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As the luxury pontoon-boat market becomes more crowded and competitive, Barletta has stepped up its game with the L25U. She features top-quality upholstery and side rails, heavy-duty stainless-steel hardware and accessories like a power Bimini top, a fold-out table and, get this, slide out bowls for pet water and food. Every family member gets attention on this versatile performer.
- • Power Bimini Top. Push a button for instant shade. It’s wrapped in a color-matched boot and has an LED dome light.
- • Available Third Pontoon. The package includes a third 26” (66 cm) diameter pontoon, lifting strakes, hydraulic steering, and a larger 48-gallon (182 L) fuel tank.
- • Aluminum Skinned Deck Frame Protection. Only a few pontoon builders do this, as it adds to cost, but it makes for a smoother riding experience and protects the frames as well.
- • Standard Multifunction Display. The Simrad G07 XSE chartplotter has a 7” (17.8 cm) display.
- • Stow-Away Table. It folds out from the back of the forward port lounge and erects easily.
- • Yeti Ready. The cup holders are designed for Yeti tumblers and there’s a storage compartment specified for a Yeti cooler.
Pontoon boats are known as “party barges” and other nicknames, primarily because they can carry so many passengers – and it’s easy for them to move around while underway at moderate speeds.
The L25U has an LOA of 27’5” (8.36 m) with an 8’6” beam (2.59 m), and she’s rated for 14 people with the third pontoon. The two-pontoon version has a maximium passenger capacity of 12. Fuel capacity with the triple pontoon version is 48 gallons (182 L) compared to 30 gallons (114 L) with two pontoons. Fully loaded weight for the triple pontoon is 5,550 lbs. (2,517 kg) and with the twin pontoons, the weight comes down to 4,623 lbs. (2,097 kg).
The Barletta L25U has a small foredeck ahead of the fencing which allows crew to move forward when mooring. While the deck is not particularly wide, it is better than no foredeck at all, which is what we see on all too many pontoon boats.
The bow area has lounge seats where an adult can stretch out facing forward – chaise style -- or multiple passengers can sit facing inboard.
Throughout the boat, Barletta uses Dolce Outdoor Marine Ultra Soft Premium upholstery with quilted accents.
The bow gate is 22” (55.9 cm) wide, while the gate to port is 23” (58.42cm) wide. Neither is wide enough for a wheelchair to board. The bow platform is strictly for tending to lines and is not deep enough for a person to sit, which is probably just as well.
Bow storage. There’s storage in the base of the forward lounges and the headrests in the consoles open as well. A hatch next to the helm opens the locker in the center pontoon. A wastebasket is in the door of the compartment that opens the helm console.
At amidships, there are twin captains’ chairs that recline, swivel and adjust fore and aft. The helm console is raised 4” (10.16 cm) off the deck to provide the driver with an unobstructed view over the heads of guests.
The multifunction tachometer and speedometer with integrated smaller gauges are front and center above the steering wheel. To the port side of the wheel is the stereo and to starboard are the toggle-style accessory switches. Outboard to starboard is the Simrad multifunction display.
Just above are a tray and power plug for keeping a cell phone charged. Keeping with the boat’s upscale theme, the dash and steering wheel are finished in a hand-stitched dark upholstery. Just ahead on the inboard edge of the console is a large glove box. Outboard to starboard is a drop-in locker.
The Aft Lounge
Abaft the helm is the most versatile seat aboard the L25U -- a double-wide lounge that measures 6’6” (1.98 m) long by 5’1” (1.55 cm) wide when all of the cushions are laid flat. The backrest can also be set up for forward or aft-facing travel. It has storage in the base where we also found the twin batteries and switch. There is a gate that closes off the passage from the cockpit to the stern.
A passageway to starboard provides passage to the stern area where twin swim steps extend aft past the motor on each side. To starboard is a four-step ladder with substantial rails that should make it easier for even full-size folks to climb aboard.
That same heavy-duty feel applies to the ski tow, which is made with a stout stainless-steel frame. On each side of the ski tow are fender holders and in the center is a raised fuel fill with more Yeti-Ready cup holders on each side.
The Boat. All three of the L25U’s pontoons measure 26” (66.04 cm) in diameter and have spray rails forward on each side. The underside of the deck is skinned in aluminum so there’s no exposed wood. This is fairly unusual, and we like it because it keeps waves from hitting the frames supporting the deck and causing pounding.
The Numbers. With two people and a full tank of fuel, our test boat had an estimated weight of 5,373 lbs. (2,437 kg). The 300-hp Mercury outboard spun a 16” x 18” (40.64 cm x 45.72 cm) Enertia three-blade stainless-steel propeller. We ran a top speed of 47.2 mph at 6000 rpm.
Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where the boat ran 17.1 mph and burned 5.2 gph, which translated into 3.3 mpg and a range of 143 statute miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 48-gallon (182 L) fuel capacity in reserve. In acceleration tests, the L25U ran to 20 mph in 3.8 seconds and to 30 mph in 6.5 seconds.
With the triple pontoons and lifting strakes, the L25U had a nimble feel on the water, carving through turns and comfortably leaning into the maneuvers. Around the docks, the motor had plenty of power to put the boat where our driver wanted.
Barletta builds the L25U with a 7-ply ¾” (1.91 cm) thick marine plywood deck mounted on a hybrid crossmember system that combines box, I-beam and C-channel structures and Vibation Isolation Pad technology.
Each pontoon has a full-length welded aluminum keel and there are Wave Tamer anti-splash fins on the outboard tubes. Wiring harnesses attach with Deutsch connectors and the boat has LED navigation and docking lights. For lines, there are flip-up cleats and the L25U comes with fender hangers.
10-year bow to stern warranty. See their website for details.
Options to Consider
- • Double power Bimini tops
- • Seat covers
- • Full metal jacket pontoon protectant
- • Dual-stage lifting strakes with invasive species flush
- • Saltwater anodes
- • Exterior Lighting package
- • Teak decking upgrade
- • Bow filler seat
- • Changing room in place of flip-out table
- • Ottoman with built-in cooler storage
- • In-floor storage (requires triple pontoon package)
- • Interior RGB Lighting Package
- • Blackout package with black rails, Bimini top, rubrail, skirting, shims, gate pockets, and rail supports
- • Tri-Toon Package with 26” (66.04 cm) center pontoon with a 48-gallon (182 L) fuel tank, full lifting strakes, and hydraulic steering
The Barletta L25U’s performance with the optional triple pontoon package and 300-hp Mercury outboard make the boat a versatile performer that can do almost anything a runabout can do.
From a construction standpoint, we would rate Barletta as one of the best in the industry.
The founders of Barletta have experience in the luxury RV market and they know what the upscale customer wants. That is evidenced by the presence of items such as the pet food bowls and wastebasket.
Because the L25U’s beam is still 8’6” (2.59 m), the boat is trailerable. With a loaded weight of 5,550 lbs. (2,517 kg), it can be towed by most half-ton pickups or full-sized SUVs.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Barletta L25U (2018-) is 47.2 mph (76 kph), burning 24.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 93.11 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Barletta L25U (2018-) is 17.1 mph (27.5 kph), and the boat gets 3.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 143 miles (230.14 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Mercury 300 CMS V8.
Standard and Optional Features
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