Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Legend Boats, headquartered in Whitefish, Ontario (near Sudbury), describes its 2015 Splash series of four pontoon boats as, “Simple, affordable fun. You want a little boat that will make a big splash with your family and friends.” And at just under seventeen feet length overall with its standard Mercury® 15 EL 4-stroke outboard motor, that’s exactly what you’ll get with the Splash Plus.
The Splash and its upgraded sister Splash Plus, subject of this review, are the smallest of eighteen models of pontoon boats up to twenty-six feet in five series offered by Legend for 2015. Including these eighteen pontoon boat models, Legend offers a total of forty-two models of full windshield (dual console) and side console riveted and welded aluminum fishing boats plus utility boats.
The Splash Plus, with its eight foot beam, offers essentially a similar interior layout and amenities as larger pontoon boats but simply on a smaller scale. For example, there are three entry gates; centre bow, portside, plus at the starboard stern. There are port and starboard bow lounges with rounded forward corners albeit the portside lounge is a single seater and the starboard lounge a two seater.
All seating and backrests are well padded and the starboard bow lounge also has a padded backrest on the forward face of the driver’s helm to facilitate lounging. Between these two bow lounges is a floor-mounted removable woodgrain table with integrated drink holders. There are a total of six drink holders conveniently located on board.
All furniture is of composite construction with Legend’s Ultra-Flow ventilation feature and all furniture has hinged-lid storage under the seat bottoms. Additional storage is offered within the lounge headrest compartments. Aft of the portside entry gate is an L-shaped lounge which extends back and across the transom ahead of the motor well and over to the stern entry gate. Behind this lounge and extending over the motor well is a raised single-width hinged sunpad with lots of additional storage below including a dedicated central spot for the portable gas tank.
The captain of the Splash Plus is treated to a deluxe captain’s chair with armrests and slider facing a fibreglass console with illuminated gauges and switches, EZ reset circuit breakers, a 12-volt power outlet, drink holder, AM/FM stereo with MP3 port and two speakers, plus a Humminbird 196ci colour combination GPS/fish finder and a removable tinted windscreen. Interior flooring in the Splash Plus is upgraded Soft-Step Dura-Weave EZ-Clean flooring.
The Splash Plus rides on twin 23-inch diameter .080 gauge pontoons each with three separate internal pressurized sections and full-length V-keels. Standard power is supplied by a Mercury® 15 EL 4-stoke outboard. Several optional upgrading Mercury® power choices are available up to the rated maximum horsepower of 60.
Other notable standard equipment on the Splash Plus includes a bimini top and boarding ladder. Notable optional features include a Legend Glide-On pontoon trailer, a ¾ enclosure which consists of slanted fore and aft curtains plus side curtains providing all-round visibility and protection, a stainless steel Napoleon marine grill, and even a mooring package and a safety package.
As Legend so aptly puts it, “You’re not out to win any races. You just want to use a pontoon the way it was meant to be used…to cruise down the lake, fish with the kids and relax with the ones you love.” The Splash Plus certainly accommodates all of that.
|Length:||16' 10"||5.13 m|
|Beam:||8' 0"||2.44 m|
|Dry weight:||1,175 lbs (boat only)||533 kg (boat only)|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Max 60|