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2021 SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB

The Eclipse 25 SSB is loaded with features.

April 6, 2021

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.

SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB ride fast on the lake
We found the handling to be ­razor-sharp. Tom King
SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB bow seating
A pair of wraparound loungers are found in the bow. Tom King

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.

SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB helm
The molded fiberglass helm console presents analog gauges to the right, with a space for the optional Simrad multifunction display on center. Tom King

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.

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SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB aft seating
The aft seatback can swing flat to form a sun lounge. Tom King

High Points

  • 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.
SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB performance data chart
SunChaser Eclipse 25 SSB Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 27′8″

Beam: 8′6″

Draft: 2′0″

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Dry Weight: 3,445 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 15/2,115 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 60 gal.

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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

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Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 45 gal.

Crew Weight: 190 lb.

More Information

SunChaser Boats – New Paris, Indiana; 866-719-7873; sunchaserboats.com

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