Manitou, a leading manufacturer of pontoon boats in Lansing, today announced its model year 2022 lineup. The new offerings provide added power and premium features to the company’s performance, luxury, and leisure pontoon boats.
Manitou’s new sport and luxury Manitou XT and LX models are now certified with a maximum 900 horsepower rating, which is paired with the Manitou V-Toon Technology hull. As speeds increase, the natural ability of a hull to heel becomes increasingly important, not only for comfort, but safety.
Manitou has solved this by adding a third tube bolted to the deck of its pontoons. The patented Manitou V-Toon technology was engineered to optimize performance, beginning with the size and precise positioning of the center tube.
It’s the precise positioning, along with strategically placed positive angle lifting strakes, that results in the exact degree of deadrise and water displacement needed to simulate the standard v-hull. With the right amount of speed and angle of surface, a boat will plane, or lift to the top of the water.
This means a Manitou performance hull, found on the VP and Sport Handling Package (SHP) models, will heel into a turn like a race car on a banked track, providing stability and giving the operator easier handling and more control.
The company also offers an optional Mercury VesselView display, which allows boaters to monitor engine data and access select SmartCraft engine controls on one intuitive digital interface.
“The best days on the water are those that can’t easily be put into words, with memories that will last a lifetime,” says Garrett Koschak, manager of global product strategy at Manitou. “That’s our focus every single day at Manitou. Being on the water is a unique opportunity to spend time with family and friends. …”
In addition, with optional Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO) controls, low-speed maneuvering on a Mercury-equipped Manitou boat is made easier by moving the joystick in the desired direction.
On the other side of the lineup, the 2022 Manitou Aurora LE provides more premium features. The Manitou Aurora LE Premium Package — one of three available packages on the model — offers additional LED courtesy and interior lighting, as well as top-of-the-line Fusion stereo components.
Manitou refreshed its color schemes on the Aurora LE, LX, and XT, including Purple Potion, Chromaflair Pearlescent, Highland Green, and Lemon Zest.
For more information about Manitou pontoon boats, including full technical information and an overview of packages and eye-popping new colors, visit: www.manitoupontoonboats.com.
Manitou was part of Triton Industries Inc., and in 2018 it was sold to BRP, a global leader in the world of powersports vehicles, propulsion systems, and boats. The company’s portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, Alumacraft, Manitou, and Quintrex boats, along with Rotax marine propulsion systems and Rotax engines for karts and recreational aircraft.
BRP, based in Quebec, reported annual sales of $6 billion (CA) in 2020 and operates in more than 130 countries with a global workforce of 14,500 employees.