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Brief Summary

An unusual feature of the Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX is the full-width swim platform at the transom, providing extra space for swimmers as well as making it easier to get at the outboard for maintenance checks. Though this is designed to be an affordable pontoon boat, she has quality touches that most potential buyers will like, including pillow-top, multi-layer foam furniture finished with UV resistant, marine-grade 26-ounce vinyl. Carpet is 28-ounce marine grade, easy on bare feet. And she comes with a Bimini top, standard.

Key Features

  • Console style with wraparound sport shroud and tinted, removable windscreen and binnacle control box
  • Oversized, swiveling, adjustable helm seat with folding arms
  • Pillow top-style upholstery with marine-grade, UV-resistant, w/26-oz. base vinyl
  • Port/starboard bow couches and aft L-lounge with underseat storage
  • 28-oz. sculptured marine-grade carpet
  • Full-width aft swim platform with heavy-duty non-skid surface
  • All-welded, all-aluminum extended motor pod with built-in EPA-compliant fuel system
  • 24'' high-buoyancy multi-chambered pontoons with wave deflectors
  • 10+Life warranty
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21' 11''
    6.68 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 1,695 lbs.
    769 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity 1,900 lbs.
    862 kg
    Person Capacity 10
    Fuel Capacity 32.1 gal.
    121.5 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 40-hp Mercury ELPT 4-stroke BigFoot
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 8 Mercury engines from 20-hp to 90-hp

    Captain's Report

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX boat length
    The 2016 Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX has a length of 21’11” (6.68 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m) and a displacement weight of 1,695 lbs. (769 kg).

    Background

    Sun Tracker is part of the Bass Pro Group and has been making pontoons since 1983. Its boats feature some neat construction features worth taking a glance at.

    Construction.

    Sun Tracker pontoons are cylindrical, welded chambered and air filled; the latter is of interest as the craft ages. Any holes or leaks can be TIG (tungsten inert gas) welded, and makes a new hull, essentially. No foam to worry about. The pontoon shape makes Sun Trackers ride higher, as well.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX pontoon logs
    The standard pontoon logs are 24” in diameter, featuring a no-keel design. The bulkheads are then welded around the entire circumference of the tube, providing an air tight seal and structural support.

    The decks are fastened to the pontoons via full-length M-shaped brackets (which are welded to the pontoons; two to each pontoon) to which full width Z-shaped cross members are bolted and to which the deck is then fastened (think of it as joists in a home’s construction). They also use coated TEK-brand fasteners to attach the floor and Z bars; these friction-weld as they are tightened.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX deck structure
    A drawing of Sun Tracker’s deck structure.

    There’s quite a bit more but I consider those to be some of the high points of Sun Tracker’s construction methods.

    The Party Barge 20 DLX

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX layout

    The Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX has a layout that features port and starboard couches, an aft L-shaped lounge as well as underseat storage and drink holders.

    Now, let’s take a closer look at the 2016 version of the Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX.Sun Tracker didn’t come up with the name “Party Barge” without reason … though the name Pocket Party Barge would have worked as well for this almost-22 footer. As the name says, the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturing Association)-certified 2016 Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX is ready to hold a party — and a comfortable one — all summer long.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX running shot
    The Party Barge 20 DLX can hold a small party with a person capacity of 10 people or a weight capacity of 1,900 lbs. (862 kg).

    The aft deck/swim platform is full width, the fold-up four-step swim ladder is beefy, the foredeck provides nice room for hanging out when anchored, and all the railings (1.25’’ anodized aluminum) are rock solid. There’s substance to this pontoon boat.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX swim platform
    The Party Barge 20 DLX has a full-width swim platform with a non-skid surface. It also includes a 3-step folding boarding ladder with grab rails.

    Helm Console.

    The helm is worthy of an offshore boat; the captain’s chair is well padded, swivels and has folding arms. The ergonomic throttle falls nicely to hand (an engine stop/safety lanyard is located just below the throttle), and steering is via a sporty race-style wheel. Cup holders are located on either side of the helm and there’s storage underneath for a cooler. There will be more about storage in a bit.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX helm seat
    The helm seat has folding arms and also swivels and can be adjusted. A built-in footrest is also included.

    Instrument Panel.

    The wraparound instrument panel has lighted rocker switches, the pertinent gauges (tach, trim and fuel) and room for a small fishfinder/sonar dead center. The helm is clean and functional and — needless to say — has room for essentially any type radio one chooses, though the stock radio is an AM/FM/Bluetooth-capable unit with four directional speakers, which ought to satisfy all but the fussiest music aficionados. Oh … the fuse system utilizes auto-style fuses and the electrics feature water-resistant connectors and are wrapped in abrasion-resistant coverings.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX helm console
    The helm console includes a wrap-around sport shroud and a tinted, removable windscreen, as well as a soft-touch sport steering wheel.

    Pressure-Treated Deck.

