G3 Sun Catcher LX3 22 XS

The LX3 22 XS maintains a smooth, solid ride thanks to the firm connection between tubes and deck.

December 20, 2010

This pontoon is packed with plenty of luxury and comfort, and has the performance and smooth ride to take you anywhere in a stylish and timely fashion.

Pontoons are great for leisure cruises, but when there is a need for speed, the new Sun Catcher LX3 22 XS delivers that option.

During our testing of this wide-bodied tri-toon, the LX3 topped out at 48.1 mph, nearly double the speed of the other pontoons we’ve tested. Enhancing this boat’s performance was its three jumbo 23-inch-by-25-inch .100-gauge U-shaped logs with closed-cell flotation foam, double-plated .100-gauge nose cones and an upgraded heavy-duty all-aluminum welded motor pod to support the Yamaha 225 SHO engine. Performance lifting strakes and a full-length performance shield also prevented splash underneath the deck. U-tubes are connected directly to the deck cross-members, giving a solid feel underway. With all its power and performance, the LX3 can easily tow a skier or a couple of tubers at a fast clip.


Several other amenities also make the LX3 ideal, whether taking a leisurely cruise or anchoring in a quiet cove for swimming or sunbathing. A Sony satellite-compatible AM/FM CD stereo with four speakers, an iPod/MP3 jack and USB port allows you to plug in and listen to your favorite tunes. For a quick change into your bathing suit, the LX3 features a large privacy enclosure with a padded seat. Sunbathers can catch plenty of rays while lying out on the Sun Catcher’s ample tanning deck.

Besides plenty of storage under the lounge seating, this Sun Catcher has a unique center-log storage area that I could fit my entire body into, along with some skis and probably a few more items.

Extra Points
The center-log storage area has an automatic bilge pump under the removable floor to prevent mildew and keep items dry.


A rear-entry fourstep boarding ladder allows for easy entry to and exit from the water.

A portable table with four cup holders can be positioned anywhere for flexible seating.

The captain’s helm features a fully adjustable chair, tilt wheel, hydraulic steering and flushmounted Garmin 145 fish finder.


Test Drive
» Test Engine: Yamaha 225 SHO

» Test Prop: 15½” X 17″ SS

» Test Load: People (350 LB.); Fuel (40 GAL.)
» Top Speed:** 48.1 MPH @ 5,700 RPM


» Time to Plane: 3.7 sec.

» Time to 30 MPH: 5.2 sec.

» Most Economical Cruise Speed: 25.5 MPH @ 3,500 RPM

Vital Stats
» Length Overall: 22’6″

» Beam: 8’6″

» Dry Weight: 3,325 LB. (w/ motor); 4,570 LB. (total trailering weight)

» Seating/Weight Capacity: 14/2,800 LB.

» Fuel Capacity: 40 GAL.

» Max HP: 225

» MSRP: $46,995

» NMMA Certified


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