Bennington Marine has been manufacturing top quality pontoon boats in their Elkhart, Indiana plant for decades. Recently purchased by Polaris Industries, Bennington is the largest pontoon boat manufacturer in North America. The company offers five different model lines from ultra-luxury to ultimate-value.

Their 23 SSBXP model is centred around what the company calls their swingback seat design. This versatile layout allows a convertible seating arrangement in the aft section of the pontoon. Swing the double-wide seatback forward towards the bow to create a very large rear-facing sun lounge for two, or swing the seatback aft and create a fairly traditional l-shaped lounge opposite the helm seat.

Speaking of the helm, Bennington offers a high back captain’s chair with armrests that is simply luxurious to sit in behind a composite glass console. The forward half of these twenty-three feet is dedicated to two forward loungers, and affront gate opens to a foredeck that is a useable width for docking, casting or swimming.

With the SPS Performance Package buyers get 3 full-length 25” diameter pontoons, lifting strakes on the center pontoon, performance foils on the inside of the outer pontoons, solid round keels, under deck wave shield, and SeaStar hydraulic steering.

Overall the 23 SSBXP model offers a sun-loving and fun featured layout, the performance for both cruising or water-sports, plus when you consider the full 10 year bow to stern warranty, this pontoon will be in your family for decades to come.

Suggested Retail would be with a Yamaha F150 on an SPS performance package.


Length: 23’10” / 7.18 m
Beam: 102” / 2.55 m
Weight: 2,200 lbs / 1000 kgs
Pontoon Diameter: 25”
Fuel: 32 gals / 120 L
Max Capacity: 12
Max HP: 150 hp
MSRP: $67,495

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.