Fast Pontoon Boats: Manitou Performance Tests
The latest Evinrude performance reports are out, and we’re excited to share the capabilities of our Manitou pontoon boats. The performance reports test all kinds of watercraft in various conditions and determine the best fuel efficiency, acceleration, and top speed.
In our entire line, Manitou pontoon boats have maximum horsepower ranging from 60 HP (18 Aurora LE Twin Tube) to 800 HP (27 Legacy LT SHP 575 Dual Engine). Our boats average about 165 HP, providing optimum cruising speeds of 25-40 MPH based on the specific length and horsepower combination.
How Fast Will My Pontoon Boat Go?
If you have one of the five models we’re discussing here, we can tell you exactly how fast your pontoon boat will go in conditions similar to those from the test run. In general, there are several factors that affect the maximum velocity of high-speed pontoon boats.
Generally, the more horsepower you have, the faster you can go; however, the size of the boat and its load also affects speed. Larger, heavier boats are slower than smaller boats, although you can make up for the difference by adding more powerful engines.
For more details on what impacts the speed of your boat, take a look at How Fast is a Pontoon Boat?
Sports Handling Package for a Faster, Smoother Ride
Our Sport Handling Package (SHP) is designed to give you maximum maneuverability of your pontoon boat, even at high speeds and in rough waters. With a maximum horsepower of 175-800 HP, positive-angle lifting strakes, and a Barracuda nosecone design, SHP pontoons, in general, can go faster and move smoother than other pontoon boats.
The Latest Evinrude Performance Reports
2018 Manitou 27 X-Plode RFXW
With twin Evinrude G2 300 HP engines
This 600 HP pontoon boat from our line of luxury pontoons was tested last fall in medium-chop water conditions and a wind speed of 10 MPH, registering a top speed of 65 MPH, accelerating at 3.5 seconds to plane. Its best fuel efficiency came in at 2.28 miles per gallon, which means, at 90% fuel capacity, the Manitou 27 X-Plode can travel 185 miles at 29 MPH.
2018 Manitou 25 X-Plode RFXW SHP Dual
With twin Evinrude G2 300 HP engines
Also tested in 10 MPH winds and medium-chop conditions, this 600 HP pontoon boat reached a top speed of 65 MPH, requiring 3.6 seconds to plane. The 25 X-Plode RFXW SHP Dual is another in our line of luxury pontoons and recorded its best fuel efficiency of 2.38 miles per gallon, meaning it can cruise at 31.5 MPH for 193 miles at 90% fuel capacity.
2018 Manitou 23 Encore SHP
With twin Evinrude 150 H.O. engines
A 300 HP pontoon boat, the Manitou 23 Encore SHP was tested in medium chop and in 10 MPH winds. One of the most desirable mid-class luxury pontoons available, the Encore showed the ability to cruise for 230 miles at 30.5 MPH at 90% fuel capacity, and its best fuel efficiency came in at 2.84 miles per gallon. Accelerating at 3.5 seconds to plane, the Encore reached a top speed of 52 miles per hour.
2018 Manitou 25 Legacy RFXW
With twin Evinrude E-TEC 200 H.O. engines
One of the quickest accelerations among Manitou models in the performance reports, the Manitou Legacy 25 RFXW, from our line of luxury pontoons, needed 3.3 seconds to plane. Its top speed was 57 miles per hour, and it recorded an optimal fuel efficiency of 2.57 miles per gallon. At 90% fuel capacity, the 25 Legacy can cruise at 30.5 miles per hour for 208 miles.
2019 Manitou 25 Legacy LT SHP Dual
With twin Evinrude E-TEC 300 HP engines
This 2019 luxury fiberglass pontoon model, tested in August in 10 MPH winds and medium chop, reached a top speed of 63.2 miles per hour and cruised at a fuel efficiency of 2.37 miles per gallon (capable of 192 miles at 30.8 MPH with 90% fuel capacity). The 25 Legacy LT accelerated in 3.8 seconds to plane.