A pontoon boat will be a great investment for you but there are a few things to consider before buying one.
- The first thing to think about is what you are going to use the pontoon boat for. Are you going to use the boat for yourself or family use, tubing or skiing or hosting parties?
- You will need to figure out how many people are going to be on your pontoon boat at one time, there is a maximum weight limit and you cannot exceed that. Here are some sizes to keep in mind. With a smaller pontoon you are able to carry eight people comfortably; this is an 18 foot pontoon boat. The next size pontoon boat is a 22 foot and will carry twelve people comfortably. One of the larger pontoons is the 26 foot and it can carry sixteen people comfortably.
- You may choose to purchase a pontoon boat with a motor or without. Most pontoon boats already have the motors on them but you can ask if it comes with a motor or not. Also when you are asking about the motor, ask about the stroke count, whether it is a 2 stroke or a 4 stroke engine. Inboard/outboard motors are a good option and usually tend to use less fuel, are quieter and more user friendly. With an 18 foot pontoon you can use a 25 horsepower motor. With the 22 foot pontoon you can use between a 75 and 115 horsepower motor, but the 26 foot pontoon you will need to use a V6 outboard or inbound/outbound motor.
- Another thing to consider when buying a pontoon boat is how fast you plan on traveling in the water. If you are planning on driving your boat at a fast rate of speed for tubing, then you will want a three tube pontoon boat. A three tube pontoon boat can typically be driven at speeds between 30 and 55 MPH. If speed is not something you are looking for and no tubing or skiing is going to be done from this pontoon boat, then you may choose a two tube pontoon boat for much slower travel.
Whichever pontoon you decide on, whether it be the 18 foot, the 22 foot or the 26 foot pontoon, you are sure to find one to fit your needs, wants and desires.