How to Buy a Used Pontoon Boat

by Falinia Adkins
Pontoon boats can provide hours of fun and relaxation for you and your family.

Pontoon boats can provide hours of fun and relaxation for you and your family.

Pontoon boats are great for fishing, swimming and family water outings. Having an idea of what you want before purchasing a pontoon boat will make your purchase a lot less stressful.

Equipment and Size

Make a list of items your ideal pontoon boat needs as equipment. For example, you might need built-in coolers, a hard-shell top for diving or a soft retractable top for sunning. A small pontoon boat fits four to six people, and the largest pontoon is capable of holding 20 people. A quality trailer and cover are important items.

Price

New pontoons that carry up to eight people as of 2010 start at around $10,000. Larger boats equipped with party amenities start at around $17,000. Small flyfishing boats can come in under $1,700. A large motor can add on considerable money.

Locate a Surveyor

Hire a surveyor who can assess the condition of the boat and the engine, if the owner does not have a recent survey.

Materials

Look for high-end materials, such as stainless steel bolts, rigid decking material such as wood or composite, and sound insulation.

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