Godfrey Pontoons reveals new looks, upgraded features
Nautic Global Group
October 22, 2013
Filed under News
Updates to Sanpan, Aqua Patio & Sweetwater lines improve comfort and style
ELKHART, IN, October 21, 2013 — Godfrey Pontoons, a division of Nautic Global Group, has unveiled a number of different new boats and significant product updates to its three primary pontoon lines, Sanpan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater. With a goal of improving guest comfort and on-water entertainment options, the changes reflect the company’s mission for building “a boat for every passion.”
“We have seen tremendous encouragement from both dealers and consumers in taking comfort and style to the next level,” said Bob Wachs, Godfrey Pontoons Brand Manager. “Since building the very first aluminum pontoon boat way back in 1958, we have consistently driven the pontoon market through quality, performance and innovation. During the past few years, one of our main areas of focus has been to steadily improve in the one area that everyone notices aboard one of our pontoons: comfort.”
New products and model updates are detailed below:
Sanpan 2200 & 2500 SLR
Expanding on its reputation as the industry’s true ultra-luxury pontoon brand, Sanpan has created an entirely new deck layout utilizing three wide, comfortable reclining seats. Offered in both the 2200 and 2500 platforms, the SLR packages feature entirely new extra-wide reclining lounges, one directly opposite the helm, and two more rear-facing seats, all covered in Sanpan’s luxurious soft-touch, pleated vinyl. Full seat adjustments allow guests to find their perfect comfort angle, and compartments directly behind the seat and in the arm rest provide ample storage. The armrest storage compartments conceal stainless steel cup holders and the 2500 SLR features rear speaker bezels that can flip up to face the speakers aft toward the water. Also new for Sanpan in 2014 is a beautiful new stay-cool vinyl decking, stylish matte-finish wood grain accents, standard Bluetooth-enabled Sony stereo systems, and a new optional aft refreshment center with sink and pressurized water system.
Aqua Patio 220 & 240 SLR
Sharing a completely new seating concept with its luxurious sibling Sanpan, the performance-oriented Aqua Patio brand has added the new SLR package to its 220 and 240 models. With three oversized, media-room-style reclining lounges (one directly opposite the helm, and two more rear-facing seats), the SLR package is not only the pinnacle of pontoon comfort, but compartments directly behind the seat and in the arm rests provide ample storage. The armrest storage compartments conceal stainless steel cup holders and these models feature rear bezels that can flip up to point the speakers aft toward the water. Also new for Aqua Patio in 2014 is matte- finish wood grain trim, an optional Garmin Echo Map chart plotter, aft refreshment center with sink option, and an all-new triple-tube design that increases outboard motor rating up to 350 horsepower.
Aqua Patio 220 & 250 WB
The theme of the hugely successful Aqua Patio 250 wet bar layout has been refined and expanded for 2014 with the addition of a smaller wet bar model on the brand’s popular 220 platform. The redesigned AP 250 WB has an all-new bar base with molded in foot rest, side cooler tub and a raised solid surface bar top that houses new Nautic Global Group exclusive stainless steel ring cup holders, complete with an innovative LED-lit stemware holder built into the base of the design. The aft corner of the boat continues the flow of the bar with a new corner unit that has a stainless steel drawer/door combo and solid surface counters with a grill mount area. Next to this corner unit is a new motor shroud with an additional raised bar top and two speakers. Aqua Patio is also offering the popular "Grill Master" unit standard on these models, featuring a removable propane grill, sink with hand pump faucet and plenty of storage. Additional improvements for the Aqua Patio line include a new Nutmeg vinyl deck option and new metallic rail skin color options.
Aqua Patio 240 CB
With one of the most distinctive entertaining areas you’ll see on any boat, the all-new Aqua Patio 240 CB features a head-turning center pub-style bar with four comfortable bar stools, a large prep/serve table and additional raised bar counter. The 240 also comes standard with a new Grill Master unit with a removable propane grill, sink with hand pump faucet and plenty of solid surface counter area and storage. A second rear canopy is provided for shading the entertainment area in addition to the main bimini top. Aqua Patio also streamlined its four upgrade packages including the Triple Tube (full under deck skin, power-assist hydraulic steering & 45-gallon fuel tank); Coastal Edition (full vinyl deck with no carpet anywhere and 2” tube upgrade); and Performance Package (under deck skin, lifting strakes & Sea Star hydraulic steering).
Sweetwater Premium Edition 240 SLR
Sharing a completely new seating concept with its luxurious siblings Sanpan and Aqua Patio, the Sweetwater has added the new SLR package to its Premium Edition 240 model. With three oversized, media-room-style reclining lounges (one directly opposite the helm, and two more rear-facing seats) the SLR package is not only the pinnacle of pontoon comfort, but compartments directly behind the seat and in the arm rests provide ample storage. Also new for Sweetwater in 2014 is a head-turning optional rail graphic, new helm design with optional raised helm platform, oversized bimini top, and a new triple-tube design that allows for outboard motors up to 200 horsepower.
Sweetwater 2286 SLC
Featuring a comfortable and stylish mate’s chair, the all-new Sweetwater 2286 SLC has a cleverly designed new seating layout that opens up the midship area and side-entry gate. Built on the hugely successful Sweetwater 2286 platform, the SLC changes up the typical cockpit setup by adding a seat directly opposite the captain’s seat. Adding the “Soft Touch” package to this model not only provides the plush Zephyr furniture material from the Sweetwater Premium Edition line, but also changes the captain and mate’s seat to a taller-back, full-reclining seat.
Sweetwater 2286 DL
Another new seating configuration based on Sweetwater’s popular 2286 platform is the all-new DL layout featuring an oversized, doublewide aft-facing lounge that pulls double duty as an enormous sunpad. Although clearly designed with guest comfort in mind, the 2286 DL also manages to provide an incredible amount of storage as well as concealing a full pop-up changing room under the sunpad. Sweetwater has also introduced several new packages featuring the most-requested options such as a Bluetooth-enabled Sony Stereo system, stainless steel speaker covers, pull-up cleats, a stunning darker Mica Mist carpet color, and a newly redesigned moveable armrest/ cupholder.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the forward-looking new products coming from Sanpan, Aqua Patio and Sweetwater,” said Gary Krupa, owner of Krupa’s Boat Mart in Jackson, Michigan, the biggest Godfrey Pontoons dealer in the world. “The pontoon market is constantly evolving, and it’s important to not only see and plan for the next steps, but to actually drive the innovation that leads to those next steps. That’s precisely what we see coming from Godfrey Pontoons.”