#1 Post by ebackscheider » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:30 am Hi Everyone, My wife and I are looking at Tritoons. I put the 25' tritoon through many challenging tight turns at WOT. Bennington •Ltd lifetime structural and wood warranty to the original owner. Power steering package, smart craft, nav....love the boat! I would today order the Verado 400HP if I were to get another. Like we mentioned, pontoons aren’t just for floating anymore. It was a fantastic boat and would buy another Bennington. However, the next debate is going to be electric vs solar!! Bennington Q25 Sport Arc. Bennington: Enjoyed our new Bennington R25/ with the Merc Verado 300 Immensely this summer, never did get it to top out much more than 45 though, probably cause we always had a ton of people on board. Try comparing the same price Bennington to a lot of other toons out there in the same price catagory and you may just be surprised. Don�t overlook a Berkshire it�s a great boat. Their boats are noticeably more maneuverable than pontoons have been in the past, with speed and agility, thanks to twin engine and joystick control in many boats. When you combine them all, our boats are a true force to be reckoned with. It has a standard sports tower that can be exchanged for a cladded one that has mounted speakers for some music to add to the exhilarating atmosphere. With an open floorplan, this boat is versatile, perfect for families or large group events. The maneuverability is perfect for docking or navigating a river. 2021 Bennington 23LSB. I bought a 25' Bennington 2575RL tritoon with a 130hp Honda in 2001. Bennington 22GL is one of the best options in this category. The stern drive choice provides an unobstructed swim platform and a … After researching all the top pontoon manufacturers, we opted for & bought a new Bennington 23 GSR w/Verado 250HP from Ryan/Max/Evan and the folks at WOW last year. The only difference between a stern drive and an outboard is where the motor is mounted. The Harris is nowhere near as stiff a construction as the Bennington but that is possibly due to the Bennington having 3 logs and under-deck sheathing (extra option). Ranger 200F Ranger’s 200F (starting below $22,000, $27,595 with a 90hp Mercury outboard) is an attractive option for buyers that want to blend the three Fs … Regency Bennington or Harris? Getting on and off your boat is important, and Harris boats have this covered. Bennington VS. Tracker Bennington vs. Tracker Warranty Comparison Bennington Tracker Pontoons Lifetime 5 Years Bennington Tracker JD Power Awards for Highest Customer Satisfaction 4 0 JD Power Award - # of Times As Runner Up 3 0 U.S. Market Share Rank 2 1 U.S. Dollar Volume Market Share Rank 1 3 Engine Pod Lifetime 5 Years Deck Lifetime Lifetime It has an open floor plan with parallel lounges, with plenty of room to stretch out. Upper end Bennington's seem to offer a solid niche for well appointed boats that are relatively inexpensive in the toon world. With anything bigger than 18' and 90-hp .... there's a disconnect .... no bouncing around .... no worries with the wind and waves .... the big boats just power straight through it. I boat mostly on the northern part of the lake now, with smaller passenger load, so the tritoon was not as necessary, but for open-lake boating I highly recommend a tritoon. Even Hinckley has some of their new CC boats powered by outboards. That starts by determining the right manufacturer, and the lion’s share of interested shoppers end up comparing Berkshire pontoon boats vs. Bennington pontoon boats. Outboard power is taking over the market. What are some options I should consider? You can't compare a $40,000 boat to a $30,000 boat, period. Outboards surpass I/O power by a wide margin. Top speed 89 MPH. 2021 Harris Sunliner 230 Sport. At the aft of the boat, there’s a swim platform with lounge seating that can be easily converted into a 4-foot-square sunbed. All of these recognized brands offer three tube and two engine models…all promise performance and handling…but what are the features you should be considering? Transferable within 10 years of the original sale. Don’t let the term “entry-level” fool you though. •5 year bow to stern coverage. ... 2021 Bennington 24RTFBA Bowrider. Love it. My decision came down to the same question...Bennington vs Harris. The 24LXSBA combines luxury with performance. The 24RTFBA Bowrider is a luxe pontoon with myriad amenities. Thanks for all the input, sure we couldn�t have gone wrong with either the Harris or Bennington, took the plunge yesterday and ordered a new Bennington! Wanted to hear from owners of both. 1000 S. Marina DR. The engine is easy to access on many Bennington models, so if you plan to service your vessel yourself, that is a bonus. I did have a problem with one of the welds on the log which appeared to be a poor weld though it held for 17 years so I can't really complain. Very impressive factory production. Now, designers are creating vessels that can multitask, and Harris is one of those forward-thinking