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Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Fitted with an Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC outboard engine, the ­Legacy 23 planed almost instantly and peaked at more than 50 mph.

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

After a seven-year wait, Manitou finally received a patent for its V-Toon technology in 2012. The concept allows a pontoon to perform much like a fiberglass V-hull by sandwiching twin 23-inch-diameter pontoons around a center 27-inch pontoon, dropping more than five inches lower in the water. Add in lifting strakes on both sides of all three logs, and you’ve got a pontoon that essentially has a deadrise angle. As such, it banks into a turn much like its fiberglass counterparts, and displays surprisingly aggressive handling. Fitted with an Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC, the Legacy 23 planed almost instantly and peaked at more than 50 mph.

The Legacy offers a more traditional pontoon layout. Forward, horseshoe lounges feature flip-up armrests. An L-shaped bench with a rear-facing portside backrest begins adjacent to the helm to enhance conversation. Aft, a nearly 6-foot-wide sun pad offers room for sun lovers. It lifts on a gas strut to reveal the “toy box,” an expansive compartment that will swallow up skis, wakeboards and the like.

Captains will appreciate the elevated helm, raised 3 inches off the deck to provide a less-obstructed view forward. SeaDeck matting covers the base. The same traction material is used on the extended, molded-fiberglass aft deck.

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