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BOATING WORLD 2011 Buyer's Guide tested the SUN TRACKERĀ® Party Barge 22 Sport Fish

2011 Boat Buyer's Guide

by Alan Jones

 SUN TRACKER continues to up its game by steadily improving the seating, styling, convenience and performance of its pontoon lineup.  For 2011, the all-new 22 SF continues this trend with a do-it-all mentality that will appeal to those looking to diversify their boating fun portfolio.

Some never-before-seen items include the lockable storage compartments under all the seats, as suggested to Tracker by its owner group.  Our test Party Barge sports a new 3-D graphics package along with a chocolate fence color behind the gracefully arching rails that give the 22 SF a modern style.  With the optional color-coordinated double Bimini top, we’ve got more shade than a 100-year-old oak tree.

Powered by a Mercury 115 FourStroke, the 22 SF has the power to take the kids skiing and tubing.  This SUN TRACKER features a pair of 26-inch tubes, which are larger than most and contribute to a higher, drier ride.  Out-of-the-hole performance was good with a time to plane of 3.5 seconds and a 0-20 mph time of 6.8 seconds.  Top speed was just a few tenths away from 30 miles per hour.  The boat is rated to 150 hp for those who have larger skiers in the family or are in a bigger hurry to get to the raft-up.

Owners of Regency Party Barges have long known that they make good fishing platforms, and SUN TRACKER makes it even easier with a pair of reclining fishing chairs that allow anglers to concentrate on “being the fish.”  They even swivel, so bow cruisers can pivot if something scenic catches their eye.  Also up front are corner caddies with rod and cupholders.

In addition to the angler seats up front, there’s a pair of bow couches with laybacks that have a generous amount of recline.  In the stern is an L-settee in front of a large sunpad.  This year, the rear deck is sans carpeting and instead has durable nonskid vinyl.  Unlike on a lot of other outboard-powered pontoon, the rear deck is easily traversable across the entire width, with cables and hoses neatly tucked into the well.

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