How the Pontoon Boat Is Redefining Boating

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.



Traits of the Best Pontoon Boats

What makes a great pontoon boat? If you are looking for a new boat to buy, or want to upgrade your existing pontoon, there are a number of features to incorporate to ensure that you have everything you need when you next go out on the water. Here are some features that make Manitou pontoon boats stand out from the competition.

  • 24-can cooler on board
  • Portable table to relax
  • Marine Vinyl furniture
  • Powder coated walls and rails

When picking out a pontoon boat, you want to be able to infuse your personality, as well. You can add on a BBQ grill for your pontoon, to cook for family and friends, as well as a water slide. If you’re interested in floating out on the lake in the evenings, you can also add a fire pit to keep warm. One of the best reasons to get a pontoon boat in the first place is that it gives you the opportunity to do the things you love whenever you are out on the water.

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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 “Buying a Used Pontoon Checklist”

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 “Cool Pontoon Boat Uses”

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 “De-Winterizing a Pontoon – Some Helpful Tips”

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 “What’s a Pontoon?”

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 “A Few Pontoon Boat Christmas Ornaments”

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!



B-4 reel
Blue Toon
Break Time
Bull Fish
Called in Sick
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
Sick Day
Social Networking
The Incredible Hull
Thing 1 | Thing 2
Toon Machine
Toon Much Toon Soon
Tooned In
Tooned Out
What’s Knot to Like?


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 “The Types of Pontoons”