Forget the old-school, cocktail-cruise mentality. AquaPatio’s 250 Express appeals to an entirely new crew. Its swooping tow tower and fiberglass seating modules eschew the boxy style typical of classic pontoons. The tower features supports that are almost invisibly integrated into the boat’s flowing lines. The seats offer a fiberglass-boat-like styling that almost completely eliminates the fenced-in, gridlike appearance. Aft, those trendy fiberglass lines even hide twin, rear-facing rumble seats. The pair can flip open to offer a close-up view of the action in the boat’s wake or provide a great spot in which to hang out while at the sandbar.
AquaPatio opts for larger-than-average, 27-inch-diameter pontoons on the Express, in a triple pontoon configuration that sports lifting strakes on both sides of the center pontoon, and inner strakes on the two outer pontoons. Along with standard SeaStar power-assist hydraulic steering, the combination allows effortless carving through the tightest of turns without much banking. The sheer size of the logs also makes this a ’toon that will handle the waves and rough conditions of larger bodies of water, an environment where pontoons previously feared to tread.
Matched with a Yamaha F300 outboard, the 250 Express took off like a shot and peaked at 42.8 mph.