Pontoons with bars are about the hottest thing going, and just when you think you’ve seen every permutation, along comes G3’s SunCatcher V 322 GT.
It features a huge port-side entertainment countertop surrounded by four barstools, which are height adjustable for passenger comfort. For the professional mixologist on board, there’s a separate working surface in the rear port corner with four cupholders, a sink with a spigot and a 12v plug for accessories. A blender, maybe? The real game changers are the three pedestal-mounted captain’s chairs next to the refreshment zone to starboard. They transform the entire rear half of this pontoon into a gigantic swiveler’s social paradise.Another conversation zone up front has twin recliner couches that can be filled in at the bow to create a U-shaped seating group.
And our pontoon featured a vinyl faux teak deck, which gave the 22-and-a-half-footer a nautically nice look. The three gates have stops to keep the doors from swinging closed when passengers are trying to board. In addition to the ample storage under the entertainment center and under the bow seats, there’s a really deep and long in-tube storage locker for skis, tubes and other bulky gear.
More storage is in the newly designed helm console, where the captain grabs an upscale tilt sport wheel. A standard Alpine Bluetooth four-speaker stereo with a USB port gets the party vibe going. Since G3 SunCatcher is Yamaha-owned company, it’s no surprise to see a Yamaha F150 on the transom. The V 322 GT sports a tube setup that’s a bit unusual. It comes standard with three 23-inch-by-25-inch U-shaped, foam-filled tubes with lifting strakes on both sides of the outer tubes and none on the center tube. The usual arrangement is to have strakes on both sides of the center tube and only on the inside of the outer tubes. Where we really noticed the difference was when we cranked it in a hard turn. Instead of leaning inward, it remained fairly flat with a bit of a lean outward, but it responded well and carved a tight arc. It had plenty of lift, as evidenced by its time to plane of 2.3 seconds. Time to 30 mph was 8.2 seconds, and the V 322 GT topped out at 35.2 mph, which is plenty fast for any watersport.