Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The S series is one of six series of pontoon boats consisting of dozens of layouts and floorplans and amenities offered by Sylvan for 2019. The S3 LS, subject of this review, is one of twelve models in twenty-four and twenty-six feet in the S series.
The floorplan of the S3 LS is very recognizable and consists of a pair of three or four-person chaise lounging style couches, one located in each of the aft corners of the deck, plus a pair of two or three-person couches with chaise lounging style backrests; one in each bow corner of the deck.
Midship are two luxurious high back adjustable swivel and reclining captain’s chairs with armrests and sliders located opposite each other; the starboard chair being at the helm and the passenger chair located just aft of the portside entry gate.
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 S3 LS is rated for a maximum of 13 persons on board and there is plenty of comfortable seating for all.
The large, molded fibreglass driver’s console with tinted windscreen features a very sporty Gucci-Verona steering wheel with storage within the console. Sea Star hydraulic steering is standard. Standard gauges include tachometer, speedometer, volt, fuel, and trim, as well as a depth gauge. A 12-volt accessory outlet is also supplied. This console also has the control unit for the standard Kicker KMC 10 AM/FM Bluetooth-compatible stereo with auxiliary MP3 and USB ports plus Kicker speakers.
An unusual complement of standard lighting amenities is included with the S3 LS. For example, not only are docking and courtesy lights standard but so are lighted cupholders and concealed mood lighting. A molded floor-mounted snack table with molded-in cupholders is also standard as is the extended aft deck with a stainless steel telescoping boarding ladder. A most unusual standard equipment inclusion is that of the stainless steel bow rails and rub rail.
A Premium colour-coordinated ten-foot bimini top with storage boot and trailering legs is standard as is Sea Weave flooring on the large aft deck while heavier than normal 24-ounce carpet is standard in the interior. Seven optional flooring choices are available including snap-in carpet. There are eight choices of standard exterior fence colours from which to choose.
There are lots of individual available options from which to choose along with several option packages to allow you to personalize your S3 LS exactly the way you want it in order to maximize your on-water recreational enjoyment. Single choice optional equipment includes an in-dash Humminbird Helix 5 or Lowrance HDS 7 GPS/fishfinder or a Murphy Touch Screen. If you choose the Lowrance or Murphy screens, you may also add the “Biggie Vision Camera System.”
At the helm, you may want power assist for your steering or the raised helm platform. Babbito underdeck lighting is available as are rear-facing speakers with remote touch pad to augment the stereo. An available Premium Sound Package includes upgraded Polk speakers along with two subwoofers and an amplifier.
Canvas upgrades include a double top, power canopy, and half or full camper enclosure. Add a wakeboard tower to which you may want to individually add a mirror, speakers, board racks, or a light bar. All of these are included in a Wake Tower Package.
More single options include a gate seat, extra table kit, a cooler table, raw water washdown, and a stainless steel grill. You may also want Black painted exterior rails and/or tubes, Sila-Shield protective tube coating, plus an in-floor storage compartment suitable for watersports accessories such as waterskis or a wakeboard. Also available is a deck-mount or underdeck-mount ski tow bracket.
You may upgrade to a third center tube to which you may add individual performance improvement upgrades or simply choose one of two performance packages; The RPT PR25 Performance Package or the RPT PR20 Performance Package, the latter which also increases your fuel capacity to 40 gallons and the former increases it to 60 gallons. Maximum allowable horsepower rating from your choice of Evinrude E-TEC or Mercury Four Stroke outboard power increases with the addition of a center tube. You may also want the Big Water Edition Package or the Salt Water Edition Package depending on the water conditions where you boat.
Luxury and performance come standard with this S3 LS pontoon boat from Sylvan.
|Dry weight:||2,425 lbs||1,100 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||30-60 US gals||114-227 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Evinrude, Mercury Outboard|