Reviewed by Richard Crowder
Encore Boat Builders of Lexington, SC offers fourteen pontoon boat models for 2010, in three series from twenty to twenty-five feet in length. All have an eight-foot, six-inch beam and all models are available with three pontoons for added stability instead of the normal two.
Lounge seating virtually completely surrounds the floorplan of the Bentley model 200 Cruise. All of this seating is supported by roto-cast (not wood) bases with storage under all of them. All seating is contoured upholstered with facing lounges up front (L-shaped on the starboard side) and another L-shaped lounge on the portside at the rear opposite the double-wide helm seat. A single helm high-back bucket-type seat is optionally available. The top of the rear sunlounge hinges open to reveal the standard change room. From there a gate leads to a rear platform area with aluminum boarding ladder.
The deck of the 200 Cruise is ¾” marine plywood with a transferrable lifetime warranty and all through-bolted to an aluminum hat channel framework. The transom is all-welded aluminum and the corner bumpers are cast aluminum. The aluminum pontoons are twenty-five inch diameter. All railings are 1-1/4”, colour-matched, and powder-coated. The portside and forward entry gates with lift gate latches are thirty-one inches wide allowing for wheelchair accessibility.
A custom fibreglass console with a glovebox, storage compartment below, and windscreen above, houses four standard gauges: speedometer, tachometer, voltmeter, and fuel gauge, in addition to the standard Sirius-ready AM/FM/CD/MP3 plug-in compatible stereo with four speakers. A removable table with four cupholders is standard. One-half or even all of the standard 24-ounce patterned floor carpet can be optionally replaced with a vinyl covering if so desired.
Recessed docking lites are standard on the Bentley 200 Cruise as is a nine-foot bimini top that can optionally be doubled to eighteen feet in length, thus almost completely covering the deck area if you should so choose. Individual furniture covers can also be optionally added or choose the complete cockpit cover. Other optional choices include a ski-tow bar, hydraulic steering, saltwater package with anodized rails, and an extra cockpit table.
|Length:||20' 0"||6.09 m|
|Dry weight:||1620 lbs||735 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||24 US gals||91 l|