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Old 11-29-2017, 12:32 PM
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Default 3 Tritoon or a 2 3/4 tritoon

Which is better and why?
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Go with the tri.
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Depends on what you going to be doing with it.

If you're going out into rough waters, you'll absolutely want the tritoon. If you're looking for speed, then you'll want 2 pontoons for less weight.
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I went with Tritoon for two reasons. 1) wanted more power and needed the extra structure the Tritoon offers and 2) go out with 8-10 people and there is more stability with the Tritoon.
Not sure I agree with above post, the Tritoon runs higher in the water and the center toon is a little lower than the outboard toons so it kinda acts like a V hull and once up on plane it is actually more efficient IMHO
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Oh, BTW, welcome to the forum.

And I prefer May; Kenny G looks way to similar to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
Old 11-29-2017, 02:33 PM
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Default 2 3/4 toon vs 3 toon

No one addressed my real question which is smoother 3 toon or a 2 3/4 toon which is best ? 😎
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OK, now I understand the question. It's not 2 vs 3 vs 4 pontoons; it's 2.75 vs 3.0 pontoons.

I can't answer that as I've only owned 2-pontoon and 3-pontoon boats.
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Full length 3rd pontoon is way better. On the 2 3/4 length they sag excessively in the back due to less flotation for the motor. We jokingly call them the disappointment package around here as they are slower, ride worse, and look funny at the dock
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what size boat, engine ? are you using it in salt water, and what sea conditions do you expect?
Pontoons require specific requirements based on engine size. In my case I have a 20' Tritoon with a 150HP engine. The standard engine is 115HP with 2 toons. going to 150HP required a 3rd toon and also come with a bgiger fuel tank and the center toon is dropped about 1" lower then the two outboard toons.
I could have gone with 3/4 length 3rd toon but then I would have the smaller fuel tank and also the 3rd toon would not be dropped the 1" but instead would be same level as the other toons.
The full length 3rd toons gives more lift and IMO rides a bit better. You will definitely get better turning stability with a full length 3rd tune. If you plan to tow skiers the full 3rd toon helps with squat.
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Only 3 hollow tubes float my boat
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I have a 22 Manitou with the SHP package. Full 3 toons with lifting strakes on all toons.

Rides very well.

The outside toons are 23 and the center is 27. Gives a V shape bottom.

Seems like the 3/4 toon is cutting corners?

These tritoons are HEAVY and need all the floatation you can get.
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
OK, now I understand the question. It's not 2 vs 3 vs 4 pontoons; it's 2.75 vs 3.0 pontoons.

I can't answer that as I've only owned 2-pontoon and 3-pontoon boats.


The 2 3/4 or express toon as many builders like to call it is a cheap way to put less structure in a boat and build a toon that requires less cost and engineering. If you are on a budget then it is a fine alternative to a pontoon, but the tritoon will be superior in construction, ride quality and performance. Often the express toons have the fuel tank on the deck in the rear compartment and tritoons have the tank built into the center toon. This is another way to cut cost, but also affects the balance of the boat.


If you look at who is doing express toons it is typically your bottom level builders or either builders who are trying to do an entry level pricepoint type boat like bentley, avalon or tahoe. If my only option, due to budget, was a pontoon or express toon, i would go with the 2 3/4. However if i had the choice in the the 2 3/4 or the tritoon i would pick the tritoon every time.


One thing to keep in mind is there is so much more to it than just pontoon, express toon or tritoon. Informed consumers look at the overall construction, do they use screws or bolts, hat channel vs. c or z channel, the fuel tank size, hydraulic or cable steering etc etc. Often you seen an express toon that is value priced, but it has an 8' beam with cable steering and a 24 gallon gas tank and a 115 motor. If this if your option then i would buy the 8'6" pontoon because it will be more stable, have more room, is probalby cheaper and offer comperable performance.
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Good catch on the fuel tank. Anything with a 150 and up will use 6 gallons an hour minimum at 20 mph. So 30 gallon tanks and smaller don't last long with the bigger motors.

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what size boat, engine ? are you using it in salt water, and what sea conditions do you expect?
Pontoons require specific requirements based on engine size. In my case I have a 20' Tritoon with a 150HP engine. The standard engine is 115HP with 2 toons. going to 150HP required a 3rd toon and also come with a bgiger fuel tank and the center toon is dropped about 1" lower then the two outboard toons.
I could have gone with 3/4 length 3rd toon but then I would have the smaller fuel tank and also the 3rd toon would not be dropped the 1" but instead would be same level as the other toons.
The full length 3rd toons gives more lift and IMO rides a bit better. You will definitely get better turning stability with a full length 3rd tune. If you plan to tow skiers the full 3rd toon helps with squat.
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I have a Bennington with the Express Tube (with lifting strakes) and a 150 hp Yamaha pushing a 15 pitch Reliance prop. I see 40 mph at 6000 rpms-:exactly the same as the SPS fu!l length center toon.

At a dead rest, my boat rides a few inches deeper in the stern. I may give up a 1 person difference in weight carrying capability, a d I cannot see where the SPS handles much better. The SPS full length hull does have a $1000 center toon storage option and will have a fuel tank twice the size of my 23 gallon tank. I prefer the smaller tank anyway.

I suggest you go on Bennington's website and price out comparable boats--one with Express tubes and one with SPS. You will find the short center tube boat to be much less expensive while it performs 90% as well.

My boat has the $1000 optional extended rear deck which is our favorite option.

And every one that has the tritoons will tell you to to buy the biggest engine you can afford. Performance really gets good with 150 horsepower or more.
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Ok if you have a 24ft Tritoon with 150 hp 4 Stroke motor what would be better 24ft 2. 3/4 toon for speed
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Originally Posted by Mayorkennyg View Post
Ok if you have a 24ft Tritoon with 150 hp 4 Stroke motor what would be better 24ft 2. 3/4 toon for speed
Like Bamaman I too have a Bennington 24' pontoon boat. If you want pure speed, I would go with the Twin Elliptical Performance Package (not tritoons) that Bennington offers, along with the 150hp motor. I originally had that configuration, and it ran at just under 44 mph. The elliptical design of the pontoons really makes the boat fast.

"TWIN ELIPTICAL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE
Bennington's exclusive Elliptical Pontoons combined with lifting strakes, performance foils, solid round keels and an under deck wave shield offer incredible two-tube performance. Each elliptical pontoon adds over 1,000 lbs. of additional buoyancy, allowing the boat to sit higher and run faster. These pontoons increase deck stability both fore and aft as well as side to side. Available as a Freshwater or Saltwater package. Saltwater package includes saltwater anodes and sealed lifting strakes/performance foils. Check with your local dealer for current maximum
engine hp certifications."
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We love out tritoon with a 150 on it. Our center toon has a storage compartment the size of a coffin and it also houses our fuel tank The 2/3 center toon moves the fuel tank on deck.
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Originally Posted by Mayorkennyg View Post
Ok if you have a 24ft Tritoon with 150 hp 4 Stroke motor what would be better 24ft 2. 3/4 toon for speed
Why not go to the dealer and run the two boats yourself. I think you will see the full length tube rides a bit better and gives better handling then the 3/4 tube. Speed might give slight advantage to the 3/4 tube but does 39 mph vs 40 mph really make a difference.
If price is the determining factor go with the 3/4 tube and you will still be very happy. Basically we are splitting hairs on the differences.
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Thank everyone for your help!!
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By the way what brands are you looking at and also what price range?

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