This stylish pontoon combines luxurious decking with durable construction and a smooth, quiet ride.
It’s a tough time to start a new business, but two boatbuilding families have teamed up to make waves in the pontoon market.
Silver Wave pontoon boats combine the talents of the Parks family — the makers of Blue Wave Boats bay boats — with the Nickell family, who have been building pontoon boats for more than 25 years. The two families have made a commitment to building a top-quality pontoon with great value backed by personal service — and their first wave of boats seems to be right on the mark.
The Silver Wave 220 Play we tested ran at a maximum speed of 26.4 mph, and throughout the ride we were able to hold a conversation without having to raise our voices. The boat’s 25-inch-diameter round pontoons cut through the water easily, which gave us a smooth ride, while the under-deck spray deflectors ensured a dry cruise as well.
Quality construction is evident everywhere on this craft, with its double-bolted main cross-members, and the deck is fastened through the hat brackets with stainless-steel bolts, ensuring solid durability. The boat is also equipped with stainless-steel rub rails, and even the cup holders, console trim and table base plate are fastened with stainless bolts.
Although built solid as a tank, the 220 Play’s interior combines elegance and comfort, with heavy-duty vinyl upholstery covering the multidensity foam of the chaise lounge seating and L-shaped couch, a reclining, sliding and swiveling captain’s seat, and a fiberglass console with built-in entertainment center.
Lift the sun deck to reveal a pop-up changing room.
A limited lifetime warranty is offered on the boat’s structure and decking.
Integral insulated cooler on the front deck and a 54-quart cooler keep drinks cold all the day.
There’s storage in a compartment under the steering wheel, and ventilation in the storage under the chaise lounges prevents mildew.
» Test Engine: Yamaha F-115
» Test Prop: 17 Pitch
» Test Load: People (350 LB.); Fuel (19 GAL.)
» Top Speed: 26.4 MPH @ 6,000 RPM
» Time to Plane: 3 sec.
» Length Overall: 21’10”
» Beam: 8’6″
» Dry Weight: 2,194 LB. (w/ motor)
» Seating/Weight Capacity:** 10/1,550 LB.
» Fuel Capacity: 25 GAL.
» Max HP: 115
» MSRP:** $29,120