Are pontoon house boats any good? They're popular, and seen everywhere.
What are pontoon house boats, and why are there so very many around?
The main reason is because they are safe and easy to operate, require little maintenance, and so reasonably priced compared to cruisers or yachts.
Pontoon houseboats are popular
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We have compiled some of the common questions related to materials, size, weight, safety, transport, and
of course building your own pontoon.
What sizes of pontoons are available? You will notice that they range from smaller ones of @ 18-25ft, middle sized boats from 25-45ft,
and now builders are making them in the luxury 75-80 ft range mega boats. There's boats for any use or budget.
What kind of materials are they made with? One of the common
materials for pontoon construction is "marine grade" aluminum, however they can
be made from fiberglass, steel, wood, and even plastic now. Read more about pontoon houseboat construction.
How much weight or buoyancy can pontoons hold? A good way to calculate the
buoyancy of pontoons, is to use the figure of 180/lbs per foot of pontoon tube
length, and this provides half submersion.
Are three pontoon tubes better than two tubes? You'll find three pontoons often on larger heavier houseboats that require more
buoyancy. I haven't noticed any major difference in ride or handling.
What kind of engines do they have? You can find boats with either single, or twin engines. Single engines are generally more fuel efficient, however twin installations provide better
Installations are often outboards, I/O, or sterndrive(s).
Do some have roofs decks, and flybridges? On medium and larger sized boats you will find roof decks and flybridges,
which are great for navigating, sunbathing, storage, and entertaining.
Can you build your own Pontoon Houseboat? Yes, you can build your own houseboat. You can find plans and designs to suit any style or budget. There's a layout for any size family or project.
Are pontoons safe from damage and sinking? They are very safe since pontoon construction is similar to taking soft drink cans, and welding them together, end to end. So in the event of a major impact, and a leak was to occur, only one chamber would have water in it.
Can you use a pontoon houseboat for rough water? Because of the "low freeboard" you will find them mostly on lakes, rivers, and bays. They weren't designed for coastal or ocean going applications.
Are pontoon houseboats trailerable, or transportable? The smaller pontoon house boats are "trailerable", however the larger
ones are transportable with specialized equipment to haul, tow, & launch them. The height and width become a concern and so does the
vehicle towing it.