In July of 1976, John Cripe (JC) and Jerry Amsden began building high quality pontoons in North Webster, Indiana. A few years later, John's son, Kim Cripe, joined the company. Today, Kim continues to independently own and operate J.C. Manufacturing, Inc.
To achieve consistent JC quality requires two factors. First, only the very best components may be used; and second, complete control of the production process must be maintained. Unlike many other manufacturers who must rely on countless outside suppliers, J.C. Manufacturing is very self-sufficient. We are proud to say that all major components, rail systems, upholstery, pontoon tubes and bimini tops are made by us. These in-house capabilities give us control over the final quality of every JC Pontoon. What does this mean to you? Every boat with the JC name will deliver trouble-free performance and top re-sale value, year after year.
If you are seriously researching our boats, then you have already ruled out the majority of pontoons currently on the market. You are now comparing us to the three or four premium manufacturers that build a pontoon in our price and quality range. There are many good pontoons in our price range. As you make your buying decision, we wish to point out a few of the standard and optional features on our pontoons that truly make the JC difference.
The TT (TriToon) hull uses three tubes (24" x 24" ) with the transom integrated into the center tube. This hull design features a standard in-tube 49 gallon fuel tank, aluminum bottom skin and optional in-tube ski storage. The TT (TriToon) hull is standard on the NepToon TT, SunLounger TT and Spirit TT.
The standard hull for Spirit is the twin tube (24" x 24") hull. The optional aluminum bottom skin is recommended for horsepower over 70.
The awesome TriToon Sport hull adds our exclusive lifting fin design to the TT (TriToon) hull. Our TriToon Sport hull not only increases top end speed but also yields handling that is as quick and precise as any sport boat. This hull features a 49 gallon in-tube fuel tank and optional in-tube ski storage. The TriToon Sport hull is standard on the SportToon TT, NepToon TT Sport, and SunLounger TT Sport. Lifting fins are an available option on the NepToon TT and SunLounger TT.
The High Tide Hull is a new super structure on top of our proven U-shaped Pontoons. This heavier built super structure is designed to withstand the ever-increasing horsepower and torque of the next generation outboard engines. We have decided to be proactive in this new design to keep up with what the engine companies can deliver. Some of the added advantages of the HTH are an additional 3" of free board above the water. This may not sound like much, but it generates a drier, softer ride in rough water. It also allows space between the pontoon deck and the pontoons for a bow anchor locker and a deeper in-tube storage compartment. The HTH hull on average, adds 400 pounds that contributes to the softer ride.
When choosing the HTH option for your boat, it will include:
HTH available on:
The HTH Frame has heavy duty 5½" cross members that provides 3" of additional free board above the water. The Bow Anchor Locker compartment is built in to the frame of the HTH and the In-tube Storage compartment is even deeper.
JC TriToon Spirit, NepToon, SportToon and SunLounger tubes are constructed of .100 gauge marine aluminum with a .125 nose cone – the strongest on the market.
Tube has more flotation than a 25" round with an advanced U-shaped design.