PDB Shootout: Aloha

Aloha Paradise Series 260 Arch Sport Tower

Published in the January 2018 Issue January 2019 Boat Test Monday, Feature


First Glance

If blue isn’t your favorite color don’t worry, you can get this Aloha in any shade. From the furniture and thick rails to the tower arch, we love how the color is all tied in—and that includes the painted Yamaha on the back. This builder really did think of everything.

Details

Bulletproof is one of those over-used words, but in this case it’s hard to think of a better way to make the point that it’s extremely over-built. The thick 2-inch tubing flows well with the acrylic side panels that can be easily replaced if damaged. Cool points have to be awarded to the fiberglass helm stand that includes built-in fender storage. What we really like about this design is the access to the console wiring when removed. Brilliant! 

Now back to the Electric Blue color. Because all of the furniture is built in-house the sky really is the limit on what color you’d like. And below the aluminum seat bases the inside compartments have been sprayed with a liner to help add to the durability. Speaking of storage, the in-floor ski locker is ridiculous! It’s 20 inches deep and 10 feet long and even includes a built-in bilge pump.

Other features worth noting include the Sport Arch tower that offers 9 feet of total coverage with an LED light bar on top that looks like it came off an off-road diesel pickup. It’s all controlled from the helm console that is centered on Yamaha digital gauges, a Humminbird GPS and rocker switches. The dash is well organized, but if we had to be picky it doesn’t have the same sporty vibe as the rest of the boat. Left of the steering wheel is a deep glovebox and on the other side is the Kicker stereo control, including two 800-watt power boosters that will allow you to win the sandbar music battle.      

Closer Look

The strength of this triple `toon starts with 26-inch diameter pontoons that include four lifting strakes for better handling. The completely welded framework combined with the nose cone keel reinforcements show it’s built to last, and we especially like the continuous block expanded polystyrene flotation from bow to stern in each pontoon and the double hand-welded pontoon seams.

From the rear bench seat to the bow gate there is over 20 feet of usable deck space and the rail height varies from over 26 inches tall in the bow to 30 inches in the stern.  

On the swim deck you’ll find a heavy-duty ski/tow bar along with a four-step boarding ladder that nearly reaches 4 feet into the water when deployed, plus a pair of yacht-like cleats that could handle a very thick rope.

Throttle Down

From the factory you can have the outboard painted to match the rest of the boat so the Yamaha 300 ties in well with the blue theme. At full throttle we nearly hit the 50 mph mark, but what really impressed us was how nimble this boat feels as we slightly banked in the tight turns. We were pleasantly surprised by the performance, especially considering its size. 

Why Buy

Aloha has been building boats for 57 years and clearly understands what it takes to manufacture quality pontoons. Strength and durability is the backbone of this specific model along with a lot of unique features that are all part of the standard package.

 

North Little Rock, Ark.

800-776-9226

www.alohapontoons.com

 

Specifications

Number of Occupants            14                   

Price As Tested With Power  $78.2 K

Maximum Speed                    46.2 mph                    

Wild Ponies                             300 hp

No. of Gates                            4

0-20 MPH                               4.75 seconds  

Ladder Measurement             3’ 9” deep

 

Why we love this boat…It’s extremely over-built and solid from top to bottom, yet still glides smoothly across the water.  

 

Just being picky…While still very functional, the dash at the helm doesn’t seem to have that same sporty look and feel that is found throughout the rest of the boat.   

 

NOTABLE STANDARDS

New 2-inch round railing/fencing system w/integrated arch sport tower w/30-inch LED light bar, lifting strakes, refreshment center w/cooler storage, center pontoon w/fully integrated transom, 10-foot ski locker and fuel tank, Bluetooth premium stereo package w/power boosters and premium speakers, aluminum furniture pkg. w/UV protected marine vinyl, round aluminum under skin between pontoons, full-length aluminum M-bracket protective flashing between deck and pontoons, unique compound curve bow w/large storage areas under bow seats, tilt steering head w/ hydraulic steering system/hydraulic assist, driver’s seat fore and aft slide and swivel, aft swim platform w/rear-entry boarding ladder, stab-in table w/ front and rear stab-in receptacles, LED drink holders and courtesy lights, Salt Water pkg. (all stainless and aluminum fasteners) w/ head shrink butt connectors, separate cockpit and seat courtesy lights, boat fender holders built into console, international navigation lighting, deluxe playpen cover,  aerodynamic fiberglass steering console (w/elevated base platform, large glove box, USB port, 12-v outlet, large color multi-function GPS, and Yamaha Digital Gauge pkg.).

OPTIONS ON TEST BOAT

None.

 

VITAL STATS

LOA                  26’ 9”             

Beam                 8’ 6”

Hull Design       Triple Toon

Dry Weight       3,400 lbs.

Fuel Capacity    46 gallons

 

TEST DRIVE

Engine                                                             Yamaha 300 XCA

Cylinder Type                                                 V6

Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           254ci/300hp

Lower Unit Gear Ratio                                   1.75:1

Propeller                                                          16.5 X 21

 

RPM     vs.      SPEED     vs.    DB-A

600                  2.0                     75

1000                5.1                     81

1500                7.5                     83

2000                10.8                   85

2500                14.4                   90

3000                18.4                   96

3500                23.3                   97

4000                28.4                   98

4500                37.4                   100

5000                45.0                   105

5500                46.2                   109

 

PRICE

Price As Tested                       $78,200

(Boat and Motor)

 

Base Price                               $57,200

(Boat only)

 

 

 

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