All boaters are familiar with the old adage that, "He who has a boat has the most friends.” And if we're going to have a lot of friends, we may as well have a boat that can accommodate them. With the Party Barge 24's XP3 performance tube package, she has a capacity for up to 12 people, meaning we no longer have to worry about who to leave behind. With three separate sections of entertaining areas, guests can even be separated by age, gender, or whatever.
Aft port rear-facing lounge with pop-up changing room and storage
Aft starboard rear-facing lounge
Marine-grade, UV-resistant upholstery with 26-oz. base vinyl and multiple densities of foam
Bluetooth-capable stereo with 4 speakers
26'' (66.04 cm) high-buoyancy multichambered pontoons with wave deflectors
Full-width aft swim platform with oversized 3-step folding boarding ladder
Color-keyed 9' (2.74 m) polyester Bimini top with LED courtesy lights and protective boot
Port/starboard bow couches with underseat storage and port lockable arm storage
26' 2'' 7.98 m
8' 6'' 2.59 m
3,095 lbs. 1,403 kg
4,067 lbs. 1,844 kg
- Draft Up
- Draft Down
- Air Draft
2,800 lbs. 1,270 kg
52 gal. 197 L
Length on Trailer
Height on Trailer
Total Weight (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.
Acceleration Times & Test Conditions
Time To Plane
0 to 30
14.75 x 16 Enertia
2 persons, 1/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
78 deg., 68 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: light chop
The Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 has a length overall of 26'2" (7.98 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). With the 200-hp Mercury Verado we reached a top speed of 40.5 mph.
The mission of the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 is to create a comfortable entertainment platform that can hold up to 12 people. With the XP3 performance package she can accommodate up to 200-hp giving her excellent qualifications for being able to entertain in the water as well as on the water.
Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3.
• Aft rear facing sun lounge with pop-up changing room and storage
• Marine-grade, UV resistant upholstery with 26 oz. base vinyl and multiple densities of foam
• Standard stereo offers Bluetooth streaming audio in addition to MP3 and USB ports
• Three 26” (66.04 cm) diameter high-buoyancy multi-chambered pontoons with wave deflectors & welded-on lifting strakes
• Hydraulic steering
• Full width aft swim platform with oversized three-step folding reboarding ladder with taller grab rails and longer ladder
• Color-keyed 9’ (2.74 m) polyester Bimini with LED courtesy lights and protective boot
• Three distinct gathering areas: opposing couches at the bow, L-shaped settee across from helm and aft double wide lounge with starboard side couch
• 22 oz. sculptured marine-grade carpet
• 8'6" (2.59 m) beam for expanded space
• Standard removable table with molded-in drink holders to accommodate bow and aft pedestal base locations
• Portside wheelchair access gate
• Extended motor pod with built-in performance-enhancing featuresWith three distinct gathering areas the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 can accommodate up to 12 people, and keep them comfortable while still providing enough open space for moving about.
The Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 has a length overall of 26'2" (7.98 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). With an empty weight of 3,095 lbs. (1,403 kg), one quarter fuel, two people and test power we had an estimated test weight of 4,067 lbs. (1,844 kg). With the 200-hp Mercury Verado turning a 14 and 3/4 by 16 Enertia prop we reached a top speed at 6200 rpm of 40.5 mph. At that speed we were burning 19.75 gph giving us a range of 65 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 15.4 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 3.2 gph giving us a range of 152 miles and an endurance of 9 hours and 48 minutes while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
The helm console is an off-color to reduce glare. A smoked windscreen lies over a curved panel with the dual multifunction gauges mounted to a simulated Burl wood dash. The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base, and the engine control is mounted almost vertically. The helm seat is thickly padded and includes flip-down armrests. Its pedestal mount allows it to slide as well as swivel to face the conversation. The engine is attached to a motor pod which has performance-enhancing features underneath. The fuel tank is mounted directly inside the pod rather than inside the boat. Steps to either side of the engine will allow a comfortable place to stand while working on the engine and making daily checks. The bottom of the sun pad exposes a compartment that not only can accommodate storage and the pop-up changing room, but the battery is secured here as well.
We had a time to plane of 3.4 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 4.4 seconds and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 7.6 seconds.
