The new Eclipse 25 is the top-of-the-line model in the SunChaser series for 2021, a pontoon stretching more than 27 feet in length and loaded with features. The Eclipse name for this series is apt because blacked-out rails and deck trim—all the rage on pontoons right now—are standard. Our boat also had optional black-painted tubes and a black ski-tow rig to complete the “eclipse” effect. The triple-tube X-Treme PR25 Performance Package features three 25-inch-diameter tubes and heavy-duty cross members to boost the max-horsepower rating to 300 with a 25-inch outboard. SunChaser’s X-Treme performance strakes on the center tube and inside the inboard tubes provide lift to boost speed and fuel economy, and this chassis includes a drag-reducing underbelly skin, 60-gallon fuel tank, ski pylon and SeaStar hydraulic steering. A ski locker within the center tube is an option. We topped 46 mph with a Mercury 250 FourStroke outboard on the transom and found the handling to be razor-sharp.
Our test boat had the SSB interior layout with facing swing-back seats behind the helm. Each can be configured to face fore or aft, and the aft seatback can swing flat to form a sun lounge with the other seat. There’s a bench seat with an aft-facing angled seatback to port and a pair of wraparound loungers in the bow. All seat bases are color-matched, roto-molded plastic, and the deck is covered in durable woven vinyl. Both fore and aft decks are expansive and will ease boarding in any docking situation. A canvas changing room opens from an enclosure abaft the port lounger.
This model features a standard Executive Helm, which raises the seat about 3.5 inches off the deck to improve sightlines forward. The molded fiberglass helm console presents analog gauges to the right, with a space for the optional Simrad multifunction display on center above the tilt steering wheel. The control for a JL Audio system is high and to the left. The captain sits on a high-back seat with armrests behind a low-profile windscreen. An inboard door provides access to stowage within the console. The new Eclipse is stylish, well-equipped and a great performer.
- Covering the speaker backs protects against water and damage.
- Portside console hides the pop-up changing room or a portable head, and doubles as a tabletop with drink holders.
- Ski tow is extra-stout.
Dry Weight: 3,445 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/2,115 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.
Price: $60,738 (with base power)
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 250 FourStroke
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia Eco 16″ x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 45 gal.
Crew Weight: 190 lb.
SunChaser Boats – New Paris, Indiana; 866-719-7873; sunchaserboats.com