    The deck is a seven-ply pressure-treated, .75’’ (it comes with a limited lifetime warranty; there’s a vinyl deck option as well) and the entire boat is heavily reinforced throughout, laterally and longitudinally. The pontoons are 24’’ in diameter, multi-chambered units with wave deflectors and internal bracing. The motor pod is all-welded, and the bow structure is reinforced.

    Comfort and Amenities.

    Tracker has paid a lot of attention to the basic amenities. The seats — across the board are first rate and plush. Everything is pillow-top finished with UV resistant, marine-grade 26-ounce vinyl with multiple foam layers. All the seats have rotomolded backs and bases for longevity as well as strength.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX seats
    There’s no shortage of seats on the Party Barge 20 DLX, and everyone aboard will be in comfort with the marine-grade, UV-resistant pillowtop-style upholstery and the 26 oz. base vinyl and foam.

    The carpet is a barefoot-pleasing 28-oz. marine-grade. There’s also a removable table with molded-in cup holders. Then there’s that storage…

    Lots of Storage.

    Everywhere one would look, there’s storage. Under the aft L-shaped lounge there’s lockable storage and there’s storage underneath every seat, lounge, nook and cranny, and where there is storage that can’t be seen, there’s net storage.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX l shaped lounge
    The aft L-shaped lounge has storage underneath the cushions and a lockable underseat dry storage box.
    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX bow lounge storage
    Another example of where storage can be found is in the port bow lounge underneath the cushions, as well as the starboard bow couch.
    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX net storage
    An example of the net storage within the boat.

    Available as Standard.

    So far, everything mentioned is standard equipment. And — as the game show hosts say — there’s more. The

    standard Bimini

    is a 7’ polyester top with LED courtesy lights, protective boot, easy-adjusting straps and trailering-position arms. It stays handily out of the way for sunny days, and is a relative snap to set up, for when there’s just too much sun. The top also has integral storage, and features pull down loops to keep it taut.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX standard bimini top
    The Party Barge 20 DLX comes standard with a Bimini top, that now includes pull-down loops on the straps that keep fabric taut. The trailer shown is available as an option.

    Hardware.

    Hardware throughout this boat is either stainless steel or coated corrosion-resistant fasteners. Gates are dual-latching with finger guards that open inward and there are gate stops to keep them secure when opened. There’s wheelchair access via the portside gate. There are four mooring cleats, navigation lights… heck, they even throw in a fire extinguisher and horn.

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX port gate
    The port gate is wheelchair accessible. All gates on the Party Barge 20 DLX open inward and have gate stops to keep them in position. The gates also include dual latching finger guards and finished hinges.

    Prices and Options

    The only conceivable option that one might want would be the rail-mounted barbecue grill. Oh, and maybe the ski tower, if they are so inclined.The base boat comes for a remarkable $17,995, but that’s with a Mercury 20-hp EL FourStroke. The Party Barge 20 DLX is available with a 25, 40, 50, 60, 75 and 90-hp 4-strokes, the last only raising the price to a tad over $20,000. (There may be other engine options, dependent on what the dealer offers.)

    Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX profile shot
    The Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX will be able to keep the whole family amused, entertained and in comfort.

    Warranty

    The following items are part of the Sun Tracker Warranty --

    Ten-Year Bow-to-Stern Warranty

    -- that means factory-installed workmanship and materials are covered for ten years from the time of purchase, including electrical components, livewells and plumbing, carpet and vinyl, furniture, Bimini top and much more. Your engine is covered by the Mercury manufacturer's warranty.

    Lifetime Limited Structural and Deck Warranty

    -- provides coverage for pontoon logs, motor pod, other structural elements including deck supports, perimeter fence rails and gates, and more, for the life of the boat.

    Transferability to Second Owner

    -- the resale value of your boat can be enhanced by provisions to transfer warranty elements to a second owner. Your Sun Tracker dealer can help you put applicable elements into effect when you are ready.

    One-stop Warranty Resolution

    -- 10+LIFE coverage offers a one-stop solution, eliminating the need to pursue separate warranties with component manufacturers.

    Full Coverage During Warranty Period

    -- means there is no pro-rating, or reduction of your coverage over time. So the peace of mind you enjoy at the outset carries throughout your coverage period.

    In addition, Sun Tracker even backs its optional trailers by warranting the Galvashield steel tubing against structural failure due to corrosion for three years!

    Observations

    The Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX comes with what Tracker calls its “best in the industry” warranty, its “10+Life Warranty,” a 10-year bow-to-stern, limited lifetime structural and deck warranty that is transferable to a second owner; the latter, always a selling point when and if a boater wants to move up.Throw in another two grand-or-so for a trailer and get ready to have a feet-up, laid back, red solo cup summer for remarkably little cash.And it’s a lot cheaper than a cabin on the lake.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard Bluetooth
    Shore Power Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard

    Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    Transferable
    Limited Lifetime Yes http://www.suntrackerboats.com/about/warranty.cfm
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