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Looking to purchase a new Tritoon. Should I go with JC or Bennington? I am torn. My gut says JC for the sport, but luxury for Bennington. Performance and durability I'd say they're fairly equal, but am looking for other input.

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I bought a Bennington last year, tritoon, with sport arch and blackout package. Has a yamaha 300hp and am really happy with it. Gets lots of compliments, and is hilarious watching other boaters as we pass them.
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I had a 2014 G3 X324SS Tritoon with a Yamaha F200. It was absolutely awesome...had the seats for laying out facing rear. Just my thoughts but you may want to consider. Cruised easily over 30mph and did not use hardly any fuel. I never actually checked it but in order to use half a 30 gal tank, you had to actually try to.
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Both sound super, and FAST! I wouldn't go with a smaller engine than a 200. I love having the third toon. Appreciate the input
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Bennington has the 10 yr warranty, and JC is 5 I believe. The bennington warranty would be a huge selling point if you want to sell in 5 yrs.

Just ordered a Bennington for my FIL. You should expect to pay around 20% off the MSRP on the website. That is what we found anyway.

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there is one like this down here that is really nice.

Bennignton Q30 maybe

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Far and away go Bennington! Their materials, construction, warranty, dealer support, pontoon design and layouts are far superior to the JC product.
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Bennington.

Respectfully, this seems like deciding between a Lexus and a Saturn. Even on the performance front.. the elliptical tube setup deal that Bennington has is very impressive.
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Benington out of those to. Out of the boats I've seen, the only ones that are comparable are the high end Crest (yes, they make some higher end boats, in addition to their run of the mill stuff), and Premier. Ran across this one last spring, and I have yet to see another toon that I liked the layout of better.
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Have you looked at the Marker Ones (made by Cobalt)? All the same interior materials as the Cobalts. I spent some time on an M27 at the NY Boat show in January and it is a hell of a nice boat.
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Have you looked at the Marker Ones (made by Cobalt)? All the same interior materials as the Cobalts. I spent some time on an M27 at the NY Boat show in January and it is a hell of a nice boat.
I haven't looked at anything other than the Bennington and the JC, but maybe I need to. I was pretty settled on those two.
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I am a bit shocked that Bennington seems to have blown this out of the water. thanks everyone for the input.
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here is my findings.



Well I will be a first time Tritoon owner in a couple months. Did tons of research on who makes the best boat for the money. Its amazing how many brands are out there and priced almost the same for the same options.

The main brands I had heard the most about and see the most of were Bennington,South Bay, Coach,Xcursion, Misty Harbour, Manitou ,Harris, Bass Pro and Lowes. I know I'm missing some but they were the most common.

I priced just about every brand with the same features, motor and same level of boat package. Meaning value leisure quality as in middle of the road upgrades. I wasn't looking into the high end packages with all the fancy stuff.

I was kinda leaning towards Bennington because the 10 year warranty and they sale the most boats. But that's kinda misleading. I believe I was told by the Actual Bennington dealer that well over half their sales are toons and smaller tritoons. They sale a crap load of boats with 2 toons with 90's and 115's on them.

The factory told me they produced about 12,000 boats a year. They are mass produced. Makes sense now how they sale so many.

I have had 4 Sea Hunt boats which are the number 1 selling fiberglass boat in America besides Carolina Skiff. They produce around 2000 boats a year. They are a great value for what you get. But when you step up to a brand that is made one at a time and better workmanship the prices are 20,30 maybe 50 grand more for the same size boat.

In the Pontoon brands there isn't that huge price difference. Everything is within a few grand of eachother.

Well I have several local Bennington and Manitou dealers. I even priced the high volume dealer in S.C. for Bennington prices.

One thing that made no sense to me on the Bennington is a 30 gallon tank on the tritoons. You cant get anything bigger than that unless you go to the Eliptical version which is a lot more money.

Why on earth such a small tank? With their performance package its rated up to a 200 HP. With basically 27 gallons of useable fuel that means if you cruising at 3800 to 4000 rpms doing 25 to 30 mph you will be burning about 6 to 7 gallons an hour with a 150 and more with a 200. If you pull anybody those numbers will go down. So at best you could run at mid 20's for 4 hours before you out of fuel. I have looked at the performance bulletins which show around 4 mpg at best with a 150 unless you go low 20's you might get 4.2 or so MPG.

