Manitou Sweeps the Outboard Category During the 2014 McKainer Barrel Race
Syracuse, Indiana — Manitou Pontoon Boats took top honors by taking first place in all three outboard motor categories in the Pontoon and Deck Boat Magazine’s McKainer Pontoon Barrel Race. The annual race, held on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, Indiana this year, showcases the speed and maneuverability of the top performance pontoon boats on the market. The three outboard motor categories of the Barrel Race included: Pontoons with outboard power ranging from 150hp and less, pontoons with outboard power from 175-200hp, and pontoons with outboard power of 225hp and more. Here were the results.
Manitou entered the 150hp and Less Class with a Manitou 20 Oasis Angler SHP equipped with a 150HP Yamaha SHO engine and won 1st place with a time of 1:23 - 7 seconds faster than 2nd place.
Manitou entered the 175-200HP Class with a Manitou 21 Oasis SHP equipped with a 200 Yamaha SHO engine and won 1st place with a time of 1:22 - 4 seconds faster than 2nd place.
Manitou entered the 225HP+ Class with a Manitou 22 Encore Pro Angler SHP that was equipped with a 250 Evinrude E-Tec HO engine and won with a time of 1:12 - 7 seconds faster than second place.
"This year we went into the barrel race knowing that our V-Toon technology hulls could do something that had never been done before. No company had ever swept all 3 outboard categories and we wanted to be the first. When I got the call from our crew that we had accomplished our goals I was ecstatic. Seeing that we won by such a large margin in each category made the accomplishment even more impressive. I hope that we have not scared away all of our competitors from next year's race. It seems that every year more and more of them throw in the towel and just come to watch us race" said Scott VanWagenen, President of Manitou Pontoon Boats.