Need to buy a Pontoon boat for salt water, boat will be stored on a lift, washed down after each use, etc.
Can I keep it looking good with hose down after each use, flush motor on a regular basis (maybe after each use) regular maintenance of the vinal seats and metal rails, etc.
We will only use it 3 months each year, not sure how to leave it when we come back north in April, some say shrink wrapping is NG in Florida. I had a pontoon specifically designed for saltwater & in fact had the middle pontoon (it had 3 pontoons) custom made with a tunnel in it for shallow water. 1.) Aluminum skin underneath the deck to keep the saltwater from splashing on the wood decking. Take a look at mine, you'll see the tunnel hull & the aluminum shield underneath the boat. Thanks for the advice guys, My Pontoon up north has the skin underneath to protect the wood, not sure about the one I buy, hopefully it will.
Quite a change for me, I do Charters up north on a deep glacier lake (fresh water) for Landlocked Salmon, Trout, etc. You will also want to avoid carpeted bunks, as the saltwater will stay saturated in the carpet.
You are not the first one to caution me on PT lumber and rugs, I was thinking of using some sort of rolled rubber ontop of regular lumber, 2 x 12 boards positionend under the pontoons.
If you look at my bunks they are lumber but have a protective rubber cap on top to isolate the wood & aluminum. One of the MOST important factors in choosing a pontoon for saltwater is how the boat is constructed. Some other things to look for in a saltwater pontoon boat are sacrificial anodes on the pontoons and transom, solid (not hollow) full length keels, compartmentalized tubes (no drain plugs) for safety and rubber or vinyl flooring (no carpet). Any bunks that the boat will rest on should be plastic coated with drain channels, this will all but eliminate the possibility of electrolysis in the event of an electrical short. Thanks Marina Mike, actually you called me in Florida after guy from Port of The Isles Marina asked you to call me. Regular wood with glide sticks will work but it will place a lot of pressure on a few small areas. Video clips from the sea trial of Intrepid Powerboats 1st Quad 557 Seven Marine 475 Panacea Center Console. Not only do you get to choose what kind of boat you want, but you get to choose what kind of that kind of boat you want to choose.

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Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world. I've looked at a bunch of used ones in SW Florida, all junk from the salt or lack of care or both. I will clean everything and condition all seats etc, and at a minimum put the full cover on. On top of that I even put a jack plate to raise the engine up even more to where I could run in 12" of water with ease. The pontoons will start to turn on you after 6 months, I always bought toon-brite & it seemed to do a great job. They are one of the most popular styles of boat here and, if built and maintained properly, can last you nearly a lifetime.
They ride extremely smooth in a chop (think 20'-25' catamaran hull), they float very shallow and run very shallow due to the fact that the engine sits between the pontoons instead of sticking below the bottom of a hull.
When I got the message I had just about given up looking for a used (under 5 years old) Pontoon boat in SW Florida so I never gt back to you, sorry about that.
If you get a pontoon with thin aluminum it may dent the tubes.Never seen rubber but I would think it would be very hard to get the boat to slide on and off. They are very high quality, reasonably priced and come backed with the best warranty in the business. Our commitment to excellence in design, construction, and service has made us an industry leader. The only problem was oyster reefs, if I didn't know where I was going there was no way I was going to take the old pontoon & risk getting a flat.
The decking should be bolted through the cross members with stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers.
Some companies use spot welds which can easily crack under the stresses created in rough seas.
They are extremely comfortable for as many people as you care to bring, they are very safe (truly unsinkable if built correctly) and, with the advent of new high performance designs, are capable of reaching speeds well into the 50s. All the trailers we sell have complete plastic caps that cover the wooden bunks and have drain channels molded in.
The Hybrid Pontoon Boat by SouthWind is being called "The Evolution of the Pontoon Boat" and is considered the second generation in pontoon boating.

With thousands of already satisfied and loyal customers, we look forward to creating a durable, affordable pontoon boat to suit all your needs. We have great luck with Mothers Condiitioner on the seats, another good product for mildew on the rugs, etc is Wet it and Forget it, SUPER stuff, spray it on, come back in a week and mildew is gone, does not work good on seats however, ugh.. Many builders use galvanized, self tapping screws and just run them through the aluminum cross members. Not to mention, price wise you can generally get much more for your money than with a comparable fiberglass boat. What SouthWind has done is taken the best features of pontoon boat design (upper deck) and combined them the comfortable ride of a fiberglass deck boat (hull design). What happens is that all of the galvanizing is scraped off exposing the steel which rusts almost immediately. We love them because of the room, the options they provide you with and the fact that are the are pure fun. The only thing left holding the decking onto the cross members is one or two rusty threads of the screw. SouthWind Pontoon Boats are party boats, sunset cruisers, "take the kids fishing" boats - ultimately they are fun-in-the-sun machines! We invest in the best water based and computer aided design and manufacturing tools available to create pontoon boats with accurate dimensions, precise furniture patterns, exact aluminum sizing, and a smoother finish. We have mastered our design techniques over our 40 years in the business and we continue to innovate, bringing stylish and comfortable boats to the water. See our Design Options »Impeccable ConstructionOur expert manufacturing team creates every pontoon boat in our own facility, ensuring the highest quality construction every time.
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