Avalon 25 Paradise Elite I/O

This sterndrive pontoon has V-hull performance.

Heavy-duty is a theme on the 25 Paradise Elite. Beneath the deck, Avalon eschews skirted risers in favor of continuous risers that run the entire length of the 25-inch-diameter pontoons. Bow- and stern-entry gates are stainless steel rather than aluminum. Even seat bases break from the norm: Rather than the typical rotomolded plastic, they’re fashioned from aluminum framing. The method increases space, avoids water collection and, combined with exterior venting in the fence panels, helps ward off mildew in the compartment.

The layout offers parallel lounges forward and an L-shaped one aft, nicely integrating with the helm seat. Cooler storage is located below the helm, and the space made available by the center pontoon allows for a generous, optional ski locker in the cockpit floor.

Avalon also breaks from the norm in terms of power and performance. Rather than an outboard, our test boat packed MerCruiser’s 300 hp 350 MAG MPI sterndrive equipped with standard Corsa through-hull exhaust. The combination powered the boat onto plane in 3.8 seconds and achieved a 38.2 mph average top speed. Most notable, however, was handling. With Avalon’s Waveglider High-Performance System, the boat carved exceptionally tight and aggressive turns.

Key Features
-A standard Garmin GPS is integrated into the dash of the fiberglass helm console.
-The WaveGlider High-Performance System features triple pontoons with extruded lifting strakes and below-deck aluminum skin.
-It comes equipped with a MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI sterndrive with Corsa through-hull exhaust.