Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
For 2018, Sylvan Marine offers sixty-three models of pontoon boats from almost nineteen to almost twenty-seven feet in three series; the luxurious M Series, Sporty S Series, and “budget-friendly” Mirage Series. The Mirage series is further subdivided into Mirage Fish and Mirage Cruise. The Mirage Cruise is further delineated with LE and LES upgrading option packages.
The Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ is only available with either the LE or the LES upgrade packages. The LE package offers some extra panel and striping colour choices with its standard tan interior theme over the LES package with its standard gray interior scheme. The DLZ in the model designation refers to the aft portside convertible, double-wide facing couches with filler cushion for full stretched out relaxing or lounging.
A pair of facing comfortable two-seater bow lounges with a standard removable oval table with built-in cupholders floor-mounted between these two lounges provides excellent bow area seating. All furniture is constructed with rotocast bases and with soft touch, UV stabilized, marine-grade vinyl with stain resistant topcoats and biocide-treated foam. Storage is found beneath all seat and headrest cushions.
Centred in the bow between these two lounges is the bow entry gate. This thirty-inch wide gate area may be optionally filled with a removable seat to provide full bow U-shaped seating. A Pop-up change room is standard within the port side bow lounge. Aft of this lounge is the port side entry gate. Aft of this and right opposite the starboard side captain’s high back, swivel, sliding, and reclining helm chair with flip-up armrests is an identical passenger chair mounted just ahead of the aforementioned convertible couch.
The modern fibreglass molded starboard side helm console with a large storage compartment within comes complete with the LE package with a tinted windscreen, Extreme tilt steering with a Verona steering wheel, a gauge package including tachometer, speedometer, fuel and trim gauges plus a 12-volt receptacle and a KMC10 stereo system with Bluetooth capability. Docking lights come with the LE package as do concealed mood lighting.
The Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ LE comes standard with a pair of Sylvan’s RPT® 2.0, 25-inch diameter Revolutionary Planing Technology tubes. What’s revolutionary is that these tubes are not round per se but have full-length V-shaped bottoms to allow the pontoon “to lift and plane across the water like a sport boat.” This setup allows for a maximum horsepower rating of 175 of the brand of your choice from Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, or Yamaha.
From here, you may further upgrade to Sylvan’s SPX Triple-Tube performance package with an SPX PR20 (20-inch diameter) centre tube complete with an under deck performance shield allowing the maximum horsepower rating to increase to 200. The further upgrade of an SPX PR25 (25-inch diameter) centre tube provides not only the performance shield but also a built-in 60 (US) gallon gas tank, a waterski pylon, and a maximum horsepower rating increase to 300. With the addition of a third centre tube, an in-floor storage compartment becomes optionally available.
A total of eight choices of exterior panel colours are available along with seven choices of accent striping. The standard eight-foot, six-inch bimini top is available in five colour choices. Other notable standard equipment with the LE package includes a sizable extended aft deck located aft of the stern rail. On this aft deck is a stainless steel, 4-step telescoping boarding ladder. Standard interior flooring is carpet with Sea Weave flooring on the aft deck.
Lots of available factory options will allow you to personalize your Sylvan Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ LE to complement your boating lifestyle. This should include the optional SeaStar™ hydraulic steering and perhaps some interior choices such a an extra table kit, a cooler table, Porta Potti®, stainless steel grill, raised helm platform, a lounge arm galley, raw water washdown, and black painted tubes, rails, deck trim, and top frame.
A Premium top upgrade then allows you to add a double top or a ten-foot bimini, or full or half camper canvas, a playpen cover or even a power canopy. You may also want to choose vinyl, Sea Weave, Teak Weave, or synthetic teak flooring or upgrade the helm with a depth gauge, Humminbird fish finder, Lowrance GPS/fish finder, and a GPS speedometer. You may also choose Babitto underdeck lighting, underwater lighting, and lighted cupholders.
Yes the Sylvan Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ LE is a “budget-friendly” cruising pontoon boat that you may transform to satisfy all your boating desires.
|Dry weight:||2,471 boat only lbs||1,121 boat only kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||30 US gals||114 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, Yamaha Outboard|