2021 Manitou 21 Aurora LE VP

Manitou's 21 Aurora LE VP serves up a confident ride with all of the amenities one could ask for.

2021 Manitou 21 Aurora LE VP

Our test boat carved neatly on smooth water, with a slight inside lean. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

Manitou seeks to make pontoon buying easier with its new Aurora LE line by adding more standard features and grouping the most popular options in a single Limited Package. Choose a tube configuration, a color and an outboard with your desired horsepower, and you’ll be done. Our test boat featured the patented triple-tube Manitou V-Toon VP chassis, with 23-inch-diameter outboard tubes and a 27-inch center tube. The bottom of the center tube, which is also fitted with lifting strakes, is 5.25 inches lower than the outboard tubes. The premise is that the boat can heel over on the inner tube in a turn and handle like a V-bottom monohull. On the water, the V-Toon effect is subtle but effective. Our test boat carved neatly on smooth water, with a slight inside lean that’s more comfortable for passengers. The VP chassis comes with SeaStar hydraulic steering.

The helm is outfitted with a 7-inch ­Garmin multifunction display.
The helm is outfitted with a 7-inch ­Garmin multifunction display. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

The Aurora LE is offered only with the RF interior—we told you this was easy—with fore and aft L-shaped lounges. The aft lounges have angled backrests. All of the furniture features higher-quality vinyl and upgraded foam padding for 2021, with more color contrast. Manitou has also added drink holders throughout the boat. There’s stowage below each seat and within the molded fiberglass helm console. The aft deck is 34 inches deep, and a stainless-steel boarding ladder with grab-handle side rails is standard, as is a ski pylon.

All of the furniture features higher-quality vinyl and upgraded foam padding.
All of the furniture features higher-quality vinyl and upgraded foam padding. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

The Limited Package ($2,925) includes Luna Silver woven vinyl flooring, a dinette table, LED courtesy lights, LED docking and navigation lighting, a two-tone side graphic, midback helm and co-captain chairs with armrests, and a deluxe steering wheel. There are three color and four accent-color choices. Manitou powder-coats the rails matte black.

We were delighted to find a 7-inch Garmin multifunction display had replaced standard instruments on the dash of a pontoon in this price range. Our boat was powered by a Mercury 115 Pro XS outboard, a quiet and fuel-efficient partner on the water, with enough power to move this boat smartly to a top speed of 30 mph with a light load. Boating should always be this easy.

High Points

  • Manitou V-Toon delivers a smooth ride and sharp handling, carving neatly with a slight inside lean that keeps everyone on board comfortable.
  • Aurora LE is proof that buying a new pontoon does not have to be a mind-boggling exercise. What you need comes standard. What you might want can be ordered by checking one box.
  • Limiting options keeps manufacturing costs down, so Manitou can build in more value, with features like a standard Garmin MFD on the dash.
Manitou 21 Aurora LE VP Certified Test Results
Manitou 21 Aurora LE VP Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

Specs

LOA: 22′4″

Beam: 8′6″

Draft: NA

Dry Weight: 2,485 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 11/1,695 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 43 gal.

Price: $45,041

How We Tested

Engine: Mercury 115 Pro XS

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

Gear Ratio: 2.07:1

Fuel Load: 30 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

More Information

Manitou Inc. - Lansing, Michigan; manitoupontoonboats.com

Source : Boating Magazine More   

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2021 Manitou 25 LX RXF Dual Engine

Manitou's 25 LX RXF Dual Engine packs a lot of performance along with its numerous luxury amenities.

2021 Manitou 25 LX RXF Dual Engine

The 25 LX RXF Dual Engine has the ability to cover a long distance quickly. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

A top speed of 60 mph is a benchmark for performance pontoon boats—go 60 and you are running with the big dogs. One way to get there is aboard a properly equipped version of the new Manitou LX series. Our test boat, a 25 LX RXF with twin Mercury Verado 300 outboards, ran 62 mph on glass-calm water. That’s clipping right along.

Whether it's screaming across the lake or pulling tubers, the 25 LX RXF can handle it all.
Whether it's screaming across the lake or pulling tubers, the 25 LX RXF can handle it all. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

For 2021, the Manitou LX series replaces both the Legacy and X-Plode series in the Manitou fleet with a single platform that seeks to combine the luxury of the Legacy with the extreme performance of the X-Plode models. Available in 23-, 25- and 27-foot lengths, most LX models have a fiberglass rear section that replaces the traditional rails and side panels, and all ride on the Sport Handling Package (SHP) chassis. The SHP is the highest performance version of the patented triple-tube Manitou V-Toon system, with 25-inch-diameter outer tubes and a 27-inch center tube, all fitted with dual lifting strakes. To handle high-speed wave impacts, the SHP tubes have reinforced Barracuda nose cones, and this chassis comes with SeaStar power steering. The bottom of the center tube is 5.25 inches lower than the outboard tubes so that, in a turn, the boat can heel over on the inner tube like a V-bottom monohull.

Joystick Piloting is a worthy upgrade that makes docking much easier.
Joystick Piloting is a worthy upgrade that makes docking much easier. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

New this year, Manitou has grouped popular options into packages. Our test boat had the all-inclusive Platinum Package ($21,719), which includes Silver Luna woven flooring, color-matched fiberglass, a sport tower with Bimini, center-tube ski locker, and LED interior and exterior lighting. Other notable options on this boat include premium JL Audio ($2,744) plus JL Audio can speakers on the tower ($2,550), a bow filler bench ($769), a Garmin Virb camera ($1,213) and Joystick Piloting ($16,250). It’s fun to see 60 on the Garmin multifunction display, but equally impressive is the fact that this boat will cruise at 40 mph; and at just 4,000 rpm, the big Mercs are whisper-quiet. That’s the real performance advantage of a fast pontoon like the Manitou LX—the ability to cover a long distance quickly while handling like a dream along the way.

The 25 LX RXF Dual Engine can easily pull a skier with a boatload of guests.
The 25 LX RXF Dual Engine can easily pull a skier with a boatload of guests. (Courtesy Manitou Inc./)

High Points

  • Go fast but do it well. The Manitou V-Toon system is stable at speed and carves like a Ginsu. The added lift boosts performance and economy at cruising speed.
  • New packages group popular options and keep the menu short, so ordering is easier.
  • Joystick Piloting is a worthy upgrade that makes docking so much easier on a pontoon, especially in a crosswind.
Manitou 25 LX RXF Dual Engine Certified Test Results
Manitou 25 LX RXF Dual Engine Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

Specs

LOA: 26′8″

Beam: 8′6″

Draft: NA

Dry Weight: 4,160 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 13/1,775 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 90 gal.

Price: $194,183

How We Tested

Engines: Twin Mercury Verado 300

Drive/Props: Outboard/Mercury Revolution 4 145/8″ x 23″ 4-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 75 gal.

Crew Weight: 400 lb.

More Information

Manitou Inc. - Lansing, Michigan; manitoupontoonboats.com

Source : Boating Magazine More   

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