Bloomington, IN — For the third consecutive year, Manitou Pontoon Boats finished first in all three outboard motor categories in Pontoon and Deck Boat Magazine’s McKainer Pontoon Barrel Race. This year the annual event took place in Bloomington, IN. The race showcases the speed and maneuverability of the top pontoon boats on the market. 12 brands of pontoon boats participated in this year’s PDB Days and Roundup.
The three outboard motor categories of the Barrel Race included: Pontoons with outboard power of up to 150hp, pontoons with outboard power from 175-200hp and pontoons with outboard power of 225hp and more. One notable entry was a Sylvan pontoon with twin 250 HP Yamaha engines. After everyone ran the course Manitou’s 23 Encore RF SHP with an Evinrude 250 HO gen 2 finished 5 seconds ahead of the next closest boat, the twin outboard Sylvan. Once again this demonstrates that simply adding more horsepower to a pontoon is no match for a superior hull design. Interestingly the 21 Oasis SHP with a 200 G2 HO would have also beaten the Sylvan by roughly 2 seconds.
“To witness these results year after year is a testament to the superior design and unrivaled efficiency of our V-Toon® Hull” remarked company President Steven VanWagenen.
FIBERGLASS THAT PERFORMS — MANITOU WRITES ANOTHER NEW CHAPTER IN THE PONTOON BOAT CATEGORY
They say patience is a virtue. So is tenacity, relentless research, and breakthrough thinking.
The new X-Plode XT and Legacy LT were years in the making. 30 years, in fact, as Manitou Boats, already lauded for remarkable innovation in its existing line of pontoon boats, celebrates an anniversary by introducing these two game-changers.
The difference? Fiberglass. In these new boats, everything from the deck up is crafted of it. And it’s been done without adding significant weight, ensuring that the performance boaters have come to expect from Manitou is not compromised.
“When we started 30 years ago, I never dreamed the pontoon boat would evolve to the point we’ve reached today,” remarked Scott VanWagenen, President of Manitou. “Now, with our new LT and XT offerings, we have pushed the envelope even further, totally blurring the line between pontoons and runabouts.”
Crafting pontoon boats designed to deliver the performance of boats with traditional hulls is what sets Manitou apart.
“We’ve always believed that our customers shouldn’t have to compromise,” VanWagenen explained. “These new boats are further proof of that.”
Like in a speedboat, the deck furniture in the X-Plode XT (sport model) and the Legacy LT (luxury model) is fully integrated into the fiberglass. The XT is available with a Titanium or Platinum fiberglass base and customers can choose from four different graphics and furniture packages. The LT is offered with fiberglass bases of Titanium, Light Taupe, or Light Tan, along with three different graphics and furniture floorplans. A custom clear coat is applied to every boat — both models are available in 23’ and 25’ lengths.
Along with high-end finishes, there is a focus on enhanced functionality. A Murphy Screen provides digital readouts and remote access control of the wake tower. The fiberglass side gate has a friction hinge, allowing it to stay open at any angle instead of automatically shutting like traditional gates. Every layout utilizes space efficiently.
“We can’t wait to see people out in these new boats,” VanWagenen added. “That’s what we love doing — helping people enjoy a great day on the water.”
LANSING – Triton Industries will relocate its manufacturing facility from Delta Township to Lansing.
The maker of Manitou Pontoon Boats will move later this month into a 141,700 square-foot facility at 16020 Lowell Road, a space nearly triple the size of its existing facility, according to a press release from CBRE Martin, which handled the sale.
“There’s been a big uptick in certain segments of the marine market like jet skis and pontoons,” said Scott Van Wagenen, company president. “A lot more people are spending money on boats now.”
Van Wagenen said revenues are up 60 percent from 2007, which was the company’s best year before the recession hit.
In the next two years, Manitou expects to add 40 jobs because of growing demand, he said.
Triton purchased the facility, which sits on 10 acres of land, from Wolverton Industries in June. Manitou will shut down operations at its current plant at 7800 Northport Drive in Delta Township this month while it moves to the new facility.
Operations will resume on Sept. 8.
Triton has been headquartered in the Lansing area since 1985. It moved to the Delta Township location in 1995. That facility is now for sale.
Video courtesy of www.crappienation.net.
As soon as the cold weather starts to lift and the snow begins to melt, it is the perfect time to take your pontoon back out on the water where it is meant to be. However, it is important to first make sure that you have done everything you need to de-winterize your pontoon in order to ensure that it is in prime shape once spring rolls around. When preparing your pontoon to get back into the water after winter, be sure to give it a thorough inspection.
