While lots of folks enjoy pontoon boats for lying around in the sun, coving, or having fun wake boarding or waterskiing, some folks like them as a fishing platform.

Sun Tracker Fishin' Barge 22 video boat review

Wait, what? That's right, pontoon boats can be well-equipped to serve the purposes of anglers, and the Sun Tracker Fishin' Barge 22 XP3 is one such pontoon that's outfitted to the nines for fishing.

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Onboard the Fishin' Barge 22 we found fishy features such as dual live wells, tons of rod holders, a locking rod stowage compartment, and lots more. But what good is a boat if it isn't around in 10 years? No worries, the Sun Tracker Fishin' Barge 22 XP3 is built to last and carries a 10-year, bow-to-stern warranty, plus a limited lifetime warranty on the deck and structure. Talk about putting your mind at ease.

Boat Test Notes

Specifications
Length22'2"
Beam8'6"
Draft (hull)N/A
DeadriseN/A (Pontoon)
Displacement2,580 lbs
Fuel capacity35 gal.

Concept:


Offer a pontoon boat dedicated to angling, but with the usual pontoon boat comfort and a whopping 10-year, bow-to-stern transferrable warranty.

Construction:


-Pontoons are 26” diameter, robotically welded, multi-chambered logs.
-Pressure-treated ¾” seven-ply wood deck, covered with 22-ounce marine grade carpet and warranted for the life of the boat.
-Z-bar cross-members extend the full width of the boat.
-Rotomolded poly livewells, rodbox, and seat bases. Rodbox would be improved by adding a rack; as-is, your rods will bounce around in there.
-Extruded aluminum motor pod.

Performance:

Performance Data
Test conditions: 10-knot breeze, small chop, one person onboard.
RPMMPHGPHMPG
10004.00.85.0
20007.92.13.8
300015.13.54.3
400023.56.53.6
500032.510.53.3
600038.014.62.6
PowerSingle Mercury 150 FourStroke outboard, swinging a three-bladed 16” x 14” aluminum prop.

-Speed hit 38 MPH with a 150 Mercury FourStroke outboard.
-Cruising at 25 to 30 MPH, fuel economy never dips below 3.3 MPG.

Handling:


-Triple-log XP3 package enhances handling, but the boat does turn flat instead of banking in like a V-hull.
- Does well in a slight chop; it was calm on test day, but the chop we had made zero impact on the boat. Circling back into the boat’s wake, the tri-toon rig chopped right through.

Unique features:


-Livewells can be found both fore and aft.
-Fish ruler is molded into poly livewell compartment (but is only 16” long).
-Multiple pedestal seats and seat bases mean you can sit and fish wherever you like, both fore and aft.

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