The Ultimate Pontoon Boat Safety Checklist

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Taking your pontoon boat out on the water is one of the best ways to spend your time during the summer. There is nothing better than relaxing with friends and family while beating the heat on your pontoon. However, it is also important to ensure that everyone aboard remains safe so that you can avoid accidents and injuries. Last year alone there were over 4,000 recreational boating accidents, with a total of 610 deaths, including 97 injuries aboard pontoons. These happened due to a number of reasons, including alcohol, speeding, and negligence.

In order to avoid accidents and injuries, be sure to compile a safety checklist that includes all of the equipment you need in case of emergency. Ensure your pontoon has a fire extinguisher, ring buoy, and first aid kit so that you are prepared. In addition, perform routine maintenance on your pontoon so that the engine, navigation lights, and other systems run smoothly. Before you next take out your boat, consider compiling a safety kit that includes items such as a pocket knife, radio, battery charger, and more.

Manitou Pontoon Boats Signs 9 New Dealers for the 2016 Model Year

Manitou Pontoon Boats Signs 9 New Dealers for the 2016 Model Year

Lansing, MI November 10, 2015 — With the addition of 9 new dealers since August, Manitou Pontoon Boats is proud to have quality representation in several key new markets. The following dealers will now carry Manitou Pontoon Boats for the 2016 model year:

  • Echo Bay Marina, Brookfield, CT
  • Stuckey & Grimes Xtreme Marine, Hot Springs, AR and Sherwood, AR
  • Waterfront Marine, Somers Point, NJ
  • Marine Blue, Canandaigua, NY
  • Bi State Marine, Erie, MI
  • Indian Hills Marina, Bernice, OK
  • Bayside Marina, Moneta, VA
  • Trexlers Marina Union, MI
  • Liberty Marine Center, Grayslake IL

“As we grow and expand our product offering, filling in open territories is key to sustained success” said Sales Manager Russ Hafner. “The Manitou brand is strengthening every day, much of this is due to our patented V-Toon technology hull that provides customers the best pontoon handling on the water” This latest dealer expansion comes on the heels of Manitou’s relocation to their new manufacturing facility in Lansing, MI. “The new facility is 3 times the size of our previous plant and gives us plenty of room to increase production and meet the demands of our growing dealer network” Hafner said. “We have a lot of positive momentum and are actively recruiting dealers in many markets, especially the southeast and southwest of the country” If you’re interested in learning how Manitou can fit into your dealership, please contact the Regional Sales Manager for your area.

Jason Thusius – thusius@sbcglobal.net – IA, WI, Eastern MN, Northern IL, KS, NE
Bill Anderson – billa311@live.com – AZ, NV, CA, WA, ID, CO, NM, WY, UT, OR, MT
James Swant – jswant4309@aol.com – MO, Southern IL, KY, IN, WV, OH
Vern Nelson – vnelson1234@aol.com – Western Canada, Western MN, ND, SD
Brian Furst – bfurstboatmanitou@gmail.com – FL, GA, AL, MS, TN
John Carter – john@johncartersales.com – NC, SC, VA
Greg Matyniak – gmmarineservices@yahoo.com – MI
Sam Farstead – sfarstead@gmail.com – TX, LA, AR, OK
Steve Bosley – sbosley24@gmail.com – PA, NY, NJ, RI, NH, ME, MD, DE, MA, CT, VT, Ontario

Manitou Sweeps Race for Third Consecutive Year

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.

Manitou Cleans Up!

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Manitou Launches Revolutionary Fiberglass Pontoon Boat

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 its 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 weve 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.
 
Weve always believed that our customers shouldnt 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 cant wait to see people out in these new boats, VanWagenen added. Thats what we love doing — helping people enjoy a great day on the water.

Manitou is Moving

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.

