There are plenty of activities that you can indulge in while taking a trip on your pontoon boat. With water all around, swimming and diving are two of the most common. If you are like us, setting anchor in a cove and swimming around your pontoon boat is some of the most fun you can have on your boat! Using accessories designed specifically for these, the fun factor can be increased greatly while providing safety. These include decks, swim platforms, diving boards and even water slides. An additional upper deck allows you to increase the space on your boat as well as providing a separate area for kids and adults alike to relax or sunbathe. Quite a few companies are engaged in the manufacturing of decks, platforms and slides. Here are the best pontoon upper decks, diving boards, and slides for 2019:
J’s Upper Deck is a great choice for pontoon boat owners looking to increase the area on their boat as well as have a large diving platform. It is available in multiple pre-fabricated sizes as well as gives the option of customization as per the requirement of the boat owner. The deck floor and the framework are made from aluminum while the railings and ladder are of stainless steel. A decorative trim, corner and side rails and ladder are included in the kit. J’s 8’X8’ deck costs $2,995 while 8’6”X16’ deck is priced at $5,595.
Another option for individuals looking for a deck is Sun Deck Kit by U-Fab Boats. The deck has a frame that is completely made of aluminum providing it strength while keeping it lightweight and making it corrosion resistant. The frame is supported by four heavy duty posts also made of aluminum. For access, a ladder with handrails is included while a 7.5” trim rail helps to keep it safe. The Sun Deck Kit comes in a standard size with a height of 84”, width of 8’ and depth of 10’. A marine grade vinyl floor covering may be chosen additionally.
The Lillipad Diving Board is a fun accessory for both kids and adults and is specially designed for installation on boats. It can be mounted on boats over 18 feet long and can support a weight of up to 250 pounds. This board makes use of urethane springs unlike a pool board that flexes itself. Its patented framework design ensures minimal stress on boat by counteracting energy of the jumper. The board is constructed from heavy duty aluminum and stainless-steel components making it durable and long-lasting. The Lillipad Diving Board is available in underfloor and surface mounting options at $1295 and $1395 respectively.
EEz-In Outboard Transom Platform allows individuals to easily board their pontoon boat from the water. It consists of a two-step stainless-steel telescoping ladder that leads to a platform made of high-density polyethylene material for improved durability. One-inch rails reinforce the platform and providing additional support. A single handrail is attached on one side of the platform to aid a person while climbing. While not in use, the ladder can be retracted under the platform. The EEz-In Outboard Transom Platform can be mounted on either side of the pontoon boat’s motor and carries MRP of $239.99. Mounting hardware must be purchased separately.
DetMar corporation offers swim platform for pontoon boat owners. Their Outboard Swim Platform is an ideal accessory that facilitates boarding the pontoon after a swim. The platform is made of high-strength polypropylene which makes it lightweight and resistant to fading and cracking. A single step ladder is made out of a 1” stainless steel tube and has a soft vinyl step. The ladder can be folded back onto the platform when not needed. A handrail is attached to platform for support while boarding. It is easy to install and comes with required fasteners for installing it. DetMar’s Outboard Swim Platform carries an MRP of $159.99.
- Swim Platforms, Inc. custom swim platforms
Boat owners who like a swim platform customized to their needs can turn to Swim Platforms, Inc who construct quality platforms for boats. The material used for manufacturing the platform is fiberglass that is both lightweight and sturdy. Every model manufactured is customized to fit the pontoon boat and blend seamlessly into its design and color scheme. Additional customization options include U style and P style swim handles, gel coating and lighting installation. The platform comes with all required installation hardware which is made of stainless-steel. A price quote for the platform can be requested while enquiring for the same.
- Contemporary Fiberglass, Original Safe Step
Contemporary Fiberglass’ Original Safe Step is another option for boat owners looking for a customized swim platform. The company fabricates the platform in a size and style that conforms to the customer’s demand. Material used in construction is marine grade plywood and fiberglass that ensures that the platform lasts long. The platform finish is nonskid, providing safety to users. Customization options include addition of colors, graphics, hand rails and three-step drop-down boarding ladder. Besides these, a boat owner may consider getting LED lighting, vent, and even accessories such as barbeques installed on the platform.
- Splash Steps – Submersible Swim Platform
Submersible Swim Platform from Splash Steps is a unique offering for pontoon boat owners. Unlike other platforms that attach to stern side of the boat, this model is installed on bow side. There is more room on the bow side as there are no outboard motors taking up space. This makes this platform both advantageous and safer than conventional models. It makes use of hydraulics and can be raised and lowered as needed. The linkage system, for maintaining balance, keeps the platform even with the bow. It is fully customizable as per the needs of the boat owner and variants are also available for tri-pontoon boats.
Waterslides are always fun and even more so when on a pontoon boat. Inter-Fab’s Zoomerang is compact and a must have accessory for taking your pontooning experience to a whole new level. This 3’ slide is small enough for installation on a pontoon boat yet big enough for enjoying. The company’s patented Zoom Flume system ensures there is a continuous supply of water on the slide. It has ladder treads and stainless-steel grip handles for providing support while climbing. The slide requires a minimum deck space of 8’X4’ for installation and comes in right turn configuration. Maximum weight supported is 200 pounds and it must be used in water with depths greater than 3’6”.
Platports 3m Wavy Slide is a great accessory for a pontoon boat trip. It can be carried in a space as small as the backseat of a car. Its assembly is quite simple and can be done with minimal hassles. The slide and ladder steps are made from plastic and a stainless-steel frame and support bar provide strength, stabilization and rigidity. Handrails are provided ensuring safety while climbing. A water hose may be attached to convert it into a water slide. It is a fantastic to keep children busy and occupied when going on a pontoon boat expedition. Platports 3m Wavy Slide carries MRP of $499.99.
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