Welcome ! The only negativity my dealer told me is "People are shying away because of no front gate" you have to step on the seat to get off the front. Cool idea though!
There is very little information out there about these boats. I was told only 60 made in 2020.
They were new in 2020, and they certainly are a unique niche pontoon. Our dealer had one in the showroom back in the spring. It was nice. I think the increased cost, decreased speed and smoothness of ride along with now front gate, work against it when compared to the traditional layouts.
However, for what you are looking at for use, the subtle but nice layout and visibility improvements, and the price range you are already shopping in, it may be a great fit for you. Keep us all posted on your thoughts once you’ve looked at it.
FYI, the 2020 Pontoon and Deck Boat Magazine Shoot Out had an article on the Bennington Bowrider if you can find a copy. I also found the article below. Not super detailed, but something:
24’ R Swingback Bowrider
I think no matter how you cut it on that hull set up, you lose a fair amount of speed. However, I do hear they turn great: better than an SPS, but not totally like an ESP. If one is not overly concerned with top end WOT, hitting anything above 40 mph is plenty good for speed and outrunning adverse weather.
However, for many getting 150+HP motors, let alone 300+Hp motors, they want to sequeeze every MPH possible out of it. I know I lean that way. It certainly is a trade off...pros and cons.
Edit addition: All of this said, I added Sea Legs in 2019 to our 200HP SPS boat. We lost 3 MPH at WOT light load, and 5 MPH when loaded down. It also has a slight impact on hole shot and turning when tubbing a lot of people. However, for us, those compromises are worth it for the flexibility it provided to us for docking, low late season lake levels, etc... Thus, it’s nice to have the variety of options, and be able to tweak it all to meet ones wants and needs.