Pontoon boats are among the most popular boats on the market right now. They started gaining popularity in the Midwest, and over time have become a coast-to-coast success because of their diverse range of options, uses, and features. With the latest selection of new pontoon boats available for 2020, boaters will find everything from serious fishing vessels to luxury pleasure craft with ample deck space for large families and more. Regardless of what your intentions are on the water though, here is a round up of what we think are some of the best boats to look at this year.
2021 Bennington 30QX
The Bennington 30QX features 425 horsepower XTO engines from Yamaha, along with over 30 feet of boat to enjoy that is available in up to 20,000 different color combinations. It’s also packed full of standard equipment with plenty of upgrades available, and capable of reaching speeds of over 60 MPH, thanks to the twin Yamaha engines. This boat is completely customizable, and pricing is going to vary significantly based on configuration.
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2021 Harris Crowne SL 270
The Harris Crowne SL 270 offers high performance along with high-end luxury, offering twin Verado engines with premium handling at every turn. This well-mannered pontoon is going to make you feel like you’re on a luxury yacht without compromising on the speed that you need. Plus, you can enjoy premium upholstery, audio, and an impressive two touchscreen displays for complete monitoring and control of your craft.
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2021 Premier 310 Escalante
The Premier Escalante offers 31’ 5” of spacious pontoon boating with capacity for 24 people and a max horsepower of 350. This double-decker boat features a 12-foot upper deck for added space and makes a great party barge when you want premium entertainment on the water. Plus, upgradable two-engine and three-engine options are available for up to 700 horsepower. This boat retails around $146,800.
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Sun Tracker: Fishin’ Barge 24 XP3 OR The Party Barge 24 XP3
Depending on your boating intentions, Sun Tracker has you covered with the 24XP3 series, where you’ll find a dedicated Fishin’ Barge and Party Barge model. The Fishin’ Barge features a four-stroke engine and plenty of premium fishing features included, along with an MSRP around $39,000. It also includes 26” performance pontoons for comfort and easy handling on the water.
The Party Barge offers a similar four-stroke, but one that includes Command Thrust for added power. It also includes fewer added options, since the fishing features aren’t required for this model. As such it has a cheaper price of around $35,000. Both models include the XP3 performance package for ultimate fun on the water.
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2021 Princecraft Brio E17
The Princecraft Brio E17 makes the list because of its electric engine from Torqeedo, designed to offer comfortable power for the 17-foot vessel that holds five to seven passengers and offers a 2.0 or 4.0 engine option. This smaller, lighter pontoon still delivers plenty of fun and is ideal for anywhere gasoline-powered craft aren’t allowed. It will treat you like any other pontoon, or better, with all the eco-friendliness of an electric engine.
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2021 Lowe Retreat 270 Extended WT
Starting at just under $50,000 this vessel features a massive passenger capacity for its size, holding up to 14 people across the almost 28 feet of onboard length. The boat features dual captain’s chairs and plenty of bench seating throughout, along with a raised console with premium technology, Bimini top, and plenty of under-seat storage for all your take-alongs.
Manitou 27 XT SHP Dual Engine
This speed demon from Manitou features a premium dual-engine design that delivers powerful performance, and it doesn’t compromise on quality or finish at that expense. 800 horsepower comes standard and the crisp handling ensures that you can enjoy the ride on any waters, with Sport Master gear gases and plenty of features that make showing off fun. At just over 28 feet, this boat is big enough for 15 guests and the custom details on the interior are sure to appeal to every style.
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For those who want something more luxurious, the Avalon EXCALIBUR checks in at just over $101,000, offering a powerful motor and 25 or 27-foot options, with several trims available. There is even a model with a rear lounge and the option to custom-build your own model to suit your specifications. Premium technology and performance features come standard on every model, which is what you’d expect at this price point.
Suncatcher Amara by G3
The Amara by G3 from Suncatcher includes premium entertainment and technology for the ultimate party boat, along with an optional premium XTO engine from Yamaha to give you the ultimate in performance at the same time. The boat features upscale styles and limited availability for the 2020 model year. At 27’5”, this craft has room for 12 passengers and a variety of color options are available for a custom finish.
Sylvan M5 CLZ DC
The Sylvan M5 CLZ DC features one of the most impressive interiors of a pontoon that is available today. Standard next-generation technology combines with premium interior features to bring people ease of use, convenience, and comfort with performance on board and a premium body design. This boat measures 27’8” and can accommodate 12 guests. Plus, it includes the standard SPX performance package from Sylvan that ensures the best ride every time.
Although they didn’t quite make the Best Of list, these three boats deserve an honorable mention in the roundup of the best pontoon boats for 2020.
2020 REGENCY 250 LE3 Sport Boat With 250 L Verado® Motor
At just about $75,000 MSRP, this pontoon is first on our list of almost-best for the 2020 season, offering a sporty package and finish that rivals some of the more expensive models on the market. This vessel holds up to 14 people and includes three performance pontons for the ultimate control and enjoyment on the water.
Starcraft SX 25 Q DC
The Starcraft SX 25 Q DC features an inspired design with a standard performance package, guaranteeing that it isn’t just another showboat. This vessel measures just over 26 feet and can accommodate up to 14 passengers comfortably. It comes with a premium Bimini top, an exclusive convertible lounge, power assist steering, and plenty of integrated technology. Plus, there are a variety of upgrades and optional features available.
The Crest Savannah 250 SLR2 features a cutting-edge design that offers a central steering console and plenty of space for the whole family. The integrated storage compartments provide plenty of extra space on the deck and the vessel measures 25’ 8”. The included engine brings 400 horsepower for plenty of fun on the water, and many optional upgrades will create the perfect custom pontoon with premium features.
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