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High performance pontoon boats may sound like a contradiction, but a pair not only reached 100-mph at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout - they looked good doing it. I have a confession to make: Every year during the Miami International Boat Show, I treat the pontoon boat displays the same way I treat the sailboat displays. The Hampton line from PlayCraft is the manufacturer’s answer to those who like the solid construction and quality of a PlayCraft pontoon, but are looking for a more conservative package. When it comes to setting the tone for a luxury boat, it really starts with a nice color scheme.
There are three chaise lounges, two in the bow and a rear-facing one in the stern and we like the contour shape of the rear bench seat that makes it a little easier to get past the helm chair on your way to the rear entry. Hampton uses a foam-filled U-shaped center pontoon with the motor pod attached as well as two 25-inch diameter pontoons for the base. Above deck there is over 15 feet of usable space from inside the bow gate to the rear bench.
We had no problems getting up on plane with the Suzuki 175 HO on the back and at full throttle we reached speeds over 40 miles per hour. Priced very well, this Hampton is a great all-around boat with plenty of key features and amenities, as well as a nice performance kick.
Why we love this boat…This boat has a lot going for it with its layout and amenities, plus performance, but we really like the different vinyl colors used throughout the boat that really help bring this ‘toon to life. Heavy-duty extruded aluminum side deck bumpers, 28-inch aluminum rails, bimini with quick-release fasteners, circuit breaker, LED docking, courtesy and navigational lights, stereo with MP3 adapter, Cone speakers, plush marine carpet, fiberglass console, universal remote, deluxe steering wheel, rear access with swing down ladder, built-in 30-gallon fuel tank and hinged rear sundeck. April 18, 2016Crest Classic 230 ChateauOver-the-top comfort, the CP3+ Performance edition and the amazing bar-style layout behind the helm chair highlight this pontoon. If this is your first visit, please click the Sign Up now button to begin the process of creating your account so you can begin posting on our forums! Wonder if the outboard toon would have ran 101 MPH if the armrests were down on the captain's chair?! If you go just to the island and back, most our boats will use between 4-6 gallons depending on your load and how heavy you are on the throttle. Voucher RedemptionAfter you reserve your pontoon online or by the phone, we will send you a confirmation email including a voucher with your payment information, complete operator information, meeting location, departure time, and local telephone numbers at your destination.

We counted six different colors used in the vinyl, plus multiple colors are used for the vinyl-wrapped helm console as well as the captain’s chair. Built into the starboard-side pontoon are actual steps for easy boarding, plus a flip-down ladder that really makes getting out of the water a breeze. There are lifting strakes on the insides of the outside pontoons as well as on both sides of the center tube. Overall the craftsmanship earned high marks as well as the overall layout design that is safe and family-friendly, especially with the nice tall side rails.
The versatility of the design help make it appealing to a lot of people including families with smaller kids to older couples that are looking for a great cruising model. Both boats required extensive modifications to the aluminum pontoons to handle the power and speed. But with the pop-up enclosure built into the rear-facing chaise lounge, you truly can use this area as a storage box for tubes and other toys.
From the swim deck you can get a good look at the Suzuki 175 HO engine that is so quiet that we actually forgot it was running while we were doing our walkthrough inspection. We especially like the double splash fins on the nosecones that add durability and longevity to this boat. My thinking is that if Ia€™m ever seen, much less photographed, anywhere near a pontoon boat or a sailboat Ia€™ll lose my sweet gig as editor-at-large for Powerboat magazine. The lack of sound surprised us enough that we had to double check the idle decibel reading from our tech test when we got back to the dock. My wife and I were cruising in the 32 Skater about 50 mph when my she tells me there is a pontoon next to us. My wife and I were cruising in the 32 Skater about 50 mph when my wife tells me there is a pontoon next to us. I push the go sticks to 70 mph and my wife laughs on the intercom and says he is still there.
But you know, after covering this yeara€™s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in late August, Ia€™m rethinking my position on pontoons.
Thata€™s because I saw a pair them reach 100-mph on the central Missouri lakea€™s liquid-mile course.

And heaven help me for what Ia€™m about to say, they looked good doing it.To make things even more intriguing, one of the boats was powered by a single supercharged big-block engine with a stern drive and the other had triple outboards. So both sides of the mainstream go-fast boat power world were covered.Ken Gouty of Antioch, Ill, owns and drove the big-block engine version, a 27-foot-long PlayCraft with a custom-built 540-cubic-inch powerplant.
Though hea€™s not a professional racer hea€™s been around boats since he was seven years old.a€?I worked in a marina, fixed boats and engines,a€? he says. If I foul a plug or something and you beat me, Ia€™ll never hear the end of it.a€™a€?The boat is very predictablea€”I could drive it anywhere,a€? he added. It never got loose at all.a€?Gouty admitted that the boat, which actually has a pair of tunnel tabs, was a whole lot more planted to the water during this yeara€™s runs at the Shootout than it was last year. The reason for the increased stability, however,A  was less than calculated.a€?When we brought it home, we found the front nose cone on one of middle pontoon had splita€”the boat takes a beating when I drive it like an idiot,a€? he explained.
Also like Gouty, the 40-year-old has been around boats most of his life, has a passion for pontoons and is competitive as hell. He said he understands why people a€?dona€™t geta€? going fast in a pontoon boat, at least at first.a€?People think youa€™re nuts until they take a ride,a€? he explained.
One of these days if I get done with the pontoon deal Ia€™ll buy a cat and put these motors on it.a€?I have a family, so a pontoon boat makes sense,a€? he added. The one I had last year was a little light.a€?Outside of a pair of 50-foot-long Mystic catamaransa€”one with 2,000-hp ethanol-fueled engines and other with 1,500-hp turbine enginea€”this pair of pontoon boats was the crowd favorite at this yeara€™s Shootout.
You could even say they stole show.Which is why Ia€™ll (grudgingly) check out the pontoon displays at next yeara€™s Miami International Boat Show. I do have some standards.Bi-weekly columnist Matt Trulio is the editor at large for Powerboat magazine.

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