designers. Re: Berkshire vs. Bennington? Created through the merging of two manufacturing companies in 1983, Harris/Kayot has gone on to become part of the Brunswick Boat Group. When they bought, they looked at Harris, but they are in another price range. Bennington’s Q25 Sport Arc is the epitome of features, convenience and utility when it comes to sports pontoons. I know it was not the question but a new pontoon boat company as of a couple of years ago is Barletta. Their boats are noticeably more maneuverable than pontoons have been in the past, with speed and agility, thanks to twin engine and joystick control in many boats. Jason Wylie from the then current Channel Marine took me out for a demo. ← Axis vs. Sanger: Why we love Axis boats for wakeboarding, Hagadone Marine Group mega center grand opening garners industry, community kudos →. The Harris is nowhere near as stiff a construction as the Bennington but that is possibly due to the Bennington having 3 logs and under-deck sheathing (extra option). Sylvan Pontoon boats are one of the fastest growing segments of boating, and for good reason — boaters are still looking for space and stability while they spend a day on the water. Melvin Village Marina sales and service have been superb. This is a high-quality pontoon with a lot of great standard features not found on other pontoons in the same class I will just run the Jet ski's for a while and I rented a 25' pontoon for my vacation week. Harris: During the past several decades, Harris has developed a sleek, elegant look that fits in at the yatch club and on the water. Thanks for the help. Would recommend the power steering option on either boat you choose. For over 60 years, we’ve created first-class, luxurious pontoons. Crest, South Bay, StarCraft, Princecraft, Bennington, Cypress Cay, Harris and Manitou Pontoons to name a few are all looking for their pontoon boat to be tied up at your dock. I ordered the 25' tritoon Bennington with at that time the largest 300 Verado. Harris is a long-established boat brand in the marine industry, manufacturing boats that vary in size from 18 feet to 28 feet. For more than 60 years, Harris has been serving its customers with the mission of making time on the water better than ever. Modern Bennington pontoons can get from zero-to-30-mph in less than five seconds. Harris boats easily take the cake in this category. The 24RTFBA Bowrider is a luxe pontoon with myriad amenities. Other than the Evinrude's which are still two strokes. Harris builds a complete line of pontoon boats, ranging from the value-priced Harris Cruiser to the premier Harris Crowne & V-270. Bennington: Both boats seem equivalent in fit and finish quality otherwise. Bennington 24 R Bowrider Swingback ... View Harris pontoon boats for sale on boats.com today. Since the beginning and to this day, at Bennington we are focused on leading in innovation and design with a meticulous attention to detail and quality, as well as a relentless focus on customer satisfaction to ultimately deliver the pinnacle in boating excellence. See more ideas about Pontoon boat, Pontoon, Boat. ... 2021 Bennington 24RTFBA Bowrider. We are also looking at a G@3 Bennington with a 250. Locate Harris boat dealers and find your boat at Boat Trader! Quiet, fast, handles great!....the Crest line is beautiful...it was a competition between the Crest and the Bennington...close call on them as both are awesome! Channel didn't sell Mercury so I had Bennington factory install it. Avalon. The Harris is nowhere near as stiff a construction as the Bennington but that is possibly due to the Bennington having 3 logs and under-deck sheathing (extra option). There’s also plenty of storage, with space below the seating for gear. The funny thing is with modern day computer controlled fuel injection systems, especially the GDI systems the need for a catalyst is almost completely eliminated. Feeling confident I made the right choice, even though a toon is a huge departure from what I’m used to! Both boats seem equivalent in fit and finish quality otherwise. Bought the 25� Crest Classic late last season...Tri-toon, 250 HP Merc. Harris Boats is one of the top pontoon boat manufacturers in the entire industry. 208.664.8274 Both dealers have great reputations as do both brands. .....small boats give you a feeling of being close to the water .... that you just don't get with any boat bigger than an 18' v-hull and 90-hp. Pontoon boats are a popular and growing boating trend… Review the brands, manufacturers and models available for today’s pontoon boat buyers Pontoon boats have grown in popularity in recent years because of their affordability, convenience and emphasis on comfort. This means that if you have a limited budget or boat on a small lake, you can buy a 20′ Harris Cruiser with a 50hp outboard for a price that is very competitive with many low quality, entry level boats. I believe if you look at the way Berkshires are constructed, dollar for dollar you won't see any difference. This boat does make up for some lost