The L Series is the flagship of the Barletta line of pontoon boats, and this L25UCA is a flagship with all of the extras. The “A” in the model code stands for arch, a billet aluminum structure rated to tow 1,500 pounds that incorporates a 10-foot sun top, four speakers and a light bar, and you can raise or lower this fine arch at the touch of a button.
This triple-tube model has a chassis designed to support a lot of weight and a load of horsepower. The 26-inch tubes feature dual-stage lifting strakes, which Barletta says reduce drag and help to guide the boat through turns, plus internally reinforced nose cones add durability in rough water or at high speeds, and “wave tamers” knock down spray from the outboard tubes. Heavy-duty double I-beam cross members are installed on 16-inch centers. As a result of on-water testing, we can state that the rubber Barletta Vibration Isolation Pads between the I-beams and each M-bracket effectively isolate the plywood deck from engine vibration. This robust construction enables engine options up to the muscular Mercury Racing 450R on our test boat, which delivered 57 mph at wide-open throttle.
Within the deck is a lighted ski locker, a cooler stowage compartment and, at the bow entry gate, an anchor locker that will also hold a pair of large fenders. Convenience features include USB ports at each seat, a wireless phone charger, a flip-up table within the port console, and a stainless-steel tow bar with integrated fender baskets. The aft Ultra Lounge can be configured for fore or aft seating and lounging. The raised fiberglass helm console offers great legroom and holds a standard Simrad GO7 multifunction display. New this year is a 1,500-watt Hertz audio system that includes six speakers (plus four in the arch) and a subwoofer.
Dogs are frequent shipmates, and this L25UCA features pet bowls that slide out from the console base. The new Doggie DockView see-through panel in the bow and portside gates lets Fido keep watch. It also improves the captain’s view when docking and is color-matched when seen from outside. Clever features and loads of luxury define this pontoon from Barletta.
- Anchor locker on a pontoon—brilliant!
- Excellent battery access below the aft lounge.
- Top off the tank while standing thanks to a raised fuel-fill neck.
- See-through gate and slide-out pet bowls for man’s best friend.
Dry Weight: 4,520 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 12/2,800 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 48 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Racing 450R
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 14.2″ x 18″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.60:1
Fuel Load: 13 gal.
Crew Weight: 190 lb.
Barletta Boats – Bristol, Indiana; 574-825-8900; barlettapontoonboats.com