Qwest LS 820 Splash Pad

Qwest LS 820 Splash Pad

Boat manufacturers can get into trouble trying to be all things to all people and losing focus on what exemplifies their core strengths. Qwest has staked out the compact pontoon sector and is owning it by continuing to build the best in class.



Crownline Eclipse E6

Crownline Eclipse E6

Crownline runabouts all have a sleek, predatory look about them, and just because the E6s designers built it with some extra room up front doesnt mean it has to look like a soccer moms mode of transportation.


Scarab 165 HO Impulse

Scarab 165 HO Impulse

Many peoples first exposure to Scarab boats was the sexy 38 KB owned by Sonny Crockett on the 1980s TV show Miami Vice.


Stratos 386 XF

Stratos 386 XF

One of the biggest battles an avid angler can face is selling the idea of a tournament-ready fishing boat as a family boat to people whose idea of fun isnt get getting up before dawn on weekends to catch the morning bite.


Marker One M27 by Cobalt

Marker One M27 by Cobalt

Cobalts company motto pretty much says it all: Compromise Nothing. Since 1968, the boat builder from the town in Kansas that no one pronounces correctly the first time, Neodesha (knee-oh-da-shay), has been the envy of the industry and a bar-setter for quality.


Formula 330 CBR

Formula 330 CBR

Its hard to believe a 33-footer would be anything but the alpha dog of a boat builders bowrider line, but Formula doesnt think small.


Avalon Windjammer 2785 RL

Avalon Windjammer 2785 RL

A handful of pontoon brands manage to retain a look thats readily noticeable from afar. In a sea of sameness, Avalon attacks the status quo with innovative styling, whether its the retro/modern Art Deco series or the sporty Windjammer series model we tested.


SunCatcher V 322 GT

SunCatcher V 322 GT

Pontoons with bars are about the hottest thing going, and just when you think youve seen every permutation, along comes G3s SunCatcher V 322 GT. It features a huge port-side entertainment countertop surrounded by four barstools, which are height adjustable for passenger comfort.


Cobalt 200S

Cobalt 200S

Its generally established that Cobalt is one of the most prestigious boat brands, and its no secret the builder isnt shy about charging for the privilege of owning one. So in order to get some new blood into the Cobalt family, the builder created the 10 Series, of which the 200S is the smallest member.


Crownline B21

Crownline B21

Crownline has positioned itself as a premium brand, so it logically follows that a corresponding price tag accompanies its luxurious boats. But in order to reach a wider following and get new blood into the Crownline family, its designers created the B-Series, which has many of the goodies found on the builders more upscale models but at a much reduced price.


Four Winns H210

Four Winns H210

For 2015, Four Winns waved the luxury wand at the H210, a bowrider that shows even smaller boats can have some yacht club cach. The helm got a total makeover and now sports an automotive look, which isnt surprising: The dash was designed by the same folks who created the Tesla electric car dash.


Stingray 214LR Sport Deck

Stingray 214LR Sport Deck

Deckboats are the Swiss Army knife of boats, but sometimes their practicality can cause them to suffer from SDS: style-deficit syndrome. Stingrays new 214LR Sport Deck, however, is a hybrid take on this genre that busts the stereotype with a sleek, contemporary design you can get in five vibrant hull colors.


Rinker 216 BR Captiva

Rinker 216 BR Captiva

People familiar with Rinker boats have heard the name Captiva for many years, and they knew it meant a bowrider with a sleek, pointy bow. Over the last couple of years, however, that look has changed, with models such as the 216 BR, to incorporate a rounder bow section that gives riders more room and storage up front.


Crownline 264 CR

Crownline 264 CR

Crownlines 264 CR might be the smallest cruiser in its lineup, but its a trailerable weekender with plenty of standard big-boat amenities. Lots of cruisers are short on cockpit space, but the 264 CR maximizes your fun-in-the-sun opportunities with an open-transom design that invites you to the water.


Hurricane 203 Crossfire

Hurricane 203 Crossfire

For 2015, Hurricane unveiled the new 203 Crossfire, a deckboat with as much attitude as Mick Jagger doing the rooster dance across the stage while singing the opening lyrics to Jumpin Jack Flash (I was born in a crossfire hurricane).


Lowe X210

Lowe X210

While some people who buy pontoons are content to project a staid, conservative image, there are those whose style demands a bolder look. And Lowes Xtreme 210 packs a lot of attitude into a compact, 21-foot, 4-inch-long package.


SunChaser Classic Cruise 8522 Lounger

SunChaser Classic Cruise 8522 Lounger

If you use a pontoon as a floating form of social media, finding a pontoon boat that can accommodate your guest list which rivals your number of Facebook friends, right? can get costly.


Manitou 23 X-Plode SRS SHP

Manitou 23 X-Plode SRS SHP

If its been a while since youve been on a pontoon, then taking a spin on a Manitou 23 X-Plode will let you know youre not in Kansas anymore.


Starcraft Stardeck 236 Starlounger

Starcraft Stardeck 236 Starlounger

If youve been pricing new pontoon boats, theres likely been at least one case of sticker shock severe enough to make someone ask if you are OK.


Bennington 2375 RCW Closed Stern

Bennington 2375 RCW Closed Stern

Rear-facing recliner seats on pontoons, like the ones on Benningtons 2375 RCW, are still among the hottest configurations for 2015. However, there is a wide range of what manufacturers and people consider to be the perfect backrest angle.


South Bay 724SL DLX TT

South Bay 724SL DLX TT

Think pontoon boats cant hang with the go-fast crowd? Check out Brad Rowlands South Bay 925CR powered by triple Mercury 300 outboards, which reached an astounding 114 mph at this years Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.


Sanpan 2500 CB

Sanpan 2500 CB

Twenty years ago, few people would have used words like elegant, sporty or refined to describe a pontoon boat, but the recent evolution scratch that revolution of these tubed wonders is best exemplified by boats such as the Sanpan 2500 CB.


Ranger VS1780

Ranger VS1780

High on the dreamboat wish list of many freshwater anglers is a Ranger. But not everyone can afford (or needs) a state-of-the-art fishin war wagon like the tour pros use. And for the non-pro angler, Ranger offers the VS1780, a multispecies aluminum boat less than 18 feet long but infused with Rangers DNA.


Alumacraft Tournament Pro 185

Alumacraft Tournament Pro 185

Some anglers are obsessed with just one species of fish, but most just want action, and Alumacrafts Tournament Pro 185 is a platform thats adept at fishing for 1-pound crappie or stalking monster muskie all in a compact, easy-to-tow package.


G3 Angler V192 SF

G3 Angler V192 SF

Often, an anglers biggest battle isnt with the quarry on the end of a line but rather in the showroom with a spouse who would rather buy a pleasure boat for the family to go skiing or cruising. Fortunately, G3 has created the ultimate win-win solution with its new riveted aluminum Angler V192 SF.