Manitou Receives 15th Consecutive CSI Award

Lansing, Michigan – Manitou Pontoon Boats is thrilled to announce that they are once again a recipient of a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for exceptional customer service. The 2016 Marine Industry CSI Award in the Pontoon Boats category marks the 15th consecutive CSI awarded to Manitou Boats. This makes it every year since the awards inception.

The NMMA, the nation’s leading boating trade association, represents a wide range of businesses in the marine industry. They recognize manufacturers that actively monitor and measure customer satisfaction levels and then take actions to further improve customer satisfaction. The CSI Awards only recognize boating manufacturers that maintain an independently measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction.

“Qualifying for the 15th consecutive year for this award is an honor. This is our 30th year of business; we would not be able to say that without happy customers. I believe our cutting edge products, lifelong employee base, loyal service oriented dealers and happy customers are what make receiving this award possible,” said Scott VanWagenen, President of Manitou Boats.

Manitou understands that connecting with its customers to identify their personal needs for their pontoon boats is essential to providing them with the best customer service experience possible. We use this information to more accurately grade a customer’s opinion of their new pontoon boat, and to improve customer satisfaction moving forward.

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SES Floorplan Studio Photoshoot: A Sneak Peek

Today we shot our new SES floorplans at a studio in Auburn Hills, MI. The new floorplans were launched in late December, making it difficult to get outdoor pictures in Michigan. By using the studio, we avoided the weather and were able to shoot each floorplan by plugging components in and out of the boat as we shot them.

SES floorplan

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New 2013 Manitou Dealers

We’re excited to announce new dealers for the 2013 year. Below is the list of who we have signed so far, including our first ever dealers in Quebec and Manitoba.

The Nautic Group 625 Hwy. 146 Kemah TX 77565 U.S.A. 281-334-2628 www.nauticgroup.com
Country Corner Marine 1199 River Hwy. Moorseville NC 28117 U.S.A. 704-664-1134 www.countrycornermarine.com
Rockingham Marina 635 Rockingham Rd. Johnson City TN 37615 U.S.A. 423-408-3215 www.rockinghammarina.com
Koopers Cars and Marine 10538 E M-89 Richland MI 49083 U.S.A. 269-629-4979 www.kooperscarsmarine.com
Tailwalker Marine 2903 Highmarket St. Georgetown SC 29440 U.S.A. 843-527-2495 www.tailwalkermarine.com
Breezy Boat City 2816 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze FL 32563 U.S.A. 850-934-6010 www.breezyboatcity.com
Kentuckiana Yacht Sales 5888 Hwy. 641 N. Gilbertsville KY 42044 U.S.A. 270-703-1461 www.kentuckianayacht.com/
Enns Brothers 925 Lagimodiere Blvd. Winnipeg MB R2J 3K4 CANADA 204-475-3667 www.ennsbros.com
Elitech Sport Evasion 1200 De La Gabelle St. Etienne Des Gres QU GOX 2PO CANADA 819-691-1773 www.elitechsportevasion.com

 

 

Friends of Manitou: Gavin Smith Photography

As far back as Gavin Smith can remember, he used to sneak in his dad’s closet to borrow his professional camera. Putting his own film inside, he’d shoot a series of pictures and then carefully replace his dad’s roll of film. Eventually, he learned to use the camera better than his dad.

In high school, Gavin took art and photography classes. In college, he focused on video production and worked in that area for 12 to 15 years while still doing photography on the side.

Then, when digital cameras were introduced, he purchased all new equipment and started shooting more part-time weekend jobs, and people loved his photos.

“Within a year of digital being  around I stopped doing video and started doing photography full time,” he said.

Ultimately, he calls it a hobby gone awry.

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2013 Boat Show Debuts

Believe it or not, 2013 is almost here and with the new year comes a new season of boat shows. Starting January 4, we’ll be attending shows all over America – in fact, we’ve got 49 events lined up. All our stops, hours, and show information can be found on our events page.

What’s New

25 SES Entertainer
Our newest wave of SES pontoon designs is a little different than those of our traditional boats. The most recent floorplan offers a bar group, refrigerator, built in grill, and corean counter tops, which altogether resemble a bar or kitchen.

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What’s Happening This Month: A New Brochure from Manitou

That’s right, folks. Keep your eyes open for a new Manitou Pontoon Boats brochure that will be emerging very soon.

So, what’s so great about it?

“This year we concentrated on providing the customers with all the information they need on the boats while at the same time maintaining an artistically creative, visually appealing brochure that makes you want to head out on the water in a Manitou during a warm summer day,”  Greg VanWagenen, Manitou’s director of marketing and communications, said.

