Best Pontoon Boats for the Cottage Jul 4, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Pontoon boats have gotten a lot more exciting in recent years. Not only can they fit the whole family, now they come with more powerful engines and great features you wouldn’t have found just a few years ago. While some brands seem to offer more options than others, that doesn’t necessarily mean their pontoons are the best. If you are looking for the right pontoon boat for your cottage, consider one of these top options.

Cypress Cay Seabreeze SL 230

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The Seabreeze is a good option if you are looking for affordable elegance. The upholstery looks similar to that of more expensive models, and the available vinyl flooring can have the appearance of teak. The layout of this boat is also upscale, including a loveseat that faces forward, a large sun pad with headrests, a reclining seat, and even a curtained changing room underneath the bed.

Harris FloteBote Grand Mariner SL 250

The Grand Mariner is a spacious option for lakeside parties. The stern of the Grand Mariner is completely open for a hint of style, and the low-profile sun pad is spacious. There is a pivoting backrest so you can face whichever direction you want, and there are multiple cup holders so everyone can get a drink. Those who want up to 300 horsepower can opt for the XTR Performance Package.

Aqua Patio 250 Express

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The Aqua Patio 250 Express was styled to appeal to younger boat owners with its edgy styling. The fiberglass seating is sporty and there are rear-facing rumble seats perfect for watching watersports. The pontoon is ready for fun with the sleek tow tower, and it has up to 300 horsepower, perfect for waterskiing or tubing.

Premier 221 Cast-a-Way

The Premier Cast-a-Way is designed for those who like to go fishing on their pontoon, although it can also be used for other water activities. There is a convenient composite fishing station featuring two fishing chairs and a live well with nooks built for lures, tools, and hooks. There are also rod lockers that can be locked, and this portion of the boat is vinyl so you don’t have to worry about cleanup. There is even a sink and extra live well on the other side of the pontoon. This model is affordable and comes with 90 horsepower with an available PTX package to boost the power.

Manitou 23 Legacy Ship

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If you want speed, select the Manitou 23. This model comes with V-Toon technology and triple pontoons to improve maneuverability. For a great experience, consider the Sport Handling Package with its beefed-up nosecones, SeaStar power-assist hydraulic steering, and positive-angle lifting strakes. This model can generate 250 horsepower and go over 50 miles per hour. The helm is raised an additional three feet so the driver gets a better view, and there is a box under the aft sun pad with room for boards and skis.

No matter what you want to do on the water, a pontoon boat is a comfortable and simple way to relax and enjoy your vacation.


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