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Sylvan Pontoon
Competitive Target:
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Benning...
Sylvan Warranty vs. Bennington

Sylvan Warranty

BOW-TO-STERN WARRANTY
As a Bennington owner, the first five years are on ...
Sylvan Cross Members vs. Bennington

• Starcraft extruded cross
members range in width from a
4” reinforced ‘Z’ channel to...
Sylvan Cross Member “M” Brackets vs. Bennington

• Starcraft “M” brackets take a
wide stance on the inside and
outside of ...
Sylvan Side Trim vs. Bennington

• Sylvan side trim is
shaped like an ‘F’ to
wrap securely around the
edge of the ¾” plywo...
Sylvan Transom vs. Bennington
• Sylvan protects the investment of the motor by doubling up the cross members in the
transo...
Protecting Your Motor Investment
• Motors often cost as much or more than the pontoon itself.
Which would you prefer to pr...
Bennington Furniture Bases

Bennington L-group couches

Our L-group couches
Bennington Furniture Drainage

Furniture bases have drain track across the top back ledge, but NOT around
the sides, allow...
Bennington Speakers

Speakers with plastic covers, mounted
in seat bases

Exposed speaker backs that can be
damaged
Bennington Bimini Frames

Plastic fittings that dry and crack in the sun – don’t respond to drastic changes in Temperature...
Bennington Unfinished Console Storage

Unfinished under the
console. Quality
construction? Notice the
loose wires and gap ...
HP/Displacement

Displacement

Weight

Technology

Yamaha 70

60.8/966

257

SOHC

Mercury 75

105/1732

399

DOHC

Yamaha...
Let’s Talk about HP/Displacement

257 LBS
75 Mercury - 75 HP Yamaha

366 LBS
Engine & Capacity

For reference:
– Bennington 20 SL/SLX
– Sun Tracker – 20’ Party Barge
– SB 420 FC (opt. 25” Tubes)
– Be...
Engine & Capacity

• Okay… so we agree the 75 Yamaha is more
comparable to the 75 Mercury.
• Yamaha offers both a 70 and 7...
Sylvan Mirage 8520 Cr vs. Bennington 20 SL & 21 SL
Specs

SPECIFICATIONS

Our Boat

Bennington 20 SL

Bennington 21 SL

Ma...
Sylvan Mirage 8520 Cr vs. Bennington 20 SL & 21 SL
Features

STANDARD FEATURES

Mirage 8520 Cr

20 SL

21 SL

Yes

Yes

Ye...
20 SL/SLX

Layout:
– No Real Lounge Arms
– No Helm with Arm rests
– No Permanent Cup Holders
– Speakers in Seat Base
– Lac...
Bennington 20 SL
20”

24”

(Lots of Wasted Space)
Bennington 20 SL

SD 206 CR

Stardeck Maximizes Seating To Give Customers A Real 20’ Boat!
Port Side
Bow Couch

L Group

O...
Bennington 20 SL

Less bow seating- narrow
corner couches

SD 206 CR

Couches round-in toward gate
allowing more seating a...
Bennington 20 SL

Small, cramped
couches in bow, no cup holders.

SD 206 CR
Bennington 20 SL
Bennington seat bases- no recess.

SD 206 CR
Recessed seat basesMore floor space and stability.
Bennington 20 SL

SD 206 CR

Vented, Chrome Fuel Cap

Plastic Fuel Caps without Vent
Bennington 20 SL

Bow Lounge cushion is mounted on console

SD 206 CR
Bennington 20 SL

SD 206 CR
•Weather-resistant
stereo with MP3 player

•Entertainment center
with sink & faucet
•SL Consol...
Bennington 20 SL

Bucket helm chair without arm rests.

SD 206 CR

Breathable, bucket helm chair with arm
rests, swivel & ...
Bennington 20 SL

Storage cushion in L
Group is not hinged.

SD 206 CR
Bennington 20 SL

Optional
Loose cup holders, always in the way.

SD 206 CR
Bennington 20 SL

Tiny table for entertaining. 28” max.

SD 206 CR

Accommodating, 30” Table Top
Bennington 20 SL

SD 206 CR

Optional

Low profile docking lights provide the
perfect toe-stubber and safety hazzard.

