Sanpan 2500 FE Bar

This plush pontoon brings fun to the entire family.

The “FE” in Sanpan’s 2500 FE Bar stands for “family entertainer,” appropriate given that the boat evokes the feel of an upscale family room. Forward, an L-shaped lounge sits to starboard; twin, high-back recliners are located to port. Recliner arms stay level, rather than pivot with the back — a thoughtful touch. Sanpan’s supple GX 50 vinyl and cushiony, pillow-top furniture add a classy look while providing all-day comfort. The upscale appeal continues with the honey-teak dash accents, aluminum panels featuring laser-cut labels, and illuminating LED backlighting.

The “Bar” in the name should be obvious, but this is no glorified cockpit sink and solid-surface countertop. It’s an actual wet bar, complete with storage drawers, backrest-equipped stools, footrests, LED-lit cup holders and Corian top, with cool pop-up speakers to provide the ambience. Add the optional stainless-steel Grillmaster grill and sink, and it’s party time.

Though power options run as high as 150 hp, our test boat was outfitted with a fuel-efficient Honda 115 outboard. It powered the boat onto plane in just over three seconds, en route to a top speed of 26 mph. At a comfortable 22 mph cruise, it burned a mere seven gallons per hour.

Key Features
-Functional aft wet bar; add optional stainless-steel Grillmaster grill and sink, and it's party time.
-Helm is elevated three inches to provide clear view forward, but does not obviously separate captain from crew.
-Wet-bar seats meet ABYC standards for use while under way.