2016 Boat Buyers Guide: SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH | Boating Magazine

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

SunChaser's Eclipse 8523 LR DH is a great value for families seeking a high-performance pontoon boat.

LOA: 23'10"
Beam: 8'6"
Dry Weight: 2,100 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 12/1,650 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.

More Information: sunchaserboats.com

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

SunChaser Eclipse 8523 LR DH

Bill Doster

The new 24-foot Eclipse 8523 LR DH represents a great value for families seeking a high-performance pontoon boat that offers top-of-the-line features and excellent handling. With SunChaser’s X-treme PR25 performance package, which includes three 25-inch-diameter tubes, the performance of this pontoon is impressive. Powered by Yamaha’s 250 V MAX SHO, we noted a top speed approaching 50 mph at wide-open throttle. The boat’s swift acceleration and V-hull-like handling left us smiling. Forward and aft visibility was excellent from the raised fiberglass helm platform. The standard full-size ski pylon should see plenty of use among active water-sports enthusiasts. Other features include an easy-to-raise pop-up changing room with plenty of space to maneuver and a premium, four-step rear-entry boarding ladder that makes access easy to and from the water.

Other standard features found in the well-appointed cockpit of the comfortable new Eclipse 8523 include deeply padded wrap-around lounge seating fore and aft of the helm with roto-molded bases that offer abundant storage space. The boat’s 23-foot-long deck is accessible by three 30-inch-wide entries with a full-paneled gate. The elevated, one-piece fiberglass helm console boasts a nice touch with a Torcello wheel matched with hydraulic steering and a high-back captain’s chair with arm- and headrests. The helm features a dashboard with lighted gauges and a premium Infinity stereo system with Bluetooth capability and four high-quality marine-grade speakers. Overhead on the new Eclipse 8523, you’ll find a full-width, 10-foot-long folding Bimini top that, when deployed, provides shade from the midday sun. Underfoot, sculpted, 22-ounce marine-grade carpeting adds to the comfort of this SunChaser pontoon model. All told, there’s a lot to like here. If your family enjoys performance and water sports, check out the Eclipse 8523 LR DH.

High Points
*X-treme performance package for enhanced speed
*Infinity four-speaker ­stereo with Bluetooth capability
*Full-size ski pylon and rear-boarding ladder
*Three extra-wide cockpit entry gates
*Extra-long Bimini top for sun protection

How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha 250 hp V MAX SHO
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Yamaha Saltwater Series II 17" x 15½" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 15 gal.
Crew Weight: 420 lb.

Price
$43,999 (as tested)

Contact
SunChaser Boats New Paris, Indiana; 866-719-7873; sunchaserboats.com

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