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2021 Barletta Corsa 23U

The Corsa 23U offers a sporty ride and loads of amenities.

April 6, 2021

Corsa is the name chosen for a new line of pontoons from Barletta, intended to be a more-sporty alternative to its flagship L Series line. Corsa has more contrasting color in the interior and the side panels than the L Series, and more shape to the rails. The new Corsa line, including the Corsa 23U we tested, also comes with a long list of desirable standard features that set this boat apart from the fleet in the midrange pontoon market. For example, a one-piece fiberglass elevated helm station is standard, which looks great and enhances visibility from the wheel. It’s also deeply cut away below the wheel and delivered outstanding legroom for our tall boat tester. A premium six-speaker Hertz audio system, which cranked loud and clear on test day, is standard, as are a Lowrance Hook-5 sonar/chart plotter, stout stainless-steel tow bar, flip-up cleats, LED docking lights, and a wireless phone charger. Like we said: desirable standards.

Barletta Corsa 23U cruising comfortably
The Corsa 23U offers a confident and comfortable ride. Tom King
Barletta Corsa 23U helm
A one-piece fiberglass elevated helm station is standard. Tom King

A 10-foot power Bimini top is another nice standard feature, and it covers much of the main deck area, including the new seating module to port across from the helm. Its pivoting backrest can adjust to be a forward-facing co-captain seat, or an aft-facing or forward-facing lounge. This module merges with the large Barletta Ultra Lounge, with its pivoting backrest and adjustable aft bottom cushions, which can be raised as lounging support. Forward seating is on a pair of facing settees with lounging backrests and armrests at the consoles. The inwale area is left open, which creates space for drink holders, USB ports and stashing small items. The aft side of the console top port can be opened as a table, or it can hold an optional canvas changing room.

Barletta Corsa 23U bow seating
Forward seating is on a pair of facing settees with lounging backrests. Tom King

Our triple-pontoon model featured 26-inch tubes with center-tube lifting strakes and a full-skin underbelly, a 48-gallon fuel tank, 6-foot lighted ski locker in the center tube, and hydraulic steering. The chassis features double I-beam cross members on 24-inch centers, along with the Barletta Vibration Isolation Pads, which are thin rubber pads between the I-beams and the plywood deck that effectively damped vibration from the engine and the water during our test.

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Barletta Corsa 23U aft lounger
The large ­Barletta ­Ultra Lounge features a pivoting backrest and adjustable aft bottom cushions. Tom King

High Points

  • Loads of legroom at the helm console.
  • Generous stowage and battery access below the aft lounge.
  • Extended aft deck is more than 4 feet deep.
  • Slide-out water bowls for man’s best friend.
Barletta Corsa 23U performance data chart
Barletta Corsa 23U Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 25′0″

Beam: 8′6″

Draft: 1′0″ to 1′3″

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Dry Weight: 3,640 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 13/1,781 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 48 gal.

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Price: $88,725 (as tested)

How We Tested

Engine: Mercury 200 FourStroke

Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 15.3″ x 14″ 3-blade stainless steel

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Gear Ratio: 1.85:1

Fuel Load: 30 gal.

Crew Weight: 190 lb.

More Information

Barletta Boats – Bristol, Indiana; 574-825-8900, barlettapontoonboats.com

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