By: Scott Way
Canadian-based Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) has just released their Manitou and Alumicraft brand lineups for 2022. Across the board both brands will see significant changes in terms of hull design, internal configurations, and power options for the upcoming year.
In the Manitou announcement, the respected pontoon maker's XT and LX models will be equipped with the company's well-respected V-toon hull are now certified for a 900 horsepower rating. The V-toon hull uses a third tube with positive angle lifting strakes bolted the hull to simulate a standard V-hull type design and performance. The third tube also adds stability and better handling for higher horsepower configurations.
Mercury's VesselView display system will also be available on some Manitou models. The proprietary system incorporates a digital interface and easy-to-use engine controls while also monitoring engine data, giving users key information about the boat's performance and helping to regulate the boat's maintenance and performance needs. Mercury's SmartCraft Connect system is also compatible with VesselView through Garmin and Raymarine digital displays. There is also an option for Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO) control which provides much improved low-speed maneuvering capabilities.
Also for 2022 the Manitou lineup will offer new colour schemes on the Aurora LE, LX, and XT series of boats. There are is also an Aurora LE Premium Package with LED lighting and a high-end Fusion stereo system.
On the Alumacraft front, their Pro Series bass boats will be redesigned for 2022 with a reconfigured bow deck, additional rod storage compartments, and additional side storage compartments. The Pro Series has been a longstanding industry staple known for meeting the rugged demands of both beginners and professionals.
Seating configurations will also be new next year. All seats in the Alumacraft lineup will be reworked with a different design to provide better long-term comfort while underway. Both cockpit seats and casting seats will have an entirely new shape to enhance bloodflow and eliminate pressure points during long sits.
According to Grant Wildgrube, manager of product strategy at Alumacraft, “Whether it’s a planned adventure or a spur-of-the-moment trip, fishing is more than the thrill of a great catch, it’s a way of life. And this way of life isn’t just about escaping, it’s about truly living and finding your fishing freedom. Alumacraft boats deliver that promise, and now with even more comfort.”