Sun Tracker is known for making quality pontoon boats that are not only affordable and built to last, but equipped to the nines for entertaining, too. The Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 carries on that tradition in fine fashion, with a capacity to party with up to 12 people aboard.


While partying is a primary function of this boat, it's no slouch in the performance department. Not by a long shot. Tipped with a 200-horsepower Mercury Verado and Sun Tracker's XP3 performance pontoon log system, the Party Barge 24 XP3 can top 40 mph, and carves out turns with the best of them.

But what about those aforementioned 12 people you might have aboard? Up forward are two long lounges with tons of stowage underneath and a companion seating area is adjacent to the helm. Aft you'll find a sun pad that's not just great for catching some rays, but for watching folks on water skis or wakeboard, as well. There's even additional bench seating aft and to port. There's quite literally room for everyone.

Read our full text review, Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3: Party On, Dudes

Boat Test Notes


Produce a full-featured pontoon that is big on fun and entertaining guests, but at an affordable price.
Draft (hull)N/A
Displacement4,631 lbs
Fuel capacity35 gal.


-Our test boat was equipped with the XP3 performance package, which features three high-performance 26-inch pontoon logs with strakes.
-Upholstery is marine-grade, UV-resistant, 26-ounce vinyl.
-The boat comes with a 10-year, bow-to-stern warranty, plus a limited lifetime warranty on structural components.


-Top-end speed with the maximum power for this boat—a 200-horsepower Mercury Verado outboard—was around 40 mph.
-The most efficient cruise speed we found was at around 15 mph, where the engine consumed just above three gph.

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-Our test boat was equipped with the XP3 triple-tube performance system, which allowed the Party Barge 24 to slice out fairly aggressive turns.
-The boat tracks nicely, even at low speeds—such as when docking or maneuvering in close quarters.

Unique Features:

-There’s a locking stowage compartment under the port aft lounge for stowing walets, phones, keys, etc.
-Sun Tracker realizes that people live with their smartphone by their sides. There’s a molded, foam-backed smartphone holder with a shock cord retainer in the dash.
-Upholstery, carpet, and other materials are top-notch for a boat in this price class.

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Written by: Gary Reich
Gary Reich is a Chesapeake Bay-based freelance writer and photojournalist with over 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He is the former editor of PropTalk Magazine and was the managing editor of the Waterway Guide. His writing and photography have been published in PassageMaker Magazine, Soundings, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Yachting Magazine, and Lakeland Boating, among others.