2023 Manitou Cruise 22 MAX Switchback


Manitou Cruise 22 MAX Switchback running
The Manitou V-Toon tritoon hull carves neat turns at speed.
Bill Doster

Manitou changed the shape of pontoons. The all-new Cruise 22 MAX Switchback model features the expansive MAX Deck that unlocks 38 square feet of unobstructed space for lounging, angling or toting a big tube. It’s unobstructed because the new and exclusive Rotax outboard lives below the deck. The motor’s 1.9-liter three-cylinder, two-stroke powerhead is oriented horizontally and enclosed in a watertight case. The point is to offer outboard power without having to see or play around the motor. The Rotax outboard trims below the platform; when tilted clear of the water, it raises a hinged center section of the MAX Deck. The Rotax is available in 115 and 150 hp, and features standard digital controls, power steering and automatic trim. The Rotax S150 option powered our test boat to a top speed of 35 mph with a light load. The Manitou V-Toon tritoon hull responds instantly to steering input and carves neat turns at speed.

The eye-catching Cruise profile is created by forming the sides of sheet aluminum in a process similar to that of pressing automobile bodywork. This technique enables the formation of complex shapes and the integration of forward lighting. The boat looks like a Tesla skimming over the water, and the sides are lighter than those formed from fiberglass. The aluminum panels are finished with a durable powder coat.

Manitou Cruise 22 MAX Switchback helm
At the helm, all critical information is presented on a 7-inch Garmin touchscreen multifunction display. Bill Doster

The interior design is clean and modern. The seats, covered in premium Simtex vinyl, have a contemporary shape and crisp colors that complement the exterior. Drink holders and speaker enclosures are integrated into molded inwale panels. Switchback loungers pivot forward and aft. At the helm, all critical information is presented on a 7-inch Garmin touchscreen multifunction display. Our boat featured the Signature Bundle ($2,500) and includes lighted center-tube storage, a helm seat bolster, LED docking and flooring lights, a second battery with a Smart Switch, a privacy station curtain and a dinette table. The optional 12-foot Sport Bimini ($3,140) is supported by a tubular aluminum arch. This pontoon is a real shape-shifter, and provides many opportunities for fun and comfort.

Manitou Cruise 22 MAX Switchback cockpit
Sport Bimini raises with one hand, and it’s speed-rated up to 55 mph. Bill Doster

High Points

  • Sport Bimini raises with one hand, and it’s speed-rated up to 55 mph.
  • LinQ integrated attachment points secure accessories.
  • Rotax outboard needs no service for five years or 500 hours and self-winterizes. 
Manitou Cruise 22 MAX Switchback performance data
Cruise 22 MAX Switchback Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Rotax S150
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/BRP Rogue 13.5″ x 17″ 4-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 2.08:1 Fuel Load: 34 gal. Crew Weight: 380 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $57,645 (with Rotax S150)
LOA: 24’4″
Beam: 8’5″
Draft (max): NA
Dry Weight: 3,532 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 11/1,551 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 43 gal.

Manitou Pontoons – Lansing, Michigan; manitoupontoonboats.com

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