points with good engine performance, including high speeds. Bennington: Now that the season for watercraft sports and activities is coming, you may be interested in having a pontoon or two to enjoy with your friends and family. I actually went to the Bennington factory and watched the boat being built. Harris isn't a pontoon industry leader by simple chance. I once drove offshore power boats and I wanted to put this boat through the same conditions I was once use too. With me and my kiddos, 1/2 tank of gas, bimini closed, and smooth water (AM), I can hit 42 on my 20' tritoon with 150hp Mercury. Not on a big wave day, but on many days ..... with an 18' center console and 90-hp, you can go from Center Harbor to Wolfeboro, and return, in three hours, plus chill with a 15-minute noodle swim break, mid-way, at Sandy Island. Cold and blowing. I just sold my Bowrider this past weekend so I'm in the market for a Pontoon but I'm going to take my time. The Sunliner series combines eye-catching style and prime performance in a people-pleasing platform for inspiring on-the-water recreation. I suspect however this will apply to outboards soon enough and that will drive the prices of those up significantly as well. Our innovative designs make an ideal cruising, fishing and entertaining boat. No they don't. I am so impressed the Bennington and even more impressed with the Verado. Just a matter of time. Well, it took me about a year to sell my last boat, so I had plenty of time to research my new purchase. Never did a drop of water come onboard. Case docket for BENNINGTON BUSINESS PARK LP vs. HARRIS COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT, 202078401 in Texas State, Harris County, 190th District Court, filed 12/08/2020. With “car like” driving and maneuverability, even novice boaters can quickly learn how to navigate waters… My criteria for a demo was to take me out in the most windy and large wave conditions. If you’re looking for a social boat, these may not be for you. It was blowing 20 knots out of the NW. Seven Marine also has a larger engine the 627SV.. It might be worth a look. Not to hijack this thread, but,the debate over I/O and outboards is as old as chevy vs ford. Find Harris Grand Mariner 230 boats for sale near you, including boat prices, photos, and more. Coeur d’Alene, ID. Have it narrowed to Bennington and Harris. Many pontoons have features that make them versatile for cruising, enjoying the water, fishing or even watersports. That was four years ago. Bennington Pontoons vs. Premier Pontoons – Who Wins The Competition? Hagadone Marine Center has a great selection of new and pre-owned boats available at our Coeur d’Alene warehouse, including a vast selection of Harris pontoon boats. Why outboards have become so popular is because they are cheaper - the stupid government mandate to put a catalyst system (for emissions control) on stern drives made them more expensive than an outboard which ironically was just the opposite prior to this change. If $$$ is not an issue, Harris. However, pontoon boats today are so much more than a giant flotation device. Harris is one of the top end Toons out there. Both boats seem equivalent in fit and finish quality otherwise. The Sunliner 230 Sport mixes impressive handling with a higher level of trim. The hydraulic assistance just does not cut it if towing. The 23LSB easily carves turns while also providing an abundance of luxury. Modern Bennington pontoons can get from zero-to-30-mph in les… Now, designers are creating vessels that can multitask, and Harris is one of those forward-thinking designers. Today, we’ll compare some of the top names in boats to find the best boat for cruising Lake Coeur d’Alene — or any other North Idaho waterway. I was sold. Jan 8, 2019 - Reviews about Harris pontoon boat models. While there is ample storage, this isn’t the floating party barge that many people want when searching for a pontoon. Not once did it lose a grip and spin out. Melvin Village Marina sales and service have been superb. Outboards surpass I/O power? Saw on TV this morning Winnisquam marine is having a huge open house this weekend with great sales and rebates going on. Bennington Q25 I/O You won’t find the typical outboard anchored to the stern of this Bennington Q25 I/O. Having your own boat or pontoon is not just a great experience, but also an extremely convenient one. I put on my ski jacket and out we went. Suggest you wait until April 23rd @ 1:23 PM. Pros and cons. However, the easy access swim ladder is a pro for everyone, because it’s easily accessible and easy to use. Irwin has taken them on and is now a dealer. Boats. Who would ever thought. Boat Trader currently has 756 Harris boats for sale, including 669 new vessels and 87 used boats listed by both individual owners and professional dealers mainly in United States. I'm surprised at these numbers. Can't wait for that one... Here�s a well written article by formula on the the outboard / I.O. We worked with MVM because they're right across the water and can get things done the