Crest Marine, LLC., the manufacturer of recreational powerboats and a subsidiary of MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc., expanded its portfolio with launching a new luxury pontoon brand, Balise Pontoon Boats. 

The company reported that the team behind the making of the Balise Pontoon Boats “prioritized timeless artistry, sophisticated entertainment, radical innovation, and uncompromising quality in developing the brand, and from these principles, the company’s vision came to life.”

“The launch of the Balise brand is the culmination of nearly three years of careful consumer research, design and engineering to redefine the way consumers experience on-water luxury and sophisticated entertainment,” said George Steinbarger, president of Crest Marine. “Jointly developed by a dedicated team of Crest Marine and MasterCraft professionals, we leveraged more than 120 years of combined premium boat building experience, design and innovation to develop a brand whose single goal is to deliver a standard of elegance, performance and quality not previously experienced in the pontoon segment.”

The Balise brand launched with two models, the Horizon and Helix. Both models are available in either 24- or 26-foot length and can be outfitted with the Cruise (“C) or Lounge (“L”) layout configurations. 

Each model is suited for on-water entertainment with “premium” comforts, including plush upholstery, wireless phone chargers and RGB interior lights. Both models offer numerous upgrades, including dual 12-inch screens at the helm, dual windshields, underwater lighting, diving board, and a user-friendly low-profile ladder. 

In an industry-first, Balise offers an in-water power cooler that automatically brings a cooler down to water level while anchored to enhance an in-water entertainment experience. Balise also revolutionizes in-water audio with its 4D sound system, designed to deliver full-range, clear sound.

To ensure premium performance standards consumers expect at this level, Balise has forged a strategic partnership with Mercury Marine, the outboard engine supplier. The Helix and Horizon models come equipped with a base Mercury 5.7L V10 350 Verado, and the choice to upgrade to a Mercury 5.7L V10 400hp Verado or Mercury Racing 4.8L V8 Supercharged 500R.

“Boating is about spending quality time with your family and friends—creating memories that will last a lifetime. I have been in the boating industry for more than 40 years, and, in that time, I have never seen a brand put so much attention into every detail as I have with Balise. Every design element, feature and innovation tells a story and was born from our singular focus to elevate every aspect of the consumers’ boating experience, said Rick Skinner, director of sales and marketing. “Every model is meticulously designed and fitted with distinct features to make your time on the water exceptional. Whether seeking high performance, quality craftsmanship, or unmatched comfort, the Horizon and Helix models deliver.”

The vessels are available through select dealers in the U.S. 

Image courtesy Crest Marine