Pontoon boats, also sometimes called "party barges," are designed with two metal pontoons (also called tubes or even “logs”). Unlike earlier versions that were basically just platforms fixed on top of two floating pontoons, the new designs often feature three pontoons known as "tri-toons" that are hydrodynamically shaped and efficient in the water, with the middle pontoon lower than the two outboard ones to promote banking and steering that can often rival that of monohulls. Combined with high-powered modern outboards, some of the new breed of pontoons can skim over the water at top speeds over 40 mph, making fast passages between home and fun zone. They're still relatively uncommon in areas where the water can get downright rough, but they’re certainly gaining momentum on the coasts. Meanwhile, inland boaters are experiencing increasingly refined fun aboard their pontoon boats, not only with higher speed and maneuverability, but with pop-up changing tents, enclosed heads, built-in coolers, outdoor cooking and refrigeration, and ever-better ergonomics in seating and swimming areas.
A great boat for entertaining, some models can be adapted for freshwater fishing or for sport-like performance. You can find a pontoon that will fit every need: performance pontoons, watersports pontoons, luxury pontoons, fishing pontoons, family-friendly pontoons, and value pontoons.
For sheer comfort afloat, combining an ideal platform for swimming, lounging, and partying with enough speed and maneuverability to tow skiers, tubers, and wakeboarders, it’s hard to beat a modern pontoon boat.