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The Stability of a Pontoon
The Performance of a V-Hull
Engineered to Move Like No Other.
Did we set out to reinvent the pontoon? Not necessarily. But, by developing the patented V-Toon® Technology, we did manage to cut a significant wake through the boating industry. While some pontoon manufacturers claim to have performance boats that handle like a V-bottom sport boat Manitou is the only company with patented V-toon technology. We offer a far superior hull design providing greater acceleration, higher top end speeds, and increased stability.
A New Generation of Pontoons That Defines the Next Level of Performance.
Our patented V-Toon® Technology is more than just a third tube bolted to the deck. The innovation was engineered to optimize performance beginning with the size and position of the center tube. It's this precise positioning, in combination with strategically engineered and placed positive angle lifting strakes, that results in the "feel" and performance of a standard v-hull. Our patent assures that no other pontoon boat can give you the same results day in and day out, under all water conditions, and at any speed.
Our Patented Center Tube Design
V-Toon® Technology was engineered to optimize performance beginning with the size and position of its center tube. The 27" tube, positioned 1.25" lower than the 23" diameter outside tubes, results in a 5.25" differential between the bottom of the center tube and the bottom of the outside tubes. It is this precise positioning, in combination with strategically engineered and placed positive angle lifting strakes, that results in the exact degree of deadrise and water displacement needed to simulate the standard v-hull. Extensive research confirmed that an inch higher or an inch lower will detrimentally affect ride quality, stability, acceleration, speed and handling.
Lifting Strake Design
Much of the critical engineering in a performance three tube hull is in the balance of precise hull geometry and strategically designed and placed lifting strakes. Like reverse angle chines on a monohull, negative angle lifting strakes can increase lift but have negative impacts on ride quality by increasing slamming loads. Conversely, positive angle lifting strakes provide the needed planing surface, deliver a smooth ride and enhance the nimble reflexes of a V-Toon. Inferring that strakes are detrimental to performance when placed on the outside of the lateral tubes may be true on our competitors boats, which are less agile and less predictable at higher speeds, but not ours. When speed and agility are what you desire, only the V-Toon hull can deliver.
Maybe Your Next V-Hull Should Be a Pontoon?
How can we possibly compare the performance of a traditional v-hull boat with that of a pontoon? It's all in the details. The precise deadrise and strake combination on our V-Toon hulls allow them to heel, or bank into a turn to provide passengers with a more comfortable and safer ride. So, if a pontoon can deliver equal performance, comfort, and safety, along with more space and amenities than a traditional v-hull, the choice is obvious.
The angle of the hulls surface which deflects energy created by wakes and waves. Our engineers have discovered the optimal deadrise angle and have applied this technology to all our three tube boats.
Lifting strakes provide the needed planing surface to deliver a smooth ride and enhance responsiveness. When you need to get back to a downed skier or want to get to a fishing hole first, you need the speed and agility only found on a V-Toon hull.
As a boat accelerates, forces increase between the surface of the hull and the water. With the right amount of speed and angle of surface, a boat will plane, or lift to the top of the water.
Optimal deadrise and dynamic lift offer stability. No other pontoon boat manufacturer can deliver the soft ride, great acceleration, and unwavering stability at any speed like Manitou can.
Traditional Triple Tube vs V-Toon. One Increases Flotation, the Other Enhances Performance.
Adding a third tube to a pontoon will make the boat more stable and buoyant on the water. But it does very little, if anything at all, to improve handling or performance.
Their Flat Bottom.
Our competition uses a wider center tube on their boats, along with a variety of strakes. This has been successful at getting their boats to bank at slow speeds, but handle erratically at planing speeds. Without a v-shaped hull, pontoons have very little deadrise. To correct this, some of our competitors have added reverse chines or negative angled lifting strakes which may improve lift but also make for a jarring ride.
Without question, our boats handle more like a hard-chined, v-bottom monohull than any other pontoon in the industry. Our insistence on identifying the precise deadrise and strake combination has led us to engineer a hull which heels into a turn like a race car on a banked track. As speeds increase, the natural ability of a hull to heel becomes increasingly important, not only for comfort, but safety. And, at the end of the day, the safety of your family and friends is most important of all.
An Ounce of Performance is Worth an Ocean of Promises.
At Manitou, we didn't lower our expectations to meet traditional pontoon performance standards, instead we raised our performance standards to meet our own expectations and in the process raised the expectations of an entire industry. Better hole shots, quicker to plane, higher top end speeds, unrivaled handling and increased stability in rough waters are all hallmarks of the Manitou performance minded V-toon hull. No empty promises, just pure performance unanticipated from a pontoon boat.
The Sport Handling Package (SHP) is designed to deliver maximum performance on boats featuring 150 - 300 HP engines. Positive angle lifting strakes on all three tubes provide better stability at higher speeds and when cruising through turbulent water. We've sealed the performance transom on the SHP to provide quicker planning and added power assisted steering as a standard feature for unrivaled control and effortless maneuverability across the water.
- Wide Positive Angle Lifting Strakes on all 3 Tubes
- Teleflex SeaStar® Power Assist Steering
- Barracuda Nosecones
- Integrated Sealed Performance Transom
- 300 Maximum HP
The VP features many of the same V-toon hull characteristics of the SHP, such as optimal deadrise for peak maneuverability and positive angle strakes. The VP is simply designed for boats that operate at less aggressive speeds and lower horsepower. The VP provides the performance you expect from our V-Toon hull at a surprisingly competitive value.
- Positive Angle Lifting Strakes on Center Tube
- Teleflex SeaStar® Hydraulic Steering
- Standard Nosecones with Welded Side Keels
- Integrated Sealed Performance Transom
- 150 Maximum HP