“High quality pictures, premium paper stock and expertly executed printing processes portray our boats as the high end premium brand that Manitou has become known for.”

In addition, he said they decided to go green with this brochure – it was printed with 100 percent wind power.

Here’s a preview of some of the great photos:

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A Little Something For Our Pontoon Loving Friends With Blogs/Websites Of Their Own

Love that pontoon of yours?

We know many of you out there maintain a blog or website of your own and often times you like to share stories about your fishing or water sports adventures on your Manitou Pontoon. So if you fall into this category, we figured we’d give you a couple of cool badges you can share on your blog or website, or even on Facebook or Pinterest if you’re so inclined. Like what you see? Just copy and paste the code into your html editor to add it to your own site!

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Manitou X-PLODE – Cobalt 276 comparison

What makes for the best performance boat? Is it speed? Handling? How about luxury? Or is it the obvious combination of all of these features? Every boat model offers its own unique features, which can make choosing the right boat a difficult task, especially when considering different types of boats.

The bowrider and pontoon are two entirely different boats, but they are increasingly similar in their performance. This comparison looks at Manitou’s X-PLODE model pontoon—one of the fastest, most comfortable pontoons on the market—and the Cobalt 276—the Bentley of sportboats.

 

MANITOU X-PLODE

Photo courtesy of Manitou Pontoon Boats

The Manitou X-PLODE sits at the cross-section of speed, luxury and ultimate comfort. Its innovative design is unlike any other pontoon, with sportboat handling specifications, an impressive platform for watersports enthusiasts, a variety of floor plan options, plenty of features for entertaining and more.

Sport handling package

Let’s look at the X-PLODE’s sport handling package. The X-PLODE is a performance boat unlike any other, because it offers a pontoon feel and V-hull characteristics. Manitou’s trademarked triple tube design is what allows for maximum handling and comfort. The design consists of a lowered center tube with a larger diameter and lifting strakes on each side of the three tubes, that when put into a turn, perform much like a fiberglass V-hull. Your guests will experience more comfort and relaxation as they are not pushed to either side of the boat with each turn.

Standard features

Manitou’s X-PLODE offers standard features that most sport boats don’t include standard or even offer as optional features. Manitou includes features of the likes of portable cup holders, a mooring cover, a stern toy box, privacy curtain kit and a color-matched steering wheel. Here is a complete list of standard features:

  • 12 volt outlet and iPod/Mp3 holder and input jack
  • AM and FM Sony CD player w/ set of 6 speakers
  • Anodized rub rail w/ stainless steel dock guard
  • Anodized walls
  • Bimini anchor light
  • Carpet – shaw (taupe)
  • Cooler – 24 can, hard side
  • Corner castings – stainless steel
  • Crossmembers – extruded aluminum
  • Cupholders – portable
  • Cupholders – stainless steel
  • Deck – limited lifetime warranty
  • Depth gauge
  • Dinette table
  • Docking lights – LED
  • Fasteners – stainless steel
  • Fuel gauge
  • Furniture – Comfort Touch marine vinyl
  • Furniture – extended starboard chaise
  • Gas tank – built-in, 51 gallon
  • Helm chair – reclines mid-back w/ self-leveling arms
  • Helm chair – automotive-style slider
  • Helm – fiberglass w/ Soft Touch automotive-style top
  • Horn
  • Hourmeter
  • Ladder – stainless steel, stern entry
  • Lift gates
  • Light – courtesy
  • Master on/off battery switch
  • Mooring cleats – 4 regular, stainless steel
  • Mooring cover
  • Mooring eyes
  • Motor mount – aluminum w/ splash shields
  • Navigation lights – LED
    NMMA certified using ABYC standards
  • Nose cones – anti-spray integrated splash fins
  • Pontoon tube riser – full-length
  • Privacy station curtain kit
  • Seat hinges – hands-free loading
  • Ski tow bar
  • Speedometer
  • Steering wheel – color-matched
  • Swim platforms – built-in
  • Tachometer
  • Trim gauge – w/ pre-rig
  • Voltmeter
  • Waste basket
  • Windscreen

Optional features

Still swooning over the X-PLODE’s awesome dose of standard features? That’s nothing. The available options for this model exceed all expectations. Manitou offers optional features like a portable table capable of rolling within the boat; a galley with sink for entertaining and storing tableware and party favors; and a portable barbeque grill. Other options include a bow filler bench, stainless steel bimini frame and a power bimini for those who aren’t a fan of elbow grease. Here is a complete list of optional features:

