Like the majority of pontoons, the Cypress Cay Seabreeze 233 follows a predictable pattern in the forward seating area. Matching 4-foot-6-inch couches span the port and starboard sides, with forward-facing backrests, low-maintenance roto-molded storage below — and in our test boat’s case, plump pillow-top upholstery with quilted lumbar region, contrasting piping and generous bolster behind the knee.
Head aft, however, and the status quo gets thrown overboard. To port, our test boat featured optional dual 3-foot-6-inch-wide love seats, placed pew-style. Use them in this configuration for couples when cruising, or flip over the front bench’s seat back to form what Cypress Cay calls a picnic configuration. A pedestal table inserts into a floor mount to form a waterfront dinette. Or maybe you’d prefer a U-shaped lounge; just add a filler cushion against the portside wall. Add one more and you form the fourth configuration, a 5-foot-8-inch-by-3-foot-6-inch sun bed with both forward- and rear-facing backrests. It’s a versatile setup that tailors the Seabreeze 233 to a variety of pursuits: underway, on the hook or just sitting at the dock.
In test trim, the 233 was outfitted for big-water lakes or coastal conditions. Cypress Cay’s Big Water 3 package consists of a trio of 27-inch pontoons to carry the load, offering more buoyancy and stability especially toward the bow. A welded keel, performance strakes and an aluminum underdeck skin are also part of the package. The optional Black Out package added additional style points, anodizing the rub rail and powder-coating the fence and Bimini top. It looked sleek at the dock and on the water.
Underway, the Cypress Cay Seabreeze 233’s handling was sure-footed and predictable. That center tube is dropped 1 inch to add a touch of V-hull-inspired inside lean while making turns at speed. An economical Mercury 150 FourStroke handled the propulsion, pushing the boat onto plane in 3.5 seconds and topping out at 35.3 mph.
* The lovely forward dinette seat includes a large insulated cooler.
* Pivoting high-backed helm seat and identical chair aft complement the picnic/dinette on the port side.
* Standards include Flint UltraSoft furniture, a snapless mooring cover, LED docking lights and a four-step stainless-steel ladder.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 150 FourStroke
Prop: Mercury Enertia 15″ x15″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.92:1
Fuel Load: 30 gal.
Crew Weight: 355 lb.
$33,177 (with test power)
Cypress Cay Fort Wayne, Indiana; 260-432-4555; cypresscaypontoons.com