In July of 1976, John Cripe (JC) and Jerry Amsden began building high quality pontoon boats 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.
Compare the JC Difference
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.
TriToon™ Classic hull is made of .125 gauge aluminum, approximately 40% thicker than our typical three-tube competition.
TriToon™ Classic available with MerCruiser or Volvo power to 320 hp.
Tubes bolted directly to the structural cross-members with heavy stainless steel bolts and lock nuts.
All Spirit, SunToon, and NepToon SuperTubes have baffles and are pressure tested to assure that they are air-tight [NO foam] before leaving the factory.
Aluminum bottom skin is standard on all three-tubed models.
45 gallon fuel capacity is standard on all NepToon TT, SunToon TT, SportToon TT, TriToon™ and Spirit TT models.
JC pontoons have standard rails finished with durable, attractive white powder coating. (Spirit Anodized)
.250 gauge transoms are standard on all TriToon™ Classic models.
All JC fittings and fasteners are stainless steel.
JC bimini tops are made of Sunbrella. (Spirit Surlast)
Top-of-the-line waterproof Clarion AM/FM/CD is standard on all JC pontoons. (Spirit uses 3 1/2" diameter AM/FM/iPod interface)
“Designer Series” carpeting is stretched and stapled to the deck rather than glued.
Solid extruded aluminum skid bar welded to all JC tubes.
Standard in-deck anchor locker on TriToon™ Classic models.
Bow cabinet “pods” with built-in SS lights. (TriToon/SportToon)
Sirius satellite radio is standard on SunToon, TriToon™, and SportToon and is optional on NepToon.
Standard on SunToon, SportToon, and TriToon™ is the GPS enabled Matrix 728 for accurate speed, depth, direction (compass), location and water temperature.