The Bennington was the only brand I could find that offered such a small tank. Everybody else was over 40 gallons and even Bass pro was 52 I believe.

Well I priced a 22 Bennington tritoon with the performance package ,150 Yamaha, hydraulic steering, trailer,with about 1,500 in options was around 40 grand without taxes in S.C. Here in LA it was 45 K. My local dealer said he couldn't believe the dealer in S.C. could sale it that cheap. The S.C. dealers sales about 500 Bennington's a year. Top 5 dealer.

Well after looking at so many boats and learning that Mantiou's seem to be the best of the best. I was sold on them. The factory was very supportive and explained to me that they use to build 3 or 4 boats a week out of a small factory. Now they have a bigger place because the demand commanded a bigger place. Now its 6 to 7 boats a week which still compared to Bennington's 200 plus a month is nothing.

Why would I buy a mass produced boat over a boat that's built basically one at a time with more detail and better workmanship? Not knocking the Bennington but its a no brainer to me.

I can see the difference's in the welds and details.

Well I ordered a 21 Aurora LE standard tritoon with the SHP package. Its actually over 22 foot long.

150 HO Evinrude G2 with digital controls,power steering,digital gauge and 10 year warranty. Options include tandem axle aluminum trailer with spare tire, wired for trolling motor with half door, luna upgraded flooring, dinette table, s/w package, upgraded captain's chair,portable cupholders,logos, kicker Bluetooth stereo head unit, dual smart battery switch and 2 batteries.

41,000 without taxes included. I thought that was a great price for everything I'am getting.

Not knocking other brands but I'am glad I did my research. I think Bennington sales so well because of the warranty.
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Bennington. My 24' SSL tritoon goes everywhere. I customized it to have a 2nd fuel tank installed (51 gallons total), 10 gallon fresh water shower, NMEA 2000 network to tie in Yamaha F150. It will take a pounding and give you a good ride. Worst conditions I was in were 4' with short intervals on a real sloppy day. I've only ever stuffed the bow one time - which is saying something since we go out as far as 15 miles offshore in it.
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here is my findings.



Well I will be a first time Tritoon owner in a couple months. Did tons of research on who makes the best boat for the money. Its amazing how many brands are out there and priced almost the same for the same options.

The main brands I had heard the most about and see the most of were Bennington,South Bay, Coach,Xcursion, Misty Harbour, Manitou ,Harris, Bass Pro and Lowes. I know I'm missing some but they were the most common.

I priced just about every brand with the same features, motor and same level of boat package. Meaning value leisure quality as in middle of the road upgrades. I wasn't looking into the high end packages with all the fancy stuff.

I was kinda leaning towards Bennington because the 10 year warranty and they sale the most boats. But that's kinda misleading. I believe I was told by the Actual Bennington dealer that well over half their sales are toons and smaller tritoons. They sale a crap load of boats with 2 toons with 90's and 115's on them.

The factory told me they produced about 12,000 boats a year. They are mass produced. Makes sense now how they sale so many.

I have had 4 Sea Hunt boats which are the number 1 selling fiberglass boat in America besides Carolina Skiff. They produce around 2000 boats a year. They are a great value for what you get. But when you step up to a brand that is made one at a time and better workmanship the prices are 20,30 maybe 50 grand more for the same size boat.

In the Pontoon brands there isn't that huge price difference. Everything is within a few grand of eachother.

Well I have several local Bennington and Manitou dealers. I even priced the high volume dealer in S.C. for Bennington prices.

One thing that made no sense to me on the Bennington is a 30 gallon tank on the tritoons. You cant get anything bigger than that unless you go to the Eliptical version which is a lot more money.

Why on earth such a small tank? With their performance package its rated up to a 200 HP. With basically 27 gallons of useable fuel that means if you cruising at 3800 to 4000 rpms doing 25 to 30 mph you will be burning about 6 to 7 gallons an hour with a 150 and more with a 200. If you pull anybody those numbers will go down. So at best you could run at mid 20's for 4 hours before you out of fuel. I have looked at the performance bulletins which show around 4 mpg at best with a 150 unless you go low 20's you might get 4.2 or so MPG.

