Starting at the water, the XP3 performance logs are key to high-speed capabilities. SUN TRACKER XP3 models come equipped with three 26" logs, as opposed to two 24" logs found on standard models. The tritoon construction provides more lift to the boat. In addition to enhancing the boat’s on-plane capabilities, these three larger logs also help support the additional weight added to the boat by the bigger, higher-horsepower engine each boat is rated for. The logs are all built with a .100 5052 marine alloy, a thicker, stronger metal that will stand up to the stress put on the pontoon logs at high speeds.
In addition to the enhanced size and material, XP3 pontoon logs feature a total of four lifting strakes—one on the inboard side of each outer log and two on the center log. These strakes function the same way as strakes on a fiberglass sport boat—they lift the boat’s bow out of the water when underway. As with all boats, the less of the hull (or in this case, the pontoons) in the water, the less resistance and the faster a boat can potentially go. The strakes also help with turning while cruising by biting into the water when negotiating sharper turns.