Boating World Magazine Tested Avalon Windjammer 2785 RL


Avalon Windjammer 2785 RL

Posted: February 1, 2015

Avalon’s new 2785 RL takes rear lounging to a new place, with the touch of a button.

A handful of pontoon brands manage to retain a look that’s readily noticeable from afar. In a sea of sameness, Avalon attacks the status quo with innovative styling, whether it’s the retro/modern Art Deco series or the sporty Windjammer series model we tested.

Unique Factor
Rear-facing lounges continue to be the hot configuration going into 2015, and the designers of the Avalon Windjammer 2785 RL seem to have found a way to answer the question of what constitutes the correct backrest angle. Some pontoon lounger backrests have an upright angle that’s almost like sitting on a chair, while others have the recline of a hospital bed in its sleepy-time setting. But even if you like it one way or another, watching skiers demands a different angle than catching some rays. On the Avalon, the simple solution is a button you push that changes the backrest angle electronically (insert forehead slap). Under the bottom cushion of the starboard-side lounger is dry storage and under the one to port is a pop-up changing station. You can equip the latter with a Porta Potti, and when it’s time to stow the room, you just attach a single mini-bungee and fold it down — no wresting to corral a reluctant curtain.

Powering our Avalon 2785 RL was a Yamaha VMAX SHO 250 four-stroke engine, which would have surprised some people at Yamaha when they came out with the engine two years ago. Originally, its designers envisioned it as a bass boat or flats boat engine. In fact, because of that, it only comes in a 20-inch shaft configuration. But when Yamaha’s engineers saw so many people putting it on boats like pontoons, they realized it had far more applications than originally thought. This spring, Yamaha will produce a 25-inch version, so it can be mounted on just about any boat. Ours featured the 20-inch shaft model, which proved to be an excellent match, as it sat relatively low in the water. But the Avalon is versatile enough to accommodate either a 20- or 25-inch outboard, so when Yamaha adds the X-Shaft version this spring, that would be the preferred model.

Our test boat had the Waveglider 25” Package, which gives you three 25-inch pontoons that have dual lifting fins (Avalon-speak for lifting strakes), to really help it get on top of the water. Time to plane was 3.2 seconds with practically no bowrise. The Yamaha pulled really strong in the mid-range and propelled it to 30 mph in 7.3 seconds. Top speed was 42.3 mph with the engine spinning its way to a high-flying 6000 rpm.

The triple 25-inch tubes provided lots of lift and delivered crisp handling, which is just the thing for cracking the whip on your tubing followers. Because it had lifting fins on the outside of its tubes, it cornered with very little inward lean. The Waveglider logs have really sharp wave-piercing nosecones, which came in handy on our blustery day on huge Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta. Our Windjammer did a good job of riding over the chop without having to pay a penalty, and because we had the optional aluminum underskin, there was no rushing sound of waves hitting crossmembers. For taking it to the max, Avalon also has a Waveglider 5 X 7 Turning Package, which gives you twin 25-inch outer tubes and a 27-inch center, providing a pivot point and inducing an inward lean for even better cornering and seakeeping.

Best Uses
With five recliner couches, the 2785 is a lounger’s paradise. The only tweak I would make is to give the rear loungers the same seatback configuration as the other three couches. The aft loungers have a bulging pillow pad on the upper half that’s perfect for smaller guests, but it hit me right between the shoulder blades. There was a lot of give in the pillow-top-style extra cushion, so it wasn’t painful, just distracting. The other three were perfect and devoid of any protuberance. The forward two loungers have loads of reclining legroom, while the amidships couch was really more of a love seat.

The Windjammer’s got some entertaining chops with items such as an oversized crescent-shaped smoked-glass cockpit table featuring two wire cupholders and two wineglass parking spaces. You can even pop the center out and make room for an umbrella. On the back deck is a small box — it houses the new EPA-mandated fuel system and power steering system — that’s been made useful by adding cupholders. It’s a platform for holding snacks, and anglers could use it as a rigging station.

Powered by a high-performance Yamaha, the 2785 RL is ideal for all watersports. It forms just enough of a wake at 20 mph for junior ramp jumpers. The centerline ski locker is extra-deep for kneeboard storage, and the stern box gives you a place to wedge a giant towable tube between it and the rear fence.

Preferred Setup
The helm’s standard setup would be an upgrade elsewhere, with extras such as Garmin’s 500C fishfinder, which makes an awesome depthfinder even if you never hold a fishing rod. It also has an upscale Infinity stereo with lighted speakers for a little nighttime pop. The high-backed captain’s chair with flip-up armrests is ultra comfortable.

