Sylvan S5

Sylvan's S5 is an upscale, high-performance pontoon.

Sylvan S5
LOA: 26'10"
Beam: 8'6"
Draft: 1'6"
Displacement (approx.): 2,575 lb.
More Information: sylvanmarine.com

We Say: Sylvan's S5 boasts a cockpit-in-a-cockpit arrangement, a nod to the trend of incorporating an intimate seating oasis within the deck plan. The S5's use of lush parallel lounges complemented by elegant molded fiberglass bases sets the initial tone for this upscale 'toon. Each features an aft-facing backrest, a sculpted armrest, and wraparound padding. Lighted cup holders, sea-grass-style floor matting and a stainless-steel aft gate, with smoked Lexan panel, round out the opulent vibe.

Lift a seat and you’ll note it pivots fully out of the way on two-part hinges to allow complete access to the roto-molded stowage below. The helm boasts matte wood grain accents and — bonus points! — no visible fasteners.

Structurally, the S5’s twin 27-inch-diameter tubes feature Sylvan’s Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT). RPT pontoons are welded in the form of a V-hull, with a keel and chines to displace less water and allow for greater speeds with less horsepower. My test boat added an optional 27-inch round center tube for additional buoyancy, as well as to improve performance and handling. With a 250 hp Mercury Verado outboard, I noted a six-second time to 30 mph, and a nearly 46 mph top speed.

Who'd Want One: Pontooners seeking performance and a dual-cockpit approach.

Another Choice: Cypress Cay's Cayman LE 25 ($64,290 with a 250 hp Verado and T3 Performance Package).

Bottom Line: $59,756 (with test power); sylvanmarine.com

Sylvan S5