SUNCHASER GENEVA 22 LR PSB

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SunChaser’s Geneva 22 LR PSB of­fers big-hull se­cu­rity and com­fort, and when pack­aged with a midrange Yamaha F115 for power, brings the price within reach of many first-time pon­toon­ers who might want to dip their toes be­fore go­ing all-out on a V-6 pack­age. For $50,000, it’s a sound in­vest­ment. That price brings an ac­cel­er­a­tion of zero to 30 mph in 6 sec­onds—on par with many larger rigs; the Geneva’s most eco­nom­i­cal cruising speed is 16 mph, us­ing 3.6 miles per gal­lon. The only area feel­ing some­what se­date is the top-end speed; at 28.5 mph, the top-line 150 hp up­grade could be the ticket to see speeds in the mid- to high 30s and much stronger pulling power.

Re­gard­less, the Geneva 22 shines for fam­ily cruising and sight­see­ing as well as sand­bar raft­ing, wa­ter­sports and din­ner cruising. Yamaha power proved quiet: The high­est noise level we recorded at full throt­tle was 83 deci­bels. At cruise speeds, we av­er­aged about 68 deci­bels—that’s barely con­ver­sa­tion level noise.

The Geneva fea­tures the op­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Helm Pack­age, which pro­vides a raised-helm plat­form and a high-back helm chair that slides and re­clines. A tilt Verona steer­ing wheel and Kicker stereo sys­tem are also in­cluded. A low Lexan wind­screen of­fers some wind pro­tec­tion. The gauge pack­age has elec­tronic units pre­sent­ing an ana­log ap­pear­ance.

For the hull, the op­tional PTS Per­for­mance Pack­age also comes stan­dard, and in­cludes three 25-inch-di­am­e­ter tubes with per­for­mance lift­ing strakes and below-deck shield.

The for­ward lay­out in­cludes two fac­ing lounges that can fit a pair of rid­ers each.

The op­tional teak-weave floor cov­er­ing is clean and pro­vides easy wash­down. Amid­ships, the re­versible port­side couch al­lows for ver­sa­til­ity in cruising or loung­ing. A fold­out ta­ble on the port side pro­vides stor­age be­hind it when closed.

Abaft, the long port­side lounge fits four peo­ple with room to spare, and faces a star­board lounge that fits three. The stern deck is closed off by a perime­ter fence with a cen­ter door; out back, a large deck is fit­ted with a stain­less-steel board­ing lad­der and tube ski py­lon.

SPECS: LOA: 22'10" BEAM: 8'6" DRAFT: 1'3" DRY WEIGHT: 2,061 lb. SEAT/WEIGHT CA­PAC­ITY: 11/1,500 lb. FUEL CA­PAC­ITY: 38 gal. HOW WE TESTED: EN­GINE: Yamaha F115 four-stroke 115 hp DRIVE/PROP: Out­board/13.5"x 12" Yamaha 3-blade alu­minum GEAR RA­TIO: 2.15:1 FUEL LOAD: 28 gal. CREW WEIGHT: 400 lb. Price: $49,737

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