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Why I’m a Pontoon Guy


When I was young, summertime was spent on the bay on my grandfather’s pontoon boat. It was the perfect platform for everyone in the family. My grandmother could sit on the forward lounger and read in the sun. My cousins, sisters and I could all fish off the bow and stern decks. The youngest members of the family could fight between, “Go faster!” and “Slow down!”. At the time, a few decades ago, pontoons weren’t as mainstream or as luxurious as they are today. The most recent models still have the space and versatility of the original pontoons, but the features packed in today’s pontoons are amazing! Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the most recent offerings from one of my favorite brands, Manitou.


Meet the 2021 Lineup

Why I’m a Pontoon Guy – Within Reach

When it comes to affordability and fun for the whole family, the Aurora LE, Manitou’s most accessible boat, is a perfect choice. It now offers even more features as standard, and a completely redesigned VP hull to accommodate up to 200 HP, for that extra kick during your on-the-water adventures. One of the brand’s favorites among families, the all-new Aurora LE is available in lengths from 18- to 25-feet, and three-floor plans – standard, angler, and rear-facing. For the model year 2021, it has been refreshed from bow to stern and comes in a variety of hull design and engine choices. With completely redesigned, high-quality furniture, it boasts upgraded foam padding for even more comfort for you, your family, and friends. When it’s time to take the party from the boat to the sand bar, there’s a high-quality Fusion stereo for even more fun and a truly rocking sound experience. Manitou designers took a fresh approach to even the smallest of details that make for a fun time on the water and even added four times as many cup holders. The Aurora LE has standard features other manufacturers add as options like a 7-inch Garmin multifunction display, stainless steel ladder, and a ski tow bar on V-Toon models. They also listened to dealers and customers and streamlined their manufacturing and dealer ordering processes, making the whole product line quicker and easier to obtain.

Sunny With a 100% Chance of Fun! Why I’m a Pontoon GuyWhen I was young, summertime was spent on the bay on my grandfather’s pontoon boat.


Why I’m a Pontoon Guy – Endless Fun!


When it’s time to get the adrenaline pumping, the new Aurora LE VP offers a design upgrade to larger center tube lifting strakes, Barracuda nose cones, and power assist steering – for a uniquely exhilarating experience. More than just a third tube bolted to the deck, Manitou’s V-toon technology delivers superior handling, a smoother ride, and incredible control.


Sunny With a 100% Chance of Fun! Why I’m a Pontoon GuyWhen I was young, summertime was spent on the bay on my grandfather’s pontoon boat.

Why I’m a Pontoon Guy – Handling That’s a Dream


Also new for 2021 and designed to combine luxury and sports performance, the Manitou LX replaces the Legacy and X-Plode models, to serve those in search of both extreme fun and complete relaxation. Available with a dual-engine or Sport Handling Package (SHP), the new LX offers the finest in contemporary pontoon-handling technology. Positive angle lifting strakes and the Barracuda nose cone design give the SHP pontoon boats the ability to perform optimally even at high speeds and in rough waters. The LX comes in lengths from 23- to 27-feet, with a number of floor plans to choose from, ample storage, and tons of standard features, like power assist steering and to protect your investment a color-matched mooring cover. Of course, you’ll turn heads with LED interior and exterior lighting that are also standard. A host of options are available to precisely tailor your experience to your lifestyle, such as configurable loungers, sun pads, and windscreens.


Learn more about the models, options, comfort, and performance of a Manitou pontoon and how driving a Manitou can help you stand out and turn heads on the water. Visit and don’t forget to follow Manitou on their Facebook and Instagram profiles and subscribe to the Manitou YouTube channel.


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