same day, whereas Channel/Winnisquam is nowhere near us. 2021 Harris Cruiser 250. One thing I will say about Bennington is their 10 year bow to stern warranty can’t be beat and gives you a nice peace of mind. The Bennington 22SSRXP comes from their most popular line and offers incredible seating space for a dozen in two forward facing radius benches in the bow, and […] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM3c_Uc_7ug, https://www.formulaboats.com/blog/bo...vs-sterndrive/. I assume you're thinking tritoon and not a two log boat..Love my Bennington 24/Merc 300.Bought in 2015 and no problems. The RT220 breaks the mold of ugly boxy pontoon boat design with a sleek helm and the addition of fiberglass components… 2021 Bennington 24LXSBA. Bennington, the world’s premier luxury pontoon boat manufacturer, was founded in 1997 by a small group of industry veterans. Actually picking it up this Saturday, I�ll send some pics. Currently have a 23� Bennington with 200 Yamaha. Any one of the following qualities would place Harris a step ahead of the competition. Harris: He called me on a December day and said are you ready for the demo ride. Harris: Like we mentioned, pontoons aren’t just for floating anymore. By Boating Tech Team December 2, 2020. By … With the finest craftsmen and first-class upholstery, Bennington is known for its durable and luxurious interiors. It has a 140 horse power Suzuki four-stroke, and a strong sport performance system which also includes an under deck wave shield, lifting strakes, full length keels and a third centre tube. Pleasure to deal with Ryan at Winnisquam, just a waiting game now... .... and a 25' Bennington pontoon boat with three pontoons, and a single Yamaha 300-hp outboard ... which is the biggest outboard they make. And while we take pride in our work, we refuse to give in to complacency. I was downsizing so last year I traded it in for a 22' Harris pontoon with a 90hp Merc at Melvin Village Marina. I said sure! Thanks for all the input, sure we couldn’t have gone wrong with either the Harris or Bennington, took the plunge yesterday and ordered a new Bennington! Thinking of taking the plunge and purchasing a pontoon. Harris: They are great looking boats. Sorry FLL......300HP is nowhere near the biggest one out there. . Harris Pontoons vs. Bennington Pontoons – Which is Better? I have used it for a couple of very minor items on items that no other manufacturer would have covered. Most large Center Console boats 40' and above here in Florida carry 4 of the Seven 627's total 2,500 HP. If you join “Club Bennington” 10-Year Bow to Stern If a transfer occurs the remaining balance of the standard 5 year warranty will apply. I was truly impressed! The title of best pontoon boat isn’t really a hard choice for us: Harris pontoons wins by leaps and bounds. Can I ask what your top speed is? Pros and cons to either, no right or wrong, just personal preference for the most part. What are Harris boats? Much of the seating is forward facing in many Bennington models, which creates a sectioned-off feeling. Harris currently makes 6 product lines of boats, and the Harris Cruiser is their entry-level model. It all depends.............. is there a thirty pack at the other end of the lake?. I have used it for a couple of very minor items that no other manufacturer would have covered. The interior is surrounded with fencing and safety railing to keep kids safe, as well as retractable side ladders, and dash features are easy to use. (Until you stop to fuel up). Escape into a world of luxury with a Harris Sunliner Series pontoon boat. See Harris Pontoons and Tritoons at a glance! The decision might come down to location. When it comes to outboard power it is the more the merrier! Yes, definitely a tritoon, just trying to decide between the two brands, which is difficult! Bennington: This boat does make up for some lost points with good engine performance, including high speeds. However, many people in North Idaho have their boats professionally serviced to ensure quality and performance. Simply put, we had the best year of boating ever. Back in the day when carburetors were the norm, it made a little more sense to clean up what was coming out the tail pipe. Looking at the 25 ft range with min 300 hp. Company History: Avalon calls itself a “luxury” brand that’s still meant to be affordable for … Nowadays, people aren’t asking themselves why they should buy a pontoon boat — instead, they’re simply deciding which pontoon boat would best suit their needs. Give us a call to set up an appointment to test drive one today. Select a 2018 Harris Model Harris/Kayot builds an array of sport, cruiser as well as pontoon boats to the standards of most major marine guidelines. One thing I will say about Bennington is their 10 year bow to stern warranty can�t be beat and gives you a nice peace of mind. Bennington pontoon boats are designed and constructed to ensure a quiet, smooth, comfortable and safe ride, even in rough waters. 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