With the XP3 performance package, she’s a triple-tube design. She comes up on plane from a fairly level attitude, as do most pontoons. Go ahead and add a lot of trim to get the bow high and put her into her optimum cruising attitude. That not only keeps the forward halves of the tubes high, it keeps spray down and gives her better handling through the waves. In gentle turns, she remains flat but harder turns will have her leaning slightly to the outside of the turn. But she does respond well to the helm, and would make for good times putting a towline out the back. When taking power off she settles back into the water from a level attitude.
Go ahead and trim the engine way up. This will bring the bow high out of the water and put her in her most efficient running angle. With the XP3 performance package, a center tube is added to the mix, splash rails at the top of the nose cones keep water deflected out and down and full-length strakes are added to both sides of the tubes. The navigation lights are mounted to the deck. We'd rather see them mounted to the fence to eliminate a tripping hazard.
There are three distinct gathering areas. First there are two opposing couches at the bow with accommodations for a table in between. This makes for an intimate conversational atmosphere and a forward boarding gate is just ahead.
Most of the crowd can be accommodated at the forward couches. Their layout, opposing each other, makes for an intimate conversational atmosphere. With the center table a perfect scenario for hors d'oeuvres is created. Two movable arm rests are included as standard and attach to the underside of the seat cushion by Velcro. They include two drink holders. The undersides of the seat cushions also have cargo netting. A clever and unique storage solution that we don't see on other brands. A single pedestal table comes as standard and includes molded-in drink holders.
The helm has an L-shaped settee just across from it so even while underway the captain can be a part of the gathering. This section also has a pedestal base to accommodate the standard table.
Across from the helm is an L-shaped settee, again with storage underneath. Notice the speaker at the base and the pedestal table mount in the deck. The Bimini top is color-matched to the fencing and covers from just ahead of the sun pad to just ahead of the helm area and the port side couch.
The aft sun pad is wide enough to accommodate three people facing aft with a couch directly across to the starboard side. As the sun pad is located well inside the exterior fencing, it can even be used while underway. A pop-up changing room is underneath as well as additional storage space.
Sure to be one of the most popular places on the Party Barge 24 XP3, the sun pad can even be used while the boat is underway. A couch directly across from the sun pad allows for another conversational atmosphere. The usual accommodations for storage are underneath the couch. Notice the roto-molded construction. The center of the sun pad lifts to reveal a pop-up changing room. The stern decking, in front of the changing room, is vinyl as this will likely be more of a "wet area" due to the close proximity to the swim ladder and changing room. But moving forward we come to a more intimate gathering area with a carpeted deck.
The stern makes a great launching pad for heading into the water. The three-step reboarding ladder has high rails to ease the return to the deck.
The reboarding ladder has wide treads and high rails but the hinge point is low to the water making retracting a bit inconvenient. Notice the corner bracing designed to take a hit against the dock.
The following items are part of the Sun Tracker Warranty --•
Ten-Year Bow-to-Stern Warranty
-- that means factory-installed workmanship and materials are covered for ten years from the time of purchase, including electrical components, livewells and plumbing, carpet and vinyl, furniture, Bimini top and much more. Your engine is covered by the Mercury manufacturer's warranty.•
Lifetime Limited Structural and Deck Warranty
-- provides coverage for pontoon logs, motor pod, other structural elements including deck supports, perimeter fence rails and gates, and more, for the life of the boat.•
Transferability to Second Owner
-- the resale value of your boat can be enhanced by provisions to transfer warranty elements to a second owner. Your Sun Tracker dealer can help you put applicable elements into effect when you are ready.•
One-stop Warranty Resolution
-- 10+LIFE coverage offers a one-stop solution, eliminating the need to pursue separate warranties with component manufacturers.•
Full Coverage During Warranty Period
-- means there is no pro-rating, or reduction of your coverage over time. So the peace of mind you enjoy at the outset carries throughout your coverage period.
In addition, Sun Tracker even backs its optional trailers by warranting the Galvashield steel tubing against structural failure due to corrosion for three years!
With the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3, a true entertainment platform has been created that not only allows for plenty of good times on and in the water, but everyone will be kept in comfort while still allowing plenty of open space to mix it up with the guests.
Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 (2014-) is 40.5 mph (65.2 kph), burning 19.75 gallons per hour (gph) or 74.75 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Sun Tracker Party Barge 24 XP3 (2014-) is 15.4 mph (24.8 kph), and the boat gets 4.81 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.05 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 152 miles (244.62 kilometers).