While it’s fun to look at big boats that have all the bells and whistles imaginable, it’s important to remember that great things don’t only come in big packages. That’s especially evident in the newest small pontoon boats for the 2017 model year.

Built to be easy to tow behind a mid-sized vehicle, small pontoons are growing in popularity because they still provide plenty of seating and comfortable amenities in a more compact package. With their efficient pontoon designs, they’re also perfect for use on waters with horsepower restrictions – how many other boats can you think of that provide comfortable seating for a half-dozen people with an engine of just 9.9 horsepower?

These small wonders deliver big fun – here’s the latest 2017 models from some of the top pontoon manufacturers.

Bennington 168SL

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Bennington’s S168SL boasts an L-shaped rear lounge seat that surrounds a removable, pedestal-mount table to form the perfect lunch spot. Or, rotate the helm bucket seat and you have a living room-like space for quiet conversations. Up front in the bow, twin facing lounge seats offer plenty of space to stretch out and catch the sun’s rays. With seating for seven people, the 168SL handles outboards up to 40 horsepower but will put around quite happily with a 9.9.

  • Length: 17’ 4.5”
  • Beam: 8’ 0”
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Maximum power: 40 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 7
  • MSRP: $15,999
  • Complete Specs

Berkshire CTS 17L

Berkshire CTS 17L

With its wrap-around L-shaped stern lounge seat, forward lounger and innovative portside bow seat with its own mini-console, Berkshire’s CTS 17L accommodates nine people in comfort. A removable pedestal-mount table with integral beverage holders sits between the aft lounger and the helm seat, while three entry gates offer convenience no matter what side of the dock you’re on. Rate for outboards of up to 60 horsepower, the 1,420-pound CTS 17L still moves along nicely with much less power.

  • Length: 18’ 1”
  • Beam: 8’ 6”
  • Maximum power: 60 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 9

Cypress Cay Cambio 160

Cypress Cay Cambio 160

The Cambio 160 from Cypress Cay embodies some of the best pontoon boat features all on one compact platform. Its trim 17-foot, three-inch length lets it maneuver into some of the most secluded coves while its eight-foot, three-inch beam makes it easier to trailer than its  larger counterparts. Well thought-out floor plan options maximize space while comfortably seating up to six people. Relax under the eight-foot Bimini top and crank up the tunes on the Jensen stereo booming from the sturdy, all-fiberglass helm station.

  • Length: 17’ 3”
  • Beam: 8’ 3”
  • Maximum power: 50 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 6
  • MSRP: $13,510
  • Complete Specs

Harris Omni 160

Harris Omni 160

The Omni 160 proves that good things do indeed come in small packages with a walk-through floor plan that provides a convenient gate to the bow deck and swim-deck access  at the stern. It also boasts two plush bow lounges, a standard Bimini top, a rear boarding ladder and a super-comfortable aft bench seat. A huge option list lets you select from a range of amenities including stereo, carpet and flooring upgrades along with outboards from 9.9 to 50 horsepower.

  • Length: 17’ 3”
  • Beam: 8’ 3”
  • Maximum power: 50 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 6
  • MSRP: $13,674
  • Complete Specs

Lowe Ultra 160 Cruise

Lowe Ultra 160 Cruise

With seating for eight and the ability to handle outboards of up to 50 horsepower, Lowe’s Ultra 160 Cruise is a deceptively capable pontoon that  still runs like a champ with much smaller engines. A near full-width stern seat and a flip-flop passenger seat that adjusts to be either forward-facing or rear-facing combine with twin bow loungers to provide all sorts of seating options. It even comes with a nine-foot Bimini top as standard equipment.

  • Length: 17’ 10”
  • Beam: 8’ 0”
  • Maximum power: 50 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 8
  • MSRP: $13,541
  • Complete Specs

Princecraft Jazz 170

Princecraft Jazz 170

Princecraft’s new Jazz 170 hits all the right notes with seating for eight on its three lounger plus helm Captain’s Chair layout. There’s a removable pedestal-mount table with integrated beverage holders up front, and a rear corner console with storage and additional drink holders. The rear swim platform features a sturdy boarding ladder, while a standard Bimini top keeps the mid-day sun at bay. Got plenty of gear? Extra storage bins beneath the lounge seats accommodate it all.

  • Length: 17’ 7”
  • Beam: 8’ 1”
  • Maximum power: 50 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 7

Starcraft EX 18 F

Starcraft EX 18 F

If your interests take you more toward fishing than cruising, then Starcraft has the perfect pontoon for you. The new EX 18 F is an 18-foot pontoon that swaps twin bow loungers for a pair of pedestal-mount fishing seats. To the stern there’s a full wrap-around lounge seat that surrounds a pedestal-mount removable table, plus a wide swim platform with a boarding ladder that makes this a truly multi-function boat that picnics as well as it fishes.

  • Length: 18’ 10”
  • Beam: 8’ 0”
  • Maximum power: 60 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 8
  • Complete Specs

SunChaser 7518 Cruise

SunChaser 7518 Cruise

Although it’s rated to handle outboards of up to 50 horsepower, SunChaser’s 7518 Cruise is designed to offer plenty of fun with even a 9.9, making it a great choice for lakes with horsepower restrictions.  Wrap-around bow and stern lounge seats comfortable accommodate up to eight people, while a boarding ladder on the rear swim platform, a removable pedestal-mount table and plush carpeted floor are nice touches.

  • Length: 18’ 3”
  • Beam: 7’ 6”
  • Maximum power: 50 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 8

Sylvan Mirage 818 Cruise

Sylvan Mirage 818 Cruise

With three wrap-around lounge seats and a transom extension, Sylvan’s 818 Cruise seats up to eight people in comfort. Cavernous storage compartments in the seat bases provide secure storage for all sorts of gear as well. The helm seat not only swivels, but slides as well for added driving comfort. A standard stereo, a removable pedestal-mount table with integrated beverage holders, a boarding ladder on the rear swim platform and three entry gates provide incredible versatility in this family-friendly pontoon.

  • Length: 18’ 10”
  • Beam: 8’ 0”
  • Maximum power: 60 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 8
  • Complete Specs

Sun Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX

Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX

Keeping it simple has long been Tracker’s policy when creating fun boats with value in mind. The Party Barge 18 DLX seats nine people on its three wrap-around lounge seats and the bucket helm Captain’s chair. Three entry gates, a standard Bimini top and a Bluetooth-enabled stereo are all standard equipment. A wide range of options, including a rail-mounted barbecue, let you personalize this boat and make it your own.

  • Length: 20’ 0”
  • Beam: 8’ 2”
  • Maximum power: 75 hp
  • Maximum capacity: 9
  • MSRP: $15,395

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