Getting Your Pontoon Ready for Spring

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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Getting Your Pontoon Boat Ready for Spring
Getting Your Pontoon Boat Ready for Spring

Boats.com Reviews the 25 Legacy SRS SHP

 
The Manitou 25 Legacy SHP is a fine-tuned pontoon boat – a premium model that offers a well-balanced combination of luxury and performance. The Legacy SHP series is the top-of-the-line from Manitou, offered in 23-, 25- and 27-foot lengths, that comes standard with features like hammer-finish powder coat on the fence, built-in navigation and docking lights, a stainless steel rub rail, and premium pillow-type upholstery with armrests. On an evening cruise you’ll notice that each stainless steel cup holder is illuminated with a blue LED.
It’s a well-executed package, but a lot of pontoons offer similar luxury. It’s the Manitou Sport Handling Package (SHP) that really sets this boat apart, and gives this tri-tube boat a bit of a dual personality. SHP, which adds about $6,500 to the price of the base boat, has been in production for seven years and adds a set of enhancements to Manitou V-Toon technology, which incorporates a 27-inch center tube between 23-inch outboard tubes, with the center tube positioned 1.25-inches lower for 5.25-inch differential between the center and outboard tubes. The result is a shape that mimics that of the fiberglass v-hull and produces great stability, a softer ride, and better cornering performance because the boat can bank into turns – just like a v-hull. The SHP adds lifting strakes to both sides of the outboard tubes, replaces hydraulic steering with SeaStar Power Assist steering, features heavy-duty Barracuda nose cones, and adds extra extruded-aluminum cross members to the under-deck structure. The intent is to maximize the performance potential of outboards from 175 to 300 horsepower by providing additional lift and stiffness to the structure.
 
Of course, you can’t see much of this when you drive the Manitou 25 Legacy SHP, but you can really feel it. The boat planes quickly and gains lift as speed increases, so it heels over more in high-speed turns than in low-speed maneuvers. I ran this Manitou with a 3.6-liter V6 Honda BF250 (which we first told you about in Outboard News from Suzuki and Honda) on the transom, a combination that was very satisfying. The Honda is very strong on the bottom and delivers thrust like a turbine—with little drama and no bow rise it silently and forcefully launches the boat across the lake. The Manitou 25 is rated for 300 horsepower, but most buyers opt for a 250 and I think few will be disappointed at that rating. Top speed on a hot day was 45 to 47 mph, and at a very quiet 4000 rpm the Honda cruised at about 26 mph. The handling performance was not quite as dramatic as I was expecting, but it is family-friendly – the SHP is not going to hook a turn and toss grandma overboard. Steering is precise, with no skidding even at enthusiastic speeds.

The centerpiece of the dash display is the Manitou Smartscreen, which displays engine temp, depth, lake water temp, trim, volt, fuel level, RPM and GPS-supported speed. The screen is flanked by a large analog speedo and tach, with a row of switches on a panel to the captain’s right. The control for a standard Polk Audio four-speaker audio system is below and to the left of the Gussi wheel. There’s a nook for a phone and a USB input to the right of the wheel. Another seat is to port, with a pair of wrap-around settees forward. Our boat had the optional woven vinyl deck covering, and an optional ski locker in the center of the deck that extends into the center tube, with a false floor and a bilge pump below. I noted that there is no locking stowage on the boat. 
The aft SRS package seats, which reminded me of an ultra-first class airline seat, can be set up facing a small central table, or the table can be removed and the aft seat backrest pivoted forward to create a sort of chaise lounge. It’s an easy maneuver and very comfortable. There are stainless steel drawers in the seat bases that will hold the table and pedestal or other gear. I like how the side fencing arcs down to the deck, following the lines of the SRS seat bases. There’s a tow bar over the outboard, a long boarding ladder with wide steps, and aft-facing rear speakers and an aft-seat audio remote are options. The tow bar is stainless-steel, as are the sun top bows and hardware, durable details that also look classy.
As tested, the 2015-model Manitou 25 Legacy SHP has a suggested retail price of between $75,000 and $78,000, depending on engine choice and other options. This pontoon offers a real upscale look and feel, quality construction and smart engineering.

How to Winterize Your Pontoon

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.

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Boating Safety Tips

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!


Boating Safety Tips

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