2015 Manitou Legacy SHP

2015 Manitou Legacy SHP


Manitou considers the Legacy line the most
elegant in their fleet on pontoon boats, and there’s good reason why, optimal performance
and some fantastic features. One that I really like on this 25, with the push of a button
you get shade when you want it and it’s as easy as that. As tested this Legacy had the
sport handling package, or SHP, that means three pontoons with barracuda nose cones designed
to withstand rough water and high speeds. All three pontoons with the largest in the
center have positive angle lifting strakes to add stability while running and added lift
to get you up on plane. And with all Manitou’s that have SHP, SeaStar power assist hydraulic
steering comes standard to keep the high performance low maintenance for the driver.The Legacy
25 was sturdy and confident and banked nicely in the turns, avoiding the outward roll some
two pontoon boats can have. With the 300 horsepower Evinrude E-TEC performance and high speed
is impressive. Ripping along the water we reache 46 miles per hour with the 17 inch
prop, which offers more stable and confident cruising, but if you up to the 19 inch prop
you can crack 50 miles per hour. All of this means that ski tow pole is more than just
decorative. Jumping from 0-20 miles per hour takes just over 4 seconds, and add another
2 seconds and you’re at 30 miles per hour where it cruises very comfortably even with
the bimini up. The design is as well executed above the pontoons as they are themselves.
Another acronym, SRS stands for split rear seating, and along with performance is an
impressive selling feature. The rear seats offer the option of four seats facing each
other in pairs or folded into a rear facing sun lounger. Ample storage throughout this
model also features a massive center in floor in pontoon storage hatch tucked into the faux
teak floor, which gives luxurious look and excellent durability. The helm is well appointed
and features nice touches like a smart phone holder and plenty of lights and accessories.
From top to toons this is a well designed and brilliantly executed boat that strikes
a great balance between luxurious comfort and exciting performance.

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