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2019 South Bay S224SB2 3.0

South Bay's S224SB2 3.0 offers construction and features rarely found on value-minded pontoons.

January 1, 2019
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South Bay’s S224SB2 3.0 offers construction and features rarely found on value-minded pontoons. Examples include everything from the builder’s unique ³/₄-inch honeycomb decking, which is 50 percent lighter than marine plywood, to full-length extruded risers to 16-inches-on-center crossmembers. There’s even a 10-foot Bimini with a dome light.

2019 South Bay S224SB2 3.0
LOA: 24’5″ | Beam: 8’6″ | Draft (max): 1’6″ | Dry Weight: 2,215 lb. | Seat/Weight Capacity: 14/1,935 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 37 gal. Bill Doster

Passenger-friendly seating, however, remains a pontoon’s bread and butter. The S224SB2 3.0 provides a Transformer-like lounge/sun-pad combo aft. Its forward half consists of an L-lounge with nearly eight feet of seat space. Adding the pedestal table lets captain and crew gather for food and drinks. Behind, a 5-foot-2-inch-by-3-foot-9-inch sun pad awaits those who want to chill or mix things up. Pivot the backrest forward and reclining depth increases nearly 20 inches. A separate backrest with five positions of recline can also be lifted from within the pad to create two back-to-back lounges and prevent occupants from bumping heads.

2019 South Bay S224SB2 3.0
South Bay’s Deluxe Package adds a Kicker KMC10 stereo to the dash. Bill Doster

Naturally more space awaits forward. Twin lounges span 4 feet and 4 feet 8 inches along port and starboard perimeters respectively. Convenient stowage is found beneath nearly all seating in the roto-molded, vinyl-covered bases. Inside, protective covers wrap four standard speakers spread around the living area, a feature often missing even at higher price points.

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2019 South Bay S224SB2 3.0
Twin lounges span 4 feet and 4 feet 8 inches along port and starboard perimeters respectively. Bill Doster

South Bay introduced a slim-profile, roto-cast helm for 2019. It offers stylish upscale lines with matte woodgrain accent panels, and that accent theme carries over to the steering wheel. South Bay’s Deluxe Package adds a Kicker KMC10 stereo to that dash, as well as lighted speakers and several performance-minded additions below deck, including 25-inch diameter pontoons. The 3.0 Performance Package also affords the S224SB2 3.0 a full-length center tube, four large 4-inch extruded strakes, full aluminum under-deck skinning, SeaStar hydraulic steering and a 37-gallon fuel tank.

On the water, the end results with our test boat’s Mercury 150 outboard included a quick time to plane of just 2.8 seconds, time to 30 mph of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 34.9 mph.

2019 South Bay S224SB2 3.0
The S224SB2 3.0 provides a Transformer-like lounge/sun-pad combo aft. Bill Doster

High Points

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  • Blackout Package adds anodized Bimini frame, boarding gates and fence-rail floor shims.
  • Stainless-steel ski tow bar.
  • Open aft deck includes chrome stainless-steel rail, four-step aluminum boarding ladder.

Price: $57,945

How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 150
Prop: Mercury Enertia 15.6″ x 13″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.92:1
Fuel Load: 28 gal.
Crew Weight: 330 lb.

South Bay Marine – Middlebury, Indiana; 574-825-8696; southbaypontoon.com

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