  • BBQ grill
  • Battery charging system
  • Acrylic tubes
  • Bimini top – power arm
  • Bow gate filler seat bench
  • Center in-tube storage
  • Cooler – 24 can, hard side
  • Cupholders – portable
  • Dock bumper
  • Double bimini top – stainless steel
  • Dual battery smart switch
  • Enclosure – full
  • Enclosure – stern
  • Galley w/ sink
  • Helm chair – reclining high back w/ self-leveling arms and bolster
  • Hydraulic pedestal for helm chair
  • Ladder – versa-trac, 4 step
  • Lighting – blue LED for cupholders
  • Lighting – blue LED for exterior
  • Lighting – track, blue LED for interior
  • Porta potti
  • Portable table
  • Rear fiberglass decking w/ custom floor mats
  • Ski mirror
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • Ski tow storage rack
  • Vinyl floor – full deck

Deck plans

Manitou also offers a variety of floor plans for their X-PLODE model. The standard deck plan offers classic L-shaped lounge seating along the portside, making adventures at the end of the towline easy and exciting to watch. This design provides three entry gates—at the bow, stern and portside. The standard design is wheelchair accessible through the portside gate and boats plenty of room for comfort. Other features of the standard deck plan include two lounges at the bow, an optional dining table, sunpad at the stern and vast wet storage.

The PT floor plan allows for more intimate gatherings in the bow, with two comfortable bucket seats to port. It also maintains the starboard lounge and L-shaped seating, as well as a sunpad with storage.

Color packages

The 2012 X-PLODE comes with a variety of color and graphic options to allow boat designs to match everyone’s style and taste. Each model is available in a unique design and with neutral or colored walls, matching graphics and color-coordinated interior vinyl.

The standard colors are red, black, burgundy and blue. Learn more about the color packages here.

Pricing

The Manitou X-PLODE starts at $68,988 with standard features, but its final price depends on the preferred packages and features of the buyer.

Media

Check out this video of the X-PLODE in action.

COLBALT 276

Photo courtesy of boattest.com

The Cobalt 276 offers an advantage in sportboat design and performance with a distinct bow layout and desired specifications. This model comes with a host of standard features and optional items for a luxurious bowrider experience. Its lightweight material construction allows for improved efficiency without sacrificing strength.

Standard features

The 276 has a range of standard features not often seen on boats in class. It has a fiberglass liner, swim platform fully integrated into the hull, molded-in graphics and an electric riser for the motor box. More standard features include:

  • AM/FM CD w/ 6 speakers and amplifier
  • Aluminum windshield w/ stainless steel cap
  • Bow scuff plate – stainless steel
  • Carpet in the cockpit
  • Depth and water/air temp gauge pkg.
  • Engine vents – stainless steel
  • Gel coat liner in engine room
  • Head – portable
  • Mini wet bar – in cockpit
  • Outlet – 12-volt Acc
  • Porta-potti
  • Removable ski pylon
  • Swim ladder – starboard boarding
  • Swim platform
  • Wood/dash trim pkg.

Optional features

Cobalt’s 276 excludes a lot of typical standard features and instead offers them as optional features. This is because not everyone would utilize these items for a boat of this size and price range. The 276’s optional features include:

  • Bimini top
  • Cockpit cover
  • Dinette table for cockpit
  • GPS/Chart
  • Head – fixed
  • Porcelain toilet
  • Teak table – port side
  • Transom shower
  • Trim tabs
  • Windlass

Layout

This model is a big bowrider, with a standard, trailerable beam, high freeboard, massive helm seat, advanced cockpit utility and standing-access to the anchor.

Cockpit

The Cobalt’s cockpit contains wraparound seating, a wide companion seat to port that doubles as a lounger and a seatback that bends forward as the stern sunpad’s backrest. The cockpit also includes double-stitched upholstery, snap-in carpet and mini wet bar.

Helm

The helm seat of this model is huge, comfortable and well-built, able to slide fore and aft. It also has a high back and padded flip-up bolster. Its only disadvantage is its inability to be raised and lowered.

Head

Forward of the companion seat, the head includes a wide door to the compartment and comfortable sitting clearance. There is also a small sink to port, as well as a porta-potti.

Bow

The Cobalt’s bow contains an inclined backrest and U-shaped seating without the forward most part, as to create a bow with more utility. This allows passengers to sit facing forward and for easy access to the anchor while standing.

Warranty

Cobalt offers an exceptional warranty for the 276. There is a 10-year limited warranty on the hull and deck, five-year warranty on the engine, five years on the accessories and three years on the gel coat.

Pricing

The base price of the Cobalt 276, powered by a single MerCruiser 8.2L gas engine and Bravo III dual-prop drive is $120,606.

Media

Take a look at the Cobalt 276 on the water.