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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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How to Transform Your Pontoon Boat into A Floating Party

Your pontoon boat is the premier location for your upcoming soiree. Whether you’re planning festivities for family and friends or a professional party for clients, your pontoon boat is equipped with the amenities and ideal atmosphere to entertain and delight. Pontoon boats’ spacious decks are perfect for guests to mingle, and their versatility allows for leisure and sports, making them fit for all types of get-togethers.

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Firework Boating Safety

One of the perks of owning or having access to a boat is that you have front row seats for firework displays. Many people gather each year to be dazzled by firework shows on the open water. Because the 4th of July festivities are right around the bend, we thought we’d give you a refresher on how to safely and legally enjoy this holiday aboard your boat. Here are some general tips for boating safety during firework displays. Continue reading »

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Buoyancy and the Pontoon Effect

DisplacementImagine that you’re stranded on a deserted island, and you’re lucky enough to find enough materials to construct a boat with two pontoons to attempt to make it back home safely. In that situation, how can you determine the amount of weight that you will be able to carry with you on your boat, and how big do you need to build your pontoons to ensure the boat will not capsize? With a little bit of knowledge of physics and the forces exerted on your boat, you can figure all of that out in no time! First, let’s evaluate the forces in play on a floating boat. Continue reading »

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