The best option for equipping the 2785 RL for watersports is the Turbo Swing, a stainless steel tube that encircles the outboard and provides a tow point behind the engine. You can add a watersports tower to up its attitude. Our test boat was pretty standard except for niceties such as the supple Buckskin vinyl option and a second wall color, adding a dash of champagne to the burgundy main color (great wine theme there). Most of the options were performance enhancers — e.g., the SeaStar tilt steering and a center tube with a 45-gallon fuel tank for extra range. Avalon offers a Saltwater Series upgrade with additional zinc sacrificial anodes to counter the harsh marine environment, if that’s where you do your boating.

Watch the boat test video here!


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Avalon Fun Ship is here!!

The Avalon Fun Ship is here on our lot. It is an amazing pontoon. There is no doubt that your family would love this pontoon and have fantastic memories on this pontoon. Maybe the Fun Ship is not for you, we have plenty of other pontoons on our lot to choose from. We do custom orders also. No matter what type of pontoon you are looking for, we can help make it a reality.
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Christmas Boat Parade

106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade


 Come and enjoy the Holiday fun on one of our Luxury Avalon Pontoon boats. Enjoy the view of this Winter Wonderland from the water with your friends and family!

Call our office now at 949-631-3333 to make your reservation today!

Availability is running low!

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Three New Boats Added to our Rental Fleet

Great News. You asked for it — We Got It. We are adding three new Avalon Pontoons to our rental fleet for this summer. We just dropped on brand new boat in this week. An Avalon 19′ LS that holds up to 8 people. The two other Pontoons will be here in about three weeks. We have a new Flagship Avalon 26′ Entertainer and a new Avalon 24′ Quad lounger going in. Check out some photo’s of the new boats.avalon 24' quad avalon-catalina-quad-lounge-24-pontoon-boat-image-1-201419' LS (8 People)19' LSavalon Entertainer

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Fun Sport Activities to do in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA is a hot favorite for outdoor enthusiasts. Have you visited the harbor before? Long stretches of bike routes, trails and board walks can be easily witnessed on the flat beach as people crowd it for trying out a number of fun sports activities.

If you are a sports enthusiast as well, here are some great activities to try at Newport Beach, CA:

Kayak Fishing

The beaches around the Newport harbor are home to a number of fish species and choosing to relax on the water, you can opt for fishing from a Kayak. Kayaks are environmentally friendly and good for transportation. With the help of a licensed fishing guide, you can enjoy the experience despite your novice fishing abilities.

Taking advantage of paddling your Kayak, you can also have the chance of enjoying an up-close view of multi-million dollars yachts and houses of movie stars.

Board Sports

Board sports are popular in the Balboa Island, offering the experience on water. To enhance your experience, there are options of tours of the Newport Harbor and provision of renting or buying the equipment to use.

Pontoon Boating

Pontoon boats that are great for fishing and pleasure boating are supported by pontoons for floating. Most people prefer pontoon boats as a safe and luxurious method of cruising the Newport Harbor. Several visitors make use of pontoons to make the most of their tour.

Deep Sea/Sport Fishing

On the Balboa Peninsula, people regularly enjoy deep sea fishing and whale watching. In winters and spring, one can enjoy gray whales whereas during the summers and the fall, one can enjoy watching giant blue whales.

Bike Rentals

A huge number of visitors prefer biking on the beach. A number of bike rentals are available at the beaches that provide a huge variety of bikes to choose from, catering to bikes for both genders and different age groups along with biking equipment like the helmet and the lock.

Body Surfing

Where there is a beach and great waves, it draws surfers to enjoy riding the way and polishing their surfing experiences.


The gorgeous blue waters are highly tempting for swimming. Even though the water is mostly too cold, visitors are seen daunting a swim.

Jet packing

The beaches around Newport harbor offer the world first water-powered Jet pack. Safety videos, briefing and equipment can lead you to go flying and enjoy your first flight in just about no time.

Segway Riding

Segway tours give you the chance to enjoy the fresh ocean air along with the splendid views. Segway tours start from a ferry, the Balboa Pier and the fun zone and are a great tool to be guided around the Balbua Peninsula.


Along with these great sports, one can enjoy yoga and fitness classes, Tae Kwon Do, kick boxing, dance and others.

To get some hands on sporty experience and further details, contact Newport Pontoons and enrich your Newport Harbor trip.

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Enjoy the Perfect Outing in Newport Harbor on an Avalon Catalina Entertainer 24′

Avalon Pontoon Boating at Newport Harbor

The spacious and luxurious Avalon Pontoons have been witnessed around the U.S in different lakes and inland waterways. Newport Pontoons gives you the amazing opportunity to enjoy cruising in style with a wide range of Avalon pontoon boats available for rent and sale.

Newport Pontoons is an authorized dealer for the Avalon pontoons for Southern California and is dedicated to facilitating your cruise around Newport Harbor in style with an Avalon pontoon. Its highly skilled team is committed to providing remarkable customer services, along with unmatched quality standards and an economical price range that is easy on your pocket.

