Ohio Pontoon Dealer for Manitou Boats !

St. Rt. 366 & Co. Rd. 38
Russells Point, OHIO  43348


 Manitou Pontoon Boats

Manitou raised expectations through a revolutionary redesign of the traditional pontoon hull and in the process raised the heart rate of the entire boating community. Better hole shots, quicker to plane, higher top end speeds, unrivaled handling and increased stability in rough water are all hallmarks of the Manitou performance-minded pontoon boat. Manitou challenges you to raise your own expectations (and heart rate) by test driving one of their pontoon boats. We're confident you'll agree that a Manitou pontoon boat is all the boat you'll ever need.

Traditional Hull






Our most economical hull design. Ideal for slower cruising but stable enough for a full load of passengers. Although typically paired with smaller engines, the twin hull design can still pull tubers and lighter skiers but with less acceleration and more limited turning ability.


The new VP offers boaters a much wider range of mid-level performance. The VP will pop-out of the water easier and plane at speeds into the upper 30s with a maximum 150 HP. The VP uses positive angle lifting strakes on the center tube to provide a much smoother, higher ride on rougher water.


The SHP is a trademarked evolution of the triple tube. The SHP hull is a combination of a larger and deeper center tube, positive angle lifting strakes, and our signature Barracuda nosecones. Hallmarks of this hull are improved efficiency, maneuverability, and ride.


Newton's Law states that every object continues in its state of rest, or of motion, until external forces are exerted upon it. Left to themselves, boats do not accelerate, decelerate or change direction. While some pontoon manufacturers focus on static influences like buoyancy and stability in calm water, we choose to focus our efforts on the dynamics that determine performance while in motion.

Center Tube Design

The exact depth of our center tube with positive angle lifting strakes provides stability, razor sharp turning and the superior ride normally associated with V-hulls. The precise degree of deadrise is the key that unlocks a hull's performance characteristics. Too much or too little dead rise, can detrimentally affect ride quality, stability, acceleration, speed and handling. At ManitouŽ, our engineers have spent years testing pontoon hull configurations resulting in our industry leading V-ToonŽ Technology.

Lifting Strake Design

Much of the critical engineering in a performance triple tube hull is in the balance of precise hull geometry and strategically designed and placed lifting strakes. Like reverse angle chines on a monohull, negative angle lifting strakes can increase lift but have negative impacts on ride quality by increasing slamming loads. Conversely, positive angle lifting strakes provide the needed planing surface, deliver a smooth ride and enhance the nimble reflexes of a V-Toon. Inferring that strakes are detrimental to performance when placed on the outside of the lateral tubes may be true on our competitors boats, which are less agile and less predictable at higher speeds, but not ours. When you need to get back to a downed skier, want to get to a fishing hole first, or need to outrun the weather, you need the speed and agility only found on a V-Toon hull. Don't fall for the smoke and mirrors of false claims, demand V-Toon Technology with Positive Angle Lifting Strakes.


Simply adding a center tube will increase stability and buoyancy but will not necessarily improve handling. By widening the center tube and adding strakes, our competitors have been successful at getting their boats to heel (bank) at slow speeds, but these boats handle erratically at planing speeds. Without deadrise, the lateral forces exerted on a hull, during a turn, overcomes the boats ability to bank. This causes uncontrollable heeling to the outside. At ManitouŽ we believe your family deserves safe, confidence inspiring, predictable handling and we deliver nothing less.

Elliptical Pontoon

U-Shaped Pontoon

Almost every pontoon company claims that their pontoon boats handle like a runabout or v-bottom boat. But without a v-shaped hull, it is simply impossible to have v-bottom handling. Passengers that have ridden in flat bottom crafts or ones with very little deadrise have experienced the bone jarring ride and inadequate handling they produce. Adding reverse chines or negative angled lifting strakes only makes matters worse.


Manitou's V-Toon hulls perform like hard chined, v-bottom mono-hulls. Precise deadrise and strake combination allow our hulls to heel into a turn like a race-car on a banked track providing passengers with a more comfortable and safer ride. When heeling, centrifugal forces are directed downward through the hull, making it easier for passengers and gear to remain in place. As speeds increase, the natural ability of a hull to heel becomes increasingly important, not only for comfort, but safety.


It is deadrise that softens a boat's ride in rough water by deflecting the energy created by wakes and wave action. The angle of a hulls surface (deadrise) also contributes to a boats ability to heel into a turn. Finding the ultimate deadrise angle, that provides excellent ride qualities as well as nimble handling, for triple tube pontoon hulls is something that only the engineers at Manitou have mastered.

Dynamic Lift

All boats at rest and prior to planing speed are supported by simple buoyancy. As a boat accelerates,forces dynamically increase between the planing surface of the hull and the water. With adequate speed and enough planning surface, a boat goes from its maximum displacement speed to planing. At planning speeds static buoyancy contributes very little to boat performance. So, why buy a boat that has an unnecessarily large center tube that only contributes unneeded buoyancy during displacement speeds or at rest? Hauling around the added weight of an unnecessarily large center tube only hampers a boats ability to perform above displacement speeds.


Dynamic Lift

Stability at Speed

Performance hulls respond positively and instantly to throttle and steering input. Flat bottom style pontoon hulls, while stable, are difficult to turn and react inadequately to driver input during planing speeds. Our V-Toon Technology, by virtue of deadrise and dynamic lift, provides a confidence-inspiring platform when coupled with large engines. Soft ride, great acceleration, higher top end speeds, razor like handling and unwavering stability at speed, that's V-Toon Technology.

Bottom Line

No one builds flat bottom performance boats for a reason. Maneuvering would be horrendous if not dangerous and the slam loads would make the ride bone jarring. So why would anyone, interested in performance and handling, buy a flat bottom pontoon boat?








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Performance Pontoon Boat !

Setting the bar for performace pontoons

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.

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.

What does the Manitou SHP I/O offer for V-8 power?

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.

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!

How is the SHP steering system different than conventional hydraulic steering?

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 finger tips.

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 full load.

 How can I test drive a Manitou SHP Performance Pontoon Boat ?

Call 1-800-FUN-BUDS

and test drive a SHP Pontoon Boat at

 Indian Lake, Ohio



Bud's Marine at Indian Lake
Ohio Performance Pontoon Boat Dealer
St. Rt. 366 & Co. Rd. 38    Russells Point, OH  43348
sales@budsmarine.com  service@budsmarine.com
Phone:  800-FUN-BUDS  937-686-5555  937-843-2837
Fax:  937-686-7986