Sanpan 2500 ULH

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

First Glance
The Sanpan line has always stood the tallest when ranking luxury pontoons built by Godfrey Pontoon Boats and that reputation has never been stronger. Nothing is an afterthought on this high-end pontoon and it has been customized with several options to complement the standard offerings. 

Starting with the overall Cognac interior, the seating is extremely comfortable with details you may not fully appreciate at first, such as the movable armrests on the four chaise lounges that lock in position or the extra deep seat cushions. We also love the high contrast with the different vinyl colors and textures that are extremely inviting.

With the UL seating group, which for obvious reasons is Godfrey’s most popular layout, you can enjoy U-shaped seating in the stern while still being able to access the rear deck. The flip-and-fold technique is very user-friendly and we love how it also locks in the open position. Simply raise up the bottom cushion from the middle seat and the cushion from the seat in front of the stern gate hinges over and drops in. Now, just open the fiberglass door like normal and you’re standing on the back deck. This leads you to the five-step curved stainless boarding ladder plus a solid stainless ski/tow bar. We wish there were a little bit more room on the back deck, but we realize we’re just being picky.

Another favorite of ours is the all-new dash panel. On this particular model the digital touchscreen has been upgraded to a Garmin 942xs Chartplotter/FishFinder and we could spend a day playing and still not get to all of its features. It’s centered between two gauges including a digital Mercury gauge on the left, and the lighted push-button switches below are on a dimmer switch that also controls the speaker and cupholder lights. One other feature worth noting is the lockable shallow glove box down low by the captain’s feet that includes two USB ports plus a master power switch so keeping your boat secured has never been easier.

From the sport arch with a Sunbrella top to the Professional Choice Plus stereo package with an amazing Polk Audio sound system, we simply don’t have the space to elaborate on all the great features this Sanpan has to offer. 

Closer Look

Upgraded to Godfrey Tri-Power 27-inch diameter UltraMax pontoons, there are lifting strakes on both sides of the center pontoon with strakes on the inside of the outer tubes. There is a full splash skin and the stainless corner castings and rubrail also help increase its durability. Up top there is nearly 20 feet of usable deck space from the bow gate to the rear bench and the rail height around the perimeter varies from 25 to 30 inches tall. Also worth noting, the side gate is wheelchair accessible. 

Throttle Down
With a Mercury 350hp Verado on the back the high-end package is complete. We easily reached the 50 mph mark and the zero-to-20 mph time of just over four seconds was as impressive as how well she turns in the sharp corners. 

Why Buy
While the price might not be for every budget, the quality and value is something everyone can appreciate. We went into our test expecting a high-end experience and this Sanpan clearly delivered. The extra attention to even the tiniest detail impressed us the most. 

Elkhart, Ind.


Number of Occupants            15                   
Price As Tested With Power  $122.1 K
Maximum Speed                    50.8 mph                   
Wild Ponies                             350 hp
No. of Gates                            3
0-20 MPH                               4.30 seconds 
Ladder Measurement             3’ 9” deep

Why we love this boat…Layout, sound system, comfort and innovation, there is a lot to love about this pontoon that we feel others can appreciate too. 

Just being picky…Really the only thing this boat is lacking is maybe a little extra room on the rear swim deck, but that’s about it.

Woven acrylic canopy w/protective boot, playpen cover, canopy dome light, VSR (Voltage Sensitive Relay) Dual Battery System, drilled transom, 25-inch tubes, bright polished stainless steel corner castings w/LED lights and integrated pull-up cleat, anodized silver canopy frame, anodized silver rail frame, stainless steel four-step ladder, silver rub rail, black vinyl inset, deluxe cage-style ski tow bar, Evolution helm chair, Simrad GO7 XSE Touchscreen Chartplotter/FishFinder, helm station (w/windscreen, cooler storage, cup holders, switch panel, GPS speedometer, hour meter, voltmeter, 12-V outlet, horn, and helm storage w/USB charging station and stainless steel door), integrated helm platform, Sea Star hydraulic steering w/tilt wheel, trim gauge w/engine pkg., chaise lounge insert (w/built-in small ice chest w/beverage, knife, and cupholder in seat back), two LED illuminated moveable cupholders, courtesy interior lighting, mood accent lights under seats, under-seat storage trays, and stern table w/stainless steel cupholders. 

Garmin 942xs Chartplotter/FishFinder, Snap Paja Beige flooring for elevated helm, two additional moveable cupholders, Paja Beige entire deck flooring, Midnight Pkg. (w/black rails, black canopy, black rubrail w/vinyl insert and black skirting), GTP Triple Tube Pkg. (w/under deck skin, lifting strakes, inside skirting, power assist hydraulic steering, three 27-inch diameter tubes, and 45-gallon fuel tank), Cognac interior, LED underwater lighting, quick-release fender locks, Professional Choice Plus stereo (w/POLK system, six upgraded LED speakers, four channel amplifier, LED subwoofer w/dedicated monoblock amplifier, two-inch mid range dash-mounted speakers w/two channel amplifier), seat covers, and sport arch w/canopy.

LOA                  26’ 9”             
Beam                 8’ 6”
Hull Design       Three Pontoons
Dry Weight       2,667 lbs.
Fuel Capacity    23 gallons

Engine                                                             Mercury 350 Verado
Cylinder Type                                                 Inline 6
Cubic-inch Displacement/Horsepower           158.7ci/350hp
Lower Unit Gear Ratio                                   1.75:1
Propeller                                                          N/A

RPM     vs.      SPEED     vs.    DB-A
650                  3.2                     72
1000                5.2                     83
1500                6.4                     87
2000                9.6                     87
2500                14.2                   92
3000                17.0                   97
3500                20.8                   99
4000                23.9                   102
4500                29.7                   107
5000                38.3                   110
5500                43.1                   113
6000                48.4                   116
6020                50.8                   115

Price As Tested                       $122,050
(Boat and Motor)

Base Price                               $88,105
(Boat Only)

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