Captain's ReportSun Tracker Party Barge 22 Sport Fish Regency Edtion O/BBy Capt. Rob SmithSun Tracker’s Party Barge Series sounds like they are built for partying, but when you climb on board you see a different look than expected. This pontoon boat is built with luxury and refinement with elegant appointments and comfort from bow to stern.MeasurementsThe Party Barge 22 measures 24’4” length overall with a beam width of 8’6”. She weighs in at 2121lbs and carries 30 gallons of fuel. This model has 26” diameter pontoons that are multi-chambered. These NV Performance logs are tuned for maximum speed and improved handling. Seating capacity is 14 people and a total weight of 3000lbs people and gear. This model is rated for up to 125hp outboards.Features Up FrontBeginning with the bow, the navigation lights are deck mounted and the cleats are easy to handle loops. They use a concealed bow boarding ladder tucked under the starboard side, but I find that arrangement difficult to work with from aboard the boat. The gates on this model are child safe double locking and are wide enough to get through with wide loads of gear. The top rails have shape to them and are rounded rather than the industrial square edges and straight lines. Since you can fish from just about any pontoon, you will certainly be fishing in comfort or riding in style with the two captain’s chairs up front. Armrests flip up and the back is fully adjustable for comfort.The bench seats are heavily cushioned for comfort with roto-molded seat bases for storage. Kicker speakers are mounted in the seat backs for maximum sound. From the side entryYou can net in a large bass from the side entry gate or use it for climbing on board from the docks when you stop for lunch at the marina. The helm has a low profile windshield so it fits better in the garage. You can tuck a small cooler under the newly designed console. This new molded console is fully instrumented including a compass and digital depth sounder. The dash has nice burlwood accents, lighted rocker switches and a matching three spoke wheel. I liked having a handy tray on top of the dash for my cell phone and sunglasses. The driver has the same comfortable and fully adjustable captain’s chair as up front.Aft SeatingThe gang can all join you on the way in the aft L-bench seat that wraps around from the center gate to the stern gate. Kicker speakers are in the seat backs for better audio and LED lights are mounted just under the edge to light the floor at night. You can set up a table to serve some snacks up front or back. I like the rubber pad on top to keep things in place. A sun pad is across the back edge behind the stern portion of the bench. It has a heavy bolster that will keep you safely on board. Lifting it up you have room to stow the tabletop to port. Next to the stern gate under the sun pad is a flip-up changing room.Swim PlatformThe design gives you room for a real swim platform aft the sun pad deck and through the stern gate. The engine is mounted to leave room for the kids to use this as a launching pad at anchor or for you to get around the engine to check it out before a day of cruising and fishing. On the starboard side is a flip-over ladder to easily climb back on board after swimming.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 22 Sport Fish Regency is 36.0 mph (57.9 kph), burning 10.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 39.74 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 22 Sport Fish Regency is 29.7 mph (47.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.27 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.39 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 132 miles (212.43 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 115-hp Mercury OptiMax.
Standard and Optional Features
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