The winning qualities that first drew boaters to pontoon boats back in the 1950’s are largely the same today. However, to keep up with the changing pace of lake life, manufacturers have responded to demand by introducing increasingly faster, ever-sportier designs that are highly capable for watersports and high-end entertainment.
The Pontoon Craze Continues in 2020
By now, it’s safe to say that boaters are hooked. Today’s generation of pontoon boats have so much to offer in terms of multipurpose boating, seating and speed, that they are a great option for both large families and people who want to party-large, alike. No matter the boating crowd, a pontoon purchase is a guaranteed good time on the water.
If you haven’t been on a pontoon boat lately, you owe it to yourself to pay a pontoon dealer a visit. Below is a look at two hot new models continuing the pontoon boat craze in 2020.
Harris 250 Solstice Pontoon Boat
2020 Harris 250 Solstice Pontoon Boat. Photo by The Harbor On Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO.
The 2020 Harris 250 Solstice has all that there is to love about a modern pontoon boat and more, like her digital switching, sleek lounges with upholstered armrests, and a reversible sunpad! To help reveal more of this boat’s on-point features, we surveyed experienced boaters and this sums up what they had to say about the all-new Solstice:
- Water activities are fully-supported with horsepower ratings up to 400hp!
- There are multiple layouts to choose from and the arrangements are extremely versatile – even seating for up to 15 people!
- Thick foam cushions make each spot “the best seat in the house”
- Accommodates up to 15 people, making it an ideal, luxury party barge!
With lighting packages that add a party touch, and extensive galley and surround sound entertainment options, this pontoon is highly customizable and designed with pleasure in mind. On any Harris pontoon, impressive performance is bound to come standard, but this state-of-the-art model takes those on-the-water capabilities a step further into 2020 and beyond.
Bennington QX30 Pontoon Boat
Bennington is known for building some of the most luxurious, high-performance pontoons on the market and the 2020 QX30 continues that tradition with a fresh twist on classic styles and amazing attention to detail. This fiberglass pontoon boat measures in at 30 feet in length with plenty of optional equipment for the perfect choice in personal expression, including 20,000 different color options.
With her sleek profile, many amenities and powerful performance options she has a universal appeal. Plus there are a wide variety of optional upgrades so you can build the exact pontoon you’re looking for. Just take a look at some of the amazing Bennington Pontoon boats for sale on Boat Trader right now to see for yourself!
Other Top Pontoon Boat Models
With so many built-in creature comforts, it’s no wonder why the two boats above appeal to so many boaters and are bound to line today’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Of course there are many other great modern pontoon boat options out there on the market, it just depends what you’re looking for in a boat. Some of the other top pontoon boat builders currently include Premier, Sun Tracker, Princecraft, and Avalon, just to name a few.
Just as there are both affordable and luxury pontoons meant for family fun, entertaining and watersports, there are also affordable and luxury pontoons designed for fishing – with rod holders, fishing chairs, bait buckets and aerated livewells. Needless to say, beyond the finishes and amenities, there are many more things to look into before landing on the right pontoon for your boating plans.
Here are two more considerations to make when shopping for the right pontoon boat.
A Raised Helm For Safe Driving
With a crowd on board there are dozens of distractions and a raised helm can help keep your driving focused. Because more often than not, music is playing, snacks and drinks are being served up, kids are swimming and tubing, beach towels are being fetched…and at all times, visibility and sightlines are of utmost importance!
The increased visibility of a raised helm can also make docking easier, or at least contribute to less shouting to have everyone take a seat! Plus, having an elevated perch is a better way to watch everyone (yourself included) have a great time.
Consider A Tritoon Boat!
Pontoons are perfect for lakes and rivers because they are shallow-draft boats. The signature tubular floats that make a pontoon a pontoon, also make them very steady in relatively calm conditions. So, why only have two tubes when you can have three? Yes, a tritoon boat!
Two tubes are all you probably need if motoring around is your goal. Having a third tube is a good option if you plan to up the horsepower, which is required for tubing and towing for watersports. The extra tube on a tritoon boat cuts through the water even more and makes the ride smoother. Something to think about if there’s a need for speed.
Need Help Buying A Pontoon Boat?
If you find yourself seriously shopping through all the pontoon boats for sale on Boat Trader, you may want to read our boat buying guide to know all the ins and outs of purchasing a boat and how to buy a boat by doing your due diligence prior to making any big decisions.
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