How Much Does a Pontoon Boat Cost?
A pontoon boat is one of the most common types of boats you may see on a lake. A pontoon is a flotation device that is able to float itself as well as a large object on top of it. A pontoon boat is made up of two large metal pontoons, on top of which is a flat surface. This surface is usually furnished with cushioned seats that come in different shapes and sizes. Somewhere on the boat there is also a captain stand that is equipped with the steering wheel, ignition, and gears to control speed. A pontoon boat, like any other boat, is going to greatly vary in pricing. It is really going to come down to the size of the boat, the engine type, the manufacturer, the features, etc.
How much is it?
- The price of a pontoon boat will fall in a very wide range because of all the options that are available. The normal price range of a pontoon boat can be anywhere from $11,000 to as much as $50,000. However, most purchases are going to be within the $15,000 to $32,000 price range.
- For instance, a 20′ pontoon boat that has a 40 h.p. engine could retail for $15,000 to $19,000, while a boat with a larger engine could cost more.
- For example, SunTrackerBoats.com has their 2012 models that range anywhere from $34,995 to $39,995 for their Regency brand, while the Signature Pontoons retail for $11,195 to $29,995.
- iBoats.com, an online dealership database, has thousands of pontoon boats for sale. Here, the prices can range anywhere from $4,000 to as much as $46,000 for a 2013 Bennington 22 SFX.
What is going to be included?
- A pontoon boat can range anywhere from 16′ to as large as 30′. This is going to be the size of the deck. A 16′ boat can hold up to six people, while a boat as large as 30′ can hold upwards of 15 people. The number of seats available will be determined by the size of the boat and the number of people it can hold.
- Engines will range anywhere from 25 to as much as 130 horsepower. The horsepower of the engine will depend on what you want to do with the boat. For general cruising, experts recommend an engine less than 70 h.p. For skiing and tubing, the engine should be higher than 50 h.p. for smaller boats and more than 70-100 h.p. for boats larger than 20′.
- Common boat decks are usually made of a pressure treated marine grade plywood. Other options include aluminum flooring, which can last forever, or a marine-grade carpeting.
- Furniture will be made from a high-grade vinyl or durable plastic with marine-grade threading. This furniture will be weather resistant and can last a very long time if properly maintained.
What are the extra costs?
- A trailer will be considered an additional expense if you need to transport your pontoon boat. Depending on the size of the boat, the costs of a trailer can start at $1,500 and go up from there.
- Like a car, a pontoon can come with many different accessories. These can include ladders, tables, canopy tops, BBQ grills, satellite radio and more.
- For those that want to store or cover their boat while not in use, a cover is highly recommended. A boat cover can cost $250 or more.
- Cleaning supplies such as pontoon cleaner, aluminum polish, clear coats, and more will be needed annually. Factor in a few hundred for supplies.
- When purchasing a pontoon boat new, you may have to paying shipping and freight fees. Depending on where the boat is being delivered from, the costs can be anywhere from $500 to $2,000.
- Boats that are going to be used for fishing will need additional accessories such as a live well, adjustable seats, fishing pole holders, and more.
Tips to know:
- A 16′ to 25′ boat is designed for smaller lakes. While a boat larger than 23′ feet can tolerate rougher waters, it is best to consider something larger if you plan on taking it out on larger bodies of water.
- Restoring a pontoon boat is a great option for those who would like to save money and are capable of this project. All you need to start is an old skeleton of a pontoon boat, which can often be found for free. Restoring the boat yourself means that you can customize it anyway you want.
Questions to ask:
- Does the boat have enough seats?
- What is the boat made of? How is the construction?
- How good is the warranty that comes with it?
How can I save money?
- If you do not have the money to purchase a boat up front, you may still be able to obtain one. Many boat sellers offer financing that generally only require you to put 10% to 20% down. With a financing plan, many pontoon boat owners pay $200 to $300 per month over a few years. While this will save you money up front, you will end up paying more for the boat because of the interest.
- Consider purchasing a pontoon boat used. Websites such as eBay have hundreds of listings in your local area. By purchasing used, you can save upwards of 50%.