Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ Bar LE is not only a new model but also a unique floorplan layout in Sylvan’s offerings of six series of pontoon boats for 2019 comprising dozens of models and floorplans. The Mirage Cruise LE series alone offers twenty-two floorplans from twenty to twenty-five feet.
It is the “Bar” designation in the model description that makes this new model unique and what earned this boat the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturer’s Association) Innovation Award for 2019 in the Pontoon Boat category. What it describes and consists of is a huge double-wide lounge on the aft port side of the deck that literally folds up longitudinally to form a bar counter complete with six molded-in drinkholders and four bar stools; two on each side.
When folded down, the adjustable backrest of the aft portion of an L-shaped lounge which abuts this now aft-facing double-wide lounge flips forward to provide a back or headrest for this lounge. This then provides innovative flexibility in lounging and seating and entertaining for the up to fourteen person rated capacity of the boat.
Aft of this unique lounge/bar, the stern rail offers two gates to the standard large extended stern platform deck with its standard stainless steel, four-step telescoping boarding ladder. The L-shaped lounge complete with standard in-floor table with molded-in drinkholders continues forward along the port side as far as the port side entry gate. The cushioned head of this lounge invites aft-facing stretch out lounging along its length.
Ahead of the port side gate is a two or three person couch with chaise lounging style backrest. Opposite on the starboard side of the bow and ahead of the driver’s console is a matching two or three person chaise lounging style couch. All furniture bases are Rotocast and all seating has storage beneath the seat cushions. A standard pop-up change room with or without the optional Porta-potti is housed within the aft portion of the bow portside couch. The optional gate seat fills in the bow entry gate to provide full surround seating in the bow section of the 8524 DLZ Bar LE.
The large, molded fibreglass driver’s console with tinted windscreen features a sporty Verona “Extreme” tilting steering wheel with storage within the console. Standard gauges include tachometer, speedometer, volt, fuel and trim and a 12-volt accessory outlet is also supplied. This console also has the control unit for the standard KMC 10 AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth compatibility. An adjustable reclining high back helm chair with swivel and slider comes standard. Visible and concealed mood lighting also comes standard.
An eight-foot, six-inch colour-coordinated bimini top is standard with five choices of canvas colour. Sea Weave flooring is standard on the aft deck while 22-ounce carpet is standard in the interior. Nine optional flooring choices are available along with standard tan or optional gray interior accenting. Also choose from nine fence colours and seven choices of fence accent colours. Go with the standard natural “aluminum” look of the pontoons and rails or choose black for either or both.
A pair of 25-inch diameter pontoon tubes comes standard allowing a rated maximum horsepower up to 175 of your choice of Evinrude E-TEC or Mercury Four Stroke. This standard package provides a 30-gallon built-in fuel tank. The horsepower rating increases if you opt for one of the third centre tube choices. An SPX PR20 centre tube increases the fuel capacity to 40-gallons while an SPX PR25 centre tube increases the fuel capacity to 60-gallons and includes a waterski pylon.
You may also choose several tube performance upgrades including RPT tubes, Performance Strakes, an underdeck performance shield, or a PTS tube. You may wish to simply choose one of four Performance Package upgrades. The addition of a third tube also lets you opt for an in-floor storage compartment suitable for watersports accessories.
Additional notable optional equipment includes Sea Star hydraulic steering with or without power assist, raised helm platform, Humminbird Pirana Max4 Fishfinder or in-dash Lowrance HDS 7 GPS/Fishfinder, a GPS speedometer, depth gauge, dual batteries, on-deck or underdeck ski tow, cooler table and/or extra table, underwater lighting, Babbito underdeck lighting, lighted cupholders, raw water washdown, and a stainless steel grill.
To complete your Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ Bar LE, choose a ten-foot bimini or power canopy or go for the Premium bimini top upgrade to which you may add a double top, full and half campers.
The Sylvan Mirage Cruise 8524 DLZ Bar LE is a big name for a big pontoon boat with big features and a big plus – the convertible bar/lounge.
|Dry weight:||2,471 lbs||1,121 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||30-60 US gals||114-227 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Evinrude, Mercury Outboard|