The advantage of keeping a Manitou pontoon boat on a trailer is that you can put your boating adventure on the road. With a trailer it’s possible to explore new waters, attend events, and take your Manitou fun just about anywhere there’s water. Many new owners see a pontoon on a trailer and think it must be more challenging to launch than a runabout, but this is not the case at all. With a little experience you can launch your Manitou pontoon boat like a pro.
A launch ramp can be a busy place, especially on a summer weekend. A good boat owner takes pride in contributing to the efficiency of the launching process. If this is your first time at this ramp, park out of the way and take a moment to inspect the facilities – check the water depth, which side the dock may be on when you launch, and the flow of traffic as other boaters line up to launch.
Your goal is to be as efficient as possible when it’s your turn to actually back down and launch. With that in mind, park in a staging area to prepare your boat:
If you have along both a boat driver and a vehicle driver who can back the trailer down the ramp, here are the steps to take:
If you are the only available driver for the vehicle and the boat, you can follow this launch procedure:
A scissors lift pontoon trailer supports the boat on the cross beams below the deck, rather than with beds directly under the pontoons. The frame of a scissors lift trailer is raised and lowered, usually with a winch on the front of the trailer.
Your Manitou dealer can help you select a trailer matched to your boat size and weight. Many pontoon trailers are equipped with a boarding ladder that makes it easy to step from the ground up to the bow deck when the boat is on the launch ramp. With a little experience launching a pontoon is not a great challenge. Many Manitou owners have discovered that trailering to a new lake or river is a great way to make fantastic #Manitoumoments.