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.
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.