Doc...
Sylvan – Mirage Series
Sylvan – Mirage Series
STANDARD!!!!!!
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Cup Holders
Docking Lights
Heavy Duty Rub Rail
Change Room - spac...
All New - Starcraft 206
Starcraft 206

STANDARD!!!!!!
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Cup Holders
Docking Lights
Tilt Wheel
Console with Sink
Nice decals...
Mirage 8520 Cr Furniture Size vs. Bennington 20 SL & 21 SL

Sylvan uses the whole deck
for the furniture with minimal
deck...
How do we compare?
Optional

Optional

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Cup Holders
Docking Lights
Tilt Wheel
Console with Sink
Upgraded...
Sylvan S3 vs. Bennington 2375 RCW Sport Arch & 2375 GCW Sport Arch

Features

STANDARD FEATURES

S3

2375 RCW Sport Arch

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Sylvan S3 vs. Bennington 2375 RCW Sport Arch & 2375 GCW Sport Arch

The S3 has an all new
interior from Sylvan which is
a ...
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2014 sylvan vs bennington competitive comparison revised

  1. 1. Sylvan Pontoon Competitive Target: ______________________________________________________________________________ Bennington
  2. 2. Sylvan Warranty vs. Bennington Sylvan Warranty BOW-TO-STERN WARRANTY As a Bennington owner, the first five years are on us. All materials and workmanship on your Bennington are covered – including carpet, upholstery and electronics. No hassles, no worries. The engine is covered by the engine manufacturer's warranty. LIMITED LIFETIME DECK WARRANTY As a Bennington owner, you receive a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the 7-ply, pressure-treated, marine grade wooden deck. Since we fasten the rails and deck directly through the under structure, Bennington decks flex less and will provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. LIMITED LIFETIME STRUCTURAL WARRANTY As a Bennington owner, you receive a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the structure, pontoons, gates, channels, motor mount and seat frames. If anything goes wrong, we'll fix it. Season after season, your Bennington will be ready. TRANSFERABLE WARRANTY Bennington warranties are transferable through your local Bennington dealer adding to the resale value of your boat. The warranty period begins on the original owner's new boat purchase date. When the boat is sold, the same warranty coverage will carry over to the new owner. The Lifetime Structural Warranty is transferable to a second owner for the balance of 10 years from the original retail date of purchase. NO HAND-OFF TO OUR SUPPLIERS Bennington doesn't hand off warranty responsibilities to our suppliers. When it comes to warranty claims, your Bennington dealer will take care of it directly with Bennington. After all, no one cares more about your satisfaction than we do. NO PRO-RATING Bennington boats carry the same valuable warranty whether it's the first day or the last day of the warranty period. We do not use a declining scale of value in our warranty, also known as pro-rating. PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR DEALERS Bennington dealers receive 100% of the retail shop labor rate for warranty repairs. This ensures that your warranty work is a priority and completed quickly with your satisfaction in mind. Bennington Warranty
  3. 3. Sylvan Cross Members vs. Bennington • Starcraft extruded cross members range in width from a 4” reinforced ‘Z’ channel to a 6” super thick 3 1/6” thick Hat channel, to a mega-thick 1/4” heavy Hat channel. • They are bolted up to 4 places on each tube, reducing the possibility of shifting and racking. • Bennington uses an 1.5” Wide “C” channel which varies on thickness depending on trim level. On the bow and stern they use .25” thick “C” channel. •Bennington channels are only bolted in 2 places on each tube.
  4. 4. Sylvan Cross Member “M” Brackets vs. Bennington • Starcraft “M” brackets take a wide stance on the inside and outside of each tube. • Each section of the “M” bracket is welded to the tube along the foot of the bracket. • Provides a solid landing for the cross members to attach to the tube in up to 4 places. • Bennington uses an “M” style bracket that is only a couple inches thick bow to stern. This is weaker than the Sylvan Stern “M” bracket shown to the left, allowing for possible flex and racking. •Cross members attach in only 2 places on each tube.