The Bennington was the only brand I could find that offered such a small tank. Everybody else was over 40 gallons and even Bass pro was 52 I believe.

Well I priced a 22 Bennington tritoon with the performance package ,150 Yamaha, hydraulic steering, trailer,with about 1,500 in options was around 40 grand without taxes in S.C. Here in LA it was 45 K. My local dealer said he couldn't believe the dealer in S.C. could sale it that cheap. The S.C. dealers sales about 500 Bennington's a year. Top 5 dealer.

Well after looking at so many boats and learning that Mantiou's seem to be the best of the best. I was sold on them. The factory was very supportive and explained to me that they use to build 3 or 4 boats a week out of a small factory. Now they have a bigger place because the demand commanded a bigger place. Now its 6 to 7 boats a week which still compared to Bennington's 200 plus a month is nothing.

Why would I buy a mass produced boat over a boat that's built basically one at a time with more detail and better workmanship? Not knocking the Bennington but its a no brainer to me.

I can see the difference's in the welds and details.

Well I ordered a 21 Aurora LE standard tritoon with the SHP package. Its actually over 22 foot long.

150 HO Evinrude G2 with digital controls,power steering,digital gauge and 10 year warranty. Options include tandem axle aluminum trailer with spare tire, wired for trolling motor with half door, luna upgraded flooring, dinette table, s/w package, upgraded captain's chair,portable cupholders,logos, kicker Bluetooth stereo head unit, dual smart battery switch and 2 batteries.

41,000 without taxes included. I thought that was a great price for everything I'am getting.

Not knocking other brands but I'am glad I did my research. I think Bennington sales so well because of the warranty.
sounds like you did a lot of research and found a great boat. Everybody has their opinion. I did opt for the Bennington with all the bells and whistles and am very happy with what I chose. I was looking for styling, performance, layout, and finally warranty. I don't think the warranty is the only reason they sell so many. I worked with the factory and customized our layout which I think speaks to good customer service. They also have a nice online forum that the company monitors and you can ask questions/get answers. A lot of it has to do with dealers in your area I think when it comes to making a decision.
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here is my findings.



Well I will be a first time Tritoon owner in a couple months. Did tons of research on who makes the best boat for the money. Its amazing how many brands are out there and priced almost the same for the same options.

The main brands I had heard the most about and see the most of were Bennington,South Bay, Coach,Xcursion, Misty Harbour, Manitou ,Harris, Bass Pro and Lowes. I know I'm missing some but they were the most common.

I priced just about every brand with the same features, motor and same level of boat package. Meaning value leisure quality as in middle of the road upgrades. I wasn't looking into the high end packages with all the fancy stuff.

I was kinda leaning towards Bennington because the 10 year warranty and they sale the most boats. But that's kinda misleading. I believe I was told by the Actual Bennington dealer that well over half their sales are toons and smaller tritoons. They sale a crap load of boats with 2 toons with 90's and 115's on them.

The factory told me they produced about 12,000 boats a year. They are mass produced. Makes sense now how they sale so many.

I have had 4 Sea Hunt boats which are the number 1 selling fiberglass boat in America besides Carolina Skiff. They produce around 2000 boats a year. They are a great value for what you get. But when you step up to a brand that is made one at a time and better workmanship the prices are 20,30 maybe 50 grand more for the same size boat.

In the Pontoon brands there isn't that huge price difference. Everything is within a few grand of eachother.

Well I have several local Bennington and Manitou dealers. I even priced the high volume dealer in S.C. for Bennington prices.

One thing that made no sense to me on the Bennington is a 30 gallon tank on the tritoons. You cant get anything bigger than that unless you go to the Eliptical version which is a lot more money.

