Boat Test: 2014 Manitou 23 Oasis SR VP

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Boat Tested2014 Manitou 23 Oasis SR VP
Price As Tested$47,900 CAD
Category Pontoon Boat
Manufacturer Manitou
Length24ft 4in / 7.42 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Weight2900
HullAluminum
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity44
By Amanda ComissionDesigned to be affordable and functional, it's no surprise the Oasis series is Manitou's most popular. Whether you're racing down the lake thanks to the triple 'toons or just taking a leisurely cruise, the 23 Oasis SR provides ample space and storage to keep you comfortably out on the water all day long.
Manitou takes its first step away fromthe ordinary at the bow, where a small portside corner seat partners a forward-facing lounge to starboard. There are lots of places to seat friends and family along for the ride, with storage under for lines, fenders, gear -- whatever you need tomake an ordinary day extraordinary. The space is truly maximized here, with storage even incorporated into the headrest on the starboard lounge. Across the way, just aft of the side gate, a pop-up privacy station with curtain kit will be great for getting in and out of swimsuits on the fly. Stretching back from here, there's a portside lounge across from the helm seat, so the captain can have some company when the Oasis is cruising.
At the helm, the higher back on the optional reclining chair adds comfort and function, as well as the upgraded steering wheel. The full set of gauges are easy-to-read, and the toggle switches below and to left are within easy reach. 
The optional simulated teak flooring at the rear nicely sets off the SR model's unique aft seating area, where you can sit and chat or stretch out to soak up some rays. Not forgetting boaters also want useful storage space,Manitou adds plenty of it aft under each of the facing seats -- perfectly placed wheremost of the action is. And, don't worry, if you moved someone who was busy relaxing to grab a line or PFD, a quick flip
of the back rest switches function back to fun. 
Speaking of fun, our test boat's 150-horsepower Evinrude provided lots of get-up-and-go… to a top speed of almost 37 miles per hour. 
So why not bring the Oasis with you wherever you go with this luxurious -- and functional -- beauty from Manitou.
TEST BOAT ENGINEEvinrude 150 E-TEC HO, 158 ci, 150-hp V-6 outboard
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)0-20 / 4.3 ; 0-30 / 6
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)5500 / 36.9
CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
3000 / 17.3 ; 3500 / 20.1 ; 4000 / 24 ; 4500 / 28
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