Top 10 Pontoon Boats for Your Lake Home

pontoon11If you are in the market for new pontoon boats, there is a good chance one of these top 10 will fit the bill.

By Jeff Hemmel, for, January 20, 2013

When it comes to pontoon boats, many people still think of a stodgy, slow-putt-around-the-lake. Made for entertaining, yes, but more like cocktail hour than rockin’ house party.

This reputation is changing—and fast. Many of the latest and greatest pontoons offer speed, handling, seaworthiness, and even the ability to be used as legit tow boats for skiing and wakeboarding…perfect for your lakefront property. Yet they haven’t abandoned their strengths: passenger comfort and amenities have never been more cushy or diverse. And if you’re watching your pennies there’s good news for you, too. Leave off some of those plush amenities and speed, and basic models can be had for as little as $10,000. And yes, that’s with a motor, wise guy.

Thinking of tuning into the ‘toon? Here are 10 of our current favorites (in no particular order), guaranteed to please any passion—and any depth of pocketbook.

Aqua Patio 250 Expresspontoon10

Here’s a pontoon that is clearly targeted to appeal to the younger consumer. Just look at the edgy styling. Rather than classic perimeter fencing, the 250 sports molded fiberglass seating modules fore and aft. Forward, they give this party barge the sleek and sexy lines of a runabout. Aft those seating modules do likewise, and they also hide rear-facing rumble seats designed to take in a watersports show—which is enhanced by a sleek tow tower. The latter’s supports are even boldly integrated into the craft’s edgy exterior lines.

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With up to 300 available horsepower, the Express has the power to deliver on its promise. Triple pontoons are oversized to 27” diameter and sport lifting strakes on the center tube, as well as the inside of the outer tubes. The combination delivers aggressive handling, but avoids excessive lean. Big tubes also prove a good match for big crowds, as well as bigger waters. For more info, visit the Aqua Patio 250 Express webpage.

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Posted by Scott Freerksen “The Lake Guy”

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