comes with an easy-to-reach tow point and as tested the layout includes an optional black removable ski/tow pylon in the stern.
SL stands for single lounge and in the stern this is a great setup. With the push of a button you can reposition the backrest from the traditional L-shaped seating area and convert it to a wide rear-facing lounger. One of two Kicker stereo remotes in the stern is part of the rear lounge configuration and includes a media holder, 12-volt outlet and an auxiliary port. The other stereo remote is located near the rear-facing speakers and can be accessed from the water. One of our favorite stern features is the optional auto deploy/retractable boarding ladder that raises and lowers with a push of a button. Sometimes it’s the added touches that truly make the biggest difference.
At the raised helm platform is a good-looking dash console that includes a standard GPS speedometer as well as a full array of other gauges. The main Bluetooth-capable Kicker stereo controls are also located at the helm and the system includes a large subwoofer and an amp. Inside the locking glove box on the side is a 12-volt outlet plus a USB/Auxiliary port inside which we absolutely love and feel all boats should have something similar for the driver. Just below the steering wheel is another storage compartment for the captain, proving you can never have too many great places to store your smaller items.
Directly across from the helm is a rear-facing chaise lounge that is part of the L-shaped seating layout. Moving forward, there are two chaise lounges in the bow with movable armrests and built into the back of the portside one is a pop-up table that is surprisingly sturdy and complete with two cupholders. This is a great space-saving design, but obviously blocks access to your side gate when up.
Other key features include vinyl flooring throughout the boat plus a narrow but long in-floor ski locker with a false bottom to keep your stored items inside dry.
We tend to mostly see square rails on boats, so the curved rails around the Cayman’s perimeter were a welcome sight. Again, a nice added touch. Below deck the three round-shaped pontoons have lifting strakes on the center tube and strakes on the insides of the outer tubes. From inside the gates we measured over 16 feet of deck space, which leaves a lot of room on the extended swim deck to towel off before coming aboard.
She banks beautifully in the sharp turns and performed like a sporty performance pontoon should. Powered by a Mercury 250 Pro Verado four-stroke, we quickly jumped up on plane and reached a top speed in the mid 40s with ease.
Prices for top-of-the-line models with extra horsepower continue to climb across the pontoon spectrum for all luxury boats, but the quality is also on the rise and that’s evident with this Cypress Cay. You get what you pay for and in this case it’s a well-built, fully-loaded pontoon that is a thrill ride to drive.
Number of Occupants 12
Maximum Speed 45.1 mph
Wild Ponies 250 hp
No. of Gates 3
0-20 MPH 5.47 seconds
Ladder Measurement 3’ 8” deep
Why we love this boat…Even among high-end luxury pontoons this one stands out based on layout, features and performance capabilities.
Just being picky…We like the idea of having a pop-up table, but with no way to sit near it we question how much it will really get used versus just having a permanent traditional table.
Mooring cover, depth sounder, GPS speedometer, stainless steel flip-up cleats, LED docking light pods, stainless steel cupholders, soft-sided cooler, Quick Release fender system, high-back reclining helm seat, black acrylic table w/ stemware holders, and a Kicker stereo w/ 6 speakers.
OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT
Blackout Edition, Lighting Pkg., raised helm, power deploying and retracting stainless steel ladder, safety rail, T3 Performance Pkg., in-floor storage, floor storage cover, ski/tow pylon, black wake tower, and a Kicker sound system w/ subwoofer and lighted speakers.
LOA 25’ 1”
Beam 8’ 6”
Hull Design Three Pontoons
Dry Weight 3,575 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 50 gallons
Engine Mercury 250 Pro Verado
Cylinder Type Inline 6
Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower 158ci/250hp
Lower Unit Gear Ratio 1.85:1
Propeller 15 X 15 Enertia
RPM vs. SPEED vs. DB-A
500 2.3 78
1000 3.2 82
1500 6.2 77
2000 9.0 80
2500 10.5 89
3000 15.3 91
3500 20.3 94
4000 24.0 94
4500 28.8 95
5000 32.7 99
5500 37.0 99
6600 45.1 104
Fort Wayne, Ind.