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    Default JC, Playcraft, or Bennington pontoon?

    I am not trying to get a ford-chevy thing going here, trying to get some input on the pros and cons of these toons. I like the Playcraft rear steps. It appears that the Playcraft may be faster with the same power. Weight?The JC that I am looking at is the Evolution. I would also like input on IO
    verses outboard. Thanks Greg


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    They are both nice, just comes down to personal preference I think. I really like the newer rear facing lounges personally on the larger Bennington.

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    I would say playcraft have had one since 1999.It's a 26' powertoon. 26p props on a bravo 3 and 58 mph can't beat it . Great at the river or lake.

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    I would have to say playcraft

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    Owned a Bennington....Easier access to the engine for service, best quality IMO and get the I/O as it allows a big swim step for ya. You will get a little more speed with JC and Playcraft vs Bennington but a couple of MPH doesn't mean much anyhow. The 350MPI with and Bravo III (had to correct this as I had the XR Drive by mistake) drive is a very good choice. Look at pictures of all of them in the water and see how they all sit....Make sure to use sharkshide on the toons before you drop it in the water for the first time. It will keep em nice and shiny. Anyhow.........carry on
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    Thanks for the input guys. I was offered a 2006 JC Evolution with the Volvo 5.7 320 hp io setup with 100 hrs for around 27k said it was in great condition and always stored indoors. Does this sound like a good deal?


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    Not sure if it is still the case, but the Bennington used ot have exposed plywood under the deck. Marine grade or not, I would prefer it skinned or covered in some way.

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    speed isnt the issue with these... they'er cruisers and all are in same range with same pwr...

    PB has the evolution and once you see what Bill @ Havasu Boat Brokers has done to have the factory customize them to what YOU WANT,,,, once ya see, you wont think twice.
    He's their largest Distributor and has all ears at factory to get it JUST THE WAY YA WANT ! ... THE PB PONTOON IS TITS !!! Merc 350 with bravo3,,, fail safe & turnkey !

    JC's web site sux.... ya gotta go see Bill !!
    800-488-0258


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    The only reason why I would stay away from Playcraft is that thier pontoons are foamfilled. If by chance you did puncture one the foam
    soaks up water and your talkin big repair bill. Been there! Go with chambered air filled
    pontoons. The JC Evolution and Benningtons are real nice.

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    These are the same three toons I was looking at. As a heads up, I went with the Bennington...Thanks DILLIGAF, I love the toon. I believe all three have treated plywood decks.

    Playcraft is nice and probably the fastest of the bunch. Nice interior, kind of the NASCAR of the group. A bit more difficult to work on due to limited access to the motor. Especially with the 496HO. The rear step entry is cool, but no real good swim platform like the Bennington and JC. Kinda easy for kids to hit the prop if swimming around the rear of the boat with no swim platform. All in all, a really nice toon

    Bennington has the nicest interior IMHO. It also has a nice swim platform. Really good access to the motor, everything opens as a clamshell and boom, there's the motor. I really like the option with the captains chairs in front. I also like the new model with the lounges in back though it takes alot of the interior space up. If you like the Bennington, try to get an 08 or newer with the EPS system. Or maybe it is ESP system, anyway, it's pretty cool. It make the tritoon turn similar to a vee-hull, it carves into a turn, instead of turning flat. Check out their website, they have a video of it. Down side, it is the slowest of the group. I have had mine up to 47 MPH with the Merc 350. Though I mainly cruz around 35 MPH.

    JC, I was really looking at getting one of these in the beginning. They are nice looking toon. Through my research and two friends I know who have Evolutions, I decided not to go with a jC. If you want, shoot me a PM and I will let you know what I found out.

    Go with double Bimini's too.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by havasu1 View Post
    These are the same three toons I was looking at. As a heads up, I went with the Bennington...Thanks DILLIGAF, I love the toon. I believe all three have treated plywood decks.

    Playcraft is nice and probably the fastest of the bunch. Nice interior, kind of the NASCAR of the group. A bit more difficult to work on due to limited access to the motor. Especially with the 496HO. The rear step entry is cool, but no real good swim platform like the Bennington and JC. Kinda easy for kids to hit the prop if swimming around the rear of the boat with no swim platform. All in all, a really nice toon

    Bennington has the nicest interior IMHO. It also has a nice swim platform. Really good access to the motor, everything opens as a clamshell and boom, there's the motor. I really like the option with the captains chairs in front. I also like the new model with the lounges in back though it takes alot of the interior space up. If you like the Bennington, try to get an 08 or newer with the EPS system. Or maybe it is ESP system, anyway, it's pretty cool. It make the tritoon turn similar to a vee-hull, it carves into a turn, instead of turning flat. Check out their website, they have a video of it. Down side, it is the slowest of the group. I have had mine up to 47 MPH with the Merc 350. Though I mainly cruz around 35 MPH.

    JC, I was really looking at getting one of these in the beginning. They are nice looking toon. Through my research and two friends I know who have Evolutions, I decided not to go with a jC. If you want, shoot me a PM and I will let you know what I found out.

    Go with double Bimini's too.

    Good luck
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    We searched the toons before we bought our Bennington
    looked at Playcraft,JC & Bennington the Playcraft is definately a couple miles per hr faster with the same power package.
    Our Bennington with the 350 mag & Bravo3 i've seen 50mph,comfortable cruising speed is about 35-40mph.
    I've driven the same Bennington with a Alpha drive and no comparison to the bravo 3,slow speed manuvering is a breeze with the bravo3 and alittle labored with the alpha.I imagine all 3 brands would be comparable between the 2 different drives.
    Hands down the Bennington has the nicest fit and finished interior,Bennington and JC both have great swim platforms the Playcrafts i've seen all have metal grate type swim platforms with a upholstered pad.
    Playcraft is definately the sportiest of the 3.JC's were the most expensive when we were shopping.
    I belive of the 3 you can't go wrong they are all nice and have different features of thier own that fit different peoples tastes & needs.
    Good luck in your search and no matter which one you decide on i'm sure you will love the toon experience.

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    thanks for all the great input. Bennington seems to be the way to go. They have done there homework to make you comfortable. The space around the motor is tight on JC and Playcraft. This matters to me since I service my own stuff. thanks Greg


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    This is the boat my wife wants, a South Bay Pontoon. They have the Air pressurized tubes and I think full aluminum under-deck skin on some models. I thing the Small block in/out is a good choice but you can also get the V8 in/out up to the 525. http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...asp?nav=marine


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    they are very nice I have been looking at these as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Take The Long Way Home View Post
    This is the boat my wife wants, a South Bay Pontoon. They have the Air pressurized tubes and I think full aluminum under-deck skin on some models. I thing the Small block in/out is a good choice but you can also get the V8 in/out up to the 525. http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...asp?nav=marine


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