Traveling with Style – Picking a Pontoon Boat for your Life-style

Traveling with Style – Picking a Pontoon Boat for your Life-style

It may be the end of the summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right time to consider your next pontoon boat model. There are plenty of pontoon boat models to choose from even in the off season, and not all of them are going to be right for your own particular boating needs. We’ve outlined the four most common types of pontoon boats so you can get an idea of what pontoon boat manufacturers put into each of their own models and which ones are most suited for your own boating needs.

Value Models

These are the most common pontoon boat model types and are the standard sedans of the pontoon boat world. Because they are so common, your options to choose from are extensive which is great for you but also can be overwhelming. Identify what features of a boat are most important to you, like floor plan, seating, or warranty, and then find the models that offer the best options for those. Do online research to find the appropriate price range for the models and to get an idea of how much the models depreciate on a yearly basis. Depreciation numbers can fluctuate wildly based on a variety of factors including weather and market conditions, so have an idea of what models didn’t sell so well in particular years and why.

Angler Models

Although a true angler might not consider a pontoon boat as the best boat for fishing, pontoon boats have their advantages when it comes to fishing. Plenty of space allows you to comfortably bring kids and others along for the ride, and many pontoon boats for anglers have additional storage bins and tanks for keeping your extra gear or bait neatly organized. Angler models tend to be a bit on the smaller side, as its nice to have a boat that’s easy to maneuver particularly on small bodies of water. The models will typically be equipped with two captain seats in either the bow or stern of the boat, and may even have a table for placing all your items while trying to multi task.

Performance Models

Although many people think of pontoon boats as being lumbering SUV’s in the water, things have drastically changed in the last few decades with improvements in technology. Quite recently, a performance pontoon from Manitou Pontoon Boats (see it here) clocked in 67 mph, and that’s a boat made available to the general public! Just to understand, going faster doesn’t simply mean putting a bigger engine on the boat, as the design of the boat has to be capable of the greater forces and physics involved with traveling at higher speeds. A pontoon boat like Manitou’s uses a special technology that integrates a third pontoon to make the pontoon boat more like a fiberglass boat.

Luxury Models

These pontoons come with all the bells and whistles imaginable, and should be your go to pontoon if you’re looking for an extravagant party boat. One thing to remember with luxury pontoon boats is that price does not always mean luxury. Look to older pontoon boat models to find deals on pontoons that are trying to clear inventory, and be sure that you understand the clear pricing differences between different models to find out how much exactly more you are paying for to have leather upholstery and a better sound system.

Although it depends where you live, it’s better to try and buy your pontoon boat when there are plenty of others out on the market. Sellers are in the mindset to sell during the summer, when everyone is out boating, so it may be better to try and wait till the summer to buy. If you are able to find offers that you think are great deals, don’t sit on them as someone else might think they are great deals as well.