Lowe’s SS pontoon series is designed to bring a higher level of luxury to the boater while conserving both investment and operating costs. Sure, you could pop more horsepower on the transom, but why do it when our tests show that the boat steps up to brisk cruising and snappy hole shots for water sports? And Mercury’s fuel-sipping 90 hp outboard with its 24-gallon fuel capacity means you could run all weekend without fueling up.
Water sports are enhanced with the tow pylon over the outboard. It is designed to keep the rope high for tricks and out of the outboard for safety. The double Biminis on our test model shaded the deck.
We liked the rounded edges of the SS 230; it trades the common boxy look that plagues pontoons for a sleek, luxury look that is more pleasing to the eye. Our tester’s color scheme was a study in tasteful contrasts. Dark, glossy side panels were accented with anodized rails. Interior upholstery was rich, thick and flawlessly double stitched — a mark of excellent craftsmanship.
The aft platform is accessible from port or starboard, making it easy to board through the stern door. A portside gate and a bow gate on the centerline mean there is an easy way to disembark no matter how the dockmaster guides you to the waterfront eatery.
The ride is made more pleasant by the careful construction of the tubes and cross members, and the connection points between them. We experienced no rattling or creaking, and the rigid construction was evident in its resistance to flex as we quartered over oncoming wakes. For entertainment purposes, our tester had a Jensen stereo with Bluetooth connectivity — currently a standard in stereo control and music access.
There are more luxurious pontoons out there — Lowe even makes one in its Infinity Series — but at this price point, Lowe is providing a terrific return on your boating investment.
*Fiberglass-reinforced acrylic console gives an excellent view over forward passengers.
*Bluetooth-compatible Jensen MS230 stereo lets the crew DJ the boat.
*Great performance and efficient fuel economy from a dual-tube pontoon that utilizes midrange power.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 90 hp
Drive/Prop: Outboard with Command Thrust/Enertia 14″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.07:1
Fuel Load: 24 gal.
Crew Weight: 240 lb.
$35,019 (as tested)
Lowe Boats Lebanon, Missouri; 417-532-9101; loweboats.com