New Evinrude E-TEC G2 is Tested & Proven to be the Winner at Pontoon & Deckboat Days

Evinrude was a major force to be reckoned with at the 20th Annual Pontoon and Deckboat Shootout located on Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri.



For the first time in 20 years, it was open to the public while changing the event’s name to PDB Days. This event was also the first opportunity for consumers to test ride the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 on pontoon boats and deckboats.


Like with many other consumer events this summer, E-NATION invited five lucky winners  to get a full VIP experience and be some of the first to get out on boats rigged with the newly introduced Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine.


The new Evinrude E-TEC G2 was tested on boats from Bennington Pontoons, JC Pontoons, Sylvan Pontoons and Manitou Pontoons. The 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC even made an appearance at this year’s PDB Days. People were blown away by the torque, integrated steering and color options based on consumer and boat partner reactions all weekend.



Annual Shootout and Barrel Race 


Pontoon & Deckboat Magazine also organized their annual shootout and barrel race. The barrel race included categories of outboard motors:


1) Pontoons with outboard power ranging from 150hp and less

2) Pontoons with outboard power from 175-200hp

3) Pontoons with outboard power of 225hp and more


This highly competitive event showcases the best and newest models of pontoon boats from all of the top brands. During the shootout, the boats are tested in categories that include craftsmanship, innovation, and performance.


Consumers also had the opportunity to rate their favorite boats in the categories of Best Fishing Model, Best Value Model, Luxury Model, Performance Model, Deck Boat Model and Best Overall Model. All results will be published in an upcoming issue of Pontoon & Deckboat Magazine.




Manitou took home all three trophies with 1st place in all categories.

  • 21 Aurora Angler SHP with a 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC
  • 21 Oasis SHP with a 200 HP Evinrude E-TEC G2
  • 23 X-Plode SRS SHP with a 250 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2

This event is where performance production pontoons run through an obstacle course to show their performance and handling capabilities.


The closest competition in the unlimited class was a 22 Playcraft Daytona with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS mounted on a jackplate. As a solid testament to the superior maneuverability and greater efficiency of the Manitou V-Toon® hull, Manitou won with a longer and heavier package, propelled with the same horsepower. Manitou’s 23 X-plode SRS SHP powered by an Evinrude 250 E-TEC H.O. G2 outran them all.


Congratulations and thank you to Manitou Pontoon Boats for their help in getting us to victory!

For more information on this year’s PDB Days go to:

1506623_869891429701332_306954299793928313_nMckainer Barrel Race on Table Rock Lake at 2014 PDB Days