There’s nothing worse than hitting the lake and realizing you don’t know how to properly launch your boat. By the time you pull up to the ramp, it’s too late to take a crash course in maneuvering. Instead, save yourself both time and embarrassment by taking a moment now to learn how to launch your boat the correct way.
That means preparing ahead of time by disconnecting electrical outlets and stowing all safety equipment, transom straps, and mooring lines inside the boat. It also means learning how to back up into the water slowly and in a straight line, making only fine-tuned corrections until the water is just above the wheels of the trailer. To get the best results, practice your moves ahead of time in an empty parking lot. That way, you’ll be ready for launching the moment you pull up to the ramp.
Follow these simple steps outlined in our infographic, and you won’t have to fiddle haphazardly with your mooring lines and winch straps to the tune of honking horns and the shouts of impatient drivers.
When warmer weather arrives, it’s time to head to the water. Whether you enjoy cruising along the river or floating around the lake, spending time on a boat is a great way to spend the summer. Don’t have a boat yet? Then we’re here to help you find the right pontoon boat for your summer fun.
Pontoon boats are a popular selection for many people. These boats have “pontoons” attached to flat decks, giving them the buoyancy needed to stay afloat. What many people don’t realize is the variety of pontoons available. From a basic pontoon for trips with small groups of friends and family to luxury pontoons with all the bells and whistles, there is a pontoon that will meet your needs. There is even a pontoon that is designed specifically for a day on the lake fishing with your close friends.
Are you interested in learning more about the different types of pontoon boats available for you? Continue reading the following infographic. You’ll learn more about what makes each type of pontoon unique.
When many people think of pontoon boats, they see a wooden platform stabilized on wooden or steel barrels. While these were definitely the start of pontoons decades ago, the technology has advanced to give people a faster, smoother, and more luxurious experience out on the water. Nowadays, pontoon boats are made entirely with fiberglass to reduce weight without sacrificing stability. Like in other types of boats, pontoons now have traditional hulls to help with steering, and furniture built into the fiberglass to maximize space and efficiency.
Luxury pontoon boats are growing in popularity because they allow families to take part in all of the activities they want. In addition to fishing, you are able to use your pontoon boat for entertainment and watersports. Newer models come equipped with fire pits, cooler space, a barbecue grill, and even a waterslide. Rather than having to slowly float on the water, a 300-horsepower engine allows you to travel up to 65 mph. Learn more about how pontoon boats are redefining boating today.
Now that summer has officially started, it is time to get your pontoon boat back into the water. When the temperature creeps up, there is no better way to spend time with family and friends than by making your pontoon the ultimate summer retreat. You’ll have the perfect weather for tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, and more, so make sure that you have everything you need to rule the water this summer.
In terms of water sports, you’ll need a pontoon boat with an engine that can get speeds up to 26 mph. A 90-HP engine is a good start, while having 115 HP gives you a little extra. Interested in lounging on your pontoon all day, instead? Start by having the ultimate cookout at home and bringing a picnic aboard the boat, complete with sandwiches, burgers, salads, and drinks. Decorating your pontoon with themed accessories is the perfect way to throw the ultimate floating party.
For adults and children alike, ensure that you have plenty of life vests, and that everyone is aware of boating safety guidelines before you leave the dock. Remember to obey all laws and regulations concerning boating; doing so will allow you to turn your pontoon boat into the one-stop place for fun this summer.
Now that the winter is rapidly approaching, it is time to take the necessary steps to winterize your pontoon and ensure that your boat is in top shape when you get ready to take it back out on the water. Although it sounds like a no-brainer, the first thing you’ll need to do is secure a location for your boat out of the water.
If you decide to keep your boat in the water, keep in mind that you may notice decreased performance due to the colder water. Be sure to check your battery and fluids to ensure that they are clean before putting the boat away for the winter. Other steps to take when winterizing your pontoon include:
- Replace the oil and oil filters before storing.
- Drain all coolant and water, and replace with antifreeze.
- Remove all valuables so they are not damaged or stolen.
- Clean your pontoon inside and out.
The most vital step in protecting your pontoon this winter is to choose the right cover. Whether you store it inside or outside, having the perfect cover is essential. Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to keep your pontoon secure and protected throughout the winter.
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 G+ and I’ll be happy to include them!
Called in Sick
Dances With Waves
Dark Side of the Toon
Drivin Miss Lazy
Eat Drink and Remarry
Finally A Wake
Hot Air Pontoon
Knot So Fast
Knot Too Shabby
License 2 Chill
Man of the Toon
Men Who Stare At Boats
National Pontoon’s Vacation
No Plane No Gain
Over the Toon
Rest A Shore
The Incredible Hull
Thing 1 | Thing 2
Toon Much Toon Soon
What’s Knot to Like?
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 “Types of Boat Hulls”
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 “The Types of Pontoons”
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 “Differences between an extended car warranty and extended boat warranties”
Motion sickness is something we hear about all the time in our industry, but people get motion sick all the time, when put in motion in a boat, car, airplane or even roller coaster. Medically, motion sickness is a result of your brain experiencing temporary balance and sensory confusion. The vestibular system of the inner ear sends messages to your brain about your body’s position, but constant change of your body’s position contradicts the information relayed by your eyes. Eventually, most people adjust to their unnatural environment, once the brain determines that the confused sensory signals are now the norm. However, dealing with nausea, cold sweats, drowsiness, and other symptoms can be a real pain, which is why we have provided a few tips for you to knock out your sea sickness. Continue reading “Dealing with Seasickness”