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Five Great Tow Boats Under $25,000
Want to get your family out on the water? Here are five boats under $25,000 that can help you and your family start shredding.
Pontoon: Sweetwater 2286 TT
Pros: There’s lots of space for a crowd and creature comforts.
Cons: Handling is still not as sporty as it is in smaller, nimbler boats with V-hulls.
Sport it up: Add the ski tow bar for $445.
Bottom line: $24,618; sweetwaterboats.com
If you still think pontoons are mere floating living rooms, you haven’t yet experienced the triple-tube phenomenon, where builders offer an optional third tube to improve performance and handling. That’s the case with the Sweetwater 2286 TT. Add what Sweetwater calls the TOTAL package to get the third center tube and lifting strakes, in addition to a 27-gallon fuel tank that allows for longer tow sessions than the standard 21-gallon tank’s.
The center tube features a “launch pad,” a flat section on the aft two feet that gives the 2286 immediate lift as you accelerate. Sweetwater installs the lifting strakes forward on the 2286’s outer tubes so as not to create resistance in hard turns. The setup is specifically designed to help quickly get skiers and boarders out of the water, and to allow the boat to make the sharp cuts needed for whipping tubers.
Most pontoons plane instantly with no bow rise, and the 2286 is no exception. It also holds plane at 13 mph, allowing the driver to keep it slow. We tested the boat with a 115 hp Evinrude E-TEC, which gave the boat a top speed of 30.4 mph, but dropping down to a 60 hp drops the price under $25,000.
Displacement: 2,585 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 27 gal.
Max Horsepower: 150
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