Spending 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”
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”
Getting 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”
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?”
‘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, let us know. We’ll do our best to keep the list updated. Continue reading “A Few Pontoon Boat Christmas Ornaments”
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”
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.
Whether or not you’re a big time country fan, it’s hard to think of a song other than Pontoon by Little Big Town that more accurately describes a perfect summer – spending a lazy day out on the water on a pontoon boat without a care in the world. If you’re also a fan of Pontoon by Little Big Town, we’ve put together a few resources for anyone interested in learning how to play the song, sing it, or just listen to it. Continue reading “The Pontoon Song”
The Great Lakes state celebrated National Fishing and Boating Week as sixth best for boating
June 4-12 was National Fishing and Boating Week, and what better way for Michigan to celebrate than as one of the nation’s leading boating states. The National Marine Manufacturers Association in union with Discover Boating announced on June 8 the nation’s top ten states for boating. The list was created based on 2010 industry sales and popular water destinations statewide.
Michigan ranks sixth on the list-just behind Florida, Texas and North Carolina, to name a few-with $350 million in annual industry expenditures like powerboats, motors, trailers and boating accessories, as well as popular on-the-water destinations. Harbor Springs, Michigan, located on the northern shore of Little Traverse Bay, was ranked as the state’s most thriving waterfront destination-bringing both beauty and business to the area. Continue reading “Michigan Makes Waves As One of the Nation’s Top Boating States”