Bennington has a wide variety of off-the-rack luxury pontoons that fit any boater’s lifestyle, but if one has a special vision, the builder can probably make it happen. The model we tested is called the Q27RSD Custom 10, and it was commissioned by a customer who wanted the ultimate entertainment pontoon. It’s like a high-end floating dining room with features such as a huge dinette table to the starboard stern side that’s surrounded by four newly restyled V2 Pure Comfort reclining captain’s chairs, counting the helm seat at about-face. The table’s edge glows invitingly with built-in ambiance lighting and has four lighted cupholders set within. On the port side is a giant refreshment center that is themed with the same edge lighting and has plenty of working space and storage beneath. For an added wow factor, all the lights can be programmed to periodically change colors.
It’s clear the owner saw the floor plan for the 8-foot, 6-inch-wide Q25 Side Dinette and noticed there wasn’t much room between the dinette and the entertainment center. To fix that, he commissioned it as a 10-foot-wide model that’s also two feet longer. The added beam created plenty of room for dancing, and thanks to the upscale Kicker Ultimate All-In-One Speaker system Bluetooth stereo with the subwoofer and amp upgrade ($1,396), it has a nightclub-worthy sound to match. For added seating, there’s a bench seat at the stern, a lounge opposite the helm station and twin recliners up front that are clad in the new Diamond-Pressed Pillow-Top. For an added James Bond moment, the portside lounge contains the Mega Privacy enclosure ($5,374), which deploys electronically with the push of a button.
While it would be a blast just sitting at the dock, this 28-foot, 3-inch-long model is a waterborne Bentley Mulsanne — in other words, it’s the ultimate sleeper. Powered by twin Yamaha F250 outboards, it’s a monster off the line, planing in just 2 seconds and with a time to 30 mph of 5.1 seconds. The Q27RSD gets a lot of lift from its giant Triple ESP tubes, which have a diameter of 32 inches; the tubes helped it ride high in the water, for better seakeeping, and aided in its top speed of 50.4 mph. Alas, dreams can be rather expensive, and the as-tested price of this dream pontoon managed to crack the $200K mark.