Boat Test: 2014 SunChaser Classic 8524

Boat Tested2014 SunChaser Classic 8524
Price As Tested$23,499 USD
Category Pontoon Boat
Manufacturer SunChaser
Length25ft 10in / 7.87 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeYamaha Outboards
Fuel Capacity30
By Matt SpencerSunchaser is known as a leader in the value pontoon market. This is an important segment, as pontoons have been fuelling the growth of boating for several years now. Although Sunchasers have always offered plenty of features that other value boats didn't, they still looked the value part, always missing that curb appeal -- that is, until now.

For 2014, Sunchasers have a whole new look, one that will make you stop and take a second look. Most notably on the exterior, the fencing has been moved to the inside of the D railings, giving the boat a little style and flare.

When you move inside the boat, you're going to see a raised helm stand. Along with that, they have upgraded the choice in vinyl, going with a textured pattern for a little extra comfort. The seats are plush and feature speakers in the backrest as well.

What I have always liked about Sunchasers is that they don't skimp out, even for a value line. They still use rotocast bases along with strong, durable hinges. The seats work the way you expect them to, you don't have to fight with them.

This Classic 8524 also featured the hide-away change area. These are big features on pontoons nowadays. Once you're done swimming and it's getting late, you can easily change out of that wet gear and into something comfortable for the evening ride home.

The model I tested also showed off the optional fully enclosed camper package. I was really impressed with this as it gives you a full eight feet of headroom, essentially giving you a floating gazebo to keep the bugs out or escape from a rain shower. Better yet, all the pieces have colour-coordinated tabs so there's no guesswork when you're putting it up.

One of the best standard features on any Sunchaser is peace of mind. Each boat comes with the Limited Lifetime Plus 6 Warranty, so you know you're covered. This way, you can get out on the water easily and bring along all your friends.
TEST BOAT ENGINEYamaha F115, 1,741 cc (106.2 ci), in-line, 4-cylinder, four-stroke outboard
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)6000 / 28
2500 / 8 ; 3000 / 12.5 ; 3500 / 14 ; 4000 / 18
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