Boat Test: 2015 SunChaser 8524 Lounger DH

Boat Tested2015 SunChaser 8524 Lounger DH
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Power
Manufacturer SunChaser
Length25ft 10in / 7.87 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Max HP300
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
Fuel Capacity30

In a word I would sum this pontoon boat up as smooth. From cushy comfort of the touring package with soft seats to wave-straddling length and stability, the 8524 is also a joy to drive.

With the 300-hp Evinrude topping out the max rating for the triple-log 'toon, you get the results you want when you punch the throttle on this PR25 Performance Package-equipped SunChaser.

Going from zero to 30 miles per hour takes just six-and-a-half seconds and when running flat out with a trimmed up engine we hit 46 miles per hour. Not bad for a 14-person boat that’s nearly 26 feet long.

But most boaters will rarely run full throttle. At a more fuel-efficient 4000rpm the 8524 cruises nicely at 27 miles per hour.

Piloted from the raised and well-appointed helm, the captain will not be the only one enjoying the ride.

The four bench seats at each corner offer plenty of seating - or lounging - space. Underneath you’ll find moulded plastic storage compartments. The seat cushions are on hinges so when you flip them up, you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to put them or how to get each one back on.

Integrated speakers and multiple cup holders between the seat and backrest of the benches drive home the fact that this SunChaser is built for comfort whether running or not.

Mid-ship are dual bucket seats that are spin and adjust, a nice option for the passenger on the port side. On the starboard side, underneath the controls of the raised helm is a large storage compartment that could house a decent size cooler.

In the centre of the floor is an in-pontoon ski locker that’s large enough to fit plenty of gear including the removable table that can be mounted between either the bow or stern bench seat.

The rear bench seats conceal more storage and, on the starboard side, offer easy access to the battery. 

For those wanting a reprieve from the sun without having to sacrifice the cushy seating of the 8524, an eight-and-a-half foot bimini top unfurls to cover much of the deck.

At the stern, a stainless steel telescoping swim ladder and ski-tow pole are mounted on the moderate but totally useable swim platform - and with 300-hp and solid performance numbers, this is a pontoon that you should take advantage of from tied up to tearing across the lake to tow sports. You won’t be disappointed.

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