Did we set out to reinvent the pontoon? Not necessarily. But thanks to our passion for development, 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 to provide greater acceleration, higher top end speeds, and increased stability.
More than just a third tube bolted to the deck, this Manitou innovation was engineered to optimize performance, beginning with the size and precise positioning of the center tube. Here’s the proof:
The 27″ tube, positioned 1.25″ lower than the outside tubes, results in a 5.25″ differential between the bottom of the center tube and the bottom of the outside tubes. It’s this precise positioning, along with strategically 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 has confirmed that an inch higher or an inch lower will detrimentally affect ride quality, stability, acceleration, speed, and handling.
In other words, it’s all about balance. Like reverse angle chines on a monohull, negative angle lifting strakes can increase lift, but have negative impacts on ride quality due to increased slamming loads. By contrast, our strakes facilitate a smooth ride and enhance the nimble reflexes of a V-Toon. Are strakes detrimental to performance when placed on the outside of the lateral tubes? That 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.
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 optimal angle of the hull’s surface deflects energy created by wakes and waves. This also ensures dynamic lift. 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. Manitou gets everything just right.
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.
The competition’s TriToon boat uses a wider center tube on their boats, along with a variety of strakes. They have been successful at getting their boats to bank at slow speeds, but they handle erratically at planing speeds. Without a v-shaped hull, pontoons have very little rise. To correct this, some manufacturers have added reverse chines or negative angled lifting strakes. That may improve lift but it makes for a jarring ride.
Without question, our boats handle more like a v-bottom monohull than any other pontoon in the industry. We’ve engineered a hull that heels into a turn like a racecar on a banked track. As speeds increase, the natural ability of a hull to heel becomes increasingly important, not only for comfort, but safety. At the end of the day, the safety of your family and friends is most important of all.
At Manitou, we didn’t lower our expectations to meet traditional pontoon performance standards. Instead we raised capabilities to challenge an entire industry. Better hole shots, quicker planing, higher top end speeds, unrivaled handling, and increased stability in rough waters are hallmarks of the Manitou 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 175-400 (800 on dual engine models) HP engines. Cruise through even turbulent water with confidence thanks to features like these:
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. It offers: