It's not every day that you discover that you can have something that you previously thought was beyond your price range. When the hot summer rolls around, boat lovers and fishermen turn to a life of cruising (and fishing) out in the ocean. Boats are expensive toys and are outside the reach of many would-be boat owners, yet few people realize that most of the benefits that can be fond in a typical boat are also offered in pontoon boats and at a much cheaper price. What's more Many used pontoon boats are in great condition and can be snapped up even cheaper!
Pontoon boats are flat bottomed boats that are distinct from normal boats in that they have a flat deck on-top of cylindrical pontoons for floatation. Pontoon boats are cheap to build due to their simple design, however these boat types tend to suffer from what is known as the "pontoon effect", whereby the have an inclining to topple when a large sideways force is applied. While certain pontoon manufacturers get around this problem by adding a third, heavier pontoon in the middle to lower the center of gravity, Pontoons are generally "fair weather vessels that should not be taken out in rough weather.
However for a lazy cruise on a bright sunny day, pontoon boats are the ideal way to enjoy the water, whether with your family and friends or on fishing trips, or just lazy cruises out on your own. There are a wide variety of pontoon boat types available, from leisure cruisers to fishing boats, to sports vessels. Pontoons are also a preferred vessel for permanent ferries and utility vessels, with a flat bottom pontoons are perfect in shallow water, as they are less to running aground than is the case with a normal boat.
If you are good with tools and own a shed, then fixing up a second hand vessel, can be a rewarding weekend project and because they are essentially a simple vessel, it is not inconceivable to build your new pontoon boat from scratch if you have the time, dedication and patience to do so.
If you are strapped for cash and can not afford a regular boat, then there is certainly a much more affordable market in pontoons. With hundreds of different pontoon boat types to choose from, you are guaranteed to find an equivalent pontoon, not mater what type of boat you are seeking. As you sit back on your padded seat, sipping lemonade and taking in the welcoming summer sun over the deep blue horizon, it's where thousands of boat lovers all over the country will certainly be in the summer months.