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Silver Wave 220 Play

Although built solid as a tank, the 220 Play’s interior combines elegance and comfort.

December 21, 2010

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.

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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.

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Extra Points
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.

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There’s storage in a compartment under the steering wheel, and ventilation in the storage under the chaise lounges prevents mildew.

Test Drive
» Test Engine:
Yamaha F-115

» Test Prop: 17 Pitch

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» Test Load: People (350 LB.); Fuel (19 GAL.)

» Top Speed: 26.4 MPH @ 6,000 RPM

» Time to Plane: 3 sec.
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Vital Stats**
» Length Overall: 21’10”

» Beam: 8’6″

» Dry Weight: 2,194 LB. (w/ motor)
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» Seating/Weight Capacity:** 10/1,550 LB.

» Fuel Capacity: 25 GAL.

» Max HP: 115
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» MSRP:** $29,120

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