Avalon Catalina Entertainer 24’

The Avalon Catalina Entertainer 24’ is an amazing cruise, with features you would fall in love with. The cruise is spacious enough to accommodate 12 people on board.

Its features include Seats 12, life vests, upgraded captain chair for the seating, a bar, a cooler filled with ice, an upgraded Bluetooth stereo connection, a canopy with overhead lighting, vinyl flooring, portable cup holders, a grill and a premium lighting package, rear underwater lights and light under the rub rail. All the lights provided are ideal for night use.

Boat Rental Rates

The Avalon Catalina Entertainer 24’ can be rented for 2 or more hours. The boat rental rates for the Avalon Catalina Entertainer from Monday to Thursday are $125 for 1 hour, $250 for 2 hours, $375 for 3 hours, $500 for 4 hours, $600 for 5 hours and $720 for 6 hours.

The rates from Friday to Sunday are $150 for 1 hour, $300 for 2 hours, $450 for 3 hours, $600 for 4 hours, $720 for 5 hours and $864 for 6 hours.

If you plan to have a half-day or full day trip and want to rent for more than 6 hours, Newport Pontoons will provide you with special rates for it.

Planning the Perfect Outing

Newport Pontoons can assist you in planning the perfect outing on an Avalon Catalina Entertainer. Choose the activities of your interest and the group accompanying you and let Newport Pontoons cater to all the arrangements.

Who is accompanying you? You can plan the outing with your family, friends or co-workers.!


Making a Reservation

Does the Avalon Catalina Entertainer excite you? Take advantage of this splendid cruise now! It could be the most memorable trip you ever had! The much needed relaxation break you have been looking forward to.

Make a reservation now! Wondering how? Simple!  Make a call.

Newport Pontoons can be reached from Monday to Sunday between 10am-6pm at 949-631-3333.


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Avalon Ambassador Just arrived

Come and Check out our new Avalon Ambassador that just arrived on our lot. This is the top of the line of any pontoon boat on the market. Room for up to 17 people, Luxury Seating, Sink, Electric Wine Rack, Refrigerator, Stainless Steel Drawers, Mercury 250 Verdao, and much much more.. No more being crammed in one of those little electric boats. Kick back and relax in the most spacious and luxurious boats available to cruise Newport Harbor. Avalon Luxury Pontoon at Newport Pontoons. Your Southern California Pontoon Specialists!photo 3 copy 3 photo 2 photo 2 copy 5 photo 2 copy 2 photo 1 copy 5 photo 1 copy 2 photo 1 copy 3 photo 3 copy

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Buying Tips for Used Avalon Pontoon Boats

Avalon Pontoons boats are one of the best in the market. For most people, buying a new Avalon pontoon might be more than you are wanting to spend as Avalon pontoons are high quality boats, with multiple features that enhance your boating experience and allow you to enjoy boating with increased comfort and style.

For people who are keen to own an Avalon pontoon and want to enjoy boating more often in this amazing boat, buying a used Avalon pontoon could be a good alternate.

Newport Pontoons provides boat rental and sale services in Newport Beach, CA. As an authorized Avalon pontoon dealer and the only one in the vicinity, you can easily get a used pontoon from them along with professional advice and a reasonable price.

If affordability is your focus, check out the A-series of the Avalon pontoons that offer remarkable features at an economical price range.

Buying Tips to Consider

You may want to consider the following buying tips before making a purchase and to avoid any kind of disappointment resulting later on.

Check out the Furniture condition and look out for cracks and tears. Pontoons usually have chairs and tables placed on them. If the furniture is cracked, it means the boat has not been properly stored. The cracks would also determine if the furniture needs repair or replacement. Consider the expenses for these and see whether you can afford them to let the purchase stay within your budget limits.

What is the condition of the Pontoon? If a pontoon is not well maintained, there are chances for damages like cracks, leakages, corrosion, etc., which could result in a compromised overall performance. Check out drain plugs to see if there is water inside the pontoons, determine expenses expected and consider the purchase accordingly.

Are the gauges working accurately? Turn on the power to the dash and test the gauges. Doing this is important, as gauges need to be functioning accurately in order to alert you on your boat’s engine condition, providing much needed reliable information to prevent tough situations that could occur later.

Is the floor/plywood in good condition? You do not want to buy a pontoon with rotting plywood right? Inspect the deck to ensure structural integrity. Look out for mildew and mold. Check if the plywood is squishy or not. All these factors would help you determine the condition of the plywood/floor.

Is the canvas in acceptable condition? With use, the canvas may develop cracks or wear out. Since mooring covers can be expensive to purchase, a boat with an acceptable canvas is crucial.