  5. 5. Sylvan Side Trim vs. Bennington • Sylvan side trim is shaped like an ‘F’ to wrap securely around the edge of the ¾” plywood deck. • Helps prevent the trim from buckling under if something like the pier is hit with the boat. • Bennington has a similar‘F’ shaped side trim that would be more susceptible to damage if the boat runs into something.
  6. 6. Sylvan Transom vs. Bennington • Sylvan protects the investment of the motor by doubling up the cross members in the transom area, using hat channels and heavy hat channels and securing the transom with more bolts than the competition. • Small hp transoms are held in place using 16 bolts • Larger hp transoms (22’ and up) are held in place using 20 bolts • Bennington’s “S” series only use 6 bolts, however the “R” series (right) has only 8 bolts.
  7. 7. Protecting Your Motor Investment • Motors often cost as much or more than the pontoon itself. Which would you prefer to protect that investment? 20 transom bolts or 8?
  8. 8. Bennington Furniture Bases Bennington L-group couches Our L-group couches
  9. 9. Bennington Furniture Drainage Furniture bases have drain track across the top back ledge, but NOT around the sides, allowing water to drain into the storage compartment
  10. 10. Bennington Speakers Speakers with plastic covers, mounted in seat bases Exposed speaker backs that can be damaged
  11. 11. Bennington Bimini Frames Plastic fittings that dry and crack in the sun – don’t respond to drastic changes in Temperature.
  12. 12. Bennington Unfinished Console Storage Unfinished under the console. Quality construction? Notice the loose wires and gap under the fence…this storage compartment is not sealed from the elements.
  13. 13. HP/Displacement Displacement Weight Technology Yamaha 70 60.8/966 257 SOHC Mercury 75 105/1732 399 DOHC Yamaha 75 97/1596 366 DOHC • Mercury 75 HP – 40% more displacement and DOHC technology
  14. 14. Let’s Talk about HP/Displacement 257 LBS
  15. 15. 75 Mercury - 75 HP Yamaha 366 LBS
  16. 16. Engine & Capacity For reference: – Bennington 20 SL/SLX – Sun Tracker – 20’ Party Barge – SB 420 FC (opt. 25” Tubes) – Berkshire 192 A – Excursion 19 A – 2086 Sweet Water – Sylvan 8520 Cruise – Starcraft 216 Cruise 70HP (9/11) 75HP (10) 75HP (9) 90HP (9) 90HP (9) 90HP (9) 115HP (10) 115HP (10)
  17. 17. Engine & Capacity • Okay… so we agree the 75 Yamaha is more comparable to the 75 Mercury. • Yamaha offers both a 70 and 75, so why is Bennington not rating the 20 SL for a 75? – 75 Yamaha = 366 LBS – 70 Yamaha = 257 LBS • Difference = 109 Pounds – does it make that much of a difference?? – Or – is this a CG Rating issue? With capacity?
  18. 18. Sylvan Mirage 8520 Cr vs. Bennington 20 SL & 21 SL Specs SPECIFICATIONS Our Boat Bennington 20 SL Bennington 21 SL Max HP 115 70 90 Max HP (Tritoon) 200 115 150 Fuel Cap (gal) 30 25.8 21.4 Tube Length 20’3” 19’6” 20’6” Deck Length 20’ 18’11” 19’11” 20’10” 20’5” 21’10” Beam 8’6” 8’6” 8’6” Dry Weight 1850 1723 1866 10 8 8 Max Capacity (lbs) 1990 N/A N/A Transom Height (in) 20” 20” 20” Tube Dia (in) 25” 23” 25” 0.080 0.080 .080 Overall Length Max Persons Tube Gauge (in)
  19. 19. Sylvan Mirage 8520 Cr vs. Bennington 20 SL & 21 SL Features STANDARD FEATURES Mirage 8520 Cr 20 SL 21 SL Yes Yes Yes Tach, Volt (LE pkg; full gauges) Fuel, Tach, Trim Fuel, Tach, Trim Opt (LE pkg; Yes) Opt Opt Docking Lights Yes Opt Opt Change Room Yes Opt Opt 8’ 10’ 10’ Opt Std Std 30Gal 25.8Gal 21.4Gal 2” x 5 ¾” Hat 1.5” x 2.5” C 1.5” x 2.5” C Double M Brackets + Large 4’ Stern M Bracket Double M Brackets (Only 2” wide) Double M Brackets (Only 2” wide) Cross Member Bolts per Tube 4 2 2 Transom Bolts 16 6 8 Underdeck Liner Opt Opt Opt Full Fiberglass Console Gauges Tilt wheel Bimini Top Mooring Cover Gas Tank Capacity Cross Members Cross Member Brackets
  20. 20. 20 SL/SLX Layout: – No Real Lounge Arms – No Helm with Arm rests – No Permanent Cup Holders – Speakers in Seat Base – Lack of seating space (18’ Layout) • Opt. Change rooms takes up space • Wasted space on rear deck • Short Furniture
  21. 21. Bennington 20 SL 20” 24” (Lots of Wasted Space)
