The 25 Legacy SRS SHP boasts a combination of handling and power that’s hard to match, and much of the reason is hidden out of sight below deck. It’s here the company’s celebrated Sport Handling Package (SHP) mixes outer 23-inch pontoons with an oversize 27-inch center tube dropped a full 5¼ inches deeper into the water. It’s a design choice that gives this pontoon that most V-hull-like of attributes — an actual deadrise — and results in the type of aggressive handling that will rival many of today’s fiberglass hulls. Add in our test boat’s spanking new Evinrude 300 E-TEC G2, and you’ve got a performance-minded pontoon that planes almost immediately, reaches the 30 mph mark in a brief 5.9 seconds, and tops out at an impressive 52.3 mph. It’s more than enough power for virtually any type of water sport, and guaranteed to put a grin on nearly any passenger’s face.
The 25 Legacy SRS SHP, however, doesn’t forget it’s a pontoon. Above deck, familiar parallel lounges line the port and starboard sides. Amidships, a second captain’s chair rests opposite the helm. It’s the Legacy’s split-rear seating aft, however, that truly showcases the builder’s potential. In the recliner position, twin 5-foot-long aft-facing lounges are built into individual fiberglass modules. They offer a spot to truly kick back and relax, cup holders at the ready for your coffee in the morning or soda in the afternoon. Not into the lounge scene? Pivot the center cushion on its beefy stainless-steel swing arm, and it swings back to form the backrest for a separate, forward-facing seat. Add the standard, side-mount pedestal table in between, and you’ve got a mini dinette … or two.
That stylish, well-constructed swing arm is just one of many examples of Manitou’s exceptional fit and finish. The plush pillow-top furniture rivals that found in many living rooms. At the helm, billet aluminum panels are reminiscent of a ski boat’s dash, as is the optional Manitou Smart Screen control display. The digital system gives you access to all of the boat’s performance and diagnostic data right on screen. Interior track lighting is standard, as are lighted cup holders. Looking for some noteworthy options? Consider the forward-swept water-sports tower with its integrated Bimini and the deep ski locker made possible by the oversize center tube in the sports handling package. With both, you’ll be able to entertain the crowd.
*Sport Handling Package mixes 23-inch outer tubes with dropped 27-inch center tube to provide aggressive, V-hull-style handling.
*Innovative aft seating configuration morphs from dinettes to recliners without the need for filler cushions, and features plush pillow-top cushions.
*The forward-raked sports arch adds major style points while providing an elevated tow point.
*Standard Smart Screen control in the dash puts all the information you need at your fingertips.
How We Tested
Engine: Evinrude 300 E-TEC G2
Prop: Rebel 15¼” x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 33 gal.
Crew Weight: 300 lb.
$79,300 (with test power)
Manitou Lansing, Michigan; 800-999-9788; manitoupontoonboats.com