Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Retreat 230 WT (Walk Through) is a brand new addition to Lowe’s three model Retreat series in two lengths – twenty-three and twenty-five feet. The other two Retreat models are designated as “RFL” as in Rear Facing Lounges. In total, Lowe offers thirty-one models of pontoon boats from sixteen to twenty-seven feet in five series. Lowe also offers over a hundred models of aluminum fishing boats in seven categories from Jon, Utility, and Bay boats, to Fish & Ski, Deep-V, and Mod-V boats plus one Sport Deck model.
The Retreat 230 WT features a conventional floorplan with centered bow and stern entry gates plus a portside entry gate just ahead of midship. Four comfortable two-person almost L-shaped lounges fill the four corners extending right around to the bow and stern entry gates. All lounges are fitted with plush, pillow-top upholstery with vinyl-wrapped seat bases.
Each of these four lounges has a two-section hinged seat bottom access to storage below. All four have extra padded backrests at their head end to allow stretch-out lounging facing forward in the bow lounges or aft in the stern lounges. Optionally available is a portable stainless steel cupholder unit, an Ottoman with integrated cooler, and a portable bench seat to fill in the bow entry gate between the two lounge ends.
The driver’s helm chair is a custom swivel recliner with armrests with a fore and aft slider adjustment. Opposite this on the port side ahead of the lounge is an identically equipped passenger chair. These chairs may be optionally upgraded with an adjustable height power pedestal.
The very functional and attractive raised molded fibreglass helm console with integrated kick panel and tinted windscreen features a polished aluminum steering wheel, DC toggle switches with lighted tips, two multi-function gauges for tachometer, speedometer, fuel, and volts, a 12-volt power receptacle, two USB receptacles, plus the control unit for the 160-watt MA300 Marine Audio App-ready stereo with AM/FM tuner, Bluetooth® compatible, waterproof LCD display, and LED backlit buttons. Storage is center aisle accessible within this console.
Notable additional standard equipment with the Retreat 230 WT includes a console mounted interior courtesy light, chrome docking lights, stainless steel cupholders, vinyl flooring throughout, a four-step folding boarding ladder, a custom oval clear plexiglass table with drinkholders, plus a 9-foot bimini top with storage boot and quick disconnects.
Optioning your Retreat 230 WT to your personal needs and liking will be fun with lots of available choices. First choose your colours from Black or White exterior with Black or Silver rails and with Gray or Tan upholstery with or without Burgundy, Sand Castle, or Smoke accents and with or without a privacy enclosure. Next choose your standard 9-foot bimini top in Black, Charcoal or Tan and choose to add LED lighting. Then choose to add a double bimini, playpen cover, full enclosure, or a package of your choice of above which also includes top, interior, and underwater lighting.
Next select your Mercury® outboard engine from twenty-eight available choices all the way from 25 to 250 horsepower. As you get to the upper level of this horsepower range, you will be required to add hydraulic steering plus one of Lowe’s XL or XL Hi Perf or Roughwater Performance and Handling Packages which offer increased fuel tank capacity and which can include in-floor storage and you may also wish to add Active Trim and DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift) controls. A tilt steering wheel is also available.
Next, upgrade your flooring from the standard vinyl to full carpet in Beige or Sterling or full Tan or Gray Seagrass or Supreme Teak flooring or choose any combination of any of these in the rear or forward portions of the boat and add in another choice of combining any of them with Tan or Gray Deluxe vinyl.
Additional Individual options include a Lowrance Hook 3 or 5 Fishfinder with or without the GPS tracking function, underwater lighting, regular or premium ski tow bar or a reversed ski tow bar with one of the high performance packages, upgraded Marine Audio or Polk stereo systems with amplifiers, plus several trailer and trailer accessories from which to choose.
Lowe has certainly provided the opportunity for you to build a Retreat 230 WT almost precisely the way you would want it to be to suit whatever boating lifestyle you desire.
|Dry weight:||2,368 lbs Boat Only||1,074 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||24-50 US gals||91-189 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|