How dare I even bring up the two style boats in the same sentence? Well? Cause I gotta come up with this stuff everyday, and yesterday while out on the water with 9 people on board the idea that was a party barge hit me. This of course while a Pontoon boat went the other direction, also loaded. I though, we are no different. And then one half milla second later I thought. Yes we are. All my people were waving and laughing. The pontoon boat was full of people just on the water where as my crew was Woody Boating in style. Now I am sure they pontooned around with no issues where as I am always in constant fear of something breaking, leaking or fuming. But set that aside. Cause that’s in my head not the boats.
So you have justified a pontoon boat in your life. STOP READING, this will mess you up. First, a fancy pants Pontoon boat can set you aside over 100K, well, now you are in 25 Sportsman territory. Style in the Pontoon? HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH, mini van looks, with a give up eat at McDonalds Drive through attitude. 25 Sportsman Style.. Eat at a local family owned hangout, and take your time.
But lets talk practical. Want to stop and go swimming? Have an EzZee Ladder from Freedom Boat Service? Bam, no difference. Worried about storage? The sportsman in easier to store, its not as wide and can use any and most boat lifts and trailers in a pinch. The pontoon. NOPE.
Ageing. Okay this is where the pontoon boat just dies. Like that hotty in high school you had a crush on, and just stalked her or him on facebook, and YIKES. writes religious political rants and looks like a tick now? Ya, that’s a pontoon boat. Where as the Sportsman ages with patina, style, like that real nice gal, or guy you always had a good laugh with and now is a WoodyBoater! BAM!
It’s okay.. It’s okay, you are reading this. So you are a Woody Boater. And may own a Pontoon boat….Cough cough..
Now I am sure many of you Pontooners out there with have something to say. And I will say, there is something to be said about carefree boating. A pontoon boat is a tool. And used as such, and that is about it. And remember the boat you drive says a lot about you… Speaking of Tools, later we will compare Jet Skis with small speed boats!