  22. 22. Bennington 20 SL SD 206 CR Stardeck Maximizes Seating To Give Customers A Real 20’ Boat! Port Side Bow Couch L Group Overall Furniture
  23. 23. Bennington 20 SL Less bow seating- narrow corner couches SD 206 CR Couches round-in toward gate allowing more seating and comfort
  24. 24. Bennington 20 SL Small, cramped couches in bow, no cup holders. SD 206 CR
  25. 25. Bennington 20 SL Bennington seat bases- no recess. SD 206 CR Recessed seat basesMore floor space and stability.
  26. 26. Bennington 20 SL SD 206 CR Vented, Chrome Fuel Cap Plastic Fuel Caps without Vent
  27. 27. Bennington 20 SL Bow Lounge cushion is mounted on console SD 206 CR
  28. 28. Bennington 20 SL SD 206 CR •Weather-resistant stereo with MP3 player •Entertainment center with sink & faucet •SL Console is built with a flimsy plastic door, exposed fasteners and a radio that needs a plastic cover for moisture control. •Foot Rest at helm
  29. 29. Bennington 20 SL Bucket helm chair without arm rests. SD 206 CR Breathable, bucket helm chair with arm rests, swivel & slide.
  30. 30. Bennington 20 SL Storage cushion in L Group is not hinged. SD 206 CR
  31. 31. Bennington 20 SL Optional Loose cup holders, always in the way. SD 206 CR
  32. 32. Bennington 20 SL Tiny table for entertaining. 28” max. SD 206 CR Accommodating, 30” Table Top
  33. 33. Bennington 20 SL SD 206 CR Optional Low profile docking lights provide the perfect toe-stubber and safety hazzard. Docking lights built into fence to keep deck free from major obstacles.
  34. 34. Sylvan – Mirage Series
  35. 35. Sylvan – Mirage Series STANDARD!!!!!!          Cup Holders Docking Lights Heavy Duty Rub Rail Change Room - space saver Hinged Seats Plush Upholstery 115 HP Rating Helm Chair w/Arm Rests 25” Tubes (8520)
  36. 36. All New - Starcraft 206
  37. 37. Starcraft 206 STANDARD!!!!!!             Cup Holders Docking Lights Tilt Wheel Console with Sink Nice decals Heavy Duty Rub Rail Change Room space saver Plush Upholstery 115 HP Rating Helm Chair w/Arm Rests Hinged Seats 25” Tubes
  38. 38. Mirage 8520 Cr Furniture Size vs. Bennington 20 SL & 21 SL Sylvan uses the whole deck for the furniture with minimal deck outside of the fence. You can still board the boat from the port, starboard, bow, or stern with the strategically place entry doors. On each of the Bennington models have a open deck space at the bow and stern of the boat. This causes the fence and interior furniture to be much smaller than the Sylvan. This could be as much as 40” less interior furniture on the 20 SL and on the more similar model the 21 SL as little as 18” less interior furniture.
  39. 39. How do we compare? Optional Optional          Cup Holders Docking Lights Tilt Wheel Console with Sink Upgraded Helm Chair Nice decals Heavy Duty Rub Rail Change Room 25” Tubes Not Available: Optional     Upholstery Upgrade ($833.00) 75 Yamaha or Mercury Four Stroke Helm Chair Upgrade – w/Arm Rests Hinged Seats
  40. 40. Sylvan S3 vs. Bennington 2375 RCW Sport Arch & 2375 GCW Sport Arch Features STANDARD FEATURES S3 2375 RCW Sport Arch 2375 GCW Sport Arch Yes Yes Yes Full w/gps attenna Full w/gps attenna Full w/gps attenna Tilt wheel Std Std Std Docking Lights Std Std Std Change Room Std Std Std Bimini Top Opt Arch W/Bimini forward & Aft Std Arch W/Bimini forward & Aft Std Mooring Cover Opt Std Std Gas Tank Capacity 30 23.1/50.1 23.2/50.1 2” x 5 ¾” Hat 1.5” x 2.5” C 1.5” x 2.5” C Double M Brackets + Large 4’ Stern M Bracket Double M Brackets (Only 2” wide) Double M Brackets (Only 2” wide) Cross Member Bolts per Tube 4 2 2 Transom Bolts 20 8 8 Underdeck Liner Std Opt Opt Full Fiberglass Console Gauges Cross Members Cross Member Brackets
  41. 41. Sylvan S3 vs. Bennington 2375 RCW Sport Arch & 2375 GCW Sport Arch The S3 has an all new interior from Sylvan which is a light grey and called Arctic. It also comes with a special option, custom colored trim! The G series Bennington has an interior similar to a standard Sylvan Mirage. The R series has the same pillow top as the Sylvan signature series. The Sylvan rear loungers are dual purpose where you can lounge or sit four people. The Bennington rear loungers are specific for lounging.
  42. 42. Thank You!

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