Lastly, what condition is the motor in? Motor inspection is technical, but important. A certified mechanic would give you the most accurate picture of the boat’s motor condition.

All these inspections would help you determine if the purchase is the worth the investment or not. It would also help you plan your expenses accordingly and be satisfied of making the purchase.

For more details and guidance, you can always count on the experts at Newport Pontoons who could help you make the best choice.


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Maintenance Tips for your Avalon Pontoon Boat

Owning an Avalon Pontoon can be a matter of pride for any owner who loves water sports and likes to relax in the comfort of nature. However, to continue to enjoy using your Avalon pontoon with the same great experience each time, it is important that the boat is kept well maintained.

Why is it Important?

Unwanted damage and corrosion if left ignored can lead to speedy depreciation and hefty expenses on repairs. Proper maintenance is important in continuing top performance of the boat, and strengthening its life for years to come.

Getting your boat properly checked periodically by your dealer and taking precautions to prevent possible damage would ensure safety and continued benefits of owning an Avalon, enabling you to enjoy this luxury as often as desired without any worries, hassles or issues.

How to Maintain Your Avalon Pontoon?

Timely care and attention is essential to keeping your boat in top-notch condition. Here are five great maintenance tips to help you through:

1. Want to prevent your boat from suffering from critter access and sun fading? Remember to cover it up! During winters, the boat can be shrink-wrapped and parked in a enclosed space. The inside storage helps preserve the quality.  Seek the help of your dealer to get this done.

2.  Regularly check for dents and leaks. In case you come across any, get in touch with the dealer at the earliest and get it fixed right away.

3. Have you been using the boat in salty waters by any chance? If yes, then the engine must be flushed after use. Thoroughly clean the boat’s bottom to prevent any salt build up. It’s essential if the boat is being left in salt water to have the bottom painted by your dealer.

4. For deck cleaning, use a non-skid cleaning solution only for scrubbing.

5. Lastly, get the boat waxed every few months to preserve maximum quality.

If the pontoon needs welding to re-seal, let the dealer do it for you!

Newport Pontoons is the only authorized dealer for Avalon Pontoons in Southern California. For maintenance information, help and guidance, feel free to give us a call!

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Things to Consider when buying a pontoon boat

What is a Pontoon Boat?

Pontoon boats comprise of two large aluminum drums that are set parallel to each other in order to hold a flat deck. The deck has a set up of tables and seats to accommodate people to relax unwind and enjoy.

Pontoon boats come in various shapes and sizes; each model has unique features to cater to different activities, number of people and entertainment at the waters.

Rising Popularity of Pontoons

Pontoon boats are easy to drive as most are self-explanatory, with a just a little practice needed to develop a grip over the basics of enjoying at the water. With the comfort and diverse activities possible with pontoons, increasing number of people choose to rent pontoons to add value to their special occasions.

Things to do on a Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boats can be fun with a number of interesting activities one can do on a pontoon. These can include snorkeling, fishing, cruising, sightseeing and swimming.

Buying a Pontoon Boat

Owning a boat can be a costly affair, most people choose to opt for a boat rental for special occasion to have a fun experience on the water. Although that can be a feasible choice which is friendly as per your budget, owning a pontoon boat has its own charm.

Once you have bought a pontoon boat, you can do all the activities you adore and as often as you want. Be it holding parties, events, family outings, group outings, have fishing expeditions, opting for cruising dining, dance parties, casual hangouts or anything that interest you. Spacious pontoons boats can accommodate more people compared to other boats and allow you to spend quality time with your loved ones and relax a bit.

Things to Consider

If you made the decision to buy a pontoon boat, here are some things to consider utilizing your finances appropriately and making the perfect choice.

Can you afford it? 

Buying a pontoon has financial implications beyond the purchase prices as there are licenses and fees involved need to be paid annually. The expenses do not end here; your pontoon boat would need maintenance, repairs, fixes and upgraded parts sooner or later as well.

Re-think your finances. Plan your budget and be very sure before buying the boat. Make a purchase that does not put you in trouble in the long-run. If you think finance could go heavy on your pocket, perhaps you should consider buying a used pontoon or stick with boat rentals.

Know Your Boat

Before making a purchase, gather all the information possible about it. Do online research, make a thorough inspection and ask questions.

If you are buying a new pontoon, go for the newest model available and from a reputable brand. The information would help in the decision making, usage and maintenance of the boat. If you are buying a used pontoon, questioning is way more crucial to get through technicalities such as maintenance record, license, rust conditions and, parts and accessories missing.


Newport Pontoons sells the best pontoons on the market. To own your very own Pontoon boat, choose from the versatile range available now! Our experts are committed to delivering quality and will help you in finding the ideal boat in no time.



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