The name Sanpan is synonymous with high-end pontooning, and the 2018 version of the 2500 ULH is the builder’s most luxurious model ever. Our test boat implemented the new cognac interior that features white and gray accents on its overstuffed furniture. To make up for lack of fixed seating, Godfrey engineers cleverly created a U-shaped stern seating configuration that adds seating where the starboard-side walkthrough is located. Instead of a filler sectional that someone has to pick up and move, the seat bottom hinges in such a way that it can be flipped and stowed in seconds under the stern bench. Then the backrest swings open and stays open while people are using the walkthough. The arrangement creates a large, unbroken seating group that’s perfect for social interaction around an extra-large woodgrain cockpit table that is solidly anchored by twin pedestals.
Sanpan 2500 ULH – Boat Test Video
For 2018, Sanpan engineers made some changes at the helm that improve the driver’s experience. Twin displays are usually reserved for yachts or high-end fishing boats, but our test boat included two flush-mounted Garmin C-Zone 742xs displays ($5,385), which allow the driver to keep the GPS screen active and use the other screen for monitoring and controlling all the boat’s systems.
The 2500 ULH we tested had an impressive lighting system, and two switches make it easy for the driver. A nighttime switch activates the underwater lights, the interior mood lighting and the speaker lights. A daytime switch activates the items normally used when the sun’s up. One Sanpan feature that should be on every boat is a master power switch that delivers the ability to disable everything that, if left on, might run down the batteries.
Our test boat featured the Yamaha VMAX SHO 225, probably the smallest engine a Sanpan equipped with the optional triple 27-inch tube package ($4,485) will come with, since it can handle up to 350 hp. This hot rod of an engine surprised us by delivering outstanding performance on this near-27-footer. The Yamaha pushed the boat on plane in 2.6 seconds, to 30 mph in 6.2 seconds and to a top speed of 44.1 mph.
Time to Plane: 2.6 sec.
0-30 mph: 6.2 sec.
Peak: 44.1 mph/6000 rpm/92 dBA
Cruise: 27.1 mph/4000 rpm/81 dBA