Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
Under the watchful eye of the Smokercraft brand, the SunChaser lineup of well-built quality pontoon boats have taken the industry by storm while creating countless family boating memories.
The Geneva Cruise 22 SB sits right in the heart of mainstream consumer demands with an overall length of 22’ 10” (6.96 m) affording lots of space for family and friends. Our test boat featured black fence panels, blue graphics, and black tubes. The black rail treatment throughout the fencing gave her a great sporty look, and the black Mercury 150 nestled on her transom promised to deliver lots of smiles in testing. First glimpse of her interior brought the first smile as the exterior colour treatments were gracefully pulled into the entire cockpit to create an array of different blacks and blues all nested into an eye catching series of grey hues in the seating, the dash, and the flooring. What a layout.
We also can’t overlook pontoon tube technology. The Geneva Cruise includes Sunchaser’s X-Treme Performance Package, meaning you as an owner benefit from great lift and top speed, fun turning capabilities, and sporty handling. It’s the commitment to research and development at the factory level that has changed pontoon boats from stale to pleasurable to drive, and it is why pontoons have become the choice of so many families.
Let’s look a little deeper at the interior benefits of the Geneva Cruise - starting at her spacious transom. This model is built for entertainment and the transom/swim platform delivers with a sculpted stainless steel reboarding ladder to starboard and a massive rear sun pad to the port side. The backrest of the cockpit L-shaped lounger effortlessly moves forward to significantly expand the sun deck – think afternoons at the beach or your favourite swimming hole to envision where this is going.
Move into the cockpit through the wide and rugged doorway to find an open feel layout all the way to the bow section. The lounger to port is comfortable and the multi-texture vinyl are both tasteful and cool to touch on a hot day. A large dinette table further plays on the treatment of black colours and incorporates a pair of beverage holders. Storage abounds on the Geneva Cruise with virtually every seat resting securely above rotocast molded self-draining storage compartments, centre walkway houses a gigantic in floor storage, under helm storage, and more storage under the rear sun deck.
Her helm features a plush low back captain’s seat that slides and swivels easily to join in on the conversation, plus there’s a gently raised footwell for comfort along with a fiberglass console. The Gucci – Verona steering wheel is pronounced and leads your view up and onto the dash complete with lighted rocker switches, sound system control, chrome bevelled gauge package, and storage pocket that’s all nested behind a smoked windscreen.
The port side gate sits between the lounger and the bow seating, and I noted the bow seating incorporated a pop-up enclosure for privacy moments where guests need to shed swim gear in favour of dry clothing. The bow loungers are generous in every way with plush high back rests, sloped back rests for facing forward, high combing pads for leg comfort, recessed cup holders, and a safe and secure feeling tucked in behind the bow gate.
I smiled in anticipation when our camera crew said it was time to go as I was more than ready to test the X-Treme Performance Package. A modest amount of boat chop was building, but Lake Tippecanoe was overall calm and relatively flat. We ran the full length of the lake with the camera boat on my starboard side giving me a great opportunity to get a first impression. She certainly didn’t disappoint. Further time invested in hole shot testing yielded consistent 3.6 second results – on point for a boat of this stature with a 150 on her transom. It was when I was directed to do ‘fly bys’ of the camera tower boat when I really had the opportunity to realize the benefits of the tube package. She rode flat and true, dipped somewhat in aggressively tight turns which was readily counteracted with trim adjustments. She felt secure at all times.
I seized the opportunity to determine cruising speeds and was pleasantly surprised with positive results at 20 mph @ 3,300 RPM as well as 25 mph @ 4,800 RPM. All captains should invest a bit of time with their vessel to determine their own best cruising speeds as this is affected by weight of gear, water, and ambient temperatures as well as waterway conditions. We safely moved into top speed testing mode and the Geneva Cruise delivered consistent results in the 36 MPH range – admittedly at only 5,100 RPM leaving me to believe that there was capability of more with a propeller adjustment.
Sunchaser has crafted an absolute winner in the Geneva Cruise 22 SB model. She over delivers on comfort and eye candy aesthetics and she’s fun to drive, capable performer on the lake.
|Dry weight:||2,061 lbs||935 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||38 US gal||144 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury|