Manitou 24 Legacy Triple Tube: Performance Test

The Manitou 24 Legacy cruises in comfort.

12th May 2003.
By Go Boating

The 24 Legacy's spacious layout gives the entire family enough room to use the boat for a wide range of activities.

The 24 Legacy's spacious layout gives the entire family enough room to use the boat for a wide range of activities.

If you still think of a pontoon boat as a basic platform with an engine, you need to step into the 21st century. Triton Industries’ Manitou pontoon boats go way beyond the basic amenities, which has led some people to consider the company the Cadillac of pontoon boats.

Finely tuned and precision made, these luxury vessels allow you to cruise in style and comfort. The Legacy series’ wide range of options and styles are sure to meet the needs of just about every family.

Manitou offers four basic models, with several styles from which to choose. The range of add-ons and modifications is staggering, but we tested the upgraded three-tube outboard-powered version of the boat.

Capable of doing everything from fishing to lake cruising with the family, these boats can be modified to fit your exact needs. The Legacy is the top-of-the-line, fully loaded luxury model, so it’s sure to bring a touch of class to any body of water.

Plush and Comfortable

You can also order the Legacy as an I/O or with a triple tube for extra stability and enhanced performance.

The 24 Legacy’s spacious layout gives the entire family enough room to use the boat for a wide range of activities. While the youngsters are lying out and soaking up the sun in one area, the adults can kick back and enjoy the ride in another area. The boats are divided into recreational areas — depending upon the option you choose — so every member of the family can have fun.

A large L-shaped settee wraps around one side at the stern of the boat, with the starboard helm located amidships. A table (complete with cup inserts) sits directly in front of the settee.

This arrangement allows the skipper to be included in the conversation while still keeping his or her eyes on the waterway. The kids can sit up front on the settees that line both sides, or they can bask in the sun in the optional sleeper lounges. Another option for forward seating is the PT group, which includes two captain-style chairs gathered around a cocktail table.

The standard entry door is on the port side, just across from the helm and in front of the L-shaped stern settee. I found the rails to be very sturdy when boarding, and the gate was easy to open and close. The gate is wheelchair-accessible, for passengers with disabilities.

The Legacy includes a deluxe fiberglass helm with woodgrain accents and a Heritage Gold gauge package. Standard instrumentation includes a tachometer, a speedometer, a fuel gauge, a voltmeter, an hourmeter and a depth gauge.
You’ll find CD storage and a cellular phone connection in a hideaway shelf, both of which are standard. Anodized bow and rub rails, a faux burled wood steering wheel, an AM/FM radio with CD player, a Sunbrella mooring cover, a lockable glove box and hydraulic steering are also standard features.

Plush carpeting runs along the deck, creating an attractive and durable surface that will remain beautiful even after years of intense use. The double-walled rotomold seats use no wood in the seat base or backrest construction, so no rot can occur. All vinyl is treated to resist mold, mildew and odor-causing germs.

The 24 Legacy’s anti-spray nose cones eliminate the need for welded-on fins. The extruded full-length keel adds strength, protects each tube and enhances tracking and steering. The boat has strong aluminum corner castings and chambered pontoon tubes for extra strength and security. While these quality touches may not be immediately apparent, they make a huge difference in the lifespan and overall wearability of the boat.

But Is the Ride as Luxurious?

We tested the 24 Legacy Triple Tube on the Stockton Deep Water Channel in Northern California. The day was calm and cool, with a slight Delta breeze.

A few other boats were on the water, so we had a chance to see how the 24 took the wakes. We had three adults and just under a quarter tank of fuel on board for the test.

The test boat had a middle tube with an integral motor mount, allowing for an increased capacity up to 200 hp. The standard two-tube boat is rated at a maximum of 130 hp.

The test boat had hydraulic steering and was powered by a 200 hp Mercury two-cycle OptiMax outboard engine. This engine is impressive and creates a stir wherever it goes. It’s big.

We took the boat up to a top speed of 45 mph (at 5,500 rpm). Cruising speed for the boat is a respectable 30 mph (at 3,500 rpm). At that speed, the boat gets about 4.6 mpg.

Handling the boat was a breeze. The steering was easy and positive, and the boat turned well on command. I was impressed by the smoothness of the ride and the boat’s overall maneuverability.

The boat took the wakes without missing a beat, turned easily and, in a short radius, backed straight, if slowly. Overall, it performed very well.

The Manitou 24 Legacy delivers all of the features that a luxury pontoon boat should — and then some. Quality craftsmanship and components ensure that these boats are both handsome and built to last over time. They are great for virtually any kind of recreational use, and the ample amount of space is sure to keep the whole family comfortable.—Connie Cassinetto

Manitou 24 Legacy Specifications

Length 24′
Beam 8’6″
Tubes 3
Tube diameter 2’1″
Dry weight (w/o engine) 2,640 pounds
Fuel capacity 35 gallons
Maximum power 200 hp (3 tubes)
Base price (w/o engine) $17,515

Performance

Top speed 45 mph
Cruising speed 30 mph
Miles per gallon at 30-mph cruising speed 4.6
Estimated fuel cost for 100 miles $32.61
Range at 30-mph cruising speed 161 miles

(Estimated fuel cost based on a fuel price of $1.50 per gallon.)

Engine

Model Mercury 200 OptiMax outboard
Propshaft horsepower 200
Cylinders V-6
Displacement 185.9 c.i.d.
Bore and stroke 3.63″ x 3.00″
Gear ratio 1.75:1
Maximum engine speed 5000-5750 rpm
Weight 528 pounds

Standard Features

Remote control rope lighting, CD player, hydraulic steering, fiberglass helm w/CD rack and cellular phone storage, Bimini top and boot, anodized walls, corner deck castings, extruded aluminum cross members, stainless steel fasteners, premium-grade vinyl graphics, hidden horn, full-length extruded aluminum keels, docking lights, two mooring eyes, aluminum motor mount, anti-spray nose cones, dinette table, ice chest, tachometer.

Options

Privacy station with a changing room, portable head that tucks away under a settee, galley with sink and storage, portable movable table that can do double duty as a bait box, floating cupholders, captain’s loveseat, a stainless steel ski tow bar, Save-A-Life ladder, rear entry, trolling motor outlet, Coosa composite decking, lifting strakes, Sunbrella furniture covers and enclosures.

For More Information

Triton Industries Inc.
7800 Northport Drive
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 322-3822
www.manitouboats.com


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