After a seven-year wait, Manitou finally received a patent for its V-Toon technology in 2012. The concept allows a pontoon to perform much like a fiberglass V-hull by sandwiching twin 23-inch-diameter pontoons around a center 27-inch pontoon, dropping more than five inches lower in the water. Add in lifting strakes on both sides of all three logs, and you’ve got a pontoon that essentially has a deadrise angle. As such, it banks into a turn much like its fiberglass counterparts, and displays surprisingly aggressive handling. Fitted with an Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC, the Legacy 23 planed almost instantly and peaked at more than 50 mph.
The Legacy offers a more traditional pontoon layout. Forward, horseshoe lounges feature flip-up armrests. An L-shaped bench with a rear-facing portside backrest begins adjacent to the helm to enhance conversation. Aft, a nearly 6-foot-wide sun pad offers room for sun lovers. It lifts on a gas strut to reveal the “toy box,” an expansive compartment that will swallow up skis, wakeboards and the like.
Captains will appreciate the elevated helm, raised 3 inches off the deck to provide a less-obstructed view forward. SeaDeck matting covers the base. The same traction material is used on the extended, molded-fiberglass aft deck.