4 Things to Consider While Pontoon Shopping

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A new pontoon can be used for entertaining, fishing or just enjoying the water; the smooth, comfortable ride makes it the ideal setting for a variety of activities. Choosing the right pontoon for your needs ensures you get the most from your investment; consider the usable deck space, how you’ll use the boat, the quality and the cost when you choose your new vessel. Some key considerations include:

Deck Size

The deck is the actual usable portion of the boat, the space for seating, walking and entertaining; deck size is different from the tube size. Understanding the amount of space, you need will help you choose the right new pontoon for your family. Smaller deck sizes (under 19 feet) are best for calm bodies of water and can accommodate up to 8 people comfortably. Larger vessels of up to 27 feet can accommodate more people and are better for waves or rough waters.

How Will You Use the Pontoon?

Consider the activities you plan on doing as you choose the right model for your needs. Different pontoon boat models offer different amenities; choosing a model that supports the way you’ll use it most will ensure you stay happy with your purchase.

  • Large parties or excursions: Look for serving and seating areas and plenty of storage for entertaining.
  • Sunbathing: A sun deck with padding, a sound or entertainment system and even a shaded cover for the hottest part of the day.
  • Swimming: Easy access to the water from the boat allows your swimmers and snorkelers to enter and leave the pontoon.
  • Fishing: A new pontoon specifically designed for fishing will make it more comfortable for you to pursue your hobby; look for a model with a fish locater, fishing chairs and other features.

Quality and Amenities

Comfortable seating, high quality materials and construction and luxurious touches ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your investment for years to come. While every brand is different, a restroom, changing area, full sound system or even carpeting can make your pontoon special.


While it should not be your first consideration, the final cost of your new pontoon will have an impact on your final decision. The cost of your boat will depend on its size, brand and the amenities it offers. Pontoons can range from about $12,000 for a small, simple pontoon to $40,000 or more for a high-end model with luxury amenities. The availability of a warranty for parts and components can also help reduce your maintenance costs over time.

A pontoon will greatly add to your recreation and leisure time, and choosing the right model ensures you get the most from your investment and that you’ll enjoy your boat for years to come.