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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?
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A Guide For Winterizing your Pontoon Boat

For most of us, we’ve put away our swim trunks and sun screen and have our winter gear ready for a cold winter. Like winterizing your home, you should have a check list for taking care of your pontoon boat for the winter to make sure that your investment is well protected and so you won’t run into any issues once the weather starts getting warmer. We’ve put together a list of items you should take of before putting your pontoon away. Continue reading »

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Types of Boat Hulls

Boats come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One thing is universal when it comes to boats: They all have hulls. Boat hulls also vary in shapes and sizes, but can be broadly categorized to fit a few specific boating needs. We’ve summarized various types of boat hulls, and the strengths and weaknesses of each hull type. To get started, it’s important to know the two purposes of boat hulls, and why hulls are designed to meet those two key purposes. Continue reading »

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The Types of Pontoons

At Manitou Pontoon Boats, we specialize in making great aluminum pontoons, but we realize that there are many other types of pontoons on the market, and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. We’d like to summarize those out for you so you can arm yourself with information before shopping for your next pontoon boat. Continue reading »

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World’s Coolest Boating Events

What makes an event thrilling, world-famous and fun for the whole family? Boats! Some of the most popular festivals and entertaining events across the globe revolve entirely around boats. We’ve taken a look at such events and determined the best-of-the-best. Check out our top five world-famous boating events. Continue reading »

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Manitou Wins at Lake of the Ozarks going 66 MPH

We want to congratulate Tim Shoening, owner of Tri Toon Town, on his amazing performance at the Lake of the Ozarks at the 2013 Shootout, hitting 66 mph and winning the MP1S1 class with a Manitou pontoon boat and single Evinrude outboard engine. As the announcers at the event noted, it wouldn’t be possible without Manitou’s patented V-Toon® technology. You can watch him fly in his 66 mph run in the video below.

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Differences between an extended car warranty and extended boat warranties

Almost sunken boat.Many people either own or are aware of the extended warranties associated with cars, but not everyone is aware that they’re also available for boats. While to some degree auto warranties have a shaky rap (though this should be seen on a case by case basis), it’s worth seeing if an extended warranty for a boat is a sound investment.

Very similar to used car warranties

To a degree, extended warranties for boats and cars are quite similar. First, the general principles are the same. When something breaks, if it’s covered by your specific policy it will be covered to the extent of the terms of your contract. In some cases this will come with a deductible, but again, this is dependent upon your specific contract. Continue reading »

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How to Send a Distress Call

How to send a distress callSending a distress call is a call for help during an emergency situation by a mariner of a vessel. A distress call is considered a main priority by the US Coast Guard above all other transmissions. This means that when a mariner hears a distress call, he shall cease all transmissions that may interfere with the distress message and continue to listen to the call. Continue reading »

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