The SHP package is the most innovative
concept to hit the pontoon market since the advent of the
triple tube. This package will make you the envy of the
lake. Choose any of the boats below and add the SHP option
for the ultimate pontoon experience. Every SHP comes
standard with Hydraulic Power Assist Steering, allowing for
effortless steering and precision control. The SHP design is
perfect for water-skiing, tubing and even barefoot skiing.
What is the Manitou Sport Handling Package?
Manitou has used its 20 years experience
in pontoon design to provide a package that allows for
performance previously not seen on high horsepower pontoon
boats. Several components work together to make the SHP a
unique vessel. All Manitou SHP models are underskinned
triple tube models which feature a center tube which is
larger than the outside tubes. This center tube is mounted
lower than the outside tubes, preventing ventilation during
sharp turning. Lifting strakes are standard on the inside
and outside of all three tubes, allowing for quicker
planning and better hole shot. The final component of the
Manitou SHP is a Sea Star Hydraulic Steering System with
power assist unit. These components work together
What are some of the advantages of the Manitou SHP?
To understand the SHP advantage, you must first
understand how performance pontoons have evolved. A typical pontoon hull
is considered a displacement hull, not a planing hull like a fiberglass
speedboat. In addition to being far less efficient than a planing hull,
a displacement hull does not allow a pontoon to bank gracefully at high
speeds. In years past, many pontoon owners with high horsepower motors
have been disappointed with their boats' performance.
The Manitou SHP has created a hull design which acts as a planning hull.
Hard cornering to the outside has been replaced with a more natural
inward banking. The Sea Star Hydraulic Steering with power assist allows
you to turn this boat at wide open throttle without any hesitation. This
is unlike any pontoon previously on the market.
You can have the handling and performance of a fiberglass boat with the
stability and floor space of a pontoon
How did Manitou achieve this industry leading performance?
Our quality construction allows us to offer the SHP.
Unlike some competitors, we do not cut corners in our construction. By
using extruded hat crossmembers, full length risers, thicker aluminum in
the tubes, and the strongest deck in the industry, Manitou manufactures
a boat that can withstand the demands placed on modern high horsepower
performance pontoon boats.
What does the Manitou SHP I/O offer for V-8 power?
Check out the motor pod on a Manitou. The .160" thick motor pod is bolted
at 20 locations to extruded hat crossmembers. Others with flimsy
construction know better than to subject their motor pod construction to
these forces. For long term durability, today's high horsepower motors
need the adequate support that only Manitou offers.
All Manitou SHP I/O models are available with a 300 HP
350 Mag MPI with Bravo 3 Drive. This package features standard Digital
Throttle Shift (DTS) technology. This smooth shifting package will knock
you back in your seat in this performance pontoon boat.
How is the SHP steering system different than conventional hydraulic
All I/O models feature a 27 inch middle tube with 25 inch outside tubes
(compared to 23 inch outside tubes for outboard models). The increased
weight of this motor and drive is offset by these larger outside tubes.
With twin stainless steel propellers, this boat gets up on plane quickly
and turns on a dime. Wait until you hear it rumble by with the optional
Captains Choice Exhaust!
The Manitou SHP features a Teleflex Sea Star Hydraulic
Steering System with Power Assist. Similar to many automobiles, this
hydraulic system uses an electric pump to allow steering with your
If you are tired of fighting with your big outboard, maybe its time you
test drove a Manitou SHP. This boat powers through corners, even with a
How can I test drive a Manitou SHP
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