In addition to checking the oil and flushing the cooling system, check all aspects of the motor and fuel line for any cracks or other damage. This way you will be able to get any necessary repairs completed beforehand to avoid causing further harm to the engine and boat. Spark plugs, shifters, and safety mechanisms should also be closely inspected for wear and tear.
Being thorough with your pontoon will allow you to get ready for spring so that you do not miss a single day out on the water when the time comes. Make your checklist now to start preparing.
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Now that the winter is rapidly approaching, it is time to take the necessary steps to winterize your pontoon and ensure that your boat is in top shape when you get ready to take it back out on the water. Although it sounds like a no-brainer, the first thing you’ll need to do is secure a location for your boat out of the water.
If you decide to keep your boat in the water, keep in mind that you may notice decreased performance due to the colder water. Be sure to check your battery and fluids to ensure that they are clean before putting the boat away for the winter. Other steps to take when winterizing your pontoon include:
- Replace the oil and oil filters before storing.
- Drain all coolant and water, and replace with antifreeze.
- Remove all valuables so they are not damaged or stolen.
- Clean your pontoon inside and out.
The most vital step in protecting your pontoon this winter is to choose the right cover. Whether you store it inside or outside, having the perfect cover is essential. Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to keep your pontoon secure and protected throughout the winter.
Heading out for a day on the lake is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. As you float on the water, you can sit back and relax after a hard week at work, or you can focus on getting active and having some water fun. Unfortunately, that relaxing and fun day on the water can quickly turn into a nightmare when disaster strikes. If you’re planning to head out on your boat, be sure to follow these boating safety tips to help prevent accidents on the water.
In order to help prevent an accident from occurring during your outing, you need to be a smart boater. If you’re unfamiliar with the area and the rules, make it a point to discover what you need to know in order to have a fun and safe time. You’ll also want to make sure your boat is ready for an outing. A great way to do this is to perform regular safety and maintenance checks so you can spot any problems before they start. Safe boaters also make sure they have the equipment needed for an outing. This includes food, supplies, and safety devices that might be needed for the trip.
Once you’re on your boat, remember to stay alert and focused, just like you would on the road. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can increase your chances of getting into an accident, and, if you’re caught, you can face the same charges as you would if operating a vehicle. Encourage your passengers to follow safety procedures, especially young children. By preparing your boat and following these tips, you’re ready to have a fun and safe boating experience!
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Branson, MO — Manitou Pontoon Boats, for the second year in a row, finished first in all three outboard motor categories in Pontoon and Deck Boat Magazine’s McKainer Pontoon Barrel Race. The annual event took place in Branson, MO this year. The race 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. After last year’s sweep it appears that Manitou scared away much of the competition, especially in the lesser HP events. Though there was little competition in the smaller horsepower classes, that was not the case in the 225+ class with Playcraft. Premier, Hampton and Crest participating. Manitou competed in all categories entering a 21 Aurora Angler SHP with a 150 Evinrude E-Tec HO, 21 Oasis SHP with a 200 Evinrude E-Tec G2 and 23 X-Plode SRS SHP with a 250 Evinrude E-Tec G2 HO.
The closest competition in the unlimited class was a 22 Playcraft Daytona with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS mounted on a jackplate. As a solid testament to the superior maneuverability and greater efficiency of the Manitou V-Toon® hull, Manitou won with a longer and heavier package, propelled with the same horsepower. Manitou’s 23 X-plode SRS SHP powered by an Evinrude 250 HO G2 outran them all.
Fun in the Sun
Summer is here and that means months of fun. Since the summer heat doesn’t last for long, it’s important to make the most of your summer. The best place to do this is on the lake. If you live on or near a body of water, here are a few things you can do to have a summer full of fun.
One of the funnest activities to do on the lake is go water tubing. People of all ages can enjoy this activity since it does not require much skill or ability. This is a great activity to do with larger groups since more than one person can get on the water tube.
Boating is another lake activity that can make your summer complete. Pontoon boats especially are great for relaxing days on the lake. You can usually fit a lot of friends and family comfortably. Also, if you get warm while on your boat, you can take a quick dip in the lake since pontoon boats are easy to get in and out of. And if you own a pontoon boat, there are tons of accessories you can add to make your boat customized to your liking.