Advertisement

Sylvan 8523 Mandalay Port

The 8523 has V-hull-like tubes and an array of entertainment features.

December 16, 2011
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

A lot of pontoon manufacturers are mimicking V-hulls with their pontoon placement. Sylvan is doing it with the actual tube surfaces. Revolutionary Planing Technology sculpts the pontoon bottoms on the 8523 Mandalay Port into a V-hull-like shape, with both a pronounced keel and chines. It’s more time-consuming to weld, but it gives the boat an aggressive feel on the water, sharpening handling and improving acceleration even without the optional center tube. With a 150 hp Mercury Verado outboard, the 8523 powered onto plane in 3.9 seconds and maxed out at a top speed of 34.4 mph.

The Port in the Mandalay’s name reflects its portside seating arrangement forward. Dual highback chairs offer single-passenger comfort, with a handy cooler at the ready between them. To starboard, a comfortable lounge allows passengers to stretch out. Aft, another distinct seating area invites the driver to join the party with a reclining, high-back helm seat that swivels to face an L-shaped lounge. A fiberglass galley ­— with stainless sink, pressurized water and Corian countertop — is ready for entertaining duties.

A sun pad provides tanning space. Below, a double-wide, pop-up changing room beats the claustrophobic feel of smaller enclosures.

Advertisement

Key Features
-A fiberglass galley with a sink and Corian countertop make for great entertaining.
-Extended swim platform is covered in vinyl, an excellent choice for an often wet area.
-Heavy-duty, all hat-style crossmembers increase ­structural integrity.

Advertisement

More Boats

Advertisement
Advertisement