Lifejackets, food and a deflated tube were stowed under the seats and sun pad to keep the deck clear and pleasant. The air was warm to the skin while the sun was still high. Two of our guinea-pig couples snuggled on the forward lounges while our Mom double-checked her son's lifejacket. The ship's dog, Eddie, scrambled fore and aft and popped his head through the gates to get a snoot full of interesting scents as we moved through the still air.
The captain got to know the feel of the craft while operating it in manual mode, but soon the team's youngest members were straining at the leash for a more exciting ride. In minutes a handy 12-volt pump had our Sportsstuff Island of Pleasure tube ready for riding.
After a bouncy but dry ride on the tube, hunger took over. Snacks that materialized from the cooler and beneath the forward lounges were served up generously on the built-in cocktail table. Soft drinks, pulled from the cooler stowed in the lounge storage compartment, nested securely in cup holders on the table or in the lounge seat arms and helm.
At cruising speeds the buoyant triple-tube, double-tunnel pontoon boat held its deck steady for easy walking about. That stability was also welcome at rest, when everyone seemed to want a different vantage point on the water or a bottle of water from the cooler.
But most impressive was the captain's easy ability to convince his autopilot to steer the route of his choosing without missing a bite or a sip while everyone enjoyed the setting sun reflected in the rippling water.