Do you want a Party Pontoon Boat?
More and more boaters are choosing party pontoons for anything from family outings to parties. Not the bare-bones vessels of the past, pontoons these days are the perfect recreational vehicle. With a host of new features available, you will want to make sure you do your research and get the perfect boat for you. Things to consider when choosing a pontoon boat are: size, what you are going to use it for, and cost.
What Size is Best?
Choosing the size of your party pontoon boat depends on the body of water where you plan to use it and the number of people you want it to carry.
- Small, 16 to 19 foot boats are best for calm bodies of water and generally carry up to eight people.
- Medium-sized boats, usually 20 to 22 feet long, are best for lakes and rivers where you aren’t likely to run into big waves. These models carry 12 to 13 people.
- The largest boats are 23 to 27 feet long and can handle rough waters and carry up to 15 people comfortably.
What Features Can You Not Live Without?
Are you taking the family out swimming and doing water sports? If so, you will need a boat that is easy to get on and off of and can handle plenty of water on board. If you plan on doing a lot of fishing, many models come with two or more fishing chairs on the front deck. Some come with a fish locator, a live well, and other fishing specific amenities.
Planning on hosting a lot of parties? You need a boat with comfortable seating for guests, as well as places to keep food and drink for serving.
Maybe you just want to relax in the sun. There are models made specifically for you that come with a padded sundeck, plenty of space for storing refreshments and built-in sound systems.
What You Can Expect to Pay
Regardless of the cost of your boat, look for a 100 percent parts and labor warranty. Especially with electronics on-board, you don’t want to get stuck with the repair cost, should something get water damage.
Depending on your budget there are many features to a higher end boat that could enhance your experience on the water. If you’re in the market for a boat with a powerful engine and extra features, such as carpeting, a dressing room and a toilet, plan to budget around $35,000-$40,000.
Looking for something with a little less upfront investment? The most popular models go for around $20,000 and come with a mid-range of features. Small boats with just the basic amenities generally start at $11,000-$12,000 and still provide an unforgettable on-water experience, making party pontoons a great recreational choice.