What is a pontoon boat? In its simplest form, it is a flattish boat that uses floats to stay afloat. This design allows for massive deck plans and all kinds of accommodations. Because of the floats, pontoon boats can be much larger than conventional boat models. You’ll find that these vessels are perfect for families. And because they can be towed by a single vehicle, they are great for day trips or long weekend getaways.
Depending on where you live, pontoon boats are often referred to as party barges. They have two metal pontoons, or “logs,” that are designed to allow you to sit on them or run up onto the sand. Some newer models have three pontoons instead of two, which promotes banking and enables the boat to match the performance of a monohull. Many newer outboard engines are so powerful that they can skim the water at top speeds of 40 mph.