2024 SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH

The Calais 23 LR DH is a family-friendly pontoon that looks sharp.

New for 2024, the premium-­positioned SunChaser Calais is a well-engineered and family-friendly pontoon. With a Yamaha F300, it cranked off a 45.2 mph top speed, planing in 3.6 seconds and reaching 30 mph in just 5.5 seconds. That’s super quick. At a best-cruise speed of 19.6 mph and 3,000 rpm, we recorded just 5.8 gph, calculating to 3.4 mpg. The Calais features ­SunChaser’s X-Treme PR25 performance package, which includes 25-inch-diameter triple ’toons with a 60-gallon tank in the center tube, extruded lifting strakes on all three tubes, a Performance Shield underskin to help smooth water and wind flow under the deck, a deck-mounted ski tow, SeaStar hydraulic steering, and Heavy Hat construction. This all helps to keep the Calais rigid, minimizing flex and vibration in rough water while enhancing acceleration and handling ability. 

SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH running
The Calais is loaded with standard features. Bill Doster

Aboard, the Calais is loaded with standard features. The premium coffee-­and-brown two-tone upholstery is a soft-touch vinyl with recessed lower lumbar that creates extra-easy stowage for phones and other small gear. Seat bases are Rotocast plastic, covered nicely with vinyl for a premium appearance. The layout is traditional fore and aft, with facing loungers in both sections separated by the captain’s console amidships. The helm is sleek and well-protected with a framed black-powder-coated safety-glass windshield that keeps wind and spray away from the pilot. The driver’s console is elevated off the deck 3 inches, providing better visibility. A Simrad GO7 multifunction screen dominates the dash, with all boat and engine ­functions and monitoring available with a touch on the screen prompts.

SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH bow seating
Bow seating is plush. Bill Doster
SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH helm
A Simrad GO7 multifunction screen dominates the dash. Bill Doster

The Audio Plus 225 premium sound-system package is standard and features four JL Audio speakers and a JL MM50 head unit. The optional lighting package features RGB mood lighting above­decks (in the floor and cup holders), and in the underdeck and underwater lights. Power Assist hydraulic steering is a worthy option that reduces the amount of muscle needed to steer the powerful ­Yamaha outboard. 

SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH aft seating
Aft seating is complemented by a table. Bill Doster
SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH aft platform
The Calais is well-engineered from stem to stern. Bill Doster

High Points

  • Simrad GO7 display shows engine performance, fuel and battery levels, and all boat controls via CZone switching.
  • Optional tower looks sharp and sturdy.
  • Power Assist hydraulic steering makes handling easy.
SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH performance data
SunChaser Calais 23 LR DH Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Yamaha F300 four-stroke 300 hp
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/15 3/4″ x 15″ Yamaha Saltwater Series II 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 50 gal. Crew Weight: 260 lb.

Pricing and Specs

MSRP:$139,880 (as tested)
Dry Weight:3,570 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:12/1,695 lb.
Fuel Capacity:60 gal.

SunChaser Pontoon Boats – New Paris, Indiana; sunchaserboats.com