Manitou 23 Legacy SHP

This 50 mph pontoon carves like a V-hull.

The optional Sport Handling Package allows the 23 Legacy to handle like a V-hull, but Manitou doesn’t stop there. Positive-angle lifting strakes on all those tubes — inside and out — further increase performance. With an Evinrude 250 HO E-TEC, the 23 Legacy planed in just 3.4 seconds, passed 30 mph four seconds later, and peaked at 52.4 mph. Along the way, it displayed handling worthy of a USA Water Ski endorsement.

Performance and handling aside, the core pontoon customer isn’t overlooked. A traditional layout features parallel lounges forward and an L-shaped lounge aft. The latter begins adjacent to the helm, inviting the captain to socialize with the crew. Below the sun pad you’ll find Manitou’s “toy box”: It provides an excess of room for skis, boards and water toys. The in-floor ski locker — made possible by the third, central tube — provides space for even more gear.

The 23 Legacy has been upgraded for 2012 to include an all-fiberglass helm, stainless-steel cup holders and the kind of stylish billet dash accents found on high-end ski boats. Captains will note the superior forward view provided by the raised helm station, and they’ll appreciate the standard power steering that comes with the Sport Handling Package.

Key Features
-All-fiberglass helm, billet dash accents and stainless-steel cup holders highlight 2012 upgrades.
Optional Sport Handling Package is a combination of 23-inch outer tubes and a 27-inch center tube that mimics a V-hull's -deadrise.
-Power steering offers superior control.