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Buying a Pontoon Boat? Here are your Choices

Purchasing a new pontoon boat is a big lifetime event. Yes it might take a lot out of your bank account, but it will also provide years of enjoyment and memories while out on the water with friends and family. The boating industry has gotten much better in the past decade, and has plenty of more options are now on the market. Here are a few great options for you to consider in this upcoming boating year. Continue reading »

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Buying a Used Pontoon Checklist

homeImageSpending a hot summer day on a pontoon boat sounds very enticing. You can relax, go fishing, jump into the cool water, and simply enjoy the company of family and friends onboard. That’s the great thing about pontoon boats; they offer versatile uses for any water activities and are spacious enough to carry more passengers than other regular boats. The downside is pontoon boats can be expensive, BUT you can save a lot more if you set your sights on a used pontoon boat instead. It’s less expensive, plus if you are a great negotiator, the seller can include radios, ladders, lightings, and other pontoon accessories together with the boat. Continue reading »

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Cool Pontoon Boat Uses

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen floating atop a pontoon? Maybe you’ve witnessed a double-decker party boat full of good-timing people, a deck smack-dab in the middle of the lake or a military pontoon bridge supporting heavy-armor traffic. While those spectacles are all outstanding, none come close to Manitou’s list of 10 ingenious floating creations. Prepare for pontoon preeminence. Continue reading »

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A Few Great Bass Fishing Resources

Micropterus_salmoides_2We understand that bass fishing and boating are commonly used in the same sentences, which is why we thought it was time to create a bass fishing resources page. Below you’ll find great information related to bass fishing, bass aquatic and conservation information, and other topics related to bass. Continue reading »

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Maritime History Resource

800px-Bretagne_1859_7154Welcome to Manitou’s web pages on Maritime History. Below you will find ways that will help guide you in methods of conducting maritime history research. Also included are links to great books, magazines, and other print resources – as well as maritime history sites. Continue reading »

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Stranded on a Boat

stranded on boatWhether you’re just a few miles off the coast or smack dab in the middle of the deep blue, it’s important to know what to do as a stranded sportsman or leisurely boater. Day or night, on an ocean or lake, in cold temperatures or hot, there are measures you can take to ensure your comfort, and even survival, if stranded at sea. We believe boating safety is important for everyone to understand. Whether you’re an avid boater or only occasionally find yourself on the water, read these tips to ensure that you and your boat will be prepared in the event of disaster.

The first step in preparing for a possible boating disaster is to make sure your boat is running properly and that you have necessary safety precautions onboard. Continue reading »

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De-Winterizing a Pontoon – Some Helpful Tips

2014_Encore_25_SR_VP_7076Getting your pontoon ready again for the start of the new year might seem like a chore, but it’s an important chore to make sure that you don’t get stuck out on the water fixing a simple problem that could have been taken care of months ago. That’s why we’ve provided some tips for de-winterizing your pontoon to make sure that the spring cleaning of your pontoon boat will go as smoothly as possible. Continue reading »

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What’s a Pontoon?

While when we talk about pontoons, we are almost always referring to pontoon boats, the buoyancy of pontoons allow them to be used for a wide variety of uses. A pontoon is a device that can take on various shapes that is buoyant in the water and can be used for practical purposes to support a various amount of weight. Pontoons are designed to displace a large amount of water, while at the same time being light. The majority of pontoons are hollow, but can be filled with foam or other light materials. Continue reading »

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A Few Pontoon Boat Christmas Ornaments

Tis the season of stringing up lights, hanging your stockings by the fireplace, and illuminating the Christmas tree with beautiful ornaments. If you find that your tree is a little bare this year, or if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift to a pontoon boater that you know, we’ve assembled a few pontoon boat Christmas ornaments that we thought would make a great addition to your Christmas tree, and provided links to where you can purchase them. If you find any of these pontoon boat ornaments to be sold out, or if you have a few recommendations of your own, . I’ll do my best to keep the list updated through the holiday season. Continue reading »

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Pontoon Boat Names

While choosing a name for your pontoon boat may not seem like an important thing to do, many boat owners find that it is a critical step in getting a new boat. With all the money, maintenance, care and great times you will have on your new pontoon, it just seems right to give it a name. That’s why we put together a short list of a few of our favorite names for pontoon boats that we found or made up ourselves! While some names are fit for all boat types, many on the list are meant for pontoon boats only! If you happen to know of any other great names for pontoon boats, let me know via email or and I’ll be happy to include them!

 

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B-4 reel
Blue Toon
Break Time
Bull Fish
Called in Sick
Crave-a-Wave
Crewless
Dances With Waves
Dark Side of the Toon
Drivin Miss Lazy
Eat Drink and Remarry
Finally A Wake
Fish Tank
Fishful Thinking
For Play
For Reel 

Get Reel
Good Toons
Harvest Toon
High Toon
Hot Air Pontoon
Knot So Fast
Knot Too Shabby
Knot Working
Lead Pontoon
License 2 Chill
Liquid Assets
Looney Toon
Man of the Toon
Men Who Stare At Boats
Miss Behaven
Murphys Lure
National Pontoon’s Vacation
No Plane No Gain

O.Y. Knot
Over the Toon
Pond Toons
Post-it Boat
Reel Time
Rest A Shore
Shenanigans
Sick Day
Social Networking
Sunburn
The Incredible Hull
Thing 1 | Thing 2
Toon Machine
Toon Much Toon Soon
Tooned In
Tooned Out
What’s Knot to Like?
Y-Knot

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