2024 Viaggio Lago V 16U

2024 Viaggio Lago V 16U
Viaggio Lago V 16U running smoothly
Despite its smaller size, the Lago V 16U easily deals with a load and chop.
Bill Doster

Viaggio’s Lago V 16U has many of the same accoutrements found on the manufacturer’s upscale flagships, including stylish, bi-level fence panels colored in matte-metallic paint finishes, ­oversize blacked-out rails, and raised graphics. Pillow-top furniture is swathed in buttery-soft vinyl. The roto-molded seat bases likewise feature vinyl ­wrapping to continue the premium vibe. And then there’s the Lago’s sculpted-fiberglass helm, with its vinyl-wrapped dash, backlit push-button switch array and attractive ­windscreen with heavy-duty stanchions. The only reason the Lago 16 stands out from its premium brethren is its size. At 18 feet, 4 inches, a portion of which is a sizable 2-foot-deep aft deck, it’s one of the smallest pontoon boats on the market.

Viaggio Lago V 16U helm
The Lago’s sculpted-fiberglass helm is outfitted with a vinyl-wrapped dash, backlit push-button switch array and attractive windscreen.
Bill Doster

Why downsize? Lakes with size and horsepower limits represent one reason. Some buyers also don’t have the space for a larger pontoon. Viaggio satisfies them all with a pint-size pontoon that doesn’t look like a stripped-to-the-bone bargain. The reason that the V 16U feels bigger than you might expect is because the deck extends beyond the full length of the pontoons. Unlike most craft in a similar size range, the beam is also a healthy 8 feet, 6 inches. The seemingly never-ending portside lounge certainly exploits those dimensions. Extending a full 12 feet, it packs in plenty of comfort for a decent-size crew. Details such as the blacked-out side skirting, deck trim and rails are also standard issue, as is a Clarion sound system.

Viaggio Lago V 16U bow seating
Bow seating is very plush.
Bill Doster

If there’s a trade-off, it’s that an 18-foot-6-inch boat with a decent passenger capacity, twin 25-inch-diameter pontoons and only a 60 hp outboard  isn’t going to blow buyers away in terms of performance. Time to plane was 6.2 seconds. Top speed was a tame 17.8 mph. We selected a slow “cruising speed” in the accompanying chart, which reflects the low (efficient) power and ability of a smaller boat to deal with a load and with chop. Still, for the buyer who wants a premium feel without the premium size and power, the Lago V 16U is an intriguing alternative to the big boys—a ­mini-me flagship, with the looks and quality to back up the claim.

Viaggio Lago V 16U corner seating
There’s pillow-top furniture swathed in buttery-soft vinyl.
Bill Doster

High Points

  • Pillow-top furniture swathed in buttery-soft vinyl. 
  • Standards include 10-foot Bimini with -anodized frame, mooring cover, woven vinyl flooring.
  • Sculpted fiberglass helm.
  • Wide beam compared with similar-length pontoon boats.
  • Worthwhile options include digital depth finder/transducer, integrated docking lights with flip-up stainless-steel cleats, helm seat slider.
  • Standard Clarion sound system

How We Tested

  • Engine: Suzuki DF60AV
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Suzuki 11 5/8” x 12″ 3-blade aluminum
  • Gear Ratio: 2.42:1 Fuel Load: 14 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $40,974 (with Suzuki 60)
LOA: 18’4″
Beam: 8’6″
Draft (max): 3’0″
Dry Weight: 1,896 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: 7/922 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 28 gal.

Viaggio Pontoon Boats – Bristol, Indiana; viaggiopontoonboats.com

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