Pontoon boats have changed a great deal in the past twenty years or so. They were once made with a simplistic box shaped floating concept and they really weren't that spectacular in appearance.
These highly functional water craft have undergone a metamorphosis which can be compared to a butterfly shedding its cocoon, and what has emerged from the original designs is now more geared towards luxury rides than the practical function based models.
Here are the 10 best pontoon boats that money can buy.
10. Bennington S168 8′ Narrow Beam Cruiser Pontoon Boat
Bennington is one of the premiere pontoon boat builders and their S168 is a model that was designed for pleasure on the water. It's one of the best selling luxury pontoon boats that can be ordered with Bimini Blue Ice LED lighting, and a Bimini Top Double Short of 10ft, a Mooring Cover storage bag and an upgrade to a 4 step stainless steel ladder.
This boat can be built in a variety of configurations which include Pure comfort recliner seats which swivel from side to side to give you a panoramic view of your surroundings whether you're in motion or stationary.
9. Lowe SF 212 WT
The SF 212 WT is one of the most versatile pontoon boats on the market today.It is a mid sized pontoon platform boat that comes packed with features you would expect to find in a luxury cruising pontoon, but it's also suitable for use as a fishing boat.
What we really loved about this boat are the two pedestal seats which give you freedom of movement for comfortable angling. If relaxation on a luxury craft is more your style, you can kick back and enjoy the Jensen MS30 stereo with Bluetooth compatibility to stay connected and make the most of your time on the water.
8. Crestliner 240 Rally DX
The Crestliner 240 Rally DX is great for multiple uses. Its popularity starts with its reliability, durability, quality build and versatility. This boat model features an advanced construction method in the creation of a 24 foot luxury pontoon boat that can be just as easily used for cruising, waterskiing or fishing.
It's the all in one multi-purpose watercraft with a resilient foundation and intense comfort. The reclining helm chairs and wood grain table top that comes with built in cup holders are just a few of the luxury amenities you'll find aboard.
Add the pillow top comfort furniture, the GMR-3 stereo with bluetooth capability and it has all of the makings for a luxury pontoon boat. This model is fully customizable in configurations that will comply with your specifications for the greatest in comfort and functionality.
7. Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 DLX
The Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 DLX is a 24 foot pontoon boat that features pontoon logs with multi-chambered construction. It is designed with two fishing chairs that can fold down when you need the space for something else, and there is a built in 9 gallon forward console aerated live well with a padded cushion.
The boarding ladder features a pull out mechanism at the port so it's out of the way when not in use. It's also made with flooring throughout the boat that is extremely easy to clean, an L shaped lounge with handy underseat storage and a console equipped with both drink holders and rod holders for hands free fishing convenience.
6. Harris V270
If you're looking for a luxury pontoon boat with an attractive look, luxury comfort and high performance ratings, then the Harris V270 may be the boat that will fit the bill. This boat was tested by boating magazine and it came out on top as a sleek looking high performing pontoon boat that is "packed with luxury."
What the reviewers loved the most about this boat was the built in entertainment galley, retractable ladders, and power adjustable seats. The center console design and helm station are both attractive, user friendly and uniquely designed for practicality and luxury in one tidy package.
5. Bennington S21 Fishing Pontoon Boat
This is the ideal pontoon boat for taking fishing. What makes this model so great is that it is available in 12 different configurations so it can be customized to suit the individual tastes and needs of the buyer. When you visit a Bennington dealer you'll be amazed at the thousands of floor plans that they offer for your perusal and they'll assist you in designing the pontoon fishing boat of your dreams.
4. Regency 254 LE3
Regency is known for building quality watercraft. The 254 LE3 model is their sporty handling pontoon boat that is designed with luxury in mind. It's powered with a 350 hp Verado motor and can achieve speeds as high as 50 mph on the water. It's fun to drive but it's also a great craft for kicking back and relaxing with built in luxury lounges at the Aft section.
3. Larson Escape RT220 Cruz
The RT220 breaks the mold of ugly boxy pontoon boat design with a sleek helm and the addition of fiberglass components which allows for a sleeker and more attractive design. It's equipped with a Bimini top which is stable at full speed, along with a removable pedestal table that goes up quick when you need it but can be moved out of the way for other activities. The RT220 Cruz is one of the most attractive pontoons on the market today.
2. Princecraft Brio E 17
The Biro E 17 is wildly popular because it is electric powered thanks to the Torqeedo electric engine. This makes it the ideal solution for lakes and streams where gas powered craft are pr.ohibited. It's available in a 2.OR or 4. OR engine. There is room for up to 7 people aboard this luxury pontoon craft and it's environmentally responsible.
1. Sylvan M3 CRS
The M3 CRS is Sylvan is our top pick for the best pontoon boat for 2019. This craft is designed with a futuristic aesthetic with a smooth and sleek appearance. It's packed with premium interior materials and treatments and it's loaded with luxury amenities.
We chose the M3 CRS because of its outstanding top of the line features including twin bow lounge seats for four adults that allow guests to stretch out and relax.
It's also equipped with in cup holders, and a stereo system with twin stereo speakres for the ultimate in sound quality, as well as USB chargers for keeping your devices juiced. It's a comfortable and spacious luxury pontoon craft made for relaxation and comfort.
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