Boat Test: 2018 SunChaser Geneva 22 Cruise SG

Boat Tested2018 SunChaser Geneva 22 Cruise SG
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Pontoon Boat
Manufacturer SunChaser
Length23ft 10in / 7.26 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
HullAluminum
Max HP150
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
Fuel Capacity30
By Steven Bull
Like anything that’s popular, manufacturers of pontoons seem to always be trying to one-up each other (and themselves!) when it comes to luxury, performance and overall design. That’s great, in a sense, because it means cool boats! Cool boats are usually expensive boats, so it’s nice to see a “basic” pontoon that is well thought-out, well built and looks good.

SunChaser’s Geneva series is a very affordable line of boats and, as hopefully the photos do justice, it has some real curb appeal (dock appeal?).

The SG in the name stands for starboard gate which gives entry and exit access directly in front of the helm. You are not always able to pick the dock you’re on so having mid-ship access from either side is great. The sacrifice is more seating, but dual benches flanking the bow provide plenty of places to sit.

The helm is basic, also helping to keep costs down, but it has everything you need and good sight lines to boot. The aft of the Geneva is party central, with a long bench wrapping around a table on the port side and, right at the stern, a small refreshment centre with sink, storage for a cooler and small countertop. Without room for a large aft swim platform, a fold down swim ladder for jumping in the lake will cool you off just fine.

On our test day, we cruised around Lake Tippecanoe in northern Indiana modestly powered by a 90-hp Evinrude. Because the Geneva is light and well built under the water, the tubes plus power yielded solid acceleration numbers of just over four seconds to plane.

The SunChaser Geneva Cruise SG will have you making memories on the water without taking out a second mortgage to do it. It’s a well-designed, sharp looking boat that’s
truly fun to cruise around on.

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Evinrude 90-horsepower, inline 3-cylinder E-TEC direct injection with stratified low RPM combustion mode
DETAILS
Length: 23 ft 10 in / 7.26 mBeam: 8 ft 6 in/ 2.59 mWeight: 2,100 lbs/ 953 kgFuel Capacity: 30 gals / 114 L
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