CypressCayVol3Issue1 - (Page 8)
Story and photos by Will Pollock
The luxurious new Cayman series from Cypress Cay impresses dealers and testers alike
on’t let the shiny panache of the Cayman 250’s helm medallion fool you; this new watercraft is way more than a pretty face. The always sumptuous interiors of Cypress Cay’s pontoons have taken a big step up in the world with blistering new performance gains. The addition of a third tube and sport-boat handling wows just about anyone who steps aboard. The team from Boats.com was no exception when they tested the pontoon with multiple laps around Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake. I tagged along to see how the new vessel measured up. We zigzagged and doubled back countless times, gauging speed, turns, lift, handling, time to plane and many other factors—as the team feverishly scribbled notes on clipboards, commenting frequently on how well the boat performed. “Cypress Cay’s T3 Performance Package...gives the boat the sort of nimble handling and personality normally reserved for a V-hull, while allowing
it to jump rapidly onto plane and avoid the nosedive effect that can plague some pontoons,” wrote Jeff Hemmel, a test captain for Boats.com, in his article about the Cayman 250. “A full aluminum skin below deck completes the package, covering the normally exposed cross members with a smooth surface that lessens resistance. Pretty cool stuff.” Down to every detail, captains and passengers alike will be impressed by myriad performance points in the Cayman. The test boat came fitted with a 225-hp Mercury FourStroke Verado® engine, which delivered terrific holeshots and muscular carving through turns. Captains wanting even more zeal and responsiveness can upgrade to a 300-hp Verado. A wellheld center of gravity provides comfort and stability. The Cayman outperformed expectations, and the boat’s interior features were the icing on the cake. A Sony Clarity media system delivers pitchperfect sound, with CD, MP3 and iPod integration; boarding gates on both sides give ultimate flexibility when entering and exiting; and cup holders, keyless ignition, a stepped-up captain’s chair and an optional sink add to the many creature comforts. The supple vinyl loungers and captain’s chair, though, are by far the standouts, perfectly bending around their frames to create a truly relaxing look and feel. “I particularly like the comfort and positioning of the helm seat, controls and dash layout,” said Tracy Green, sales associate with Erwin Marine. “Everything is in reach and easy to recognize while underway. The seat is high enough to see the area around you with good visibility.” “Yes, this pontoon will do it,” Tracy added as we made a sharp, graceful turn around a bend. “Driving this boat is exciting. Turning is comparable to a wide range of runabouts in tightness and responsiveness, and it is very economical. People from all walks of life should consider this boat. It is great for cruising, watersports and family outings.” The Cayman 250 passed the Boats.com scrutiny with flying colors, affirming that Cypress Cay’s ambitious new member is destined to shine. Read the full review of the Cypress Cay Cayman at www.Boats.com.
2012 | Cypress Cay Magazine
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