Why on earth such a small tank? With their performance package its rated up to a 200 HP. With basically 27 gallons of useable fuel that means if you cruising at 3800 to 4000 rpms doing 25 to 30 mph you will be burning about 6 to 7 gallons an hour with a 150 and more with a 200. If you pull anybody those numbers will go down. So at best you could run at mid 20's for 4 hours before you out of fuel. I have looked at the performance bulletins which show around 4 mpg at best with a 150 unless you go low 20's you might get 4.2 or so MPG.

The Bennington was the only brand I could find that offered such a small tank. Everybody else was over 40 gallons and even Bass pro was 52 I believe.

Well I priced a 22 Bennington tritoon with the performance package ,150 Yamaha, hydraulic steering, trailer,with about 1,500 in options was around 40 grand without taxes in S.C. Here in LA it was 45 K. My local dealer said he couldn't believe the dealer in S.C. could sale it that cheap. The S.C. dealers sales about 500 Bennington's a year. Top 5 dealer.

Well after looking at so many boats and learning that Mantiou's seem to be the best of the best. I was sold on them. The factory was very supportive and explained to me that they use to build 3 or 4 boats a week out of a small factory. Now they have a bigger place because the demand commanded a bigger place. Now its 6 to 7 boats a week which still compared to Bennington's 200 plus a month is nothing.

Why would I buy a mass produced boat over a boat that's built basically one at a time with more detail and better workmanship? Not knocking the Bennington but its a no brainer to me.

I can see the difference's in the welds and details.

Well I ordered a 21 Aurora LE standard tritoon with the SHP package. Its actually over 22 foot long.

150 HO Evinrude G2 with digital controls,power steering,digital gauge and 10 year warranty. Options include tandem axle aluminum trailer with spare tire, wired for trolling motor with half door, luna upgraded flooring, dinette table, s/w package, upgraded captain's chair,portable cupholders,logos, kicker Bluetooth stereo head unit, dual smart battery switch and 2 batteries.

41,000 without taxes included. I thought that was a great price for everything I'am getting.

Not knocking other brands but I'am glad I did my research. I think Bennington sales so well because of the warranty.
Sounds like you got a great quality tritoon at a good price. I just bought my first tritoon last week, a slightly used(35 hours) 2016 Marker One M27 with a Verado 350HP. My wife and I are retiring in a year or so and we have always wanted a luxury pontoon to entertain family and guests and we are very excited to get it on the water.
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I too have a 24' Bennington tritoon with the F150 Yamaha. I'm seeing 40 mph @ 6000 rpms with a Reliance 15 pitch propeller. I was out earlier this week and thought that dollar for dollar this boat is as nice as I'd want (to pay for.) And the ride is very smooth and quiet with the aluminum underskinning.

Pontoons/tritoons are one of the few segments of the marine world seeing unit sales increases. And the only two pontoon companies experiencing substantial growth are Bennington and Forest River's brands.

I attribute Bennington's success to their ability to execute their business plan--and just in time component deliveries since there's no way such large parts can be warehoused. And they have an incredible number of available floorplans on a number of different length boats from 16' to 25'. Something for everyone.

And with 4 different trim levels, they've got boats in most price ranges--from medium priced to ultra expensive. Whoever buys their Q series is getting furniture that's far nicer than in any of their homes.

Bennington's got the highest technology automatic welding equipment that few others have, and their structure is just better than other pontoon companies. And with high technology comes the ability to build boats faster and more efficient than the competition. But when it's said and done, they still have to fabricate and hand weld the nosecones on every boat they make.

And needless to say who's the resale champion in the retail market.
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Well I ordered my Manitou in Feb. Still hasn't been built yet. Guess they pretty busy.

Hard to compare a mass produced boat to boats built a few at a time.

That's like mid tier fiberglass boats that cost 50 to 70 grand, they build thousands of them. Then compare the upper tier boats that build hundreds of them a year and cost a lot more.

Mass produced will never have the same quality and detail as boats that are built a few at a time. There is a difference.

Just like Sea Hunt sales so many boats. They found a way to make a nice boat at a good price and produce a lot of them. But you can tell they aren't a high end boat.
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My local dealer sold Benny's for years. He now sales Manitou's . He will swear by the better quality of the Manitou. He sales Manitou's cheaper than my local Benny dealer sales Benny.

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