Boat Review by: Rick Layzell
If you are ready to take your boating days to the next level, sharing memories, creating experiences and lounging endlessly in luxurious comfort, then this new model for 2020 from the Sylvan family of incredible pontoons is not to be missed.
At the dock your guests will be greeted by a near 24’ length overall platform that is wrapped in stunning new graphics and trimmed in an all new rail design which gracefully carries your line of sight from bow to stern. Our test boat was optioned up with black anodized rails that accented, highlighted and accentuated the all new gray interior. In a word this is a pontoon package that is sexy at rest and ready to play.
In creating her interior, the Sylvan craftsmen and women were given full reign to reach new levels – they’ve done so with yet another level of true soft touch upholstery that features multiple textures and true high back seating for all your guests. To say this interior is ‘upgraded’ is to understate just how incredible the results are.
The helm is every Captain’s dream with a multi position, reclining, high back, swiveling, sliding and relaxing helm seat second to none. The dash itself is also wrapped in soft touch vinyl with a glorious layout of chrome enhanced gauges, circuit breakers, a perfect cell phone pocket adjacent to the dual USB chargers and more.
The piece de resistance on the L-3 DLZ is the bar / lounger configuration at the stern. When it’s time to entertain you’ll be hard pressed to find anything quite like this layout. I loved the four plush bar stools surrounding the bar, the bar top itself features lighted cup holders, a durable finish suitable for your favourite charcuterie board and more.
When it’s time to lounge simply lift the bar stools and place them in their starboard side holders, flip a couple of switches and the bar folds neatly into an unbelievably comfortable and generously sculpted lounger.
The rear transom itself was dressed in stainless rails, we all loved the wide four step telescoping reboarding ladder and the optional ski tow on our test boat blended perfectly into the rest of this aesthetically pleasing craft. I smiled as I stood there envisioning an afternoon with friends moving in and out of the water to be greeted by this incredible and versatile entertainment zone.
But she also has to perform on the water and with Yamaha’s 250 SHO waiting on the transom I was anxious and ready to get the L-3 DLZ on the lake. After taking a few minutes to simply run and play the boys told me it was time to get to work. I had already begun to appreciate the benefits of the optional SPX full length center tube and testing hole shots really proved the value of the four lifting strakes – we timed multiple hole shot tests (admittedly I was having a blast) and delivered an average of 3.68 seconds to plane. Impressive to say the least.
With two of us on board and a near full 114L fuel tank, we played with a range of cruising speeds. We had standard safety and camera gear on board and found our best results at 19 MPH / 3,000 RPM @ 3/8 trim and 24 MPH / 3,500 RPM @ 1/2 trim. As every Captain knows it’s your job to find the right range for you, your onboard gear and your crew.
Our test day gave us ambient air temperatures of 24 degrees C and the lake had a very slight chop akin to small boat traffic chop. We took the opportunity to press the L-3 deep into some aggressive turns and with a little attention to trim control she was nothing short of flawless. At both cruising and top end runs she lifts herself out of the water with ease creating less drag and a more overall efficient package. At 23’ 10” overall and a 2,100 lbs dry weight I’d suggest the 250 was the perfect engine pairing. She delivered excellent top end speeds of 42 MPH @ 6,200 RPM and it was on these runs that I found she really like trim – I had the engine up to ¾ trim and likely could have taken a little more.
Pontoon manufacturers continue to deliver better performance, more incredible creature comfort on board benefits and packages that prove that this segment of the market has a model for everyone.
The 2020 Sylvan L-3 DLZ Bar model hits a ton of high notes that will leave Captain’s of all ages watching over a smiling crew as they enjoy moments and create memories together on their favourite body of water.
|Dry weight:||2,100 lbs||952 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||30 US gals||113 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha|