Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
For 2018, SunChaser offers thirty-six models of pontoon boats from sixteen to twenty-five feet in eight series. The Geneva name is attached to four of these series. The Geneva Sport series offers two models: the 8524 LR DH and this 8522 LR DH, both with rear lounges and dual helm chairs. This Geneva Sport series with its tag line, “Throttle Up The Fun,” is in SunChaser’s words, “Designed for watersports lovers.”
The Geneva Sport 8522 LR DH, at just under twenty-three feet, provides maximum and flexible seating with two facing bow lounges plus two facing stern lounges plus two side-by-side adjustable helm chairs. All lounges feature roto cast seat base composite construction with an integrated water channel system to keep stored items dry.
All four lounges provide full storage beneath the sectioned seat cushions while the backrest of the port side bow lounge stores a standard pop-up change room. All four lounges provide comfy seating for two each or cozy seating for three each or full stretch-out lounging utilizing the very padded and gently sloping backrests.
The standard port and starboard helm chairs, the port side passenger chair located opposite the helm chair and immediately aft of the port side entry gate, are mounted on sliders, are swivel, and have flip-up armrests. These may be optionally upgraded to high back helm chairs with headrests. An oval table with two floor base mounting locations is also standard.
Two 25-inch diameter tubes are standard with the Geneva Sport 8522 LR DH. This setup gives it a maximum horsepower rating of 150 with your choice of engine brands from Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, or Yamaha. To this standard setup, you may then add a performance shield for improved water flow, performance strakes on the tubes to assist in planing, a partial centre tube to incorporate a traditional transom, or a full centre tube which also incorporates all of the above attributes and to thereby increase the maximum horsepower rating significantly. By choosing this centre tube, a larger fuel tank is provided and you may then also choose an in-floor storage compartment ideal for watersports accessories.
A modern looking molded fibreglass helm console, standard with most Geneva models, comes complete with a recessed lower area to accommodate better legroom for the driver and features chrome-accented tachometer and fuel gauges plus a 12-volt receptacle. However, the normally optional and highly upgraded Executive Helm Package is standard with this Sport model and provides not only a raised helm but adds a gauge package of speedometer, tachometer, fuel, trim, and volt gauges plus a custom Gussi-Verona tilt steering wheel, plus a Kicker KMC10 AM/FM stereo with an MP3 port and Bluetooth capability plus the afore-mentioned high back helm chair plus this package also adds platform lighting. A tinted windscreen is standard. Within this console is storage room ideal for a portable cooler.
Standard flooring is Mica Mist carpet with optional vinyl available or choose from Sea Weave, Teak Weave, or Synthetic Teak. Mounted on the starboard side of the stern platform is a standard five-step flip down aluminum boarding ladder or optionally upgrade to a stainless steel telescoping ladder, both with handy high dual handholds. You have eight choices of exterior panel colours along with five choices of accent colours. There are three choices of interior colours; Sand, Gray, and Mocha.
There is a great selection of available factory options which will allow you to personalize your Geneva Sport 8522 LR DH exactly to your liking. An eight foot, six inch colour-coordinated bimini top is standard but you may want to option up to the larger Premium bimini top to which you may then add a double top, a half camper with bow cover, or a full camper. You may also choose the playpen cover.
You may also choose Babbito underdeck lighting, underwater lighting, a GPS speedometer, in-dash depth finder, a ram-mount Humminbird Piranha Max 4 sonar, raw water washdown, rear-facing speakers, dual-battery switch, a most practical Minn Kota Talon shallow water anchor, an extra table kit, a portable matching upholstered seat to fill in the entry gate between the two lounges, a cooler table, Porta Potti, stainless steel grill, two choices of ski tow pylons, plus the black painted tubes option which includes a zinc chromate primer plus urethane paint to form a corrosion-resistant surface plus of course instant recognition and classy eye-appeal.
The SunChaser Geneva Sport 8522 LR DH is beyond any doubt a roomy, flexible, and sporty boat.
|Dry weight:||2,061 Boat Only lbs||935 Boat Only kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||30 US gals||114 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, Yamaha Outboard|